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    Queen say hi Ducks for cover
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    Wotcha team So, Warehouse Project - Drumcode from Saturday... The Glastonbury pal I was going with arrived in Manchester Piccadilly at 7.30pm, returning from two weeks in London taking part in, and photographing, the Rebellion, and the People's Vote March that day. He dropped his bag in a lock-up, chained up his bike and we went to a pub for a drink. It was nice to be with a Manchester (Bury, but, y'know...) lad, as he could show me his town. We arrived at Mayfield Depot at just before 9pm, partly as Drumcode had emailed earlier in the day announcing 'last entry strictly 9pm', but also because we wanted to max out the night and there were people on by then that I wanted to see. First acts were on at 6.30pm, so when we arrived the queues were very small. Couple of sniffer dogs as you approach the barriered channels to be searched, and security were very nice, searches pretty cursory - much more about metal detectors for blades, which is a pretty sad observation, but that's the way it is now, I guess. Interesting that Twitter has had loads of tweets from people claiming to have arrived in a group and not been allowed entry for no obvious given reason(s). From our perspective, security were fine. Occasional somewhat robust march through the crowd by a threesome of orange jackets, but overall they were pretty discreet. You enter into a bit of 'lobby' where to your right is the Concourse (the 'second' room) and straight ahead is the cavernous Depot. And holy moly is it big. People have said it's longer than it is wide, and that's true, but it ain't narrow, either! There are two rows of pillars that run along the length, and it's in between these that the crowd is most packed, but still plenty spilling outside of this channel too. We headed down the left hand side of the Depot towards the far end (away from the stage) which is where you find the entrance to the 'third' room, the Archive. Along that side are lockers - £5 for a small one (big enough unless you're putting your three children in there for the night) with a £10 refundable deposit, which is a bit pricey, but well worth it on a coldish night when there are two of you and you really want to dump several outdoor layers for the next 7 hours. Then there are loos and a water point - all drinks are either in cans or cups, so WHP actually recommend bringing in an empty bottle for water which I did, much to the envy of quite a few people who had some water off me and regretted not having brought their own! First up in the Archive was B.Traits. I was looking forward to her set as I know she plays quite a lot of electro and that looked like one of the few sets where I might get some. I didn't. The sound from that first stage when we arrived was only ok - definitely not loud enough by a log way, and clarity was so-so. She was playing (sorry, I know I go on about this...) a bit too fast, so a lot of the tracks struggled to find an identity, but overall the hour I saw was decent, and a nice intro to the night. Crowd was pleasant enough, not packed, as most were still in the Depot, presumably a lot of them headliner/big act kind of people who will take a while to realise that the gems are often elsewhere. And then Victor Ruiz came on. Well...what a set. The sound seemed to get better during his set, both in volume and quality, and his 90 minutes was really pretty brilliant. Only a couple of tracks were less than excellent for me, and his selection and running order made for a really high-energy set. He got a brilliant reception, and I got a very nice thank you from a couple of guys who didn't know him and stayed at my recommendation, they having said they like Enrico Sangiuliano. Sadly, my mate missed most of it, having gone off for a cig after B.Traits and come back an hour and a quarter later! I asked him where the hell he had been and he thought it had only been about 20 minutes! Fool. After Victor we went into the Depot for the last 45 mins of Enrico, working our way to about 15m from the front, dead centre (there's a surprise). Sound on the big stage from there was superb. Really crisp, great separation, brilliant bass and kick and plenty loud. Enrico give us a typically euphoric 45 minutes, saving his lush chordal stuff for the second half of the set. Genuine hands in the air stuff with not a hint of cheese. The big screen behind him had some excellent visuals (probably even better from slightly further back) and the lights were great. Crowd down the front was good, and despite it being pretty full, we managed to carve out space to dance without hindrance. His Lordship, Herr Beyer, was up next. We were in two minds as to what to do as we had intended to go straight to Pan-Pot from Enrico, but the sound was so good where we were, that we stayed for half an hour. Which was great, but enough. He is pretty generic for me, if fun on a decent sound system. Pan-Pot were better in the Concourse, and then 15 minutes of Alan Fitzpatrick saw us hoofing it all the way back (it is a fair way, the place is BIG) to the Archive for Monika Kruse. I like Monika. She clearly loves doing what she does and, when she hits her stride, can play some of my favourite type of full-on techno. I love how she builds her percussion tracks. But. She does have this tendency to build up to a brilliant full track, and then whip it away from you too soon, reverting to a single 4-beat kick/bass, before building it up again in a pretty similar pattern each time - off-beat simple high-hat or click, add in a bit more percussion, and then the body of the track around it. It's not that I don't enjoy the tracks, it's just there is rarely any 'wow, didn't see that coming' moments. Compare that to the hour long masterclass that Child 3 and I saw from DVS1 (the man is a techno genius) at Dimensions and you're left a little unsatisfied. But, the hour of her we saw was smashing overall, and at about 3.30am we bugged out and got a taxi to The White Hotel. WHP finished at 4am and so we had always intended to try to find something afterwards. Oh My Goodness One of the best venues I've ever been in. One of the best crowds I've ever been in. One of the best raves I've ever been to. Brilliant size, simple but really effective lights and (lots and lots of) smoke making an amazing atmosphere, fantastic sound with speakers from the booth and behind you. Mama Snake was just hitting full gas in a 5 hour set of techno, electro and trance. For two hours she didn't put a foot wrong. Truly one of those dance experiences. At 6am, when she finally slowed down the beats to a stop, I was absolutely gutted that it was over. You can't ask for more than that. My pal then took me on a guided walking tour of the highlights from Salford back into Manchester as the city woke up and the sun rose. First train south from Piccadilly and home by 1030am. Unbelievable. Ben x
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    'Where's the slam tent mate?'
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    You'd be in the minority of all minorities if the most important hip hop star in the world, one of the biggest and most critically acclaimed pop stars of the decade and a bloody Beatle doesn't do it for ya.
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    I got into Glasto on the blag in 2009. Had a Pyramid AAA guest pass with no photo on it given to me by a friend in a band who was playing the Pyramid (not saying who!), but I had to become 'Sheila' for the day. Wig, fake boobs, makeup, jewellery, and shaved my sideburns off. Worked a treat and got to watch all the Pyramid bands from the viewing platform. Met Damon Albarn and Tom Jones, and saw Status Quo doing their backstage warm up. One of my greatest life achievements!
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    If you're reading this Taylor (I bet you are) please play 1989 in full as tribute
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    Because the front man of the most famous guitar band of all time just isn't enough..
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    He's enjoying his usual post-festival/summer semi-hiatus. Give it a few weeks and he'll be more active than Chris Martin in June
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    Sound of the summer imo
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    Hmmm, you're spot on you wise little Ferengi. I did feel a very smug sense of self satisfaction when I kept telling people "Coldplay? pfft nah, I was at LCD Soundsystem watching the greatest gig of all time"
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    I know there is no pattern and all that, but I hope 17th February comes and goes quietly
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    Soz downvote police Its just drivel isn’t it? Based on nothing Here my tuppence instead: its nailed on to be rainy in Barcelona on the 23rd of march 2054
  15. 2 points
    I come for the Yannis bashing, but stay for the Macca rumours.
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    Single handedly made 2016 worth it.
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    Black people always used to say, "I'm in the house" instead of "I'm here." But then white people all started to say "in the house" so we switched it to "in the hizzouse." Hizzouse became hizzizzouse, and then white folk started saying that, and we had to change it to hizzie, then "in the hizzle" which we had to change to "hizzle fo shizzle," and now, because white people say "hizzle fo shizzle," we have to say "flippity-floppity-floop".
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    RAM is, in my opinion, the most overrated record of the last decade.
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    Everything Not Released as a Single Will Be Forgotten, Parts 1 & 2
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    They are all family men, take their family with them on tour. (That is why they cancelled 2016) They need to have some things that are the same on Every tour, to feel a certain comfort. And they appreciate the things they know that will be 100% allright. They love to spend multiple days in Amsterdam, Ziggo has the best sound possible for them to rehearsel. The family enjoys Amsterdam. Werchter is so well organised, that it feels like home for them. They arrive early, with their family, a couple of times they did a bbq backstage, they invite friends... sort of reunion.
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    I thought the size of Justin Timberlake was already public knowledge
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    Just back from watching this guy and his band play Beyond Skin in full, on their current tour. Absolutely stunning. Really hope they book his current line up for next year. He last played in 2014. Any other fans?
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    Has this been posted before, its a little old. Fun read to be fair. https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/597wq3/blag-into-festivals-five-techniques-all-worked
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    Wire? UK & US tour taking them up to May. Perfect fit for Primavera.
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    Another level of guff.
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    Also I don't think Kendrick really gives a fuck about Bad Blood, just one of many many features he does to cut cheques.
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    congrats on securing a place for London - I had no luck in the ballot! You'll be fine just increase distance gradually (most people recommend no more than 10% increase on each long run) and vary the types of run you do
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    Have we ever had a year before where three solo artists have headlined? edit: 1989 (it’s a sign!)
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    In terms of pure star power I'd say the trio of U2/Coldplay/Beyoncé trumps it... just. U2 < Macca Coldplay > Kendrick Beyoncé > Swift
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    Sounds like we are on the same page ( but in the minority!). The 1975 would also be my choice for a “guitar band” - also saw them at Reading and thought they were amazing. I enjoyed them far more than the Foo’s even though I love the the Foo’s. I think they have gone a bit stale, whereas the 1975 felt way more exciting. The problem with both Taylor and the 1975 is they are not seen as cool, but if you give them both a go they both have a fantastic back catalogue. The 1975 are now at the point where they have enough material that they have to leave out a lot of really good tunes from their set. They both also put on a really good show - saw Taylor’s Reputation tour last year and was blown away and would to see her on the Pyramid.. I am 46 by the way, so “supposed” to be more into the likes of the Foo’s than the 1975. So were agreed - 1975 / Reg / Taylor ?
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    You need cooler friends!
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    lol. He plays the bass not the guitar.
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    BMTH have just been announced for Highfield festival in Germany in August the weekend before R&L so it's starting to look more and more likely they'll be at R&L as I'm not sure what other festival would book them.
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    *Insert obligatory 3am Hell Stage post here*
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    No way on this earth are Daft Punk doing 3 nights at Heathon Park, 4 or how ever many it was at the Etihad, god knows how many at Wembley, Stadiums in Ireland and Scotland. As for the Spice Girls comment, that is just ridiculous. There are a lot of negatives attached to the Roses but THAT album is one of the greatest British albums ever made. The Roses are also some of the greatest musicians this country has ever produced. You just can't put the Spice Girls or Daft Punk for that matter in the same bracket.
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    Mine changes on a daily basis, here's today's selection:
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    I think you're being a tad pedantic. Out of all the other big festivals in Europe, All Points East is one of the festival that is musically similar/books comparable acts to those that appear at Primavera Sound. Over the last two years they have book a good amount of shared acts with Primavera, or acts that have played Primavera before. APE's line up is definitely worth keeping an eye on. Even just to see who is around at that time of year.
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    Georgia's touring shortly and has announced more dates for next year if you hadn't seen.
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    Kendrick Lamar, Foals, Taylor Swift Foals Saturday night headliner. Aerosmith in rock slot!
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    I'll say. This is a pic of her and Yannis.
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    He should change his name to Rob Da Bands.
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    I’d love them. They were a great replacement for The Foos in 2015. A big upgrade, actually.
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    It literally says his name, Matt.
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    Sorry if this has already been said, haven't had the chance to read all the previous comments. The ballot will be a really good chance to get a true idea of exactly how many people do actually try for tickets, the actual sales and the number of hits on the servers reveals very little - for the reasons we all know too well. The number of registrations again is not truly reflective. Having the ballot now means that no one has had chance to make alternative plans or write going to Glastonbury off and by adding the application numbers/2 to 142000 will give the best indication of just how many people really want to go. This info might not get published, hopefully it does but at least it would provide some good data to GFL on their true popularity. There may be a few people with multiple registrations (we have but will only apply with 1 set) but i doubt if there are that many. All we really know now is that something over 142000 people want to go. Anyway Good luck to everyone ?
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