The Magic of WOMADelaide 2009
The Kaurna cultural custodians of the South Australia's Adelaide plains were represented by a trio of women elders, who warmly welcomed the festival-goers to the three-day event over the first weekend in March. Wrapped in dark furred cloaks Joan Lamont, Josie Agius and May Turner spoke in both Kaurna and English to welcome locals and visitors alike and explained aspects of the Red Kangaroo Dreaming of the area known as Tarndanyungga.
Led by Karl Winda Telfer the ochre-painted Paitya dance group came onstage, carrying shields and clacking spear-like sticks to traditional song in a warlike but welcoming manner. Then the mood changed to a contemporary vibe as the graceful girls of the Port Adelaide based Kurruru Youth Performing Arts Company simulated the soaring of a flock of birds. One young dancer, Jessica Gray said that her nerves soon disappeared with the excitement of performing for such a huge crowd.
First up on the main stage the Bedouin Jerry Can Band sat before a ‘desert shelter’ and sang, played flutes, hand drums, plus an ammunition case and jerry can (salvaged from the 1967 Sinai War). In tune with our own wide, dry land the band’s desert-wandering lifestyle, came through strongly in its music, echoing much of the cultural life of central Australian communities. As the turbaned musicians created such a good groove it was impossible for those in the crowd to sit still, the rhythms and haunting melodies positive and totally invigorating.
Dan Sultan and his band were in full-tilt boogie mode at the Zoo stage, his fiery delivery backed by the ample force of a tight horn section, while guitarist Scott Wilson played some very tasteful licks, and I loved his version of the Rolling Stones’ ‘Happy’.
Arte Kanela showed immense passion, as the Tedesco brothers led their Flamenco dancers and musicians through routines so full of precision, yet dripping with ardour.
Natasha Atlas is an Egyptian-English diva who has collaborated with Transglobal Underground and Jah Wobble, and her grasp of fusion is marvellous, with Middle-Eastern intonation spicing up a cover of soul classic ‘I Put a Spell on You’, along with her exotic compositions.
Sa Ding Ding thrilled the rapt audience with her well choreographed show, featuring a combination of Hong Kong film costumes, acrobatic male dancers and the lady’s operatic voice; all held together by the fusion of folksong and techno beats.
Day two dawned sunny with the sky painted with clouds of all shapes and textures, and firing up stage one Nigeria’s grand master of drumkit Tony Allen had the early punters in the mood for some spicy African rhythms with his youthful vibrant band.
Mikidache had been a guest artist at The Dreaming 2008, and this time he had brought a small ensemble, including two vivacious singers from Madagascar and a Guinean percussionist. His songs were soulful and his intricate and delicate guitar picking style was most impressive; from Mayotte in the Indian Ocean Mikidache was a dynamic entertainer at the All-Star Jam and in his own vibrant sets.
At the Zoo end of the site Seckou Keita SKQ was in exceptional form as the bandleader tickled the 22-string kora with furious fire; his gorgeous singer Binta Susso warbling angelically through the melodious cadences from the violin of Samy Bishai; Italian bassist Davide Mantovani laying down a solid foundation with percussionist Surahata Susso.
Heading for a late lunch I was totally sidetracked when I caught the northern English accent of Rachael Unthank & The Winterset, from Tyneside, UK performing traditional ditties, comic scenarios, a clog dance and an often dark and moody dirge.
The star of the festival was undoubtedly Elcho Island legend Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, having won ARIA and Deadly awards last year, plus being the subject of the winner of the Archibald Prize for Portraiture, who attracted a massive crowd mesmerised by his soaring voice. The Arnhemland saltwater songman is so special his spirituality goes straight to the heart like a spear of love and compassion. His humble delivery and sincerity had the audience spellbound, some with tears in their eyes! Later I sat with Gurrumul and some of his band to hear the equally superb voice of Sa Ding Ding, and he was obviously as entranced by the Chinese diva’s exquisite delivery as we all were!
Aotearoa (New Zealand) diva Mihirangi was strong in her performance, her voice carried clearly through the cool evening from the cosy Zoo stage with the combination of techno layers and loops adding new dimensions to the traditional aspects of her songs.
Quite a hot one Sunday and somewhat dusty; my nose feeling like sandpaper on the inside and a chilli for skin! But the music was equally hot, with the Papua New Guinea Tatana Village Choir backed by Melbourne progressive jazz combo VADA. The combination did not appeal to some, however under the direction of virtuoso pianist Aaron Choulai the villagers joyously sang with great gusto and verve; their modal harmonies floated freely juxtaposed with the avant-garde backing.
Ska Cubano, those suave gents were a big crowd favourite with their reggae flavoured salsa beats, while at the other end of the site Kaki King amazed all with her guitar dexterity and showy finesse.
Egos Lemos from East Timor is the first international artist to record for Darwin’s indigenous label SkinnyFish, and his is another strong voice for reconciliation, considering the trauma his people underwent in the savage Indonesian colonisation period from 1975 to 1999. His songs are about land, love and life, and as an advocate for permaculture to revitalise the degraded environment and grow sustenance for all, his music reflects his positivity. He also joined Gurrumul onstage to sing an anthemic number with the rousing refrain of ‘Timor Lorosae’, where the two voices intertwined in perfect harmony.
Internationally renowned Yamitji didjeridu master Mark Atkins has played with Phillip Glass, Sinead O’Connor, London Philharmonic, Jimmy Page and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Looking to re-connect with his own country he has been touring with The Black Arm Band. At WOMADelaide he wowed everyone with his professional virtuosity and solid stamina, cooking up an earthy beat. He was also invited to join the customary All-Star Jam on stage 2 on Sunday where performers from West Africa, England, Papua New Guinea, Europe and the Sahara poured their sounds into a multi-cultural mix.
WOMADelaide has developed into one of the finest festivals on the planet and is a fabulous showcase for our own Australian musicians, our Australasian neighbours as well as others from all over our world.
Saturday’s line up includes - The Fratelli, Pigeon Detectives, Echo and The Bunnymen, Florence and the Machine, Noah and the Whale, Howling Bells, Etienne De Crecy, Dr Lektroluv, D.I.M, Jape, The Twilight Sad, Let’s Wrestle, The Good The Bad.
Sunday’s line up - Paul Weller, Editors, Doves, Super Furry Animals, Mystery Jets, Ladyhawke, The Rifles, That Petrol Emotion, 2ManyDJ’s, Scratch Perverts, Alex Gopher, Burn the Negative, R.S.A.G. 65 Days of Static, Dananananaykroyd, Fight Like Apes, and more...!
Would you miss it!!!? Nooooooouuuuhhhh!!!!
Well whats better than writing a first post in a pointless blog than now, when I really need to be doing something useful instead, some thing novel like housework.
will I , won't I, do any that is the question??
actually I think I will go see my mate Jack instead and pick up my drill.
The new website design seems to be going down extremely well.
While it's not possible to do a true like-for-like comparison of last year's website traffic compared to this year's traffic due to some of the changes in the redesign as well as some other background changes, it's certainly the case that there's been a very significant increase in website readership, and the 'stickiness' of those readers.
- number of pages viewed is significantly up.
- number of pages viewed per visitor is significantly up.
- visitors from .uk domains is significantly up.
Unfortunately, due to the 'background changes' mentioned above, it's not possible to make a like-for-like comparison of website visits or unique users by IP address. Even so, visits are up, while the recorded (just recorded!) number of unique visits by IP are down - which suggests that if it were possible to make a like-for-like comparison then both visits and unique users would both be showing a significant increase.
And of course, also from those 'background changes', the significant increases in the 3 items mentioned above would actually show a far higher increase than they are showing. So it's all good.
The other very noticeable difference within the hit stats is the proportion (just the proportion) of pages read on the forums. While the number of pages read on the forums has increased by around 15% (which is great considering the popularity of facebook and the like), the proportion of all pages read on the website that the forums account for has fallen very sharply, by over half of what it was. Again, this shows that the trend on the main part of the website is a massive increase!
So a huge thanks to all of our long time readers for their continued support, a 'welcome back' to those who didn't like the old-style eFestivals but who like the new style, and a big hello to all those who are new readers here. We hope that this year's festivals are all that you dream of.
Well it's about this time of year that I start to look at a few gigs to review, and get into the swing of things before the summer season. Only, this year there's absolutely nothing around to review. Thankfully Vibraphonic, is on the horizon, hopefully that is:
K went to a councillors meeting the other day, where they suggested that in order to save some money after they lost it all gambling in banks around the world, they cut the festival budgets. firstly it was suggested they just stop funding Vibraphonic, and then they decided they'd reduce the amount they give to all festivals here in Exeter! She came home very disillusioned, now I don't know about councils elsewhere but the expression 'not knowing their arse from their elbow' sprung readily to mind I believe.
This is the same council that now no longer does anything by the book where it comes to employee rights, so god knows what they're getting up to in chambers!
We've bought a campervan too, but I now have reservations about vanning at festivals, I mean the fields are always up big hills and half the fun of going is to sit around chatting until silly o'clock. does this mean we'll now be going back to the van early?
Anyway back to the original point, where have all the acts gone? Are they just not bothering to come down here? seems strange as our student neighbours have felt no credit crunch and still spending their trust funds like Nick Leeson! Now this city has so many of these well heeled children of London's elite, I'm amazed bands aren't falling over themselves to appear down here to spread the wealth!
Well at least we have Rod Stewart in Argyle's footie stadium to look forward to. Not!
Last week I went back to the doctors for more tests - now they've really narrowed it down, and provided a few answers.
Firstly my tinnitus is not caused by exposure to rock music at festivals, it seems there's something blocking the signal that runs through the bone in my ear to my brain. This block is microscopic, non malignant (by now it should have grown through the bone it is housed in if it was) and has been growing really slowly for decades, until it bumped against the nerve.
So my problem has been solved, but as it is so tiny it was missed on the first MRI, but it being in the ear it effects balance, co-ordination, and hearing, etc. Plus provided too much 'noise' for my brain to deal with leading to some effects on the cerebellum.
But not the loss of feeling in my hands/feet - that's been put down to 'wear and tear'.
The bad news is - its effects are 'enhanced' by alcohol or changes in chemistry in the brain - so now I have to sort out what I can eat, drink, etc without worsening it and what makes it loud.
As well as this, I have to see an audio specialist about having white noise filters fitted to me ears - to aid sleeping, and during tested some long wave frequency audio really knocked me out - so I also need to wear ear plugs.
The doctor said after the latest MRI last night which zoomed in on the bones effected in my ear they will decide how to progress with three options:
1. keep an eye on it and leave it.
2. cut a 'hatch' in the back of the skull, move the brain out the way and operate .
3. Use a gamma knife (a fine pin point of gamma radiation) to zap it, seems there's a bloke in Bristol who is one of the best in the world at this. Too many computer games as a kid I reckon.
Ah only 10 days until we set off on a bit of a trip of a lifetime! It's been 2 years in the planning.
We've got a fish/house sitter so no need to put our aquatic pets in a hotel anymore - and so we're ready for our big adventure.
We'd booked a hotel in Vila, which was the best we could afford until the other day I discovered the Australian equivalent of lastminute.com and we scored a luxury room in THE island resort - Irririki resort - on the island my sister was born on.
Check it out here -> http://www.iririki.com/
We never thought we'd be able to afford to stay there but it's actually £300 cheaper than the hotel we were going to stay on.
We're there for a week - i've contacted the old school my dad worked at, and got my plans of where I want to revisit that i remember from before we left there in 1978. So far we've got a schooner cruise to a turtle sanctuary, big barbecue, scuba dives, melanesian night, kava sessions, windsurfing, sailing, island tour, tribal dancing, cascades (waterfalls), and the visit to my old school, my old house, and my dad's work sorted. At the moment the weather has dropped to a cooler 34 degrees which is nice.
After a week there we fly to Auckland to pick up a motorhome and travel down north island to see the sights - rotarua, gloworm caves, mount doom, giant trees, new zealand rugby home, wellington, hobbiton etc. Then take the motorhome over on the ferry to south island for yule, and new year plus some hardcore sports including zoom jet boats, bungie, glaciers, and possibly a parachute drop.
Then back home in January - looking forward to it loads!
Right, I'm off to see Billy Bragg!
As an easy way to take some load of the main eFestivals server, I've fairly recently created some new sub-domains of eFestivals.co.uk on another server, of 'images', and 'archive'.
While these are good for their created purposes, I've realised since I set them up that they're only really any good for those specific purposes, and aren't particularly good for use for any other purposes. If I was to carry on in the same way I could end up with tens of different use-specific sub-domains which starts to become a nightmare to manage, if only due to having to remember each one and its purpose. So I've been trying to think of a name which would be suitable to encompass all possible uses of a second server.
I don't fancy using the fairly standard 'www2' for a second server, and had been running various options thru my head without anything jumping out at me as particularly good ....so I thought about using a Greek mythological god, as there's a tradition of those being used to name servers. As I'm not particularly familiar with Greek gods, I googled for them and ended up on the wiki page which has a comprehensive listing.
I'd been thinking that I'd pick a short name for easy convenience such as 'zeus', but there was one that jumped right out at me as so suitable that it just had to be used - Dionysus.
According to Wiki, Dionysus is the "God of wine, parties/festivals, madness and merriment. He represents not only the intoxicating power of wine, but also its social and beneficial influences. His symbols are the grape vine, ivy, and thyrsus." .... what could be more suitable for a festivals website server?
So a sub-domain dionysus.efestivals.co.uk is going to be created, and over the next few months the references to 'archive.efestivals.co.uk' and 'images.efestivals.co.uk' will be removed from eFestivals, with everything moved to the new dionysus.efestivals.co.uk sub-domain. If you happen to notice this sub-domain being used, you now know that it's genuine.
It's now nearly a year since I moved more into a back office role for eFestivals, and it's been pleasing to have the time to get many of the things done that have been put to the side for years simply because there's not been the time to do them without putting myself thru bad insomnia. It's been great to get a bit of my life back.
Much of what's been done won't have been noticeable to anyone, and even many of the bits that are visible to website users will have probably passed many people by.
But things are now starting to move on at a faster pace having cleared much of that backlog, and tho you can't see them yourselves just yet, much of that work is going to have a greater impact fairly soon. It finally feels like things are moving on.
I've had a battery of tests today - I keep thinking this is like some Duracell test - where they will press my head and feet and a giant glowing indicator will light up my side to show how much charge i have left!
Well my appointment was for 10.45 at 11.45 the first doctor sees me - turns out the consultant isn't available (why not just cancel at this point? - I have work to do, and my spinal tap isn't until the afternoon) but he goes through the same proceedure as my own GP did - then I go to have the audio tests done - they can't do it today! - So I wait around a bit more. Then they can't book in a new appointment - although I'm stood with a nurse because the doctor needs to write a request. So the nurse says she'll get him to write one, and they'll put a letter in the post to let me know.
Next up get changed into a gown - very' 28 Days Later' and sit around in my pants in a crowded waiting room. Eventually i get a room, for no apparent reason - probably to build up my fear of hospitals - there's signs everywhere warning of vomiting and diarrhoea - nice! Then I'm led back out to another waiting room - why not just put me straight here?
Then I get sent in for the spinal tap - I'm trying to think of the band to take my mind off it - as I'm asked to put my head between my knees. The anaesthetist nurse - takes for ever to stab me with the local anaesthetic - repeatedly asking me, who hates needles, to relax. Then they wait around for a bit - I'm starting to feel like i have the vomit/diarrhoea bug when it's on to stage two - my head's still between my legs. They stab me with another bigger needle - this hurts even though it shouldn't I'm braced to stop the reflex movement - trying not to move as I feel this scraping in my spine. Then it's done - it's now about 2.15pm
so for nearly four hours I've had about half an hour of medical work - all billed back to my GP I presume. Nice! I'm supposed to be remaining flat - but it's too uncomfortable, So I'm sitting down.
No results, just a case of more waiting now.
Since about August I've been getting a lovely buzzing noise in my ears and a bit of disorientation - sounds like the results of a good night out? Well I thought it was hearing damage - so went to the doctors. Found out earlier this week that there's no damage to my hearing at all - the noise it seems is not coming from my ears!
So wa-hey back to the brain scan machine for me! And it seems the doctor played down the results of my previous tests!!!
Terrific! On the plus side I do get to see a tinnitus councillor about dealing with the noise 24/7
He said, "Did the specialist tell you that they confirmed your senses were weakened?" To which I replied I never heard anything, it took a part time doctor last time I was in there to tell me my results. He then said, "Well the results confirmed you have a weakened system of nerve responses, but we have no idea what's causing it. Have you tried looking it up on the internet?"
Wish I'd never gone now, K only persuaded me to go as she reckoned my ears might be blocked.
On the plus side, I'm working feverishly to get the eFest calendar finished. Got my Glasto ticket (all 3 of us have)
Oh and it's K's birthday today.
Well, that's another summer that's been and gone, with just a few more outdoor fests left before the weather gets bad. Except the weather is bad already - in fact did it ever get good? That's two summers on the trot where it's been generally awful.
Hopefully it's all been due to La Niña, which is normally a two-year weather event and started in early 2007, which means that it's likely that next year will be back to a normal British summer (Yes, that means it rains, but also means it doesn't rain like it has been doing this summer and last summer). I was aware of La Niña early last summer, and in May 2007 was saying to friends that summer 2008 wouldn't be good either; sadly it proved to be true.
Despite the generally awful weather, my own festival going this summer hasn't suffered too badly from it. With more resources for eFestivals now, I've personally attended fewer festivals this summer than I have done for a very long time - just seven, and considering how the weather has been in general I did pretty good, without needing to get my wellies out once (tho waterproof walking shoes [not boots] were needed).
I had wanted to go to Bestival, but a family commitment meant that I had to skip it again (a friend got married on Bestival weekend last summer, so I'd missed last year's too). But having heard reports of just how badly it suffered from the weather this year maybe that wasn't such a bad thing after all - while I can cope with a horribly muddy festival I'd rather not have to.
Roll on next summer: things can only get better, and next summer they will be.
been a while I think I'm number obsessed - had woman flu (it just goes on and on and on) since Guilfest, then WOMAD, and now Endorse It - weather's looking good for that - touch wood. Broken a long bow and bought a new since my last post - currently have one - Grand Master Bowman score - need three to get the classification - and going to enter the County Champs - if i do well then County Squad beckons!!! Not bad for someone doing it just over a year. Lookin' forward to Beautiful Days - Z is gonna be a teenager - so we're taking her to <s>hell on earth</s> Reading Festival as she's now a \m/ \m/ a rock chick!
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Hi everyone the Festival at Grewelthorpe just outside of Ripon North Yorkshire is now taking shape the festival takes place on the 1st 2nd & 3rd of August 2008. It runs from 4pm Friday Afternoon until 4pm Sunday afternoon. This is to facilitate young families being able to pick their children up from school on the Friday and not miss a thing at our festival. The whole of the festival is all about interaction and is unlike most music and arts festival currently being promoted. I have been attending festivals for the past twenty years and my aim was to take all the good things that I had seen and incorporate them into one beautiful and lovingly created happening!
Much of the live entertainment is local (to Yorkshire anyway) and gives the best of new indie as well as some sublime funk and soul, there will be comedy and movies within our multimedia arena. There is also a Northen Soulz tent palying the best in progressive sounds.
My wife Karen is putting the finishing touches to our own healing field set around the sites own stone circle here you can relax have an indian head massage or have a crystal reading and many many more alternative therapies. The diversity is one of the main selling points of the Limetree festival.
In essence the Limetree Festival is aimed at people who have the idea a festival is all about uncomfortable camping and warm cider!! We are limiting our numbers to 2000 so everyone has plenty of space and comfort, children are welcomed and encouraged. There will be no junk food or smelly toliets we have our own composting toilets on site and the rest we will be hiring in to ensure everyone has a pleasant experience.
The site is a beautiful nature reserve and we only want visitors who will respect this ideal, as much of the proceeds is going back into providing more facilities for the whole site.
Anyway I will be back to add more info
Love peace and happiness
Personally i Ride a 125 Motorcycle Cheap and uses less fuel, this helps the environment!
But to get to Leeds or Wickerman from Glasgow? er i dont think so? What about a car, NO! too much traffic!!! and Co2!
Coach or bus is ok but personally i think that LUXURY PRIVATE COACH is the future of travel to a festival, you can choose a DVD or Music for the journey and if you get a 77 seat coach then theres a toilet and a separate wash room, loads of space for luggage and a stop on the way for the smokers or to stretch your legs.
But what do you think?
eFestivals has had a problem for a while with a certain music-based publicity company having their staff making publicity posts here.
The terms & conditions of the use of these forums is that they're not to be used for commercial purposes. To try to get around that, these staff have made numerous registrations in the normal sorts of usernames that genuine users use, and then made their posts in a deceptive manner, in a "have you heard the latest album by XXXXX? It's superb, check it out" way.
We first picked up on this particular company doing this early in the year and had a word with them, asking that they stop, and they said something like "it's our interns doing this, but we'll make sure they stop". A week or two later and there's been a load more, so this time we make sure they know how seriously pissed off we are about this; again, they said they'd stop.
And now today, we've discovered a whole lot more. Aside from the amusing thing of these threads often having various of these interns 'promoting' the same thing at each other (with each obviously thinking that the other has a genuine interest in the product/band they're promoting), we've again had wortds with this company and again they've given us the same old "it's our interns, it's not our fault" guff.
This company has today told us that "every PR firm does this" (not true, at least not on eFestivals), that "it's the fault of the interns" (as though the company doesn't instruct those interns in what to do ), and that the record companies they're promoting for don't have the budgets to pay for proper advertising ... which all comes down to this company operating off the back of any resource that they can take advantage of, for their own commercial benefit and at the expense of their PR competitors and companies such as eFestivals.
It all just goes to show how full of bullshit the music industry is, how marketing driven it is (and marketing means, ultimately, that products are being sold on a false basis to suckers: let's keep it simple and say "sold on lies"), and that the whole of the mainstream music business is operating an unsustainable business model.
eFestivals has always tried very hard to be free of this sort of bullshit, and we're extremely pissed off with this publicity company. We'll keep doing our best to ensure that eFestivals remains an honest resource for the benefit of our users.
This summer eFestivals has branched out into producing videos about festivals.
Although self-produced videos are becoming a bigger thing as the technology improves and becomes easier, nearly every festival video out there is of the "look at me and my mates being daft" kind, which aren't of much interest to anyone who doesn't know those people.
We've gone for quality and a more professional angle, with a more documentary feel, to give a feel of what a festival is all about. We've already received some great feedback on our first offering from Wychwood Festival (see below), with a few people having commented that it's upped their interest in this festival and might well attend next year.
Our video crew will be attending a number of festivals thru the summer, so make sure you check out what they've done.
Here's the video from Wychwood.... enjoy!
eFestivals was approached by a newspaper journo - a freelancer, working for one of the nationals - the other day, after some festival information. There's nowt special about that as it often happens, however...
What was rather 'special' was this journo's approach. The normal deal - a deal that is requested explicitly from them, but which is also what they know is the case for this sort of thing - is that eFestivals helps them with their research, and eFestivals gets a mention in the article for that help.
This journo was different; she got her help, then said "and as I'll be mentioning eFestivals, can you send me some festival tickets?" I explained that we don't run festivals and don't sell tickets ourselves, so we don't have any tickets. She then replied "well then, I often have to cut an article down to fit the required word count, and as you won't give me any tickets it'll be the mention of eFestivals that gets cut".
Some journos really are dishonest scumbags.
With yet another festival (Blissfields) having fallen by the wayside for this year, it's pretty clear that fashions are changing.
Blissfields hasn't been hugely ambitious and had (in comparison to other fests) a good offering at a good price, but this was an unfortunate year to go for it - many established festivals appear to suffering a downturn in sales, and i wouldn't be surprised to see a big-name established fest fall this year (it might happen this year but might well not be back next year) as well as other newer events struggling.
eFestivals is of the opinion that the festival peak was three summers ago - the following year held its own, and the drop last year was somewhat hidden by and blamed on the awful weather. While the weather last summer is further affecting sales this year, we don't think it is only the weather that is responsible for the fall-off in the popularity of festivals; they're falling out of fashion and the next few years will show this more clearly.
We expect the coming trend to include (proportionally) fewer advance ticket sales, which of course will make it harder for smaller promoters to run an event, with people making their decisions to attend nearer to an event, in part based on weather forecasts, but also due to a more casual attitude to festrival attendance. It's going to require some promoters to hold their nerve despite the poorer advance sales, but even that won't be enough to save some events into the future.
Really pleased with myself - I did camping in the cold and didn't get riggormortis! I wouldn't say it was the best night sleep - but I did get some and I was able to walk in the morning so I see it as a result. The Bearded Festival was great and laughter always helps - so thanks to my buddy we laughed all night and that seemed to help alot! I am trying to convert her - (she was a raver in her day) there is hope would be really good if she came to Glastonbury. I will leave the tent at home and stick with the Trailer tent because one night on a thin bit of foam was fun 2 might have been less so and 4 (I'm thinking not)
"Boutique" is being applied to festivals attended by numbers from 500 to 50,000. So what does it mean?
1. a small shop or a small specialty department within a larger store, esp. one that sells fashionable clothes and accessories or a special selection of other merchandise.
2. any small, exclusive business offering customized service: Our advertising is handled by a new Madison Avenue boutique.
3. Informal. a small business, department, etc., specializing in one aspect of a larger industry: one of Wall Street's leading research boutiques.
4. of, designating, or characteristic of a small, exclusive producer or business: one of California's best boutique wineries.
As you can see, it means either "small" or "exclusive" or "customised". But "exclusive" or "customised" cannot be applied to any festival, as tickets are on sale to the general public, and attendees cannot customise the festival. So it means "small". Yet when "boutique is applied to festival of all size, it ceases to have any meaning, and just becomes marketing blurb - meaningless marketing blurb.
If a festival is having to rely on mis-using a word to try and get the punters in, what does that say about that festival? At best it says nothing at all - after all, thru mis-use of the word its meaningless in the festivals marketplace - but at worst it says far more and nothing good.
It says that a festival rates meaningless words above substance; it means that that festival will say anything to try and get the punters in, when their efforts would be better spent putting on something to get the punters in; it says that it's very likely that the festival is going to deliver something short of what you might hope.
In a world full of shit and a music world full of hype it's always best to keep it real.