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Rock & Metal Circus Festival 2013

Hi I hope you guys don't mind but I wanted to share with you a new festival that I have just seen. Its called the "Rock & Metal Circus Festival" and is being held on September 20 - 22 2013 in Bromsgrove. Ity looks like a really cool festival for those who like Rock and Metal music. It is based around new and upcoming bands from the UK and will have a couple of really cool known headline bands as well. It seems there is camping and caravan hook up, hot showers, clean loo's and loads more. Looks like a small festival from what I have read but these kind of festivals need to be supported so our new bands have a place to be seen and heard so I'm going with a load of mates for the last festival of the summer and at £25 for the weekend including camping it's as chhep as a night out so you can't loose. Here is the link for you. http://roarrock.co.uk/rock-metal-circus/

ROARROCK

ROARROCK

 

Sziget Guide 2012

Thank you for viewing this blog. My overall intention is to provide people with first hand accounts of my festival experiences and in doing so give you advise and direction on planning your own tips/holidays. Sziget 2012 The idea of traveling all the way across Europe to Hungary for a music festival is a large task. My first impressions where, "Why not stay local". I live in Belfast, Ireland so the availability of festivals across the Irish sea in Britain are many. People in Belfast are used to the annual trip to Oxegen festival down in the south of the Island but wasn't held in 2012 due to the site being overused like the Glastonbury site. My first alternative was Pukkelpop but wasn't sure it would be the same after the accident in 2011. Many of my friends got on board with the Sziget idea and I soon followed suit. Everyone will obviously research where they are going of too before booking flights/tickets etc. I found a worrying lack of information from previous Sziget goers. All i had to go on was the standard information provided by the two Sziget websites available and sparse forum posts. All the obvious questions i wanted answering like, "What type of people attend", "Is there sufficient security", "Will i be stabbed/raped/murdered for my hat", couldn't be answered with the information provided. So i basically booked onto the trip blind of detail with the attitude of "just go with it". Flights and ticket came to around £250 which wasn't bad. I brought a medium sized hiking bag packed with a tent and sleeping bag with all the other obvious items. You don't need to haul an entire camping setup with you. Just outside the island there is a superstore which has everything at very reasonable prices. I honestly would advise just waiting and buying your tent etc over there. A member of my group did which left room in his case for a beer bong haha. The superstore itself is a 15 minute walk down a straight road, so its impossible to get lost. Midday security won't let you enter via the front door so just go round to the left side of the building where there is an unguarded door. If you bring any backpacks you are asked to store them in a locker just outside the main store which are free of charge. Just make sure you remember the pin you chose for the lock. As i said the store has everything, you can buy yourself a TV if you fancy it. Food and drink on the island range from large pizza slices to McDonalds. I did find myself eating a lot of McDonalds because, well it is McDonalds. Honestly the drinks from there taste like the were made from toilet water and the chips are most of the time cold/under cooked. I recommend making trips to the supermarket and picking up bread, cheese and ham along with other nice food. Fruit juices are also a good choice. Alcohol on the island comes in a few forms. The local beer is fine, but not one person could pour a pint to save their lives so you end up with half pints every time. The beer also comes in cans, although slightly more expensive its a much better drink. Cocktail bars are everywhere aswell, not my cup of tea to be fair and are pretty expensive. One night we came across this sort of barrel hut which was selling this soda/wine. Frocas is a Hungarian drink which contains wine, fruit juice and soda water. The entire group fell in love immediately. They are a must try, they come in a decent sized bottle and are very refreshing but at the same time will get you plastered. If thinking about buying drink at the superstore and bringing it in be very careful. Security on the gate search your bags extensively and anything else you have. We did get drink in but it was well hid. I do experiment with drugs on the odd occasion. Drug dealers stick out like a sore thumb, they aren't very subtile. Weed comes in grams, about €15-20 a gram. Not a very good price but it is a good smoke. Ecstasy isn't good at all, my friend took about 4 pills on one of the nights and was absolutely fine. Again i suppose it all depends on who you buy it off. The island itself is huge and very beautiful. We arrived at night. We got the bus with no problems just outside the airport terminal and brought us a 5 minute walk away from the main gate. As we had arrived on the -1 day we had to buy a separate ticket to get in that night. We were all very tired from the traveling and keen to get our camp set up. We walked up one of the main roads with no idea where we were going. The place was really busy and all the stalls were open already. We found a good spot beside the Illuminarium (see Sziget map). Got set up and as Irish as you want went straight on the drink. We first went and got our cards full with credit. The pay card system is very convenient, which allows you to reduce the possibility of being mugged. You can also pin protect your card if you lose or get it stole via a free text message. We then got pissed and explored most of the available open clubs/bars. The next morning/afternoon was awful. At least the hottest weather i have every witnessed, 40C. as you could imagine the hangover was serious. Trying to sleep during the next day is next to impossible. Your tent becomes a greenhouse and you will be sweating until at least 7pm. So i advise not to go in hard on your first night if you are not yet used to hot temperatures. The main stage is particularly warm, it does have water spraying down on you but its like someone is spitting water through a straw at you Our group was about 15 strong and we attracted a lot of attention from festival goers with our beer bongs and Irish ways. I honestly cannot remember one person who i met throughout the trip that i didn't like. Everyone was so nice and friendly. I am used to having to deal with mud covered dickheads at Oxegen and i expected more of the same but was pleasantly surprised that i didn't. if you don't like Dutch people, shit one its full of them but equally full of Italians and Germans all of whom are dead on. There were also a surprising amount of Americans also (who annoy me the most). The showers are a God send. During the day you will want a shower to cool yourself down and rightly so. In the morning they are usually empty but around midday the lines are big enough. Don't let this put you of, the lines move very quickly and you will be in and out in no time. The island itself has hard ground which is good for walking on and kicking a football on but will break your back when slept on. I done it a few times and woke up fucked haha. The place is very very dusty which kicks up everywhere you go. You will wake up with your nose stuffed with dirt. You will obviously see pictures of the beach on the island, you are not allowed on this and swimming in the river is forbidden. You wouldn't want to anyway its disgusting. Personally i didn't have a problem with getting lost because my group was big and even if i went of somewhere by myself i seemed to bump into someone. Im sure a smaller group would have more trouble. Mobile phone charges aren't that much so keep yours charged at the charging station. The arena is huge and you could get lost very quick. There is not much else i can say. I won't talk about the actual experience, i will leave that end upto you. Anything else you would like to know as away. Cheers Kev

kevinmc

kevinmc

 

not so wet wet wet

My own visits to camping festivals are over for another summer, and despite officially being the wettest summer on record I've not seen that much mud. Last summer I went to eight camping festivals. In every case there was more rain than any sensible festival goer would want, much use of wellies (tho I did get away with properly-waterproof trainers once or twice), and it was often far colder than you'd expect even with a British summer (the official stats confirm last summer as colder than this one too). This summer has been quieter for me, going to just five camping festivals (partly because so little of the line-ups of so many grabbed my interest). With the worst of the summer rain being in June and July, I guess I got lucky with four of those having been from mid-July until now, because the result has been pretty good. Of those five festivals, only one was badly muddy; another one was cold and dull. Of the remaining three, two have been in glorious sunshine without a sign of mud, while the last one did had a few heavy but short showers but not enough to get muddy and was otherwise pleasant with warmth and fair amount of sunshine. It might have been officially the wettest summer on record, but for festivals it's not all been wet wet wet.

Neil

Neil

 

pay to say

Payola was a big thing in the past; it probably still goes on - taking money from record companies to feature their products on mainstream radio to help push sales - but it's probably so engrained into the music biz now that it's no longer considered a scandal. From a moral point of view it probably makes bankers look honest. There's a second version of payola, which works within what is known as journalism. It's not actually journalists who do it of course, because writing fiction is not what journalists do. Anyway, it's no less the norm for writing than it is for radio plays. Which gets to mean that on occasions eFestivals gets offered blatent or not-so-blatent offers of 'incentives' to attend events, where the expectation from that incentive is to write nice things to either help drive ticket sales before an event or to enhance the repuation of an event after it's taken place. The masters of payola in music journalism has long been the dance scene, and with the almost-demise of the superclubs in the UK it's home is now Ibiza. This year we've been offered a blatent cash payment by an agent of an Ibiza based club night who are running a festival in the UK. They were told to fuck right off... and while I can't be sure - and I generally want festivals to succeed - it seems that this event is going to bomb badly. I'm not going to be losing any sleep if it fails as it deserves to. And this year an Ibiza events series has been paying for journalists to fly to Ibiza, and is providing them with accomodation. Again, they've been told to fuck off but it appears to be the case that an attempt has been made to subvert our principled stand - meaning that they've paid for a writer's treats but that writer has now found they don't have a platform for their writings. Good. Rather than them fucking over the public they've fucked over themselves. Anyway ... have you read that something in Ibiza is good? Chances are it's a lie. A lie that you're being asked to help fund via your ticket purchase. Ibiza is a great place for a holiday. It's also a great place to get ripped off by sharks running hugely erxpensive events, if not via the ticket price then by drinks prices - at sometimes over £10 for a small bottle of water (and that was 10 years ago). How big a mug are you?

Neil

Neil

 

Wanted not wanted?

I'd say not, but as I've only viewed it from the M1 what do I know? Is there much to love about Luton? Anyway, the 'Love Luton' event - I hesitate to use the word 'festival' - offers a line-up including The Wanted. And Olly Murs. I can't say it's top of my own list of where to go this summer. Tickets are now £15, and anyone who bought at ticket at the previous higher price will be sent a free extra ticket.

Neil

Neil

 

Cashless Festivals, RFID electronic registration

Hello All, Hopefully no one minds me using this forum for some unadulterated self promotion !! I just returned to the UK after 4 years working on international festivals. Im looking for employment and was wondering if anyone here was "in the know". My last project was launching RFID and cashless systems of payment at a 7 day music festival of 30,000 and as this hasn't yet been achieved large scale in the UK im hoping that might give me an edge. I was Event manager for this festival and im looking for similar roles in the UK or project manager roles that would compliment my skill set. Im currently in brighton but happy to relocate please e mail tomlobbett@gmail.com if there is any genuine interest out there. Thanks for reading.

TomLobbs

TomLobbs

 

SunDance 2012

I went to a really cool festival a couple of years ago called SunDance. They are having another one this year in October. It is in Turkey. It had a really great vibe with lovely friendly people. It's small which I really liked as you feel completely safe with everyone looking out for each other. It was on a private beach, surrounded by mountains, forest and ancient ruins. We were dancing in the sea. Absolutely stunning! The music is a variety of different genres ranging from electro house, house, breakbeat and psy trance. The festival this year has got some good names including Tom Real, Aphid Moon and Aliji. Most of the tree houses have sold out but they've still got some Turkish tents and camping spaces available. I would really recommend it. Have a look on: www.facebook.com/#!/groups/110817288964897 www.sundancemusicfest.com

jennyb2012

jennyb2012

 

choosing the weather

The weather has been dreadful lately, it's hard to believe that the country is suffering a drought. And last summer's festival weather was dreadful too, the worst I've encountered across a summer since I started running eFestivals back in 2000. With this year's summer festival season just about to start, I'm betting there's lots of festival organisers and festival goers wondering when it'll stop. For some they're now in the two-week range, when the more reputable weather forecasters are prepared to give general-ish forecasts for that long into the future. So up pops one of the festival season's more ridiculous happenings. Everyone of course wants great weather for their festival, and there's nothing that will stop them finding it - in theory at least. People will trawl around the various weather forecasting websites looking for the best one, and will then try and convince everyone that the weather they'll get will be what is forecast by the best forecast and not by the worst forecast. Perhaps there's a place for a new weather forecasting service, where only good forecasts are ever given? It'd certainly get a lot of traffic from festival goers. PS: cheer up folks, this summer IS going to give us some great weather.

Neil

Neil

 

the incompetence of BT

eFestivals moved premises in mid-January. A move of phone services from one premises to another should be an easy task for any competent business to manage. And yet... - BT took the order wrongly. - BT failed to fulfil the order properly. - BT did the bits they did several days later than they should have. - The engineer did a dreadful job, requiring the wiring in both my house and the exchange to need to be re-done. - it was near-impossible to get them to send that diferent engineer, instead I was told I had to take my office offline for several days while they did more pointless tests. - the tests they do are very pointless; they said my broadband was down when I was speaking to them on ta voice over IP line that uses broadband. - The billing of all this was a dreadful cock-up. The above are the extremely brief version of events. Trying to deal with all of the above took 25+ hours of my time. After being given the run around by the normal numpties on the phones who told me there was no complaints dept, and nowhwere within BT that I could take these issues to, I finally managed to find the following... 0207 356 6243. This is the number for Barbara Malone, who is the secretary to the MD, or Chairman, or someone (I forget). She directed me to "the chairman's office", which is a higher level complaints team to the normal complaints team (if you can reach even them). The number for "the chairman's office" is 0800 169 6126. The person who (in my experience) normally answers that phone is Jackie Craig. Jackie palms you off to one of her team. I firstly spoke to someone called Bill (I forget the surname) who was so incompetent that he ended up offering me much more compensation than he should have. Moving on from that, the compensation issue was handled incompetently too, so that I got paid double the compensation that Bill offered. That might sound like a good result - and it was better than nothing - but I'd rather not have had weeks of my time wasted getting to that point. That double compensation doesn't compensate me for the issues to that point. Following on from Bill, I ended up having the issues with the billing dealt with by Rona from the "HLE Business Complaints" team. After some to-ing and fro-ing I thought she'd got things sorted at the beginning of March. Forward to the end of April, and i get my first bill at my new premises, only to find that I've been charged about £200 more than I should have been, because they're still billing me for broadband at my old premises on my old number (despite that number having been diverted to a voice over IP line when I moved), for a phone they sent me which i never ordered, and for a voice over IP line and number that I never ordered. So i'm back on the phone to them, to get the bills amended. I make it absolutely clear again and again that it's only the billing that is wrong. I get told only the billing will be altered. And then I get an email to tell me that my broadband is to cease next week, as ordered. I phone up, to be told there's nowhere I can take my complaint about this, because there's no complaints dept. Even BT's head office switchboard tell me there's no complaints dept that can be dialed directly. So feel free to use the number above. Bug the hell out of these useless people. I'm surprised they manage to arrive at work each day ... given the constant incompetence they show I'd expect them to go to the wrong offices. I'm still trying to get things sorted. I could be here for some time. PS: I've always been a fan of BT, encouraging others to use them instead of alternatives. I've no experience of the alternatives but I can't believe they can manage incompetence in every single part of the process, even within the parts that are meant to sort out the incompetence of others.

Neil

Neil

 

twice as big, half as good?

The cancellation of some of the more major festivals this year have brought a lot of easy headlines for newspapers and the music press, with a raft of reasons suggested as the cause - the olympics, the recession, poor bookings, expensive tickets, and the like. Those things are of course in the mix and it would be foolish to dismiss the effect they have, but there's much more going on to effect the festivals scene than just those. Back in 2006 I wrote this article titled "Regulation, Retro and Rubbish", and having just revisited it I can see I called much of it right. Regulation has tended to tighten again, the change of licencing laws being just a false dawn. Spontinatity is now only permitted if it's been included in the programme and a full risk assessment is carried out. The freedom that festivals once represented and gave the central appeal to the whole idea is long dead and buried. Retro came and stole the show, and with the dominance of so much dreadful indie landfill it deserved to. But when it goes huge for pop acts like Take That and even Steps can get in on the act then it's time recognise that retro is hitting the bottom of the barrel marked sub-standard, and it's time to move on. And the rubbish - both kinds - have got more rubbish. When The Hop Farm's booking of Bruce Forsyth is the freshest thing to happen in festival bookings for years then it's time for a re-think. I said back then "with festivals now so firmly mainstream that they’re something even your grannie might do, are the fashionable days of festivals numbered?." The grannies have eaten the festivals.

Neil

Neil

 

The Rock Werchter 2012 Advertisement

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cheeseisamazing

cheeseisamazing

 

Pre-production tinglez - getting ready for the Boom! :-)

GREETINGS beautiful people and welcome to the very first e-festivals blog entry by the Boom Festival! Many of the artists for some of the areas have already been booked while other areas continue to be developed as we go full swing into creative mode. It's a very, very exciting time behind the scenes right now as we anticipate the thousands of "Boomers" that will be converging around the infamous lake here in Portugal - and as we also begin to plan the epic-scale structures of the different stages that will be hosting so many of the artists, DJs, producers, performers, bands etc! The fusion between structures, art, music and performance is gonna be epic... yeehaaa! Over at the Dance Temple, we go back to the old school, crank up the volume and welcome home the truest pioneers of the Goa trance movement... From "Trip to Tranceylvania" to latest album "We Interface" - X-Dream have continued to evolve in the most mysterious ways... Older...? Yes. Madder? We’d say genius… Still as gutsy? Most definitely! They’ll rewind the classics and conjure up the magic with that psychedelic sound of yore … These guys will ROCK the dance floor, so you’d better make sure you’re on it when they do! In the meantime, have a bounce around yer living room (hehe!) to one of their most all-time classics: Our Own Happiness... Enjoy! ;-) ♥ Watch this space for more beats and pieces, including music treats, updates and all the latest info on the development of the Boom as we go full power into production and get ready for this year's Boom Festival! LoVe Only The Boom Team

Boom Festival

Boom Festival

 

Catering Provisions required for Olympic Staff Accommodation

We are looking for a festival or outdoor caterer to provide catering for Olympic staff Accommodation. The tented village will be just off Roding Valley on the Central line. The Site will be in operation from 25th July - 14th August with accommodation being provided for between 1000 - 3000 poeple. For more information please contact Jessica Bird, Oxygen Event Services at jessica@oxygen-events.com

OxygenEventServices

OxygenEventServices

 

G4G Festival

Girls Just want to have fun .............. Cindy Lauper hit the nail on the head with this 80's classic and we at G4G want to prove this. Our team are working our little cotton socks off to make the north east's very first all lesbian festival a HUGE success. Held at sedgefield race course, Stockton on tees the G4G festival is going to be packed with live music, comedy and games. from the 10th till the 13th of August us girls are gonna have fun, making new friends, laughing, smiling, singing and dancing and maybe a little blindating. G4G is a festival just for lesbians and their family's with entertainment for everyone from the little kids to the big one's. so come on all you gorgeous girlie's lets show them how its done................... for more details checkout www.g4gfestival.com

Dedonz Pup Cummings

Dedonz Pup Cummings

 

My top 10 festival performances

People often ask who my favourite band are, or what the best album or best song ever made is, and my mind always goes blank, or I can't come up with a convincing argument for a single candidate. So I started thinking about what the best festival performance I've ever seen is. Now, firstly, I can't remember half of them, so this was from the beginning a fairly futile task, but everyone loves a good list, so this is what I came up with. Let me know what yours are, if you can remember. 10: The Stooges - Glastonbury 2007 Finally got to see one of my favourite bands, just before Iggy Pop decided car insurance adverts would be a good idea. Ended in the only full-scale stage invasion I've ever seen at a festival, with at least 200 people joining The Stooges on the Other Stage. Topless, and fast disappearing in a thickening crowd in the middle of the stage, Iggy's voice could be heard, hopefully declaring "We're clearing the stage now, we're moving out now" as more and more people flooded on. As loud, spontaneous and fun as it gets at a major festival these days. 9: Buck 65 - Truck 2007 The second of two years in which I saw Buck 65 at Truck - seemingly a perfect match of independent wandering hobo artist and small festival built on foundations of similar integrity. His set on the 'main' stage was full of invention, humour and touching moments. He preceded it with a spoken word performance, in which he appeard to hypnotise at least half of the people in the small tent and had the other half sat in silent wonder listening to his fascinating traveller's tales. His low, gravelly tones somehow succeed in making you want to immediately go and give him a hug and the keys to your house. The previous year, I had been sat in the same spoken word tent awaiting Buck's arrival. He was late, but eventually turned up with a rucksack on his back and went straight on stage, having just travelled from Heathrow by a mix of public transport and hitchhiking. If all artists had Buck's humility, pride in their work and encyclopedic musical knowledge, festivals would be a far more enjoyable experience. My friends and I spent the rest of the 2007 Truck festival walking round with an old video camera and a wizard's hat, pretending to be a film crew representing a fictional website called Wizardweb.com, and gaining interviews with a number of bemused bands and artists. Strange times. 8: U2 - Glastonbury 2012 This has been much maligned, with even Bono himself expressing disappointment at how it went in an interview with Q, and saying the band were "freaked out". However, I thought it was fantastic and the sort of spectacle that the Pyramid Stage headline slot is made for. The perpetual rain and low-key ending aside, it was assured, emotive and absolutely full of fine songs. U2 didn't attempt to hide behind pyrotechnics or expensive gimmicks. It was just the biggest band in the world going toe to toe with the biggest festival in the world for 12 rounds, in a torrential downpour. Also, how often do you get to leave a 'secret' Radiohead gig because you've 'got to go and watch U2'. An unforgetable night. 7: The Strokes - Reading 2001 The Strokes were the coolest band on the planet in August 2001. The NME had hyped them all the way to the other side of Saturn and back, and they didn't give a fuck. I was 21, had driven down to Reading in a shagged out black Renault 9 that I'd bought for £35. My friends and I had got hold of a promo copy of Is This Is It on cassette a month before it had been released and blasted it out of the car and a ghetto blaster all weekend. Every one of us wanted to be in The Strokes. The band's myth grew by the day, until just an hour before they were due to go on, early evening in the pretty pokey Radio One Tent, Reading's organisers realised the folly and potential danger of this move and announced that The Strokes would be switched to the Main Stage. It was like watching a band become massive before your eyes. Naturally, they breezed through the performance with nonchalance and returned the following year to headline. On that occasion, an extremely intoxicated Welshman tried to give me and my military-jacketed, floppy-fringed friends his credit card, demanding in return that we play a gig for him there and then, certain in his mind that we were in fact The Strokes. Shine on you crazy diamond. 6: Gomez - Glastonbury 1999 Glastonbury has the ability to make a band seemingly overnight. And watching Gomez as a 19-year-old on my second time at Worthy Farm felt like seeing a band go from a cherished cult act to something much bigger. Asked to headline the Other Stage, they'd asked instead to go on second from the top of the bill so they could watch REM headline the Pyramid after their set. The 'sunset slot' suited Gomez much better and they absolutely smashed it, Ben Ottwell's voice cutting through the warm summer air and Tom asking the crowd to turn their backs on the show for a second to "look at that beautiful sunset" before seizing the moment and cheekily demanding "now get back over here". Then we went to watch REM. Nice. 11 years later, I saw Gomez again at Worthy Farm, headlining the Avalon Stage, and regret to this day leaving half way through to leg it to an apparent Chemical Brothers secret gig in the Stonebridge Bar, which of course never materialised. 5: Idlewild - Truck 2007 Back when we were young, Truck seemed brilliant and its main stage really was the back of a truck, Idlewild's headline show was a comprehensive greatest hits set, covering fizzing pop punk, delicate folk and anthemic Americana with a Scottish accent. Watching a band that have been around for years and played the big gigs on the big stages turn up at such a small and humble venue as Oxfordshire's pretty little village fete of a festival can result in a bout of 'going through the motions' - see Supergrass' morbidly flat performance at this venue in 2009. However, Idlewild tore through their extensive back catalogue in front of a couple of thousand people as if they were headlining the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury. And what a back catalogue they have, too. 4: The National - Glastonbury 2010 The only guitar band I've cared about in about the last five years, at the only festival I care about, with a cloudless sky and temperatures approaching 30c. A no-lose situation, but the National smashed expectations out of the ball park. Unhinged singer Matt Berninger led the security a merry dance, climbing into the crowd during Mr November and taking a walk all the way to The Other Stage's sound desk during Squalor Victoria, without ever slipping out of his effortless aura of cool. A performance of majestic assurance, with all of the rough edges left on, leant majesty by flourishes of brass and strings. The National remain a cult but they're the natural successors to REM's crown as the thinking fan's mega-band, and should one day ascend to the role of headliners if there's any justice in the world. 3: Pulp - Glastonbury 1998 17 years old. At my first Glastonbury. Under-prepared. Border-line hypothermia and trenchfoot. Penniless. Sleep deprived. Weak with hunger. Fed up and convinced I was never coming to this watery death pit again. Then I went to watch Pulp headline the Pyramid Stage and have been every year since. Jarvis in his white trenchcoat - entertaining and charming - had the crowd in the palm of his hand. Even the dark, brooding moments from the terribly underrated This Is Hardcore were epic and celebratory from the first seconds of howling feedback at the start of set opener The Fear. Despite the hellish conditions, this was a life-altering 90 minutes for me at the end of my A-levels, about to leave the friends I was shoulder to shoulder with in the mud, and fly the nest to university. It ended with a massive Common People and the PA playing Ben E King's Stand By Me as we all waded away through the water holding hands. Aww. 2: Coldplay - Glastonbury 2005 It's cool to hate on Coldplay, but hey I'm not cool and I'm proud to declare this was one of the finest headline shows I've ever seen, eclipsed only by REM and Radiohead in 2003. I was taken ill during the early part of the show, deliriously convinced I had been standing on a Cotswold Stone bridge yards from the stage and being carried unconscious out of the crowd by my friends. I came to, delighted to find I hadn't died or been trampled into the Worthy Farm mud, and the rest of the set was a masterclass in performing to a large crowd on a stage where many more experienced bands have fallen short. The fireworks erupting from the top of the Pyramid as Fix You kicked in is an image that will forever stick in my mind, while my best mate, who watched the second half of the set convinced he was in the long, white inner corridors of a large spaceship with Coldplay playing at the other end, will probably have enjoyed them rather less. 1: REM & Radiohead - Glastonbury 2003 Two incredible nights back to back at what remains one of the finest festivals I've been to. Glastonbury 2003 seemed to be the year that the current trajectory of expansion, invention and growth began after the disappointment of a slightly underwhelming 2002, and having two of the biggest bands in the world on the Pyramid certainly helped. I watched REM on the Friday night alone, stood on a bench high up the right-hand side of the field. The bench gave me an extra two foot and an unobstructed view over 70,000 heads to the stage. Michael Stipe's vocal performance was the most complete and affecting I've witnessed at a gig of such scale, and REM were simply immaculate as 20-odd years of brilliant material rolled by. They looked thrilled to be there, too. Radiohead watched from the side of the stage and gave an equally captivating show the next night, finishing with Karma Police and an aboslutely huge crowd singalong of "FOR A MINUTE THERE, I LOST MYSELF". The bootleg of Radiohead live at Glastonbury 2003 is still one of my all-time favourite albums.

Dog Burger

Dog Burger

 

Have your say!

Hey festival lovers, I am currently at university in my 3rd year studying Events Management, writing my dissertation titled “Does service provision for festival goers meet their needs? Context of Reading festival”. For this I need to gather your thoughts and views about music festivals. The questionnaire should only take 5 minutes of your time and your answers will be kept completely anonymous. The link is below! https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGJweTR3b1FUalFfLW9GRTh5dHQ2RlE6MQ Many thanks for your time. P.s. any thoughts where else this link can be posted?

wild1990

wild1990

 

Festival traders wanted!

Hello! I am currently looking for traders for a new festival in the South West area. We plan to only take on a few, as to not create a conflict of interest between exhibitors and to lessen competition. We are specifically looking for traders specialising in anything from face-painting, hula hoop sales, poi, etc - anything except food or drink. Expected ticket sales are in the region of 800+, the festival dates are 25th - 27th May and there will be a small exhibitor pitch fee. If you know anyone, or are interested (however big/small the business) and would like more information, please get in touch with the header 'Trading' to itsasecretfestival@gmail.com Thank you! Sarah

Swilk

Swilk

 

Student needs loads of support from you awesome people

Hey everyone , Hope that you all doing well and not as stressed as me during the last few weeks of dissertations. I need your help and support guy and gals, please can you fill my survey in. its about event design/look/decor/features and how it can enhance your enjoyment at all kinds of events. plus if you like a bit of competition between boy and girls, then at the moment boys are winning !!! heres the link it will only take 3 mins to do http://www.smart-sur...sp?i=46877lxiap Thank you all

EventBee

EventBee

 

Traffic Management at UK Festivals

Hi fellow festival goers! Im currently researching into traffic management at UK festivals for my third year dissertation. The majority of festivals i have attended i have spent hours stuck in traffic waiting to get into the festival and out! I want to find out why this happens and if there are any ways to improve it. I would find it incredibly helpful if you could take part in this very quick questionnaire to help with my research http://kwiksurveys.com?s=LIMKGL_49586734 Any further opinions or further information about any probelms you have had with traffic management at festivals would also be highly appreciated! Thanks so much Sarah

sazzles

sazzles

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