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3 hours ago, DDave said:

For fucks sake. 

Yes I know.

I misread it on my phone as “FFS currently are giving people free glamping for those who buy a normal camping ticket” and thought maybe FFS was a Spanish website or something lol. 

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Had a brilliant weekend here again.

First of all, I tried my best to help some of you by answering questions, but apologies to anyone who actually took my advice hahaha. I dunno why I thought it doesn't go cold at night, if it's any consolation I nearly froze to death on Weds/Thurs night sleeping under a towel before I got a blanket sorted on Friday. And the searches going into the arena were far more prevalent this year so I didn't bother trying to take drink in. Didn't need to tbf as I was so pissed by that point that I only wanted the odd beer every now and then inside so I didn't spend too much money.

Anyway I'm sat in the airport with nothing better to do so will do a rundown of what I saw.

First thing I saw on Thursday was Sleaford Mods. I've tried with them on record and really couldn't be arsed but my mate had told me they're cracking live and that I needed to see them. They were a laugh tbf, really energetic and entertaining. 7/10.

Then saw Liam Gallagher. Thought he did a little bit too much solo material. His brand new stuff is utter garbage and makes the As You Were songs actually seem quite good. Had a fun time singing along to the Oasis tunes as always when seeing Liam or Noel at a festival. I've seen LG off my face at Parklife in Manchester so this was never gonna match that, and Noel here last year was better too, but it was a good time. 7.5/10.

Thom Yorke was a letdown, I can't lie. Just not really the vibe I wanted (or many other people wanted as there was virtually nobody left by the time he finished). I love Radiohead but not massively familiar with his solo stuff. I did have a listen to a bit of it last week and it sounds alright but it's not what I was after at about midnight at a festival. 4/10.

I went to the wrong stage for The Voidz. The only band I really wanted to see all day and I fucked it. Virtue was my favourite album of last year. I wasn't even massively drunk so dunno how I managed it. Ended up legging it round the festival looking for them but once I'd missed 15 mins of it I just decided to sack it off and go to bed. Could hear them from the bus stop. Gutting.

First act I saw on Friday was Brockhampton. Incredible energy and a really fun show. Not an act I often listen to at home but would definitely see them live again. 8/10.

I'd been waiting to see Idles for a while. Had tickets to see them in April but Hot Chip ended up announcing a gig on the same night so went that instead. Thought they were very good but they're not quite as mindblowing live as a lot of people will have you believe, in my opinion anyway. Had a great time going mad near the back around a load of Spanish people who were probably a bit confused. 8/10.

Saw Rosalia next. Thought she was a bit shite. Amazing voice but most her songs are boring as fuck. At least she did the James Blake one. 3/10.

Saw most of Suede but missed the last 2 or 3 songs to get a good place for The Strokes. Really good stuff. Brett Anderson is a sensational performer. I wanna see these again so a return to Glastonbury for them next year would be cool. 8/10.

Saw The Strokes at APE and got a bit too hammered and forgot most of it. I knew I had this to fall back on though and was very careful to make sure I remember it this time haha. Absolutely incredible stuff. Sound was perfect. One of those rare gigs where the first note of every single song got me super hyped up. Really couldn't have been any better and it's one of my favourite sets ever. 10/10.

First act we saw on Saturday was Boy Azooga. I spoke to at least 20 people over the weekend who had never heard of them but went to see them after I'd promised them they'd be good. Told them all to come find me down the front by looking out for my Wales flag and loadsa people did haha. It was great. I was the only one bouncing about for most of it and the singer even pointed me out and said "I see you in The Cribs t shirt and Wales flag". Cool moment for me. Really fun time. 8.5/10.

Weezer was up and down. Bit bizarre with all the 80s covers, but they were all a laugh after about a minute in and I'd accepted I wasn't too cool to sing along to the likes of Toto. Really enjoyed hearing the likes of Buddy Holly and Pork N Beans. 7/10.

Vince Staples was great. Was surprised it wasn't more packed down the front though, you could just walk straight up to the barrier throughout really. The bass was mental though. Could barely hear him at times cos of it, reminded me of when I saw Kanye at Glasto in that sense. 8/10.

Hot Chip were beyond amazing. My third time seeing them this year, and the same setlist but with Look At Where We Are thrown in. Didn't matter though as they have this set super nailed down atm. This lived up to the Glastonbury West Holts set in 2015, which I didn't think would ever be possible. This fella we met put me on his shoulders without any warning for Melody Of Love which was a great moment as well. What a perfect act to see at 2am. 10/10.

I didn't watch Cut Copy properly as the tent was packed and I needed a sit down, but I listened from outside. I'm not qualified to give it a rating but it sounded very decent so hopefully I catch them somewhere else.

Anyway, yeah. My second year here and I can see myself coming back loads more times. Both years I've come in a group of 3 and by the end we've had a massive group of mates in the campsite. If you were in the glamping you woulda prob seen us under that gazebo playing music all day haha. Mad Cool and that have cracking lineups as well but nothing compares to a camping festival. 

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Didn’t you guys find the Saturday ridiculously crowded? Had the idea the whole line up on that day (minus the Strokes) were all support acts of Rosalía, for the Spanish visitors at least.  Cool though to see so much hype and adoration for an artist, we noticed it in the city as well. But yeah, however it’s logicial with the spreading of the artists throughout the days (2 days with no big headliner, 1 day with 2 huge ones), the difference in amounts of people seemed extremely big. And for me they sold too many tickets for the Saturday: we waited 40 mins to order fries, one and a half hour to get a bus at San Mames, an hour to get a bus back, etc etc. Really nice atmosphere at the festival though, will definately consider coming back.

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4 minutes ago, Machielsmit said:

Was talking about the Friday sorry

Yep. People were complaining about it on socials and BBK were deleting the comments too. But they said it sold out and was within the capacity/law. I also waited quite a while for a bus back to camping. 

This shot is from that night:

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Yeah Friday was a bit too busy but still really enjoyed pretty much every aspect of the festival.

The only negatives were the faff to get from town to the camping site, the food at the festival site (pretty average at best) and Liam Gallagher being on the bill/being rubbish. The security were touching people's groins in a way as part of the frisk like I've never seen before - possibly fair I suppose as that is where people hide their stuff!

Otherwise was very enjoyable. A lovely crowd. A cracking lineup.

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4 minutes ago, xxialac said:

Yeah Friday was a bit too busy but still really enjoyed pretty much every aspect of the festival.

The only negatives were the faff to get from town to the camping site, the food at the festival site (pretty average at best) and Liam Gallagher being on the bill/being rubbish. The security were touching people's groins in a way as part of the frisk like I've never seen before - possibly fair I suppose as that is where people hide their stuff!

Otherwise was very enjoyable. A lovely crowd. A cracking lineup.

Ok glad I wasn’t the only one that got a hand job on the way in. 

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On 7/17/2019 at 12:44 PM, gregory said:

Ok glad I wasn’t the only one that got a hand job on the way in. 

LMAO and people moans about that too?

 

No wait, moans is not the right word.

 

Damn.

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Went straight through the gates all 3 days, had a small bag with me that they just opened. Was surprised since I don't look european and usually get "randomly searched".

Top 5 sets of the weekend was The Strokes, Liam, Viagra Boys, Idles and Shame. HM to Vince Staples and Dj Seinfeld. 

Thought everything went really well except the friday, the bus queue at 20:00 was 1,5 h and the queue back at 03:00 was over 2 hour. I mean it felt like they had 5 buses they went up and down with a massive line. Can't be that hard to plan for that, they know how many tickets they sell and how many of those are with camping. 

Not as international as I assumed, heard someone speak english once maybe. Basoa stage was mental. And yea Bilbao was a really beautiful city.

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