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  1. Let's hope the bizarre decision by Q to name Michael Kiwanuka's drab performance as the best live show of the year doesn't mislead the bookers into thinking that's the way to go this year.
  2. It's been about getting them in front of as many people as possible. Maybe if they reduce commitments to do recording next year they'd be headline somewhere.
  3. Metallica was probably ok if you like Metallica. But I was pissed off by their fans sitting at the front all day giving abuse to bands like Primal Scream then when they came on the band were surly and the music uneventful (which I get is what their fans like). Joanna Newsome - ordered that no other stage had acts on, or djs. The stalls had to turn off their soundsystems. We couldn't even go into the Big Top to wait for the next band. Then she sat on stage and shrieked for an hour and a half.
  4. Not a metal fan to any degree, but I'd definitely watch Opeth on the main stage. We don't need Nick Cave next year, folks, I've been watching him live since 88 and his current festival set is full of dreary fodder (Red Right Hand, Higgs Bosun Blues, Push the Sky Away) - he needs to recharge and come back with a refreshed show.
  5. Didn't mind the cricket although the Dad bowling a bouncer at a 10 year old was a bit OTT. The only kids problem I had was that they were a bit too well behaved, I prefer the more rambunctious Green Man kids.
  6. Hothouse Flowers in 1989. (plus Metallica at Reading and Joanna Newsome at End of the Road)
  7. It was a link in this thread.
  8. I bought a coffee as Jarvis started, tiptoed through the crowd on the left stage and ended up on the barrier.
  9. That would be great. Does he still tour outside the US?
  10. Sleater-Kinney (Thursday) Stereolab (Friday) WIll Oldham (Saturday but maybe in the Garden whilst someone dull but popular is on the Woods) Idles (Sunday)
  11. The only Post Punk was Wire, the ghost of Baxter Dury's Dad and I suppose very very early Pulp if we're stretching. If you mean the new guitar bands they were the highlights. It's hardly their fault that Americana, and Pitchfork-friendly Indie needs a refresh and new blood at the moment. I remember my first EOTR saying that I'd enjoyed the singer-songwriters but I wish there'd been someone to shout Kick Out the Jams now and again (plus a bit of diversity of where bands came from) but there weren't any obvious guitar bands to go to. And I think that's the case with the Americana stuff the keys bands are aging, touring less, and we've seen them - it's a poor year for them but they'll bounce back soon enough.
  12. Was it you scooting around the site on some sort of cast with wheels an ski-poles.
  13. Oh and thanks for the updates on the what's app group.
  14. Had the flu for most of the festival, so I was muzzy headed and tired for the first few days. Whenever I was feeling especially rough, however, thinking that I should probably just lie down in my tent until it was time to go home, a band - Spiritualized, the Beths, Martha would save me. Feeling especially rough Friday night so sat in the Heeling Garden drinking an infusion watching the lights and listening to Parquet Courts smash it (no Honey-Has stress here). By Sunday I'd conquered it and had that post-flu rush of invincibility so rather uniquely finished the festival with more vigour and energy than I began. Good We went into this festival season being told that there was a New Normal and that didn't include spiky guitar bands. On the coach on the way out of festival I posted about 20 (what we would once have called indie or alternative) bands, none of which have released more than two lps, that I'd seen at EOTR, Green Man or elsewhere over the summer that play dynamic live shows and write songs drawn from their generation's experience. Literature tent - Max Porter's conversation and the backlisted podcast in particular. Robin Ince was an obnoxious bore however. Low and Jarvis in the Garden. Bad Sourdough People sitting in camping chairs - Garden Stage, just inside the Big Top whilst your eyes adjust to the darkness, outside my tent in Tangerine Fields from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm. Also although I don't mind the people who sit on the hill by the Woods stage the acts booked to keep them happy means that stage doesn't deliver its potential. No Goan Kedgeree for breakfast.
  15. The Beths mentioned they’re the secret set at 12:15.
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