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56 minutes ago, pryce said:

it might be, End of the Road looks very tempting though

 

I am struggling to find a festival this year, decided on not going abroad for some reason

Yeah I really regret not getting tickets to summer festivals abroad this year. Now either tickets are sold out or I've already made other plans. Wish I had gotten a ticket to Madcool :(

 

 

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4 minutes ago, neil_clarky said:

quite tempted by Latitude this year, does anyone know when will tickets sell out? When did they go last year?

Weekend didn't sell out last year or the year before as far as I'm aware. Only Saturday tickets sold out last year.

 

I think you will be safe for a while.

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1 hour ago, BlueDaze said:

you had best get a double sedan chair... i am at the wrong end of my fifties...

tbh, it is one of the things that makes Latitude appeal... it is so easy to get about.. Glastonbury (particularly a muddy one) kills my dodgy old knees..

after a few years of Glastonbury, when i first attended Latitude(2013) i couldnt believe that they would have grandstands around the main arena.. ("how fecking middle class..")... but now i love it on a sunny late morning, with a newspaper and a pint, sitting up the back watching a early bands...

Heading to Bearded Theory this year for the first time (as a Glastonbury replacement) and that is even smaller.... I will be able to get away with just the zimmer frame.!

Priceless.

To my eternal shame and frustration I've never succeeded in getting Glasto tickets despite multiple tries. Might make another concerted effort next year maybe. In the meantime Latitude's been a fantastic sub over the years. I'll confess I've tried sitting in that grandstand a couple of times but always get fidgety and end up back down on the grass (not enough knee room for me arthritic joints)!

Just checked out Bearded Theory BTW and there's two or three real gems on that lineup. Looks interesting. Do you know anyone who's been?

 

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58 minutes ago, BlueDaze said:

It could be that Latitude would prefer weekend sales than day only..?? you are likely to get more ancilliary spend from a weekend dweller (booze, food, merch)

with it being The Killers, people will just want a ticket regardless... If you can get a weekend one now it save the angst of trying for a limited number of day tickets.?

Yes if you're only interested in the headliner it's fine, but I'm really there for the undercard.

For some reason Friday always ends up being the best day for me, so I've taken a chance on that.

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11 minutes ago, Raindow Rhythms said:

 

Yes if you're only interested in the headliner it's fine, but I'm really there for the undercard.

For some reason Friday always ends up being the best day for me, so I've taken a chance on that.

i  think a large percentage of ticket sales are based on headliners... and their popularity..

agree that a great undercard can make the festival for those that love their music more than for 'being there'... but Latitude have increased capacity to 40k and so they have a lot of tickets to shift..

and to be fair, The Killers look like the perfect ticket shifters for this festival..I think it is a great booking..

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22 minutes ago, BlueDaze said:

i  think a large percentage of ticket sales are based on headliners... and their popularity..

agree that a great undercard can make the festival for those that love their music more than for 'being there'... but Latitude have increased capacity to 40k and so they have a lot of tickets to shift..

and to be fair, The Killers look like the perfect ticket shifters for this festival..I think it is a great booking..

Definitely.

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46 minutes ago, Cat Man said:

Priceless.

To my eternal shame and frustration I've never succeeded in getting Glasto tickets despite multiple tries. Might make another concerted effort next year maybe. In the meantime Latitude's been a fantastic sub over the years. I'll confess I've tried sitting in that grandstand a couple of times but always get fidgety and end up back down on the grass (not enough knee room for me arthritic joints)!

Just checked out Bearded Theory BTW and there's two or three real gems on that lineup. Looks interesting. Do you know anyone who's been?

 

Ive loved going to Latitude. It has been a perfect contrast to Glastonbury...

Last year was probably the most disappointing i have attended... I really didnt like the whole Mumfords take over thing (no alternative on BBC stage whilst they played...) but equally other things felt more commercial..

i am heartened by this early line-up but also by the news of a new 'street food' set up as the quality of food traders was dropping..

 

i dont know anyone who has been to Bearded Theory but it gets such great reviews for its independent vibe.. with some real interest in the line-up.

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55 minutes ago, BlueDaze said:

i  think a large percentage of ticket sales are based on headliners... and their popularity..

agree that a great undercard can make the festival for those that love their music more than for 'being there'... but Latitude have increased capacity to 40k and so they have a lot of tickets to shift..

and to be fair, The Killers look like the perfect ticket shifters for this festival..I think it is a great booking..

It wouldn't surprise me if Saturday day tickets sell out fairly quickly. 

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17 minutes ago, BlueDaze said:

Ive loved going to Latitude. It has been a perfect contrast to Glastonbury...

Last year was probably the most disappointing i have attended... I really didnt like the whole Mumfords take over thing (no alternative on BBC stage whilst they played...) but equally other things felt more commercial..

i am heartened by this early line-up but also by the news of a new 'street food' set up as the quality of food traders was dropping..

 

i dont know anyone who has been to Bearded Theory but it gets such great reviews for its independent vibe.. with some real interest in the line-up.

I thought the same about last year's Latitude. the whole GOTR takeover thing left me cold, not least because of the arrogance that seemed to come with it. And there was just a different feel about the place: more "let's take the 4X4 for a "weekend in the country" and much less of an indie spirit than when I first started going. I'm rapidly losing faith in FR being motivated by anything other than money and I'm still worried what this year's "new look" is actually going to entail. I hate talking like this because, like you, I still have enormous affection for the place. It still has loads to offer, but I fear it won't end well.

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45 minutes ago, Cat Man said:

I thought the same about last year's Latitude. the whole GOTR takeover thing left me cold, not least because of the arrogance that seemed to come with it. And there was just a different feel about the place: more "let's take the 4X4 for a "weekend in the country" and much less of an indie spirit than when I first started going. I'm rapidly losing faith in FR being motivated by anything other than money and I'm still worried what this year's "new look" is actually going to entail. I hate talking like this because, like you, I still have enormous affection for the place. It still has loads to offer, but I fear it won't end well.

This sums up my feelings, fell in love with the place in 2010 and been back every year. The only positive of the GOTR nothing on the BBC stage was I found the rather wonderful Lowly in the Solas area and seen them twice since. But there was definitely part of the festival's soul missing compared to other years.

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11 minutes ago, jamesrfisher said:

This sums up my feelings, fell in love with the place in 2010 and been back every year. The only positive of the GOTR nothing on the BBC stage was I found the rather wonderful Lowly in the Solas area and seen them twice since. But there was definitely part of the festival's soul missing compared to other years.

i sadly went and got a very tasty pizza and several pints of Hektors and sat like a grumpy old bastard (which i am) down in the main seating area...

I should have headed to Solas... i saw a couple of good acts there last year..

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1 hour ago, Acncfc09 said:

We’re there any secret acts last year? If so who?

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Not sure who it was last year...

2016 it was old copperknob himself.. (he only lives about 20 minutes away though)

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9 minutes ago, BlueDaze said:

Not sure who it was last year...

2016 it was old copperknob himself.. (he only lives about 20 minutes away though)

....and half of Snow Patrol.  They were great!  There wasn't a surprise last year, although Ed Sheeran appeared again.

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Just now, the wonderwhy said:

'Twas Two Door 

No, they were announced beforehand.  Ed S and Snow P just appeared.

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2 minutes ago, ianlash said:

....and half of Snow Patrol.  They were great!  There wasn't a surprise last year, although Ed Sheeran appeared again.

you cant keep that bugger away..

Two Door were really a pre-announced 'special guest' rather than a 'secret act'...

Rudimental did an unannounced set a few years back..

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Yeah Two Door played the slot that is usually labelled as a special guest, I think- which is probably what they're on about in that message 

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On 14/02/2018 at 6:34 PM, ianlash said:

No, they were announced beforehand.  Ed S and Snow P just appeared.

i had the good fortune (misfortune?) to be watching Foy Vance in the 6Music tent in 2016 when the Ginger One appeared out of nowhere. The whole experience reminded me of an old wildlife documentary I once saw where somerhing disturbed a termite mound and they all swarmed out, except in reverse. Weird, almost out-of-body kind of experience.

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58 minutes ago, Cat Man said:

i had the good fortune (misfortune?) to be watching Foy Vance in the 6Music tent in 2016 when the Ginger One appeared out of nowhere. The whole experience reminded me of an old wildlife documentary I once saw where somerhing disturbed a termite mound and they all swarmed out, except in reverse. Weird, almost out-of-body kind of experience.

I remember a similar experience at Glastonbury in 2009. Went to see The Gaslight Anthem in the John Peel Tent, Bruce Springsteen came on for a song (they are also from New Jersey). Place went mental.

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On 2/14/2018 at 2:31 PM, Cat Man said:

Just checked out Bearded Theory BTW and there's two or three real gems on that lineup. Looks interesting. Do you know anyone who's been?

 

My three regular festivals are Glastonbury, Latitude and Bearded, so if you like the first two, then Bearded might suit you too. It is very different from Latitude, though. Very, very, roughly speaking, if you imagine the Avalon Stage, the Glade Stage and the Acoustic Stage striking out on their own, and you sort of get the idea. But chuck in a heavy dose of punk, a very friendly and quite a counter culture crowd. The crowd reminds me of Stonehenge of old a bit, if you happen to be as ancient as me.

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2 minutes ago, sparkythetortoise said:

My three regular festivals are Glastonbury, Latitude and Bearded, so if you like the first two, then Bearded might suit you too. It is very different from Latitude, though. Very, very, roughly speaking, if you imagine the Avalon Stage, the Glade Stage and the Acoustic Stage striking out on their own, and you sort of get the idea. But chuck in a heavy dose of punk, a very friendly and quite a counter culture crowd. The crowd reminds me of Stonehenge of old a bit, if you happen to be as ancient as me.

That's for that, sounds well worth a shot. Been eyeing up Green Man for a while but Bearded looks right up my alley, plus its a lot easier to get to!

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I wanna throw this one out there:

Festival Republic.

Three or four years ago I would have counted Melvin Benn as one of my heroes, someone who championed live music and did his best to keep it alive and kicking (albeit while making a tidy sum on the side, God bless). Then Latitude started to slide. We had the GOTR takeover. Then last year FR said they were going to lead the way in promoting female acts and female headliners at their 2018 festivals. We got Solange at Latitude. At Reading we got  KoL, Fallout Boy and Kendrick Lamar. God only knows what will rise from the grave of V-Fest.

Pathetic.

Reading's reputation has been built over the years on what's cutting edge with the kids. that's how it should be. That's what keeps it alive and VITAL. So I get Kendrick, I really do. But I do not get Fallout Boy or KoL. Neither of those bands has anything new to offer, nothing interesting to say.

Popular music kicked back in the 60s against what was happening in the world. In the late 70s it did the same, and again in the 90s. Now, when we need our music heroes more than ever, FR seems hell bent one just one thing - making money.

Forgive me, I have had way too much to drink. i am probably stating the obvious but I needed to get it off my chest.

It's fun to lose and to pretend.

RIP Kurt.

Cat Man x

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