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  1. Queen at Cardiff Castle in 1976. Hammered down with rain all day. I was drenched, but loved every second of it.
  2. We didn't go to Mad Cool last year, but we did VIP the previous two years. I would say that it was worth it then, but not so much now. They used to have dedicated VIP areas in front of the two main stages, but this caused a lot of complaints as these areas were often not full. The bar and viewing platform are very nice (the bar is slightly cheaper), but the cost keeps going up and 450 Euro for the 4 day ticket seems an awful lot just to get a nice bar to sit in. The viewing platform is good provided you don't mind being a little way from the action. We've got the standard 4 day ticke
  3. Springsteen is massive in Spain. He could probably sell out the Bernabeu Stadium several times over if he wished. Latest rumours are that he's recording a new album with the E Street Band and touring some time later this year or next year. I think he's highly unlikely for Mad Cool - the timing just doesn't look right.
  4. Same for us. Sunday was an excellent way to finish off the festival. How good was Ziggy Marley on Friday! I wasn't even disappointed that he only did a couple of Bob's songs - his own material was so strong.
  5. Hmmm .... interesting view on it. Saying you don't like Country these days is like saying you don't like Rock or Dance. It covers such a wide range of styles and ages. I wouldn't say I'm the biggest fan of country music, but there's some damn fine and interesting stuff to listen to if you take the time to give it a try.
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    no Big Red Tent

    Don't worry - it definitely isn't true. You'll see a huge variety of music from all over the world spread across a number of stages of various sizes. May sure you see some bands in the arboretum, it's lovely on a sunny afternoon and even better at night. I hope you enjoy your first Womad.
  7. Country music is nearly always poorly supported at Glastonbury (the obvious act aside). Kacey Musgraves and Zac Brown Band both played to crowds that were the best part of bugger all in recent years. This year Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real wasn't exactly packed at the park. I guess it may be changing slowly as more country is played on Radio 2.
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    Sound issues

    Sound varied enormously for me. Bloody awful for Gerry Cinnamon, but that may have been where I was stood. On the other hand excellent for The Cure.
  9. Lads have Teddy Bears? They most certainly do - at least I did. I never gave it a name though, which saddens me a little bit now.
  10. We're thinking of watching Frank Turner at Avalon on Friday before moving to the Truth Stage for My Baby. I assume that we would need to walk down to the late night entrance to the SE Corner to get in? Am I being hopelessly optimistic given that Frank Turner finishes at 12.20 and My Baby start at 01.10?
  11. I'm pretty sure that was Archaos. They did all sorts of crazy shit cutting up cars and using chainsaws.
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    Lukas Nelson

    Loving the covers ..... but where's Forget About Georgia? I think there might be a small tear if he doesn't play that!
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    Lukas Nelson

    Anyone else going to see Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real? Being an ignorant fool, I'd never heard of them until recently and didn't even know he's Willie Nelson's son. I went on holiday a couple of weeks ago and played them on loop for the whole week - absolutely loving it. So much so that I'm prepared to miss Sam Fender in the John Peel in order to see them at The Park. I'll see Sam at Leftfield instead. Are you a fan? Have you ever seen Lukas before?
  14. Marriage in a nutshell. ? Been a member for a while, but just wanted to encourage anyone sitting on the fence to join.
  15. If I recall correctly there is a small area in front of the sound desk where chairs are allowed. Or at least there has been in the past. I agree that it can be difficult getting through the ranks of chairs outside the tent. I generally just go down the edge of the right hand side of the field and in from there. There's nearly always a bit of space.
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    I agree with this. Tried many different sorts over the years and the Boots wax plugs come the closest to blocking out all sound as is possible.
  17. We are pitching our own tent in Love Fields for the third time this year. There are many factors in deciding that this is right for us: 1. At 61 it becomes increasingly hard to move a sack truck loaded with stuff anything up to a mile in order to set up your tent. At Love Fields you can park very close to your car and in dry years can drive to your pitch to drop off all your kit. 2. It may be out side the festival fence, but it's actually closer to the stages we spend much of our time at (Pyramid, West Holts, Acoustic, Avalon) than much of the on-site camping. 3. There's sp
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    Self-Confirmed 2019

    They also played the Other Stage and Williams Green in the same day! Their music got a bit lost on the Other early in the morning and Romeo was absolutely smashed by the time they played Williams Green in the afternoon resulting in an endearingly shambolic set. As you say .... regulars.
  19. It's extremely difficult to compare bands of different eras based on where and to how many people they played. In my youth the only way to get tickets (other than standing outside the venue) was to send off a postal order and hope you were lucky. Even the biggest bands played what would be classed today as tiny venues. I saw Queen at the Bristol Hippodrome, AC/DC at the Colston Hall etc. The gig going population was much smaller in those days. No internet - you had to buy the NME or Sounds to know who was touring. If a band played an arena they were a very big deal. Playing at Wembley was
  20. Yeah, it does make some difference. It's always great to have that 'oh my lord I can't possibly miss this' headliner on the Pyramid, but we all keep returning because we know with certainty that it will be amazing come what may.
  21. Not too much on the first poster to get me excited - maybe have a look at The Cure, Kurt Vile and Sam Fender - but I'm quite happy to spend a lot of time at the Acoustic and Avalon stages. I'm sure there will be many others I'll get into as I listen to them before the festival. Almost certain to end up with horrible clashes as ever. Eddie Vedder to headline Acoustic and Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul on Avalon and I'm happy. Not too much to ask?
  22. Can't disagree with that. Maybe it's an age thing, but I always remember them as being a glorified boy band.
  23. First Glastonbury: 1985 Favourite Glastonbury: 2009 - first time for 19 years and the headliners were just perfect for me First Glastonbury Act: Lord knows. I can barely remember what I had for lunch yesterday let alone the first act I saw nearly 34 years ago! First Non Festival Gig: Queen at Cardiff Castle 1976 Favourite Non Festival Gig: Too many to choose from - stadium? arena? small venue? Some of The Jam gigs were intense.
  24. I can't really remember what made us (me and my wife - then girlfriend) decide to go the first time. Mind you, things were very different back in 1985. Festivals were not mainstream, much more of an alternative culture. I do remember sitting in the car in the pouring rain on a Thursday evening in a traffic jam in Pilton. No Wednesday starts back then. We drove onto site and set up our tent next to the car at midnight. It rained non-stop for the next three days. One thing I do remember is that you could walk right up to the base of the Pyramid Stage, something that Bob Geldof probably didn'
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