VIP culture is part of our society. Whether it’s a politician, celebrity, anyone with some sort of influence or contacts can get away with whatever they please.
Every event is divided into different sections, the tickets are sold according to the sector. There’s a VIP section which is at times even further divided into gold and silver, followed by a second and third class: these are for the common people who cannot afford expensive tickets.
Last year Ali Zafar called out on VIP culture.
An Open Letter to Event Organisers, School and Institutions and Promoters:To whom it may concern, In advance of…
Recently an incident took place in Islamabad. Glad to see another celebrity calling out to this VIP culture.
Abdullah Qureshi is 25 year old self taught musician (vocalist/guitarist). Currently playing for two underground bands Aghosh n Zynk with which he’s working on original tracks. One can hear his covers on YouTube.
This young artist had a concert in Air University Islamabad. The gig was in full swing, the crowd was enjoying but some people did not like what was going on.
Abdullah Qureshi shares his experience on Facebook-
I’ve been wanting to share something that I experienced at my concert in Air University Islamabad last Saturday. The moment we got on stage I noticed that the crowd was quite far from the stage because there was a large space left for VIP sofas where the staff members of the university sat. I called the audience closer to the stage after the first song, everyone loved it as they weren’t enjoying the concert from far behind. We played the second song, the crowd went crazy, me and my band got all pumped ofcourse. Towards the end of the song, one of the senior staff members walked up to me on stage, pulled my shoulder, yes he held my shoulder and pulled me back towards him (without exaggeration) and told me (in not a very nice way) to send the students back behind the “VIP area”. I felt embarrassed, but obviously, the crowd understood the situation, boo-ed the staff member because they didn’t want to go back but I made an announcement that I respect the rules and regulations of the premises and they should all go back, which they did (having no other choice). I could have walked out from stage right after what he did with me as they owed us some money too but I didn’t want to disappoint any fans. You don’t call an artist to your premises and embarass them on stage, you sir, can do that in class or in your office, the stage is ours once we get up there.
I request the university authorities to stop holding events if you don’t want the students to enjoy, because afterall they are the ones who work so hard and organize events so that they can get some time off from their usual hectic days. I also request the event management companies to make sure that there are no VIP areas right infront of the stage at concerts, the audience should be standing up and close to the stage so we can look into their eyes while performing, that’s how the message of music is properly conveyed, that’s what live music is all about, it’s about exchanging energies.
It’s a rock concert, not a ghazal night. You can put your VIP sofas in your drawing room and take a nap if you’re too old for a concert.
I've been wanting to share something that I experienced at my concert in Air University Islamabad last Saturday. The…
There is a way of getting your message across, to get things done, however the attitude of this senior staff member is not acceptable. When someone is your guest you give them respect and let them know in a polite manner when they’re crossing a line, not humiliate them publicly.
Nice to see celebrities using the social media as a tool to express their views and share their unpleasant experiences.
Whereas the public have mixed opinions
What’s your say on VIP culture?
Contributed by Yaamzadi Jamali