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.