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I recently went to see ACDC and some other bands at the bowl in Milton Keynes and although I had a great day out there with my friends, the experience was somewhat tainted because I felt that we were being seriously ripped off by the various food and drink vendors around the arena.
When we bought our tickets the small print on the back told us that you couldn't take in certain items including food, drink cans, bottles, alcohol, cameras and believe it or not umbrellas. Fair enough I thought, I can understand some of that and I expect that they'll probably be selling food and beer inside although I couldn't figure out the umbrella thing but thankfully it didn't rain that day. What I found when I got inside though was simply unbelievable.
All the things we were told not to take in were on sale including disposable cameras, umbrellas and of course various food and beer stalls. My main gripe however is the blatant daylight robbery that went on here as typically most items of food for example cheeseburgers; hot dogs and bacon baguettes were all very expensive indeed. If you wanted to enjoy a beer with your snack then this would set you back a small fortune indeed and there was a very poor choice on offer so it was either a cup of watery lager or some cider, and not a very good one at that.
No food, drink cans, bottles or alcohol to be taken to Milton Keynes Bowl
I know these guys all have overheads and it's really nice to be able to just come along and grab a burger and a drink whenever you feel like one, but is it really necessary to fleece us again after we've just forked out £30 to £50 or more for a ticket to see the bands and will probably spend at least another £30 or more on a tour t-shirt? I think it is totally unacceptable that we don't even have the choice of bringing refreshments of our own to the concert, if this was possible at least then we could eat and drink what we want and be a bit richer at the same time
I don't think there's much we can do about this so I guess for now we'll just have to put up and shut up, either that or stop going to see our favourite bands at open air concerts which as far as I'm concerned isn't really an option. Maybe next time I go to see a band at Milton Keynes Bowl I'll stuff myself silly in the morning before I go (lots of protein as I hear that's good for keeping hunger pangs away) and of course most venues provide water anyway.