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  1. After a few years in the hellish sheds I'm apparently doing back stage this year - does anyone have any experience of this? I'm imagining following Kate Moss around with a hoover, but the reality is probably more mundane. Interested to know if anyone has done it
  2. Cheers mate Just had a listen. As you say, could struggle with this on record, but live, on a sunny day, could work a treat.
  3. Could you point me in the direction of some "Kamaal Williams Ensemble" stuff? I have an instinct its for me but struggling to discover much content for this one.
  4. The difference, I would say, is that Glastonbury feels like a 24 hour party where ever you look, while Latitude has something to do if you go look for it. More objectively, I just had a quick look in last years programme, and on Saturday night, there was a reasonable variety on stuff up until midnight. Beyond 1am, however, apart from the cabaret, they were all DJs of various kinds. To say the comedy tent stays open til late, as latitude does in its night owls section, is a little disingenuous, as the comedy actually finishes by around eight, after which it turns into a cheesy disco. That said, it is one of the bigger dance venues, and there's a outside dance venue called the lake stage, which is decent. Apart from those, Sunrise is small, but has the better music (in my opinion). The Film venue has reasonably late night live music up until 1ish, but - like the Cabaret - can be harder to get into if something decent is on. The lavish lounge is also open late, but that is tiny. I think that's it. So without wishing to contradict funktownbro, because its true there are things to do, I would say that if you're used to Glastonbury, the much missed Big Chill, or even Bestival or Bearded Theory, to you it will feel as if things have suddenly gone very quiet, so its not a strength of the festival. I go every year, by the way, and love it, so I don't mean to put you off!
  5. You're thinking of the Scottish band, I think. These were different Aliens, from the planet Spacerock, and certainly wouldn't be let loose on one of the main stages. Half of the people I saw that night, some of which I have since got to know, are involved with the running of the Mandala tent. Lovely people, and completely nuts.
  6. The fact that they are around at that time makes it even more of a snub, I guess, which is a pity. I guess you might be right about the Mandala tent, though the few times I've popped into the jam, it seemed to be a fairly acoustic affair. Space Ritual would flatten the batteries in five minutes, I'd have thought. That said, a few years back I wandered in around 1 in the morning and a band billed as the Aliens turned out to a mix of Space Ritual, Whimwise and Pyramids of Snafu. They even managed to play one tune - Steppenwolf I think - but most of the time were just making weird noises and running round the tent in a substance fueled frenzy. Needless to say a good night was had by all, but I've never seen repeat performance.
  7. Slaves on at midday at Glasto - which will be odd - but I think I'll catch them again. The Revered v Transglobal was a tricky choice - saw the Rev last year so opted for a change, and worked out, so is all good. Did you see Papa Gringo (think that's the right name)? It was one of my must sees but a combination of sun and drink - too much of both - led to me missing that particular appointment, due to being lying unconscious in my tent at the time. It was the one thing of the weekend I really regretted missing, as I had no need to, so am intrigued as to what they were like.
  8. No Space Ritual - again Not everyone's cup of tea, I know, but I always tried to catch them. The sheer perverse pleasure of seeing them down the Rabbit Hole play to 30 odd people, while Muse was on back in 2010, remains a key Glastonbury moment for me. Poor old Nik Turner seems to now be banished to the Mandala tent, parping away discordantly for four hours a day to half a dozen people, which seems a shame for such a iconic Glastonbury character. ...oh my lord, I've turned into a grumpy old man.
  9. Hey Perks - did you catch the infamous Clusterfuck? I went along, mainly out of ghoulish curiosity, but ended up really liking them. All a bit weird, but together with the dancers either side I thought they put on quite a show. In general this year the highlights for me were the unexpected. While System7, Banco de GaIa and NMA were, of course, good to see again, it was the likes of Beth McCarthy, Slaves, Black Balled, Willy and the Bandits and Transglobal Underground - none of which I would have bothered with with at a bigger festival - that stand out in my memory.
  10. cheers mate - will do
  11. Anyone know somewhere closer to the site? Got a longish journey so thought I'd set off today and staying overnight in a travelodge on the A38 - almost walking distance from Catton Hall. Roasters looks good, but its way to go for breakfast!
  12. But tap in a few surrounding towns and that shower on Saturday moves about - meaning it's an isolated squirt of no importance that could land anytime, or not at all, and soon dissipates in the still boiling temperatures. Granted, Sunday is a trickier sell, but if it really had been 25c all weekend with no cloud cover it would have probably been a little much. Yes, I like the security of knowing there will be no rain, but with these more sensible temperatures, a light dusting from the rain fairies on Sunday might be just what we need. ...and its still better than we have any right to expect at this time of year, so its all good.
  13. Some fella called Hayfield is doing some major rejigging of my clashfinder. All looks a bit weird to me - includes a 12 o'clock shut down of Magical Sounds, which is fine by me, but not what they say. He either knows something in a major inner loop kind of way, or is as mad as a box of frogs. I can't fathom which. Do I go with the flow or revert? I just can't decide - are you out there, Hayfield? Where are you getting your info?
  14. A danger of wandering into the deranged territory of the Glasto weather watchers here, but with less than a week to go this seems ruddy marvellous. The significance here is not just the temperatures, which are frankly absurd, but that the good weather extends either side of the festival, so it isn't even a window that has to hit just right. What I also realised that I am genuinely too superstitious to unpack my raincoat and wellies, despite them adding considerably to my burden, for fear of tempting providence. I guess that scratch beneath the surface and we are all NFRNFC nutters under the skin.
  15. This is sad news - loved the fluffy folk. Whatever the official reason they weren't very happy last year - having a right old moan about what they saw as restrictive practices. Glastonbury, according to the cafe, insist on the traders buying supplies from them centrally. I presume the festival would say this is ensure they are ethically sourced and its the only practical way to do things but the traders (or at least these ones) saw it as an opportunity to charge them hiked up prices which made it hard to turn a profit. The truth, perhaps, lies somewhere inbetween, but as a regular purchaser of their excellent £2 egg sandwich I will miss them. Seemed like decent folk who offered a fair deal.