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Glastenbury - smug


Photography and music are my two passions. I edited photography magazines for around 20 years and launched the UK's first digital imaging magazine. I founded ePHOTOzine and was owner / publisher until 2013. The photos in my portfolio are ones I like from shoots I do in any spare time I have.
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Glastenbury - smug

30 Jun 2008 10:05AM   Views : 630 Unique : 565

Watched a few highlights last night and really enjoyed the new Verve track Love is Noise. I went to Glastenbury several years ago (Bowie Headlined). I left early and missed him :-(. I got the wrong idea about the festival. I thought it was a huge group of fun people wanting to spend time in the same environment, yet my experience was tainted by tramps throwing litter everywhere, nicking everyone's stuff, peeing all over the place. It felt like a large sewer. One person near me even had his whole tent nicked! Don't get me wrong I'm not into luxuries and have camped rough many times, I just didn't expect such lack of respect for fellow music fans.

And then watching music and you'd get someone in front climb on someone's shoulders so you could no longer see the stage. Or you'd have a flag in your face. Or some stinky person with BO in your face.

But what really got me was that there were so many acts I wanted to see and I missed many trying to get from one stage to another or making the wrong decision of which one to watch. I guess you have to learn how to do festivals, but I'm not going to bother.

On TV, I'm still struggling to see what I'd like because the TV station decides, and I'm flicking channels to try and get the best set. I may be missing the "atmosphere" but at least I'm in a comfy seat with a cold beer and I can see the artist close up, without a flag in my face, and it all smells fresh. Bliss...
Did I say I really enjoyed watching the Verve?

Tags: Festivals Glastenbury Huge toilet


conrad 13 10.9k 116
30 Jun 2008 10:24AM
My son went to a similar festival in our country the other day. Similar experience, although his stories about the event were in the end dominated by comments about the groups and the music, and the complaints about the behaviour of others got less and less. First he said he wasn't going anymore, now he's not so sure...

But it's always the same when you have a large number of people participating in the same thing, isn't it - the law of numbers and the law of statistics say that there will always be those who misbehave, who abuse privileges and opportunities, who are dishonest or even disgusting. Maybe it's just as well that ephotozine is a virtual community, Pete - the ones who misbehave are bad enough online, even without smelling ... well, you know ...


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pepperst 10 2.3k 4 Wales
30 Jun 2008 10:47AM
The verve were awesome, and they looked like they were willing to be seen in each others company as well which is a plus side.

I fancy Bestival next year, supposed to be a lot politer and friendly, plus the music is less commercial and more like the lesser glasto stages.

People filming gigs on their stupid mobiles is what winds me up the most thou.
davidburleson Plus
11 3.0k 3 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2008 10:59AM
I think the coverage on TV is horrible. Using the red button is crucial. But even then, it all appears to be a load of no-name bands. And is it just me or do alot of the 'popular' bands suck live?

TV coverage tends to always go to some really random stuff and interviews which is not why people watch it, they want to see the music.

I would still agree with Oasis about there isn't any place for rap at a festival of this sort. Festival goers tend to be much more rock driven. rap is mean't for the clubs/arenas. But don't get me wrong, some rap is good and rather like Jay-z myself, but you wouldn't expect to see rap at a festival like this.
pepperst 10 2.3k 4 Wales
30 Jun 2008 11:03AM

Quote:And is it just me or do alot of the 'popular' bands suck live?

Not far wrong there mate, to much studio time and plugging away on myspace.
Geoffphoto 12 13.5k United Kingdom
30 Jun 2008 11:24AM
I was working most of the weekend and just caught bits of Glasto, but I thought that Buddy Guy was brilliant on Saturday night - I'm with you Pete about festivals and mega gigs in general, I'm not the tallest and these days you can't see the stage for people holding bloody mobile 'phones over their heads trying to get pictures !! If I can't get a press pass or a comfy seat then I just don't bother these days - I've got really good seats to see blues guitarist Robert Cray in a couple of weeks and I'm looking forward to that one. ( not working for once !)

I personally thought that The Verve were very samey at Eden on Friday night, but Richard Ashcroft is a true charismatic star !
pepperst 10 2.3k 4 Wales
30 Jun 2008 2:45PM
Buddy Guy was great, shame I didnt have the 'red button' so only saw 'mustang sally', did you see King Solomon or Eddy Grant?
1 Jul 2008 11:03AM

Quote:yet my experience was tainted by tramps throwing litter everywhere, nicking everyone's stuff, peeing all over the place.

Excuse me, but is this the blog about the last epz meet ?

IanA 14 3.0k 12 England
2 Jul 2008 7:53AM
I prefer to spend my free time sitting in an empty feild waiting to see what turns up! Tongue


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