Glastonbury

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#  Petition calls to drop Coldplay from Glastonbury:

Coldplay will headline the Sunday night slot at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, but some festival fans are so upset they’ve launched a petition to ban the band.

Yes but that could apply to any modern band or singer – I mean, just look at the available dross. Was it last year or the year before when that Florence and the Machine were the issue. I went deeply into that singer and sidekick, seeking any sort of redeeming quality to the “music” but came up emptyhanded.  Not sure what they did have but it wasn’t talent.

As for Glastonbury itself:

At this time every year, I like to pause and give thanks that I am not at the Glastonbury music festival. That tomorrow, I will not awake hemmed in by claustrophobia-triggering canvas, with nothing to look forward to but trial by stinky portaloo, trial by ‘street’ food, and multiple trials by live music.

She fails to mention mud and that photo in the article itself is misleading. One commenter nails it from 2015:

The biggest insult this year must be paying hundreds for the screaming no-talent: Flo and her Washing Machine….appalling…so bad even narcotics wouldn’t save you.

A girl called Jenny fights back for Glastonbury:

What a stupid woman you are half the people performing are over 29 I’d like to c u tell the like of Kate moss & oassis lads there to old it’s a festival u prat

… to which someone suggested she learn to spell. Come to think of it – as the education system in this country is producing illiterates and innumerates, that might be a niche market for us to exploit, if daddy’s willing to pay.

The voice of reason suggested:

Some people may not enjoy the same things you do, you may have to come to terms with this.

Well, this is the old debate, is it not?  My blog has previously run Can and other left field “music” – has it any talent?  Did the Sex Pistols?

I’d like to suggest that within each genre there would be the more talented band and the less – for example, in New Wave, there were The Stranglers whom most conceded, despite the provocative material, were actually a band who could play and whose bass and keyboard sound were unique. Ian Dury was as rough as guts but he certainly was original and The Blockheads could play a treat. Much as I don’t like the Beatles, they certainly had some class.

I’d further suggest there is such a thing as externally determined talent and no talent, irrespective of genre and age. Last year, I was honoured to make the acquaintance of a 29 year old and her “music” had one or two clearly talented singers in it but the bulk of it was pretty bad – that Ed Sheeran for example. It’s not that I don’t listen to young music to find out.

The year before that I was honoured to meet and have as a friend [in the shop] a 14 year old and I listened to her “music”, found out much about the young today.

Somehow, Glastonbury attracts the worst or else formerly good singers who are now past it. Another opinion:

I went to the mud bath event in 97 and it was mostly awful. It rained non stop for three days, the sun finally came out on the monday morning as everyone was leaving. The sound systems were awful, they may be better now but the music got blown everywhere and unless you were right at the front you couldn’t hear anything. Most of the bands could’t play well live.

Glastonbury does not have a friendly atmosphere. There is a class system there, with the hippies, crusties and vegans etc poncing around like they are superior to everyone and expressing clear disdain for normal people.

On the other hand, fair’s fair – the lowlifes must have their outings during the year that they can look forward to – they have, for example, the Notting Hill Sodomy, Dykery and Black Lives Matter festival … and they also have Glastonbury.

Wallowing in sludge seems appropriate. Feel free to take exception to this.

5 comments for “Glastonbury

  1. wiggia
    February 17, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Calais, spot the difference………………

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  2. Lord T
    February 17, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    We shouldn’t complain. It gets them out of our sight for a short time and they pay, boy do they pay, for the privilege.

    • Hereward Unbowed.
      February 17, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      I hear Glasto is finishing for good.

      Perhaps, a suggestion for, if they must have their fun, Glasto MKII on a muddy field on the other island (west) – down in the Falklands?

      • February 17, 2016 at 6:43 pm

        Eavis says 2017 will be fallow, ’18 to ’20 will go ahead and that will be it. That seems to mean he’ll either sell the farm, he’ll snuff it or the festival will move.

  3. Mr Angry
    February 17, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Well I have never been to Glastonbury (the festival that is, I went once with my late grandfather but that was to the Tor) and would not worry about ever going. After all, I’ve managed up to now. The idea of paying an arm and a leg to sit in mud listening to strange noises… Come to think of it I’ve been on exercises like that but I was the one getting paid.

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