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  1. So it must have been the Orb that I saw in 1993. I definitely saw Orbital in 1994 then, must have swapped them over in my memory.
  2. Roni Size - JazzWorld - 1998 (I think?). Mud and rain and drum and bass. Orbital - NME - 1993 - my first real big 'live' dance act LCD Soundsystem - Other - 2016.
  3. For me, it's all about acceptance and being relentlessly cheerful, even when you don't feel like it! Acceptance that: You'll miss something that you really wanted to see. It's taken me a few festivals to get over this, but now I don't even think about trying to swap shifts etc - I let chance / the rota gods decide what I get to watch You won't be able to go as hard. Actually, for me, this is a positive. Having some enforced sobriety is not a bad thing for a 5 day festival, especially as I'm there for a couple of days beforehand as well At some point, the work will be boring and suck, or busy and stressful. For this, the relentlessly cheerful is the key. It's a bit like that laughing therapy thing - at first, you have to fake it, but eventually it becomes real - I play games, sing stupid songs, tell crap jokes. And it's infectious, it helps your colleagues be less bored and miserable, and time magically passes a bit faster. The public (and other crew, and your colleagues), whilst generally lovely, will occasionally be dicks. You have to remember that they're tired, hungover etc too, and this can make small niggles seem a great deal worse. You can't choose how they act, but you can choose how you react. Choose patience and cheerfulness. The good stuff? New friends, lovely lovely public being lovely, seeing a bit of how the festival works, crew bars, getting on site early, relatively civilised camping, 'free' ticket, supporting a charity.
  4. I'm gonna mention WOMAD, Shambala and Boomtown as three examples that contradict you. I think you are right for festivals that are rock/indie focused though - there's loads of shows and only so many acts available to book.
  5. I wouldn't mind if they resurrected the Asbo Disco from Boomtown somewhere. Also,a bit more D&B and Jungle that wasn't jump up or neuro - Kings of the Rollers, the Jungle Cakes lot. I liked the Green house last time as well, but a bigger outdoor Soundsystem playing heavy dub, roots, rockers (and just a little bit of steppa) would be nice - again a boomtown reference, but their tangled roots stage is amazing for this, even though it stops too early and the engineers occasionally get a bit carried away - I had to leave at one point last year because the bass was so heavy it was making me nauseous...
  6. I'm not sure he'd cut his set as short as that Also, more deep house, funky house, kwaito and moombahton
  7. Previously, it worked like this, though it may change this year. You should receive a crew ticket, with your name on it, but probably not your photo. You turn up on the day you're supposed to turn up (i.e. Monday) and get your ticket checked and the stub taken at the gate, but no wristband issued. You then go to see whoever you're working for / the relevant zone office / marketplace manager and they will provide a wristband. Of course, you may receive a ticket with the wrong name on it, or a public entry ticket (some crews want more people than their allocation, and buy tickets), which will need to be checked by the gate staff etc.
  8. Depends who you're working with. For example - Oxfam Volunteers tend to have EPO as they are camped outside the fence. If your crew camp (or marketplace, for traders) is inside the fence, you'll likely have a standard crew / trader wristband, which also needs you to keep your ticket and pass.
  9. Depends which wristband you have. If you have an EPO, which some of the external campsites issue, you can use Mary's Gate as well (5 mins walk from PGB). If you don't, queues calm down in the afternoon, before picking up again early evening.
  10. I'd rather see Janelle Monae, Lizzo and Little Simz (never mind Lauryn Hill, Cat Power, Christine ATQ, Kate Tempest) than any of them. Tastes differ.
  11. jfaragher


    Honestly, that was my set of the festival in 2017, and comfortably one of the best 10 shows I've ever seen. I was already a fan, which helped, and JC on before probably boosted their crowd a bit, but it was an incredible show, especially for an afternoon. Highlight reel on iPlayer https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ec584f/play/ahvqwh/p059krz1
  12. Oxfam campsite is about 10 (ish - more if it's muddy) minutes walk from Ped Gate B in the NE corner, outside the fence. You can take your camper, but have to let them know beforehand on the website and if you are on the main shift you can arrive earliest Monday morning and latest Tuesday afternoon / early evening. If you arrive before then, they won't turn you away, but you won't be able to get your wristband to get on site until they open registration on Monday so you will confined to the Oxfam campsite. Early shifts arrive Saturday. You can leave as soon as your shifts are done, latest (officially) Monday afternoon.
  13. I had one of these in 2017, and it made a significant difference on those hot mornings.
  14. Speak to the (incredibly helpful) marshalls when you arrive, and it's reasonably likely they'll try to keep you all together, as long as there's not too big a gap between you arriving.
  15. jfaragher


    There's a chance you've missed some subtext there buddy
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