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And now look at me!
I mean they have their moments, but it's nothing to get hung up about. Having said that, I'm really looking forward to primavera.
It's good but I'm so picky with music that the line ups always mean me having to run from one tent to the next and I hate the sludge that is often created. I like camping but not on such a huge scale i.e. not having access to private showers and toilets makes me unhappy.
the thing which worries me the most is not being able to find my tent or something happening to it so I have nowhere to sleep. I guess I could just get a day ticket.
I prefered festivals when i was younger to be honest. It is a great excuse to take excess to a new level :)
I've been to about five gigs in my life, I think
Glastonbury 1994. Been to about 30 festivals now (including every Glastonbury since then).
Just because you haven't been doesn't mean you can't start. :)
however, i think i shall be going to lollapalooza this summer depending on what the line-up looks like.
Highlight of my year, ridiculous amount of fun if you're with the right peoples.
than a particularly enjoyable experience.
sure afterwards everyone goes on about how great they were, but at the time they were probably moaning about the shitty toilets, missing the bands they wanted to see and trying to nurse hangovers while being almost set on fire by the twunts in the tent next door.
or they would be if they'd been to the lawless scumhole that is Leeds Festival.
Two shows I've tried and just haven't gotten to, others I was busy, etc. I'm seeing Dinosaur Jr. in April!
but that has more to do with being on medication which requires safe storage in a fridge and safe storage of needles, which while doable, takes a lot of prior organization, Maybe an ATP festival would be my best bet. That said I probably get to see more bands in the space of a month than i'd catch at a festival, I saw 9 bands in the space of the last week, and I normally make it to something like get loaded in the park, these one day outdoor gigs that pop up, so get the experience of paying over the odds for food and seeing lots of drunk idiots!
when I was 16 and the only good thing about it was buying wood and building a fire which engulfed my crap tent on the last day
..and quite frankly I don't feel the need. The only "festival" I've ever been to was Unity Day in Hyde Park in Leeds a couple years back, which is completely free and is basically a multi-ethnic car-boot sale with a band-tent arranged by the local scene. My girlfriend and I travelled up from Hampshire and were there for the full 12 hours and the line-up was something like (in no particular order):
That Fucking Tank
Yes Boss! (originally meant to be O Fracas but they pulled out)
Was the best day music event I've ever been to and I can't imagine any festival I could ever go to will top that. Why pay £100+ to stand in a muddy field to see a select few bands when you could probably cherry pick the ones you really want to see and wait till they tour?
That said, I'm exteremely jealous of the missus who did get to Reading a couple years back when the line-up included the likes The Departure, Yourcodenameis:Milo and The 22-20's.
That's an outdoor concert masquerading as a festival.
But yeah. Standing in muddy fields is what it's all about. You should carry on being bitter and assume it's all about watching bands.
I think I'd enjoy ATP but i've never been able to persuade anyone to pay the amount they charge.
we all had 20 close mates :(
I have vowed never to go to Reading or Leeds or anything again following my first ATP. This year, Supersonic and ATP are going to be the absolute nuts.
and it was ATP. I think I've missed the boat on Reading and Leeds, I'd have enjoyed them at 16 or 17 but I've experienced too much better stuff now.
...I find that the people who enjoy them are people who like music festivals first and particular bands second. At a gig, you are more likely to be surrounded by people who have paid specifically to come and see a given band, and sharing that experience with others is sort of what creates the atmosphere and the magic. Festivals are about being around loads of people who may not be that into the bands you're watching - it's just a collective feeling of euphoria triggered by the experience of being at the music festival. There's loads of people I've met at music festivals who really aren't that into music at all but are clearly there just to have a good time. That's ok and everything, but I much prefer being around fellow fans in an exclusive location sharing the anticipation of seeing the same band. I accept that people do turn up to festivals to see certain bands, but I don't think that's the primary motivation for most people. If you want to go and see a certain band, you'll probably go to a gig, not a festival.
Of course, I also don't like sharing my space with degenerates with little interest in music and more interest in being annoying prats for a weekend. That sort of spoils in for me - probably in a similar way in which the presence of non-Muslims snapping photos of the kabba, would ruin the Hajj for Muslims (lol).
been to a few one-dayers like Field Day and camped out for first time at Offset last year. I imagine anything bigger being horrendous. Luckily I've been to many gigs instead.
year after that til' I was 25. I've been to Truck four times, Secret Garden Party and Latitude once each and some others that I've forgotten.
They're fun, but I wouldn't go to another Reading style enormofest unless the line-up was INCREDIBLE and that seems unlikely.
Going to Latitude again this year and Camp Bestival.
I'd never go again, it was horrible. I've since been to two ATPs which were brilliant - no tents! - and End of the Road, and doing the same this year.
especially as Deerhunter and Teenage Fanclub are playing. Its a shame Sufjan Stevens isn't in the lineup, that would have swung it for me...