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  1. DHP would have been my guess, they certainly fit the profile of their other acquisitions. Loudsound would be quite the coup - would that be enough to make them bigger than LiveNation in the UK? Apart from those, any of the independents that have a strong record of selling out and have expansion potential, not sure size is as much of an issue - they have picked up some pretty small events, and some of those had recently expanded (Truck was only 5k a couple of years ago, YNot was <10k). Hopefully this years events slow them down, will be sad if the UK festival market effectively ends up as duopoly.
  2. My two penneth worth.... I suspect the issues are a combination of pre-existing issues with the count of ten bods, who are still running the event, and the new corporate overlord in Global. While i haven't done YNot, i have been to Truck most years it's been on. It sounds like there are similar issues at both events Low steward/security staff numbers Poor briefings for staff Lack of toilets Insufficient size of camping areas Poor traffic management on and off site From friends who were doing the backline at YNot it seems they also suffered from an inappropriate stage, lack of dry storage areas for equipment and poor access to the backstage compound - directly leading to the cancellation and re-ordering of acts. For Truck, at least, these have been issues for the last few years, of course when you have a perfectly dry and sunny event they don't cause major problems and are just a small gripe for punters - but when the weather goes to shit it all descends into chaos pretty quickly. This is the first time I have heard about the poor treatment of traders, at both events, including lack of radios and emergency packs at the event - and bad mouthing them on social media after. If i was being cynical I might think the corner cutting that started a couple of years ago was to try and make the events saleable, of course it's more than likely its just due to trying to break even/minimise losses. It's a shame, as i thought their approach of selling cheap base tickets with lots of upgrades was a pretty good way of ensuring the events remain accessible to all, I certainly took advantage of their more 'premium' offerings and didn't feel it was bad value compared to other events. I still have big issues with Global, and am not looking forward to their likely acquisition announcement towards the end of the year. I suspect by 2018 they will be looking at close to half the medium size festival market which is pretty terrible news for festival goers. The only hope is that the insurance claims they are hit with from YNot (and possibly some from Truck) make them slow down their plans to dominate the market.
  3. It was more about not allowing your own drinks in the 'arena' which, like most small festivals, has been allowed for the last 19 years. Seems to be standard practice for Global events, shame they are buying up the entire small festival industry in the UK (undoubtedly just to drop them all after the first bad year)
  4. Just watching it on iPlayer, heart breaking I missed it this year - have to remind myself I have 2003, south park and a night at the roundhouse that are all equally as good under my belt :(.
  5. Sorry to say but think you are in for a disappointment this year http://www.truckfestival.com/new-alcohol-regulations/ A pretty shitty thing to announce after you have sold out!
  6. blackred

    Don't vote Tory

    Vote, vote, vote people. Even if it's for the Torys, vote for whatever you believe in - it's the single most important right you have (at least it will be in 5 years time). Look on the bright side everyone, with the rate Theresa May u-turns I expect we will be in the euro and schengen by this time next year! (Not sure that would be great either, but you know - better than the alternative)
  7. blackred

    Don't vote Tory

    Only caught the last half hour, kudos to Farron for using his final statement for that burn!
  8. Quick, quick - let's get it to 900. Did anyone predict page 900+?
  9. blackred

    Don't vote Tory

    Agree that there is no reason for May to turn up, she isn't winning new voters at this point so has nothing to gain. Interesting that they are sending Amber Rudd though, I thought they would send someone more strong and stable to represent the party, live broadcasting of a hate crime, sorry 'non-crime hate incident', could definitely lose them some votes (who am i kidding, would probably get them the last few kipper holdouts).
  10. blackred

    Don't vote Tory

    It's a risky move no doubt but the potential rewards are there, good chance to make the most of the conservative's mistake in attempting to run a presedential campaign around a weak leader. Also a really fucking good chance of Amber Rudd putting her foot in mouth again, something Corbyn has been doing well at avoiding lately.
  11. blackred

    Don't vote Tory

    It should include agricultural land, yes. Unimproved land value is likely to be a lot lower than you expect though, unless you are running an urban farm, and values would fall further as a result of a land holders selling off unutilised land at a much higher rate than they do currently. It's important to note most proponents of LVT don't advocate it as additional tax, rather as a replacement for some or even all other forms of taxation - overall you may not be worse off, and if you are it would suggest that the current land use is inefficient.
  12. blackred

    Don't vote Tory

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_value_tax
  13. blackred

    Don't vote Tory

    Fear of the unknown, voted for brexit hmmm....... Re LVT, from the labour manifesto 'A Labour government will give local government extra funding next year. We will initiate a review into reforming council tax and business rates and consider new options such as a land value tax, to ensure local government has sustainable funding for the long term' So no worry of it being implemented in the next 5 years, if ever. As an aside if you want to learn more about how it might work the wikipedia article is pretty reasonable - interestingly it's widely supported by most economists from the major schools as being one of the most effective, and progressive, forms of taxation available. Currently 98% of land in the UK is owned by just over 4% of the people - as the 'country is full' making best use of such a limited resource should be a top priority for both sides of the political spectrum, unfortunately those 4% include a lot of very influential people.....
  14. Started in 2007, the year before
  15. The late tickets didn't have photos on them, a mate brought one on the Wednesday and collected from the ticket office on the Thursday morning
  16. Now tickets are being dispatched i think it's pretty unlikely - See seem to have issues getting them all out in time in a normal year, not sure if they are up to the task of getting a load of last minute stragglers into the run. Would be nice if there was an official statement though, surely these sales can't really be considered 'secret' anymore, especially after last year. A simple 'no more unnanounced sales' would put us out of our misery.
  17. Approaching peak time and only 70 browsers...
  18. Possibly, but still a change from previous years (2007 onwards at least, 03/04/05 you could still sell/buy from secondary sellers)
  19. Every year the festival has sold out
  20. blackred

    Don't vote Tory

    Ok, so we are onto the no true altruism fallacy. Yeah i'd happily see my money be spent on things I won't need to use if they improve the overall standard of living of people in this society, and yes I would absolutely indirectly benefit from this in terms of a greater sense of wellbeing due to living in a 'better' society, the same couldn't be said for buying shoes for a millionaire. There is no endgame to this argument though, yes i want things that benefit me (non-financially), which includes helping others - the point is financial benefit isn't the be all and end all for everyone.
  21. blackred

    Don't vote Tory

    What's the definition of poorer here?
  22. blackred

    Don't vote Tory

    Yep, I'll say it right now - i should be taxed more, it's a disgrace that i've had reductions in the amount of tax i've paid despite being a high earner. I would happily be poorer and fully believe more money being spent on public services would improve my personal wellbeing. While this isn't a widely held belief it's not that niche either.
  23. blackred

    Don't vote Tory

    Not directly, no - but your post says 'no-one' and 'always', you do use absolutes a lot. Anyway, no more tone policing from me.
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