IMPROVING THE LINES
While Paradiso was a massive safety success it would be disingenuous to say there were no hiccups, albeit ones that USC has assured fans will be addressed next year. There was definitely evidence of growing pains with the long search lines and the confusion regarding what could really be brought in at the gates. Edwin assures us that they are using the feedback shared this year to improve on next Paradiso. Plans are already being formulated to provide more shade and cooling tents for those who are waiting in line and a more proactive plan to ensure people can stay hydrated.
With that acknowledgment from USC, it’s clear they’re aware that some people had less than satisfactory experiences once they got to the front of the search line. Edwin acknowledged that there were training opportunities to provide a more consistent experience for everyone getting into the venue. It’s a delicate balance respecting individual rights while also doing due diligence to ensure that people aren’t able to easily bring in banned substances. We weren’t able to obtain official numbers but quite a lot was caught at both the gates to the campground and the gates into the venue.
We are also very aware that there were some people who were very upset that things were taken from them weren’t on the list of banned items. We have been assured that next year it will be made very clear to both festival-goers and security what is allowed through the gates. One of our team members at EDC reported the presence of Insomniac representatives available for situations where there is a dispute about what is allowed in, a model USC could potentially adopt themselves. While there’s no confirmation from USC that something similar will be implemented next year, we are hopeful that they explore all avenues for making the line experience faster and more pleasant for all involved.
Whether you and your crew had smooth sailing through Paradiso or you encountered some of the hiccups we sincerely hope that you all had a good time. Paradiso at the Gorge is something very special, and by keeping safety a priority we will be able to keep returning year after year. Do you have suggestions or wishes for next year? We welcome your civil discourse in the comments, maybe you’ll even have your wishes granted!
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