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  1. A James festival set. This is the first time I've seen them lean so heavily on a new album for festival sets since they reformed. Maybe it's the first one they actually like, but normal 40-60min festival sets have been 2-3 new album tracks, 1 obscure old track, and the rest singles. Having seen them live 40+ times I've heard all that stuff before so was happy to hear the new stuff but it wasn't what I expected (or, I think, the right call).
  2. As a huge fan, I think they screwed it up. I mean I enjoyed it but with that slot and that crowd they needed to bring their a-game festival set and brought a new album set instead. I don't think they really won the crowd over.
  3. Well that probably depends on how you define idiot. But once you get in to that territory it's reducto ad absurdum. Do we ban cars in case the mentally ill walk out into traffic? Or plug sockets in case someone electrocutes themselves? Or over-the-counter meds as you can overdose on those too? Drugs are far from the most dangerous thing in our society and 99% of the danger that does exist with them comes from the illiegalisation of them. Let people do what they want with their own bodies. It shouldn't be anyone else's business.
  4. If they overdose or don't take take the right care when they've been told exactly what to do then they're still idiots, regardless of how fascinating or how many PhDs they have. Sorry but I just don't think drugs need to be kept illegal just because some people will miss use them.
  5. There's a 100% effective way to ensure absolutely no-one dies from drugs at the festival and that's to strip-search everyone going in and adopt a complete zero tolerance policy. I'd assume you wouldn't be in favour of that, even though it would provably save lives? You probably value those civil liberties more. But yeah, I'm one of those Daily Mail readers, we're known for our hard line stance on total legalisation of all drugs everywhere. It's one of their regular campaigns. "Legalise smack now" is often the page three headline after "did immigrants die" and "starlet's cellulite scandal".
  6. I'll be honest - my goal isn't to save lives. I'm in the "legalise it all and let them kill themselves if they want" group. If people are correctly educated on the dangers and there's a guarantee that what they're buying is what they say it is, then if some people want to be idiots that's their business. This sort of thing essentially protects people from something that wouldn't be a problem if you just legalised it all.
  7. Why just festivals though? I'm pro legalisation of all drugs but less convinced by these half measures - they almost seem like a step away from that and not towards.
  8. Alcohol, the chemical compound is a diuretic - so it reduces the body's ability to absorb water. Cider contains both alcohol and water, amongst other stuff. So you're doing both.
  9. Everyone's bodies will react to different things different, and some weather will suit some more than others. Some people coped with 2010 fine, others really struggled, same this year. Only thing that bothers me is people who haven't done a proper hot one right up assuming they could deal with it fine. Unless you go out and spend five days in boiling sun with no shade, you won't know how your body reacts. It's very different to a holiday in the south of France.
  10. Not more than the heat - but the heat is just a few hours in the morning. Space blankets would rustle all night. Already wear earplugs but it's the sort of noise you'd hear through and would drive me mad!
  11. I'm a light sleeper so the noise would drive me crazy.
  12. And 16/18 year olds' celebrating the end of exams. There's a reason V and Reading/Leeds have become what they are. As for the weather - if you weren't there in 2010, be wary of calling those who were nutters. Blazing hot sun for 5 days straight and no shade, except for in the marquees, which are boiling. And no shade at all on Weds/Thurs. It's a bit better now as there are more undercover bars and such but still not enough to fit the entire site in. So no choice but to just let the sun beat down on you. There's shade in your tent, but it's literally too hot to even breathe in there. It's nice when the sun goes down, but you dare not stay out too late because when the sun comes up in the morning your tent will swiftly become an oven so a lie in is out of the question. And it's not just a "regular sunny weather uncomfortable tent in the morning" feeling. It's "oh my god get me out of here I can barely breathe". You stop drinking alcohol after a while, as it's a challenge to stay hydrated even without something in your system that decreases how much you can absorb. That's not to say you can't have a good festival, or it'll be worse than a muddy one. Just that it's not like a holiday abroad. And if you've not spent a few days straight in heavy sun with no shade before, don't assume your body can handle it fine. If you were in 2010, just appreciate that people react to stuff differently. I even found Thursday last year quite challenging, was really exhausted by the end of the day, but as soon as the sun went down, I got my energy back. Just as muddy ones are generally easier for those in shape, some people are going to handle very hot ones differently.
  13. It's interactive art, so yes, to walkaround without engaging is to miss the point. But to drop in each venue for 10-20 minutes, experience, explore, enjoy, move on, used to be point. Having big name genre acts, the huge Hell stage and such are what it's morphed into over the past five years or so. I'd argue picking an individual venue there, going in, and spending the entire evening there is utterly missing the point.
  14. It's not just indie kids at the Pyramid all day. It's families spending time at the kids field and checking out the circus. It's older folk hanging out at the Acoustic stage. It's folky people that spend most of their time around Avalon. It's comedy and arts fans that are mostly around Bella's field. Some of them maybe have the odd spliff but it's mostly just booze. And yeah, it's everyone in bed by 2am which is a huge, huge proportion of the site. How busy does the site feel at night? Outside the naughty corner? Kind of around the same, but maybe a bit quieter? Then think of how busy the Pyramid field and Other are for the average act. Not to mention West Holts, Park main stage, Avalon and Acoustic. Where do all those people go? You can't even fit the average mid-afternoon Pyramid stage crowd in the SE corner. And the SE corner and Silver Hayes (and Beat Hotel) are the only places I've seen significantly busier late night than during the day. A *lot* of people go to bed after the headliners. Now, of the people still up at 3am, yeah, maybe it's nearer 50%. NOS is a weird one too as it was only actually made illegal a month before the festival. I'd expect usage to drop hugely next year just for that fact alone. And yeah, Shangri-La is clearly inspired by hallucinogenics absolutely. But I've always seen it as the opposite: it's meant to make you feel that way without you actually being on anything. Yep, that's true. But you're massively over-estimating the amount of people going to Glastonbury and listening to electronic music. It can absolutely be your whole festival if you want it to be, but it doesn't have a mass appeal. Otherwise an electronic act would be closing the Pyramid every night. Block 9/Shangri-la are utterly tiny. Look at the Glasto map, quick comparison pic, at the same scale: And bear in mind that the shaded bits are out of bounds. The SE corner can feel huge but it's really not. Even when rammed it's only a tiny proportion of people on site, maybe 10K. It's always so easy at Glastonbury to feel like where you are is the centre of everything, and that most of the site must be there, especially when it's busy. So when you say raves and drugs go hand in hand, you're right. And the vast majority of the festival - they're not raving either! They can't be, there isn't the space. And all my original point was with all this - as much as we can carve the festival up and say "this is the naughty corner, this is where the electro music is, so this will be where the most drugs will be, and they'll happen more at night". Someone hit on it earlier but missed the point: security have to be fair. And it wouldn't be fair for them to be briefed "take it easy in the SE corner at night". That itself would be discriminatory. So the result is that you're just as likely to be busted there as anywhere else in the festival.
  15. It's also what takes effort for litter pickers though. Going to be easier to pick up discarded tent bags from car parks. I just spotted the big issue though - camping space. The fields get busier and busier every year, because people are bringing larger and larger tents. The numbers on site are barely going up. A scheme like this basically means everyone will want to bring their own tent, and tent sharing will stop. Which is a problem in terms of space.