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    Bearded Theory 2018

    Yes, gates at at 1pm, and I think it's supposed to be quite strict on that. The first act on this year is at 6pm, so you've got plenty of time to get in and set up.
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    It's guesswork. I was there when Michael said it, and he definitely didn't give any indications on who it was. Most guesses at the time were either Led Zep, Pink Floyd, or The Smiths. Don't think ABBA is exactly his taste.
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    Nozstock vs Bearded ?

    Bearded is a great small festival, I went last year and am going again this year - but if you're not enjoying something there isn't a lot of different things to explore. I've not been to Nozstock but have heard it's a pretty similar vibe so I'd say go for whichever lineup you prefer - which I assume would be Nozstock given that hating Rock/Folk/Guitar stuff rules out 90% of what's on at Bearded.
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    Plastic Bottle Ban?

    I don't think that's anywhere near as big an issue as it used to be though. Choice does seem to have improved since the last fallow year. Last year, the "main" beer switched from Tuborg to the marginally less vile Carlsberg, and over the past 4-5 years San Miguel has been gradually getting more common - it's probably in about a third of bars at this point. And most importantly, the Theatre Bar has been selling a good and gradually increasing range of continental lagers. Meanwhile the Real Ale types have had a decent selection at the Acoustic Bar, Avalon Inn, and Bimble Inn for quite a long time as well as (from what I've been told) a competent but unexciting option at most other bars.
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    Bestival 2018 incoming!

    Maybe someone will sell theirs on at a loss if they change their mind or are unable to go - but I wouldn't expect anything from the Festival itself at least not on full weekend tickets. Even a couple years ago (the last one on the IOW) when it sold really badly and they reportedly lost a lot of money even after making a huge amount of last minute cutbacks, I think that the only real concession to that was to offer Saturday only tickets. From what I remember those tickets were limited to certain groups (I think IOW residents and members of The Cure mailing list) and only released like 2 or maybe 3 weeks before the Festival. Can't remember if they were a third of the price of a weekend ticket or if they had a steeper discount on them though.
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    Lost In Vagueness

    I think that'd very much be rose tinted specs to be honest. A lot of the attraction back then was that it would have been fairly unique - there wasn't really anything else like it at Glastonbury at the time, and none of the other mainstream festivals were doing anything even close. From my memory, there really wasn't much to it compared to what we have now - if you transplanted Lost Vagueness from 2002-04 into the modern festival, there'd be huge complaints about how little there was to do, and in terms of what it offered it was absolutely eclipsed by Trash City in it's final year (2007). But then you didn't have half as many people automatically heading for the area as soon as the main stages stopped so the expectations were different.
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    2019 Headliners

    Yep. "Co-headliners" is really just a marketing term to appease one of the acts or in the case of Reading to try and justify a weak headliner. In 2008 Glastonbury had The Verve as headliners and Leonard Cohen playing below them with the same amount of time - arguably that would be an example of it but nobody used the term. Glastonbury presumably can juggle their overall performance budget however they see fit so paying the sub headliner the same as the actual headliner should be possible and may have already happened, but there would be way more too it than that. A "headliners fee" at Glastonbury will typically be a fraction of what the same act could get paid at say IOW or BST or wherever. The main reason that happens is the exposure - in addition to the money, the act gets a free ~90 minute commercial at 10pm on BBC2 watched by a couple million people as well as a huge amount of other radio, tv, online, and newspaper coverage (at this point, literally worldwide) and a huge amount of hype to go with it and highlights being played forever more.. A band given the chance to play at 8pm in the daylight and getting overshadowed in just about every aspect probably won't be as willing to take the same pay cut unless they're desperate to play for whatever reason.
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    Satellite pic.

    Yeah, looks like 2017 - The John Peel Stage is in it's current location which ensures it can only be 2016 or 2017, and I've got a copy of the 2016 picture to compare with and there''s a few minor layout differences.
  9. Plus it's one thing to transport peoples kit onto site from a very limited number of potential pick up locations over a couple of days - arranging to transport it away afterwards in a more condensed time period is a whole lot more difficult logistically and basically unrealistic. So having just encouraged people to bring more kit, most of them won't be able to transport it back in the same way and will be more inclined to leave it behind.
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    Future "Legends"

    Bryan Adams Kylie
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    2019 Headliners

    Mumfords had at least 2 songs that were (and for that matter, still are) getting airplay all over the place, and were/are constantly getting covered by jukebox/wedding bands. Almost anyone in the country could go to see them and be sure to recognise at least some of the set. I've not seen any sign of The 1975 getting into mainstream consciousness in the same way yet. Not saying that they can't/won't headline, but I don't think it's the same thing.
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    2019 Headliners

    Lets be honest here - the last couple times he played, he was been booked a slot or maybe two higher than he justifies if you judge it purely by crowd size (and that's as good a measure as any). So even if he has substantially increased the size of his potential crowd since then, that just takes him from a below average sized sub-headliner to an average sized one. I mean seriously, doesn't anyone remember the last time he played?
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    Would you say Bestival suitable for children?

    It's a bit difficult to say.. In the past there's not been much specific provision for kids, and I don't remember seeing many of them around, but I guess that at least part of that was that all of the previous festivals have been in the middle of September. With it being moved into the school holidays this year, the demographics may change a bit. And being the weekend after CB, some of the kid focussed things may be more likely to turn up as they'll already be in place. My gut reaction is that it depends on how mature the kids are and on what you're happy for them to see. There's likely to be plenty of drunk or stoned people on display, and last year had a few ket heads but I don't think that (from what I saw anyway) that it felt especially threatening. So if they're not going to be bored with what's on offer, and you don't mind them seeing adults behaving badly, then I can't see a problem with taking them. But you'll probably need (and want) to be a lot more aware of where they are, what they're doing, etc than you were at CB previously. My guess is that it's probably going to be a bigger adjustment for you than it is for them..
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    Plastic Bottle Ban?

    That's presumably a good example of what Emily is referring to when she says that it's a big task. Because of the convenience / flexibility, having a few cases of bottled water to hand can negate the need to have the plumbed water system in a lot of places. Removing that means that a lot more taps will need to be installed especially on the far reaches of the site where the water network doesn't currently go.
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    Tour Announcements & Upcoming Gigs

    I was specifically thinking of the London Arena in Docklands, and Earls Court. But you're right, ExCel can and has been used as well.