The Sound Of Music Festival (SOMF) is a fun time for all. What was different about this year’s SOMF in Burlington was a new charge for tickets to see the headliners.
“I was looking forward to see Weezer and Our Lady Peace but having to pay almost a hundred dollars just to get in seems a bit too much,” said Amy Williams, a high school student. Visitors to the festival are required to purchase a ticket for the first half of the SOMF week in Burlington.
“This year visitors must pay to get in to view the live performances due to some capacity issues and also because the amount of entertainment is worth paying for. Some performers do demand more pay,” said Dave Miller the executive director of the festival. Some viewers agree with Miller saying it is worth it to see such great performances live.
It’s not just the locals from Burlington who noticed this change. People from other cities have who came to the festival have also noticed this change.
“I’ve been coming to Burlington from Oakville to the SOMF for the past five years now to enjoy free entertainment. Well at least it was free,” said Kaussar Atif.
Andrew Porecki, the president of this year’s festival says that although music is the primary focus for this festival it’s not just the music people are paying for. There are a lot of other things people can enjoy at the festival such as a Downtown Streetfest, a parade, a carnival, dance performances and people can also enjoy riding a mechanical bull at this year’s SOMF.
by Assam Elahi