Give Us Your GoogaMooga Grievances

The weekend's food and music festival left much to be desired. Whine along with us here.

Like most events of its scale, the Great GoogaMooga, which attracted tens of thousands to Prospect Park's Nethermead meadow over the weekend, had its share of critics.

Here's our breakdown of the Major Complaints lodged against the festival. Feel free to add your own in the comments below!

Lack of cell phone service: Remember the days when you had to, you know, plan to meet your friends, and then actually show up at the agreed-upon place on time? Like wisdom teeth and male nipples, the brain function for planning has become just another disused vestige of an earlier time—specifically, the '80s. While there was something adorably retro about having to coordinate a "meeting place," the charm was quick to fade the first time you lost your group waiting in the winding line for pork papusas.

Lack of toilet paper: There are certain discomforts a person should come to expect when braving an outdoor music festival, and unpleasant toilet conditions is one of them. However, it's easy to develop an inflated sense of entitlement after consuming one's fifth craft cocktail, asserting that it's your God-given right to use the bathroom like a human being, and not a craft cocktail-consuming chimp. What is this, Woodstock? (Incidentally, our favorite comment from the weekend was courtesy of one dreamy-eyed 20-something woman, who referred to GoogaMooga as "the Woodstock of our generation." Discuss.)

Lack of food (?!): It's one thing to carp about GoogaMooga's shortcomings when your ticket cost $0. It's another when you paid $250 for "Extra Mooga" in anticipation of stuffing into your face all the food and beer you can before throwing up on the sparkling banks of the Lullwater. But when, by mid-afternoon on Saturday, the food is gone and all that's left on tap is Woodchuck Cider? Riot time.

Destruction to the park: In addition to the fact that everyday park-goers were barred entry from an ostensibly public space, the presence of thousands of feet trampling the park's grasses was hardly beneficial for the many species of animals that live there. Wildlife rehabilitator Anne-Katrin Titze had this to say about the festival: "The only lake and forest which is a wildlife habitat in Brooklyn, should not be invaded in mid-May by an enterprise so far removed from the natural beauty of Prospect Park. The story is that a commercial venture has been allowed and welcomed by the Prospect Park Alliance/Parks to take over the entire Nethermead Meadow, Lullwater with the woodlands, and
Boathouse during mid-May when this location is not only a prime migratory
bird watching site but also nesting grounds for the resident wildlife at
exactly this time of the year."

Got another grievance to add to the list? Tell us about it below.

Erik Silverman May 21, 2012 at 06:19 PM
The biggest problem I saw, was the fact a lot of the food wasn't coming out quickly enough. The restaurants need to get their stands better organize, where they can get the food done in a much faster pace.
Billy G May 21, 2012 at 06:40 PM
A bunch of entitled middle class people bitching about a free concert in their neighborhood. Absolutely pathetic. If you don't like it leave- It's that simple. As for destruction of the park- complete BS, the park has survived hundreds of these events over the years and will survive this one while remaining the most beautiful park in the 5 boroughs.
peter May 21, 2012 at 07:21 PM
I live across from the park and could not get a ticket. It was frustrating not to be able to get in to a festival that was right across the street. Will the city start demanding tickets to the street fairs too?
Dudley Escobar May 21, 2012 at 07:33 PM
This article and a lot of commenters, including Mr. G above, seem to think that it displays an overdeveloped sense of entitlement that people would dare to complain about the atrocious organization and lack of access to food and beverages at this festival. As if it being free renders the festival immune from any and all criticism. That's ridiculous. If you went to a new restaurant and waited hours with no food or drink, wouldn't you complain, even though you entered the restaurant for free? Is there not an expectation of the hosts living up to some vestige of what they have been promising for months? Let's set aside the unarguably justifiable complaints of the "extra" purchasers. Spending $250 for a few scraps of food and couple of drinks is reprehensible, and like them, I'd be looking to get my money back. But those of us "free" attendees have the right to complain too, if not only because so many of the problems were avoidable. They told the food vendors to prepare too few of their dish, so most ran out well before the day was over. The beverage setup was a joke. People who merely wanted to buy a bottle of water (because there was no free water, anywhere) had to wait in the same hour-long lines as thirsty beer drinkers. I didn't participate in the Googa Moula fiasco, but people had to wait an hour for an ID bracelet, then hours for Moula, then more lines for beer? The lines were everywhere, they were slow, and they were long.
Billy G May 21, 2012 at 10:02 PM
100% agree on free water. Did they not allow you to bring in your own? If not, that's a disgrace. Obviously they were unprepared, but I'm going to have to assume you've never been to a free concert in Brooklyn or a large festival before, because anyone who has knows that this is exactly how ALL of these events always end up. In fact I've been to Coachella in CA, Jazz Fest in New Orleans, Glastonbury in the UK, and many other large outdoor summer events that I've paid hundreds of dollars to attend, and even these paid events have exactly the same problems (bathroom lines, bracelet lines, beverages running out) described here. No disrespect, but god forbid you attended Woodstock in 68- You wouldn't have lasted 5 minutes. Oh, and the restaurant analogy- Most people wouldn't wait more than 10 minutes under those circumstances, nobody is putting a gun to your head- You leave and go to another restaurant. It's that simple.
Dudley Escobar May 22, 2012 at 12:11 AM
I've been to JazzFest several times. I've been to a hundred different free events in Brooklyn and elsewhere. I've been to Austin City Limits twice. I went to Woodstock '99. I've been to half a dozen other random music festivals, in a wide variety of musical genres. Never, in any of those cases, did I witness such difficulty in getting food or beverages. This was ten times worse than any of them. Also, analogies to any of those events are irrelevant, as those were music festivals. Googa was not a concert, it was a food festival, where nobody could get their hands on any food. I'm getting the impression from your comments that you weren't even at GoogaMooga. Which leaves me confused as to how you could comment on what it was like or what people endured, or how it compared to other festivals. Or were you just waiting for an opportunity to tell everyone how worldly you are, while denigrating their own experiences and calling them a "bunch of entitled middle class people", whatever that means? No disrespect, but do you often comment on things you have no clue about? I'll say it again...the event being free does not, as you seem to think, absolve Superfly of criticism. People traveled for it. Locals had high expectations. I paid for a babysitter for the day. My wife took the day off of work. And some people did pay A LOT of money, and those people seemed to have gotten screwed the worst.
Chicken Underwear May 22, 2012 at 12:47 AM
and the park gives actual Brooklynites a hard time when we want to have an event.
Theresa G May 22, 2012 at 11:56 AM
I thought it was disgusting.I hope to never see the likes of something of this magnitude at my beloved Prospect Park again. The NOISE, the GARBAGE, the ridiculous AMOUNT of people who trashed and thrashed the park, having no regard for people, flora and fauna alike. I worked my usual Park Volunteer shift on Sat and couldn't wait to get out of the Park: it was just horrible. I have never felt this way before- not a day since 1989 when I called the Park my own place of solace. And so not PC. I am astounded that PPA allowed the park (of which it is steward to) to be a venue for such an event. Never again. Really unfortunate. It brought out the worst in people. Move it to one of the Stadiums next time...
Concerned Citizen May 22, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Really? Hundreds of these events? Can you name some?
Steve - Windsor Terrace May 22, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Anne-Katrin and Theresa G are absolutely correct. This kind of event does not belong in Prospect Park. I would like to know how much money went to the Alliance and to the Park to justify this 10-day disruption for people and wildlife.
Steve LeVine May 22, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Two part comment: 1. As an ExtraMooga sucker who went on Saturday with my wife, I can tell you that although some things were pleasant, there were too many problems to justify what they charged. "All inclusive" only included the penned-in ExtraMooga area with two-bite samples of food that ran out half way through the day. (They resorted to giving out snack bags of potato chips!) There were events that started late and were severely disorganized. In this day and age, cell coverage or wi-fi, at least, is expected especially when the event provides it's own mobile app. They should have brought in cell boosters or wi-fi, period. When it's all inclusive, why not have stations with bottles of water instead of waiting on a drink line? Also, their "swag sack" was a sad sack- a tote bag with plastic sunglasses, a plastic tumbler and a luggage tag. 2. As for the use/abuse of the park- to be honest, when Olmsted designed Prospect Park (and Central Park) it had at least a two-fold purpose. Yes, to provide a natural sanctuary of beauty and serenity in an (even back then) bustling city. However, his vision also included gathering space where masses of the public could congregate to celebrate life be it music, food, etc. Does the the organizer of an event, especially of this magnitude have a moral, fiscal and legal responsibility of maintenance- absolutely. However, when the police who have the power to actually enforce the rules are so lackadaisical, it's hard to blame the organizer.
david May 22, 2012 at 03:19 PM
prospect park is too delicate for this, and it’s pretty inconsiderate to people who just want to throw a frisbee or walk the dog to privatize the park like this. it's really unfair to turn the park that everyone should be able to use into a private party. the more i think about it, seems pretty insensitive to serve foie gras and roast ducks at a park where they killed all the geese. how about swan burgers? too much disconnect in general. i saw a lot of no smoking signs, and trees getting smoked out by roasted animals. http://instagr.am/p/K5Ms1KvgHa/ it’s raining now which sucks if there’s a lot of garbage left over it could wash down to the lake - it's probably going to be a few days before everything can be cleaned properly. did the community have any say in the decision to bring this festival here? events like this are what they did all that work to governor’s island for. hope the organizers intend to clean the place up better than it started.
Dudley Escobar May 22, 2012 at 03:27 PM
David, if it's any consolation, I spent most of Saturday near where your flaming picture was taken, and those flames were nowhere near any trees. It's a trick of perspective that it looks like the trees are being burned, that's all. Also, to the attendee's credit, there was little or no trash being thrown around. Everyone involved seemed very conscious of maintaining the cleanliness of the park. Almost everything used to serve food was compostable, even the plastic cups and utensils. I very, very much doubt if garbage was just left lying around to be rained on. I suppose it's possible but with the attention the organizers paid to making sure the event was as green as possible, it just seems unlikely. Obviously I have no personal problems with events like this going on in the park. I think this is what the park is for. It was a week or so that one section of the park was blocked off, not an entire season and not the whole park.
Billy G May 22, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Concerened Citizen- Google: "Prospect Park Events 1970-2012" Find the names yourself.
Billy G May 22, 2012 at 03:33 PM
" I paid for a babysitter for the day. My wife took the day off of work." Re: A bunch of entitled middle class people bitching - Thanks for proving my point.
Dudley Escobar May 22, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Hey, Billy. Did you notice the title of the article we're commenting on?
Billy G May 22, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Hey Dudley- A little reading comprehension on your end would help. The article now has a thread that we are both commenting on. Is this your first time using the internet? Maybe you need to get a better understanding how a blog works, this isn't a court room it's a web site, people can take a thread in any direction they want. Perhaps you're not able to make an objective point that lies outside of your precious cocoon of baby sitters and strollers. " No disrespect, but do you often comment on things you have no clue about?" Right back at you.
Dudley Escobar May 22, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Hi, I'm Billy G. I'm an internet troll who doesn't like complainers in thread about complaining. I also hate babies and parents, but live in Babyville, Brooklyn. YOU KIDS GET OFF MY LAWN! I WAS AT WOODSTOCK, DONTCHA KNOW? Herp derp derp herpa derp.
Billy G May 22, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Dudley, thanks for that last comment which saves me the time to both address your limited English language skills (All Caps? Really?), and provides the perfect platform to display your ignorance. Your comment was perfect, and clearly demonstrates either a) you are a child using your parents computer when you shouldn't be, or more likely b) you have a limited education, possibly a learning disorder and an IQ in the double digits. I rest my case.
Dudley Escobar May 22, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Hi, I'm Billy G. I can't figure out how to put my comments in the correct place. I'm also an adult who calls himself "Billy".
Mark L May 22, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Can't We All Just Get Along ? SMH, Everybody Just Build A Bridge, And Get Over It. I Actually Missed The Far. I Went to A Different Fair. The 5th Ave Fair in Brooklyn.Not Sure What was More Fare ! Brooklyn is Expolding With People. What Can i say ?
Dios Thunders May 24, 2012 at 03:47 PM
I liked the insanely rediculous comment the writter of the article quoted "favorite comment from the weekend was of 2 dreamy-eyed 20-something woman who referred 2 GoogaMooga as "the Woodstock of r generation") all I can say 2 this is WTF hahahah no chance baby doll.u have no musicans 2 make it so anyway They served FOIE GRAS there? R u kidding?The only person whos a experianced musican & a GREAT promoter who knows how 2 put tours & shows in door & out from the sound production 2 the talent the food 4 the crowds & 4 back stage & would NEVER ask 4 267 dollars is Little Stevie Steven Van Zant from Bruce Springsteen in 04 he put together a monumental show on Randalls 50 bands 20 bucks free bus shuttle no over charging 4 water drinks food they were NO PROBLEMS everyone was cool it only got a bit wild when Bruce come on stage & during IGGY POPs set & thats when photographers like myself & others get away from the middle & go 2 the side off the stage bodies were flying! He also did 4 free save CBGBs in Washington Sq park & it was so well orginzed the sound was perfect the people behaved back stage there were mountians of food tee shirts ice cold drinks & it was smooth as glass even the fans who found the fence that cut off back stage from the people were well behaved & didnt go nuts a little when GAVIN ROSSDALE from Bush came over 2 themThe craziest behaviour on stage & back stage was FLAVOR FLA hes exactly as uc on TV nuts Next time call Van Zant he'll bring real talent 2
Dios Thunders May 24, 2012 at 03:47 PM
I'm just saying.............


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