I think festivals are the death of art, in a weird way. I know everyone has started thinking that’s the way you see bands now, but I’ve always said bands are the least important part of a festival. What’s important is standing around and seeing who you live with and what your world is why you’re there. Bands have always been a side issue to that, but now more so. And everybody is compromised as a result. The audience are, and the bands are because they get short time slots and no sound check. - Jason Pierce http://drownedinsound.com/in_depth/4145686-i-think-festivals-are-the-death-of-art-dis-meets-jason-pierce-from-spiritualized
I wrote a column for the Sunday Times about this a while back. It seems crazy that a lot of acts who haven't quite worked out their live show are rushed onstage with no real lightning and often quite bad sound (for at least the first three songs, which is pretty much when people wander off).
Has seeing a band at a festival ever put you off them or just been a crushing disappointment? And is Jason Pierce right, are festivals even about The Music?