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  1. I guess I don't really get info from anywhere - don't listen to the radio or read the music press any more, and don't touch the entertainment sections in newspapers... but through whatever cultural osmosis I've always known who the Glastonbury headliners were, even if I've never heard a single one of their songs (which goes as much for Ed and Adele as Kanye).
  2. Might be an issue around him playing G next year... Am I the only person who has never heard of him outside of mentions on this forum? That's no criticism of his work at all - I'd heard of Jay-Z and Kanye but not because of their music.
  3. "Laziness" is always a nice way to make the argument but for ticketing companies "laziness" translates as "need for more man-hours" which means direct costs. (It's also not that simple as to what constitutes a 'sold out' show - once one person returns a ticket, it's not sold out any more until that ticket is resold, and you're in a market where a sudden influx of returns could actually be disruptive - many modern pop acts expecially have a very small window of fame and that ticket you buy when they're the hot thing might not seem such good value ten months later. Or even if a band you like put out a new album between sale and gig and it's absolutely terrible.) Except you are missing one crucial element that's also needed: enforcement. It's not an easy thing to do. There's an established way of doing a total ban on sales (as per football tickets) but face value or not is going to be a lot trickier to spot.
  4. Announcing the "legend" slot as a specific thing has only happened the past few years. It'd just be a sort of informal thing that the festival didn't even acknowledge prior to that.
  5. Back in the summer of 1991 when Sit Down was in the charts, James t-shirts became weirdly popular, to the point that the band put out a t-shirt with "James Suck" on it, just so they could also sell merch to the folk that hated them,
  6. Don't think I've seen that, is it on any of his DVDs?
  7. He's mellowed a bit now that he's married with kids though. But yeah, you're right, it was there, he just managed to make it really, really funny. And it's not like he was playing a character either.
  8. Legit Oh that's good. He wasn't at the festival last year was he? Remember finding that a bit weird, even outside of the comedy stuff he's often found MCing the Leftfield tent.
  9. You're looking at a single sale in isolation and are totally correct. But lawmakers will be looking at the sum total of effects across all consumers. So yeah, some consumers wil have tickets they can't sell and can't get a refund on, thus losing out. But other consumers will have tickets they can make a profit on. Overall, it broadly evens out. It might not feel even if you suddenly can't make a gig you paid 80 quid for and can't shift the ticket while having never sold,something at a profit, but when taken as a whole it evens out .
  10. Just listening to an interview with him and he briefly mentioned how much he liked the Glastonbury comedy tent in the 90s, in a "don't care for it much now" sort of way.
  11. Yeah- plus there's a been all the drainage improvements. Which I guess really paid off last year. One would have to imagine that 2016's weather happening pre-drainage would have led the festival being cancelled. Likely in the days before as they failed to finish the build. I guess the other thing was that last year was mostly okay on the way out. Monday 2007 was the worst day, so people's final impression of the entire event would have been negative / wet. And for those getting public transport the mud had delayed coaches and people were stood for 8 hours+ in the rain at the coach station. The Red Cross were called in to provide aid. And that sort of thing has a far greater impact than the similarly awful conditions on the way in during 2016.
  12. Likewise I spent most of 2007 in the cabaret tent so I remember not wanting to leave because it was always raining but wouldn't have been aware of changes in the level of rain...
  13. Also the price you pay for it's generous refund policy. Also worth remembering we're in a time of massive economic uncertainty, and your Glasto money isn't committed bar £15 until May. There's already a significant risk of mass cancellations should we hit a recession. This would be different if we paid up front in October. And that's the other difference from Reading / Leeds etc. if they announce poor headliners, the tickets they've already pre-sold are guaranteed to remain sold. Glastonbury's line-up does impact on its sales but we don't really know by how much because of the odd way tickets are sold.
  14. I'm not sure this so true - yes, it's lower risk for Glastonbury as it's likely it can sell out regardless of line-up. But if that gamble didn't pay off, the festival would be fucked. Glastonbury isn't set up in such a way that it could sell 2/3rds of the tickets one year and still keep on going. It makes a very small amount of profit, and then gives most of that away. Whereas the likes of Reading don't need to sell out in the same way, they're set to make a tidy profit at a much lower number of sales.