madpiper wrote:I pretty much boycotted Oakenfold.
i have essentially done the same thing every year i've been to burning man. one of my private playa gripes has always been big name DJs performing hyped up sets during the event. i love electronic dance music and i spin it and book it myself at burning man, but i do not love seeing the same tired promotional tactics in the desert that i'd typically see from a default-world dance club. to me, that's advertising... and as far as i'm concerned, advertising is the right arm of commerce.
superstar DJs have just as much right to share their music as everyone else does. however, when these "headlining" DJs are pumped up and promoted and basically brought it to boost attendance at a venue, that crosses a line for me. i noticed the actual set times of numerous big name DJs listed publicly at Opulent Temple, and for that reason i chose to not dance even a single step at that camp. no disrespect to the organizers there - i'm sure they worked hard - but to me, that's just blatant marketing and i don't like to encourage that at burning man. it's a small act of protest and i'm sure it did very little to alter the overall headcount at Opulent Temple, but it is one concrete action i can take against supporting what is essentially commercial rave culture at burning man.
if you don't like the bullshit that surrounds superstar DJs on the playa, i would suggest you skip those shows like i do.