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20 hours ago, chatty said:

The problem is probably that The Cure aren't that big a booking for the rock side, they play all over the shop all the time and are decades past being their most popular. Decent band but I wouldn't say they are any sort of big booking. 

Stormzy is a huge booking for hip hop, he might prove to be but in the current he's just breaking through. 

Gaga is past prime in terms of popularity, he mainstream appeal is a few years past best and she played then on the other stage about third down? She's basically in the fold due to a movie but it's not that much of an inspiring booking in 2019.

Macca was the big booking that held this up and gave the other bands that bit leeway on not being big headlining acts (in 2018). If he's gone and Gaga is in or many other acts tbf it does look pretty weak on paper. 

That said, that's just pyramid headliners, be plenty of good stuff on all over, you don't need to be at the pyramid a single night if you don't fancy it so alls good and if those headliners are up your street then it's great for you but I can see why it would be looked upon as a fairly lacklustre trio at the top. 

Agree baffled by the cure, not exactly a massive band now and haven't been relevant in 25 years.    

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6 hours ago, Acid Loafers said:

The Bonnaroo subreddit isn't buying this line-up. Do have to agree that having all of these booked for June does seem a bit early...

One comment does stand out at debunking the line-up. Apparently, the band Zoogma has split and performed their last show back in September so... Who knows what to believe. 

Yeah Yeah Yeahs!!!

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5 hours ago, Glastocat said:

Yeah, I understood that mate. I was just exaggerating my point to prove how bands like Kasabian are under rated and under appreciated on this board.

We don’t rate them because they’re shit. Likewise we don’t appreciate them because they’re shit.

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9 minutes ago, Hugh Jass said:

We don’t rate them because they’re shit. Likewise we don’t appreciate them because they’re shit.

What I will say for Kasabian is that they sound better live than on their albums.

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4 minutes ago, Quark said:

What I will say for Kasabian is that they sound better live than on their albums.

They don’t sound great live either.

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6 hours ago, Glastocat said:

Agreed mate. You would think Kasabian were one hit wonders off the Britpop era reading a few of the posts on here.😁

I understand that people want a more diverse set of headliners and for EE to not play it safe but Stormzy played the 2017 festival subbing the other stage. Would people think Emili Sande is a good headliner or Lorde? That's without releasing any new material in the time since. Yes I know Stormzy has a second album to come before the festival but know one knows what the reception to that will be like. Hopefully his second album is massive and this booking then looks like a masterstroke.

 

 

I believe that advance listens of a record are available to the industry well before the record is released, and bookings are made based on the reaction to that. For example, Let’s Eat Grandma were a tiny niche act, but booked Heaven - a significant London showcase for hottly tipped bands - before the second record was released. Surprise, it turned out to be a belter, and they stormed the gig. I suspect that the first hearings of Stormzy’s new stuff has persuaded the Eavii he is ready to step up.

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32 minutes ago, Hugh Jass said:

We don’t rate them because they’re shit. Likewise we don’t appreciate them because they’re shit.

Ah yes, obviously if you say that, it's true then lol.

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22 minutes ago, JonnyG said:

I believe that advance listens of a record are available to the industry well before the record is released, and bookings are made based on the reaction to that. For example, Let’s Eat Grandma were a tiny niche act, but booked Heaven - a significant London showcase for hottly tipped bands - before the second record was released. Surprise, it turned out to be a belter, and they stormed the gig. I suspect that the first hearings of Stormzy’s new stuff has persuaded the Eavii he is ready to step up.

That maybe mate but that's just guesswork at the minute.

I just feel this is a year early for Stormzy.

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2 minutes ago, Glastocat said:

That maybe mate but that's just guesswork at the minute.

I just feel this is a year early for Stormzy.

But he wouldn't get the slot in 2020, would he?

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6 minutes ago, Glastocat said:

That maybe mate but that's just guesswork at the minute.

I just feel this is a year early for Stormzy.

Ofc it’s guesswork in this case, but by “I believe” I mean “I’ve been reliably informed by friends in the industry”, so I’m pretty confident the general principle holds. 😀. As to whether he can pull it off, that’s a matter of opinion - and will almost certainly remain so after the event. 😂. My view is that he’s aware and smart enough to realise the potential weaknesses and work a set/guests to address them. He’s got a year to figure it out, and doesn’t (yet) appear to have a Kanye-sized ego convincing him he merely has to turn up and everyone will love him. If nothing else, he’s an interesting and challenging choice, and I value that over the annual safety-nets headlining V (or whatever it’s called now 😁).

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1 hour ago, Hugh Jass said:

We don’t rate them because they’re shit. Likewise we don’t appreciate them because they’re shit.

Hmm not really, fair enough you don’t like them, doesn’t mean they are shit. 

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31 minutes ago, Purple aki squat said:

So from recent announcements/ posters we know that Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Whitesnake and the legendary Billy Idol are all around next June.

i really wish I had hair.

We need Ratt

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4 hours ago, Glastocat said:

Aye , you're right that it doesn't really matter and you really do understand that when you've been. Hard to really understand before, especially if you've attended other festivals that are built around the bands and one main stage. I don't do twitter or Facebook but I can imagine some of the ridiculous over reactions to the headliners from people who haven't been. Especially if you tell them Wednesday and Thursday are the best days and only a few bands actually play😁.

Let's be honest here, it's what we have to talk about at the minute, so everyone is going to talk about it, and talk about and talk about and maybe post about it also.

Bring on Glasto!

Well said. 

He'll get some great exposure out of it too, let's hope he has a great night. 

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