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Sell me this festival!
Great music, small site, nice food, friendly people, relaxed vibe...
And the lineup this year is really quite nice.
Best atmosphere of any festival I've been too, great food, always loads of quirky stuff around.
Is probably my favorite festival.
Although this year's line-up is very lacklustre IMO
and it already includes:
Beirut, Gruff Rhys, Midlake, The Walkmen, Wild Beasts, The Fall, Josh Pearson, Treefight For Sunlight, and TUnE-YArDs.
i reckon it's going to be awesome.
All the food is good.
Small site, easy to get around. Walk from your tent to the main stage (at the far end of the site) in ten minutes or so.
Audience are friendly and know their music. There's a big age range, but no-one who will set fire to their tent or push over the toilets.
Organisers are good people and are real genuine music fans who put on bands that they like.
Bands love being there: Low Anthem call it their favourite festival. Plenty of bands attend as punters if they're not playing (Allo Darlin' have a song ("Darren") about being there).
There are peacocks! Hanging out in the trees by the main stage.
Get bored of the music, you can wander round in the woods and find quirky art installations and a library.
There are always great undiscovered bands playing down the bill (two years ago it was the Low Anthem playing 2nd bottom or something). So even though this year's lineup doesn't grab me yet, I know I'll enjoy it by the time I get there and have checked out bands that I haven't heard of yet. (And bear in mind they haven't announced two of the headliners yet - only Beirut).
[I booked my ticket about 18 hours after getting back from last year's, this will be my 4th time]
and how do they compare? Detail, people.
Eotr better in everyway, they put so much effort into every aspect. Done both in the rain so not even bias by weather
it tends to get the bigger acts but you pay for that in the fact that it can get genuinely busy at times. also, it rains more at Greenman and the mud can get pretty bad at times thanks to the heavy footfall. both sites are beautiful but Greenman probably edges it on account of the mountains. no peacocks though. EOTR has the better film selection hands down. i don't get to see half the stuff i want to that they put on but everything i've seen has been amazing. food wise i think EOTR hedges it but both put on an awesome spread with EOTR's tea gardens tipping the balance
really i love both festivals but i definitely prefer EOTR, hence having only been able to go to one for the last 3 years and picking EOTR.
they're both family friendly festivals but greenman is simply overrun. EOTR is after/the weekend that school starts so you get a lot less kids full stop, and none of the middle to older one's who are always running around and making a nuisance of themselves.
Joan As Policewoman
can't really add much more to what's been said. There's a great atmosphere during the day when the young 'uns are about (usually just the right amount, not overrun with kids), but it is suitably party once it gets dark.
And Brakes play every year.
Artists picked by people who know what they're doing
Real care put into the presentation, from the secret garden areas (with secret sets) to the choice of food (THE SOMERSET CIDER BUS)
Not too big a location
Low-key publicity wise so it doesn't get overrun by festi-lads
Doesn't rain as much as you'd think (different weekend this year, mind you)
Like to announce half their bill ridiculously early
Need I say more?
It's that good. The only negative I can think of is that it's a bit of an arse to get to, especially if you don't have a car.
first year last year, booked this year day after getting back.
nuff said really.
and the hidden disco.
EOTR is my favourite.
you may as well wander along and have a look.
Glastonbury (about 8 times)
Phoenix Fest (sounding old now - all of them)
Reading (a load of times)
ATP (both sites, maybe 8 times in total and love it)
Primavera (last year)
Eotr (three times)
EotR the best of all that lot by some distance in terms of having a really good, enjoyable time. Maybe not in terms of having my face blasted off by the awesomeness from the stages, but that is not to say I haven't seen a ton of fantastic shows there, it is just that it is smaller so you aren't going to get Pavement and Sonic Youth playing. On balance of good time, good people, good music, good food, good beer, easiness and value it is the best there is.
I could totally see Sonic Youth headlining it one day...
...I actually thought that straight after I posted that. They would be a really neat fit for the mainstage.
Just like Mogwai will be this year (you heard it here, completely made up by me, here).
Basically it's amazing, wonderful atmosphere, perfect size, awesome bands, great food and drink.