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4 hours ago, shoptildrop said:

As it was the same at Bearded... loads of people hit on the 1st night around the family camping area - totally sucks

You at Bearded as well?? As a matter of interest which was your favourite of the two? Think Bearded just about edged it for me but very close. Heard about the thefts there (you couldnt help but hear...the compere mentioned it loads). We are definitely doing Bearded again next year, and 95% for Bluedot. Might just wait for the line-up for Bluedot though as less on the music front that is up my street. Wore my Bearded t-shirt to Latitude and had 4 or 5 people come up and start chatting about how much they'd loved it. 

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Bit of a strange question, but to the tent-dwellers who were blasting out dance tunes all Sunday afternoon in Cosmic Rays camp site... what were you playing? Those were great tracks, but I didn't have the energy to come over and ask.

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My first visit to Bluedot, and I really really enjoyed it.  The weather helped of course, but I loved the size and vibe of the whole thing.  Hard to believe there are only circa 6000 on site, it felt much bigger than that.  I thought the area's were split very well, and noise bleed wasn't too bad.

Memory Man was correct that the underbill is a little underwhelming, but we spent ages at talks, in the Space field and the Roots area which was great day and night (when the Fire show started).  We also did a couple of lunch bar-b-q's which is a first for us.

The marshalls came round on Friday to tell everyone about the robberies and warn everyone - it sucks that this happens at such a decent small festival.

Favourites were PSB, Flaming Lips, Gary Newman and Chems.  Of bands we just wandered in to check out who'd we'd never heard of - these tickled my fancy: Tallsaint (best singer of the weekend), Mush, Park Hotel.

Loved it, likely to be back.  Had enough of Glastonbury and its crowds

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16 hours ago, Nickyboy said:

The marshalls came round on Friday to tell everyone about the robberies and warn everyone - it sucks that this happens at such a decent small festival.

 

You're absolutely right...it sucks! Bluedot is probably a good target for them as its family friendly and quite expensive so people will probably have loads of cash on them.  

Its normally the first night when it happens as its when people have the most money. Think its normally family camping that's hit hardest as well as a) with babbies you are more likely to go to sleep earlier (in theory) and b) they are less likely to go into a tent occupied by a bunch of lads who will pummel the crap out of them if they are caught.

That said I've been going to festivals for 25 years, on average 4 year and this is only the 2nd time its happened so that's an average of about 2% so in context its not that bad.

I caught Mush as well. Saw them a few months back at Long Division and really liked them. Very Pavement-y I thought. Plastic Mermaids who were on one of the days at Bluedot were similar.

 

 

  

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19 hours ago, Flaminglippy said:

You at Bearded as well?? As a matter of interest which was your favourite of the two? Think Bearded just about edged it for me but very close. Heard about the thefts there (you couldnt help but hear...the compere mentioned it loads). We are definitely doing Bearded again next year, and 95% for Bluedot. Might just wait for the line-up for Bluedot though as less on the music front that is up my street. Wore my Bearded t-shirt to Latitude and had 4 or 5 people come up and start chatting about how much they'd loved it. 

Bluedot wins by a mile just for the music and science, I did love the layout/vibe of Bearded but for me personally it's not really my type of music and struggled to really like that much all weekend. I know there was a lot of diversity at Bearded but it wasn't quite to my taste... I would go again if I liked the lineup though.

Bluedot is a total 100% given for me as only 30 min drive and I like the science stuff

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On 7/24/2018 at 7:00 PM, Flaminglippy said:

You at Bearded as well?? As a matter of interest which was your favourite of the two? Think Bearded just about edged it for me but very close. Heard about the thefts there (you couldnt help but hear...the compere mentioned it loads). We are definitely doing Bearded again next year, and 95% for Bluedot. Might just wait for the line-up for Bluedot though as less on the music front that is up my street. Wore my Bearded t-shirt to Latitude and had 4 or 5 people come up and start chatting about how much they'd loved it. 

Where does Latitude fit into your ranking? I enjoy latitude but Blue Dot is much more up my street

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On 7/24/2018 at 1:27 PM, Memory Man said:

 



Brilliant for families and the older generation for whom a festival like Glastonbury feels like too much of a slog & hard work. 

Musical undercard remains weak and needs more money spending on it, with maybe less on the headliners?

 

Ha ha ha - the first point is extremely accurate for my friends. I must confess (at 39) the balance between effort and excitement at Blue Dot is beginning to get closer... but if I had to choose I'd definitely still take Glastonbury. For now.

Personally I was fine with the undercard for a festival that size, but it's just really my type of music. Half the stuff I liked the most I hadn't heard of before the line-up announcement and a couple I stumbled upon. There weren't many big names but I could wander around that small festival all day/night and always find something I like.

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12 minutes ago, DJL said:

Where does Latitude fit into your ranking? I enjoy latitude but Blue Dot is much more up my street

Definitely third out of the three. I really enjoyed it but the hike from the car park to the family camping proper put me off (appreciate the site has to be big enough to accommodate everybody but find it hard to believe there isn’t a way to get the car park and camping closer together). Plus the ‘choice’ of only one proper ale...on certain bars...and at certain times of the day. When the sponsorship deal leaves you with a choice of going teetotal or drinking pints of gassy piss water at £5.70 a pop after you’ve forked out nearly £200 a ticket it’s a bit out of order. We might do it again but only if we get a campervan and they sort the beer out!

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8 hours ago, Memory Man said:

its festival republic, they're not going to sort the beer out are they :lol:

'And for that reason...I'm oot'

Never understood it...surely the more choice they give the more people will drink and the more money they will make...same for the bar queues, employ more staff at £10 a hour and they will pay for their salaries with the first 2 pints they serve. People will drink more and therefore spend more if they're not having to queue for 45 minutes to get a pint of something they don't really want to drink anyway    

Some festivals seem to get it right...plenty of bar staff and plenty of choice. This year Bearded Theory was probably the best example of that from the festivals I went to.

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1 hour ago, Flaminglippy said:

Some festivals seem to get it right...plenty of bar staff and plenty of choice. This year Bearded Theory was probably the best example of that from the festivals I went to. 

Yep - and because the bars at Bearded are roughly in line with pub prices, people don't feel the need to bring so much of their own alcohol.

So even though Bearded has no real restrictions or checks on bringing in alcohol from the campsites to the arena, the amount of people drinking their own stuff didn't seem to be much higher than at Latitude where people were resorting to all sorts of tricks to get stuff in because of the shockingly poor choice and prices.

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44 minutes ago, incident said:

Yep - and because the bars at Bearded are roughly in line with pub prices, people don't feel the need to bring so much of their own alcohol.

So even though Bearded has no real restrictions or checks on bringing in alcohol from the campsites to the arena, the amount of people drinking their own stuff didn't seem to be much higher than at Latitude where people were resorting to all sorts of tricks to get stuff in because of the shockingly poor choice and prices.

There are NO restrictions at BT period... you can take your own beer in, they just ask that you support the local breweries that have tents there.. My first time this year and It is the best solution i have come across...

Agree about Latitude.. They sorted out the food this year but the bars went badly downhill..

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First time for me and very impressed. Good music, great talks and fab food. Particularly those Chicken burgers! 

PSB, Chemi Brothers, Flamming lips and Craig Charles were all top as per usual. Lamb, despite the sound problems were utterly wonderful. Saw them at the Big Chill a few years back and Górecki damn near brought a tear to me eye then, please to say they did the same again at Blue dot 

 

Also by far and a way the cleanest festival I've ever been too. I was looking at the pictures i took of the main area and there wasn't a single piece of litter anywhere to be seen. 

 

All in all top marks! 

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So pool of headlining/biggish acts suitable for Blue Dot next year? 

New Order, Kraftwerk, Massive Attack, Moby (retired from touring but you never know), LCD Soundystem, Everything Everything, Roisin Murphy, Royskopp, Aphex Twin, The XX, Bjork, Spritualized, Super Furry Animals, Bonobo, Thom Yorke, Doves (should they return)

Any more?

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by the way if anyone else did the hot tub and thought it was terrible I sent an email to ticketline and received a refund after they passed it to the organisers. Top drawer customer service in the wake of what was a truly shocking "experience"

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9 hours ago, DiscothequeDave said:

So pool of headlining/biggish acts suitable for Blue Dot next year? 

New Order, Kraftwerk, Massive Attack, Moby (retired from touring but you never know), LCD Soundystem, Everything Everything, Roisin Murphy, Royskopp, Aphex Twin, The XX, Bjork, Spritualized, Super Furry Animals, Bonobo, Thom Yorke, Doves (should they return)

Any more?

Pretty much covered off all the bands I suggested to my other half might be on (think she fell asleep halfway through me talking though). 

Gorillaz might be a shout as well. And Mystery Jets. 

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On 8/14/2018 at 11:55 AM, DiscothequeDave said:

So pool of headlining/biggish acts suitable for Blue Dot next year? 

New Order, Kraftwerk, Massive Attack, Moby (retired from touring but you never know), LCD Soundystem, Everything Everything, Roisin Murphy, Royskopp, Aphex Twin, The XX, Bjork, Spritualized, Super Furry Animals, Bonobo, Thom Yorke, Doves (should they return)

Any more?

I'd say Prodigy could be in with a shout as new album Nov so probably be touring next year

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On 8/14/2018 at 11:55 AM, DiscothequeDave said:

So pool of headlining/biggish acts suitable for Blue Dot next year? 

New Order, Kraftwerk, Massive Attack, Moby (retired from touring but you never know), LCD Soundystem, Everything Everything, Roisin Murphy, Royskopp, Aphex Twin, The XX, Bjork, Spritualized, Super Furry Animals, Bonobo, Thom Yorke, Doves (should they return)

Any more?

Very good list - I'd be happy with combinations of several of those. We were thinking about Hot Chip, Nile Rodgers, Chaka Khan, Chvrches, Digitalism. Justice (if touring), Faithless and Groove Armada  DJ sets. 

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Sonar have announced / hinted at Kraftwerk on their instagram according to another efest member. 

It's got to happen this year, surely?

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I'm not certain. but I think it might just be a stretched or updated version of the Blue Dot logo, rather than relating to any specific band.

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A few facebook comments are suggesting kraftwerk.

it looks like they’re correct. Strong booking if theyre sharing a headliner with sonar which is a much larger and more estabished event albeit not directly comparable

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