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Everything posted by NerdsNatterings

  1. Maybe the 'APE brand' is just something people have made up in their heads and the real point of the festival is to put on cool days on music for a variety of people, perhaps occasionally catering for a more niche crowd on some days. I don't think limiting what headliners they can book is a good idea because they'll run out way too quickly. Also, bands' touring schedules might not match up so it might not have been possible to get Massive Attack, Kraftwerk and Tame Impala all on the same weekend. As convenient as it would be for some people to have those 3 over one weekend, it's probably better than saying 'one weekend for this type of act and one weekend for others', then missing out on a potentially excellent headliner because they don't fit the criteria
  2. Feel like the rise of streaming has quite a bit to do with bands like this having a resurgence. While previously they would've faded into obscurity, some bands end up having a few big songs that end up being thrown into a tonne of playlists and then a generation of people who were too young to see them when they were initially 'big' want to see them. Bands like the kooks and the Wombats are almost gateways into newer bands for a lot of people my age and below.
  3. Looking through some playlists to try and see if any names havent been ruled out yet. Could they give The Vaccines the boost up? Subbed two years ago but probably aren't too much smaller than the previous headliners. Wolf Alice maybe? Any chance of a Jamie T comeback and being pushed straight to headline? At this point I'm pretty sure the headliner is going to be smaller than they would like, but the undercards have always been very strong so hopefully that won't matter
  4. £45 ain't awful for that given that's just a bit more than community. Undercard probably needs a few more decent names when it gets padded out but it'll probably sell an okay amount of tickets. Not an inspirational lineup by any means and naturally lots of people here won't be interested in the slightest but not every lineup is going to be to your taste (just remember, as much as it might piss you off, there are gonna be a load of people who see this, look at the other days announced and think 'who the hell are massive attack?')
  5. Not sure Two Door will be back so soon. Biffy tbh are probably a bit too big (then again Royal Blood probably are too). Feel like whoever it is will end up being quite left field because I'm struggling to think of somebody who actually could do it.
  6. Wouldn't completely rule out Royal Blood (though it would be a slight change in direction from the previous headliners but not too unlikely imo). Gerry is playing Ally Pally over the summer but thats sold out so still possible but Im not convinced they'd have him back so soon (could definitely see it next year). With so many names ruled out Im starting to think the announcement is quite late because they just have no idea who they're gonna get to headline. Gonna be something shite like Kaiser Chiefs at this rate...
  7. He did start off at R&L but he's in a weird position now given that he's become insanely popular in the mainstream. Yeah if he played he'd honestly probably be the biggest name on his day. No idea where he would play to be honest, I do like the idea of him playing under Liam because of the Noel stuff but that will be very old news by Reading and I just can't see someone above Gerry
  8. He's a weird one to place. I think the most likely scenario is that he just won't be playing Reading in the near future because I do suspect for him it would be headline or nothing. He'll probably stick to doing his own big shows now. The other major problem with that is that Gerry Cinnamon is almost definitely subbing and people are trying to force another act in above him (same thing happened with ADTR last year, it really isn't gonna happen).
  9. Way too early to really have any sensible prediction, but yeah Biffy seem like they could definitely be about, and since their lineups probably aren't going to get much better I'll take a shot in the dark and go Biffy, Gerry Cinnamon and, I dunno, Two Door Cinema Club
  10. Ran out of reactions but yes to this. She's brilliant!. Agree. The thing I would like to see highlighted is how many all female bands there are compared to all male. I can't imagine how small that number is.
  11. To be fair I didn't know about it, that scheme does sound like a really good way of addressing issues. Definitely a step in the right direction, I just hope that the final line-up reflects that.
  12. I'd say it varies based on position on the line-up. There is quite a big problem with there only being a handful of acts they could pick to book in higher slots (in terms of bands, the only potential headliners that come to mind are Paramore and Florence, with Wolf Alice a possible sub/3rd down). There might be a couple of others but there is definitely a massive imbalance there. As you get lower down there are a lot more female fronted acts that would be in contention to play, not sure what ratio but I'd be guess its not great. IMO festivals like Reading should be trying to help create change, influence the industry. Book more female acts to get their names out there, help stamp out the image that 'being in bands is a lads thing' (unfortunately the view that some people seem to have).
  13. Thought I'd catch up on the first day. Ive never listened to these guys before but I like them a lot. Good shout, gonna have to give more of them a listen now.
  14. Some of the comments I've seen going around defending him on the basis of being drunk honestly worry me more than the actual incident. He has a tonne of young fans who seem to think that acting like that when you're drunk is okay. I can see him coming back from it but he has to take responsibility because the impression he's giving is harmful as fuck.
  15. The amount of people on Twitter defending him by saying 'that's just what he's like'... Honestly it's a shame that festivals can't run a background check on you before letting you in because Im willing to bet they're the same people who do the same to women in crowds. Grim behaviour. IF he has a shred of decency left then he will not put up any defence of himself and take himself away from music for a long and sort his shit out. Don't even try and give a reason for his behaviour, just come out and say that he was bang out of order and fuck off.
  16. Worth a look at the 'where people listen' bit on Spotify. All of Rage's top 5 places abroad (top 4 in the Americas), Stormzy has 3 of his top 5 in UK and Ireland. Rage's numbers are impressive but the gap would be quite a bit bigger if based on UK listeners
  17. 2 nights at Ally Pally makes you headline material? I'll let Sam Fender know (and I'm sure a load of other acts). Foals are subbing TRSNMT. They'd be a weak as hell headliner now (not that I can't see them being booked, just if they were to headline it wouldn't be a strong booking).
  18. They'd definitely make a big deal out of them if they did get them to sub, similar to Royal Blood. Or a co-headline but I couldnt see them closing either site. Honestly don't think they're as big of a draw as some people seem to think. Sad really, because I adored their 2016 headline set (got fond memories as it was my first festival headline set I ever saw).
  19. He shifts tickets like crazy. Just because he has had a quick rise, doesn't mean he's a weak sub. He fits in fine as a sub, just look at the tour he's doing at the start of summer. And I agree that Liam might be a slightly weak headliner but him and Gerry will still sell a fuck tonne of tickets because they're both absolutely huge rn, and it might not be the most appealing day to some people but it honestly doesn't look any weaker than a lot of the days they've put on the last few years. Also, regarding Foals, I definitely don't think they're currently headline level. They dropped to smaller festivals last year and at This is Tomorrow in Newcastle they sold about half as many tickets as Noel Gallagher or Stereophonics. I feel like they weren't the strongest headliner (or coheadliner) back in 2016 and they haven't really remained at headliner status for Reading, especially with subbing TRNSMT this year. If they were to sub, they wouldn't look out of place.
  20. Gerry is subbing ffs... he is huge and is doing massive shows already this year, he is more than big enough to sub.
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