The greatest gimmick of all was the audio-tape flyer. I was given this tape at the South-east Queensland party Strawberry Fields at the tail-end of '96. To be promoting a party so far afield (and so expensively) suggests they truly were expecting big things. What let them down, I imagine, was the all Australian line-up that lacked the 'star power' to draw the big crowds, and perhaps the fact that it fell only half a year after the Field of Dreams juggernaut shipped out. Off memory, the tickets were a great distance north of the $100 mark, unprecedented at the time.
Regardless, the tape paints a wonderful portrait of a party that might have been. Think of this post as a tribute to all the parties that promised so much yet failed to deliver. There are many.
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