If I go to a concert or sporting event I usually go in a VIP entrance and leave the same way”- Fran Drescher
Events,concerts are social affairs where everyone wants the spotlight on themselves. From the timing to dressing “right” to making travel and companion arrangements its a project in itself. But most importantly which events are safe for eves to go to and what to expect comes first. And this is where the confusion starts.
Meghna (name changed) a native of Jaipur stays and works in Gurgaon. While her weekdays are mostly spent in office she turns into a party goer on the weekends, “I pick up events based on the venue, the organizers and obviously the kind of event” she says. “I got an invite to a social event by BANTER – a socializing app. While their event was in CyberHub and it looked fine, the re-assuring part was that I got a personalised call explaining the concept, the likely people who would be attending and they even mentioned who would be there to usher us in. I liked their professional approach which was very comforting, and it helped me make up my mind” she continues.
This is a dilemma for most women in the city. While we always maintain “Sadi Dilli” or “Amchi Mumbai” is safe but Meghna’s problems can be found echoing from most ladies in other cities who want to attend parties & live performances but either give up from going or come back early for the same reasons. Not to mention the hundreds and thousands of our eves who will step out for their college fests or concerts or club parties .
Worse are the concerts where there are hundreds of spectators and always a risk of people getting uncomfortably close or rude. Not to mention that these concerts have blind spots (areas not well lit), risk from fire from all the hi-tech gadgetries, remote and isolated parking.
Shreya (name changed) who truly lives up to the Bangalore Nightlife says, “While the Music and the Ambience is generally good at popular venues, what always bothers me is the crowd and the coming back from these venues. Though I always go out with my gang still you know how things can get ugly” she adds with a frown.
And yet instances of teasing, inappropriate behaviour are on the increase. One of the reasons is that while at the event its a protected environment but the moment you step out of the venue you are on your own. With little in terms of enforcement agencies around or even fellow event goers you are in ways responsible for your own safety. This vulnerability is what ladies need to tackle and make sure they have enough mechanisms to deal with possible eventualities. Our top 10 tips to ladies wanting to enjoy their timeout would be 1. Read about the Venue, the Organizers. It does help to know that you will be in safe hands.
2. Make sure you have company at all times. Be it friends, relatives always remember twos a company and the more the merrier. Staying together has its benefits and make sure that someone knows where you are and what are your plans for the return
3. Stay away from suspicious, intoxicated & troublemaking people
4. Dress smartly yet sensibly and comfortably. As they say dress up for the occasion not for the limelight.
5. Carry your essentials and nothing valuable
6. Having mobiles with one press alarm button / key gets your voice heard by your guardians. Atleast you can be sure that the call for help will not go unanswered.
7. A pepper spray comes in handy for just those very uneasy situations
8. Make sure that the mobile is fully charged / enough battery to make those calls / operate those taxi apps (even when you have taken enough videos and selfies at the event)
9. Be alert and aware of the routes, the place layouts , options for exits
10. Park in spots that are well-lit / adjacent to the exits / parking attendants.
But things are changing. As the Banter spokesperson which organizes multiple events in Delhi, Bangalore, Chandigarh adds, “ We plan our social events at venues that are easily accessible, in prominent locations, are well lit and can provide a separate section for the party. We have a dedicated process to screen our participants through their social profile and verification call. On the day of the event we have our usher at the reception to welcome the guests and an anchor to coordinate the evening proceedings. We don’t just leave it to the restaurant or the night club. The welfare of our guests is our responsibility”. Banter surely knows what it is doing.
We are sure that these tips might be already on your mind and while all event organizers will try their best to manage the crowds, ensure safety measures are in place it’s the Meghnas & Shreyas of our cities that needs to do her bit to make sure she has, in her hands, her last line of defence.
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