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2014 - Glastingberry - BBC Coverage - Who Excelled? Who Sucked?


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Initial post: 28 Jun 2014 11:39:42 BDT
i thought a fresh thread be appropriate, rather than resurrecting last year's ugly mogur. :)

all i've seen was a bit of blondie, and they weren't very good, kinda sad, even.

Posted on 28 Jun 2014 11:55:55 BDT
T. Franklin says:
Haven't watched any.

On a personal note though, I know Glastonbury is a huge event in many people's calendar but am I alone in resenting the BBC's almost Stalinist attitude to this, their favoured festival (and one in which they have a sizeable financial investment for broadcast rights) compared to other major events like Download (2 weeks ago) and Sonosphere (next week) which seem to be airbrushed out of history. If you relied purely on the BBC for music news you'd barely be aware those two even existed.

Posted on 28 Jun 2014 13:05:34 BDT
Wharf Rat says:
.....Glastonbury has changed since the late eighties,its become a corporate event is
OTT,pretenious,full of so called folks who like music who,after the event settle down
to their well paid jobs,the pyramid stage acts are a joke or with bands that have played
their before......the only glimmer or flicker of the real intention of Glasto is the
acoustic tent,which had Tony Joe White on stage amonst others.....who would want
to go to a festival not knowing who the acts were before paying!!!!

(went to every Glasto up to 1990 where you could buy the tickets at your local
music shop......it all started to go wrong from 86 I called it a day and said goodbye in 1990)

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jun 2014 13:11:52 BDT
TheFoe says:
Agree tech, brilliant in their heyday but the performance I saw last night looked laboured and wasn't a treat to the ears.

Heard a bit of De La Soul today, not bad but trying to get the crowd going by shouting out "Say parteee!" was kind of embarrassing.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jun 2014 13:14:53 BDT
no, it's not a monumental event for me, just innarested in watching without the need to camp out and get mawkit. :)

i see what you're saying about bbc's promotion of the event, but have to say their coverage is extensive (albeit biased toward the bigger names), and they do do t in the park also, but precious attitude - yes.

Posted on 28 Jun 2014 16:08:09 BDT
T. Franklin says:
Must agree with Wharfy, and also Bruce Dickinson who said it was just too bourgeois there. Pretentious - air conditioned yurts and teepees, anybody? And yes, the way the tickets sell out in a couple of hours without anybody knowing who's playing speaks volumes to me.

It's just an alternative "season" event to see and be seen at. A bit like Royal Ascot, Henley Regatta and Glyndebourne for the nouveau riche set. If they enjoy it, that's great.

Posted on 28 Jun 2014 16:11:28 BDT
Lez Lee says:
And the lovely Rufus isn't there :-(

Posted on 28 Jun 2014 18:29:47 BDT
Grimmy says:
Watched Haim yesterday. Never heard of them before. Excellent, fantastic. Instant conversion to fandom. Bought cd today. They are miles better live. Cd overproduced and sanitised for my liking, but growing on me after 2nd listen.

Watched Jungle too. Also good. Watched Blondie for a wee while - grotesque and soulless

Posted on 28 Jun 2014 19:47:34 BDT
S. R. Tulip says:
Still ( despite Sun Ra's Arkestra ) the Music Festival for people who don't like Music. He should stop pretending and put on Elton or Maddona.

Posted on 28 Jun 2014 21:19:15 BDT
Derek W. says:
Well I've just enjoyed the Robert Plant set:-)

Posted on 28 Jun 2014 21:44:04 BDT
every time i turn it on, lana del ray is onstage. i like the david lynchy feel to her 1st album (if not the actual songs), don't know if it transfers well to a festival setting, tho'. however, nice dress!

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jun 2014 21:54:15 BDT
Brass Neck says:
'without the need to camp out and get mawkit' ..... off? (Thank God for small, nay tiny, mercies sarge?!) ;¬)

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jun 2014 22:54:07 BDT
whit? get mah maw's kit off? she'd be furious if she knew i was wearing it. :)

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jun 2014 01:14:46 BDT
Yes, Haim live are superb. Raw, edgy, angsty, agit pop rock, but the studio production just polished that out of it. Not a bad album, but nowhere near as good as they are in concert.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jun 2014 09:20:55 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Jun 2014 09:25:57 BDT
Brass Neck says:
.... except for Este the bassist's come-face gurning?

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=haim+bass+face&rlz=1T4ADBR_enGB299GB299&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=Xc2vU5LfAYyV7AbcuoAg&sqi=2&ved=0CB8QsAQ&biw=1280&bih=800

Posted on 29 Jun 2014 10:46:09 BDT
James Warner says:
Have to agree Brassy, I do find that somewhat disconcerting. She did it on Jools Hollands Hootenany too and I wondered if there was something wrong with her!

I was also irked by Kim Deal's replacement in The Pixies doing the woo-loos wrong in Where Is My Mind. I mean, I'm all for making a part your own, but it's woo-ooooooo, not woooo-ooooo!

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jun 2014 10:59:32 BDT
nocheese says:
Now that's what I call pedantry:)

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jun 2014 11:13:52 BDT
Thanks for the plug Sarge. 1986 was the first year I went Wharfy and it was a brilliant experience, all run by volunteers only the ice cream vans and the beer tent were not run by festival goers. All changed in '87 when in order to keep their licence they had to let all the rest of society impose itself on the event. Last one I went to was 1990 too, there was a very ugly atmosphere to the event and I had no wish to go back after that.
Watching the coverage this year there does seem to be a bit more of the old vibe, not seen that for many, many years. Maybe because there are a lot more "alternative" acts who actually play instruments live with some ability and from Emily Eavis's interview they seem to have been able to make it more of a "live music" festival again, even if that is still by pandering to the music fashionistas and the BBC's demographic.
Still when you see a field of multicoloured designer tents and luxury teepees for hire, you can't help but think there is something very wrong. The other thing that is very clear is the number of young bands given access to major coverage is very limited, a lot of old and some very tired acts appearing on the evening schedule, only the John Peel stage has had a line-up worthy of the event. Not seen one reggae band yet this year either.
Still a remarkable event which has, even since I first went, gone from a glorified village fete and an anathema to the establishment, to a national institution. Its essential Britishness, inclusiveness and humanitarian values are rightly respected and appreciated. Glastonbury with all its faults, has become a showcase to the world of this countries remarkable musical and artistic talent and has become essentially alternative music's version of the Proms.
Having said all that, I still much prefer it how it was in '86.

Posted on 29 Jun 2014 11:44:06 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Jun 2014 12:24:23 BDT
Red Mosquito says:
I went once, in 78 after the 7 year hiatus. The ticket cost me a fiver I didn't even have to show it to anyone to get in. There are only 4 people in my family who have any real interest in music however one of those who is not really interest is keen to plan a family event (10 of us) at next year's festival if it isn't a 'give the land a break year'. We will be going posh, my days of festival misery ended a long time ago. The music is so much better when you can c**p in your own toilet and get a good nights sleep.

I thought Metallic were brill. I've always enjoyed most of their post 'thrash' music.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jun 2014 11:47:12 BDT
Watched the Lana Del Ray set this morning Sarge. I must say I thought it would be girly pop given her massive output of singles, but I was pleasantly surprised, there is dark undercurrent to her music, and the guitarist from the Black Keys helps. Nice dress too. Saturday afternoon, chill out time, sort of suited I thought.

Posted on 29 Jun 2014 12:08:48 BDT
James Warner says:
A good set by Metronomy:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p02167dj/glastonbury-2014-metronomy-on-the-park-stage

Thankfully, they didn't lean too heavily on their latest (for me disappointingly downbeat) album and played a fair cross-section of their back-catalogue. Particularly pleased they ended with the golden oldie You Could Easily Have Me.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jun 2014 12:37:53 BDT
Brass Neck says:
She was just trying to please the crowd; not many artists would get their woo-woos out for the lads.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jun 2014 12:40:21 BDT
Brass Neck says:
'The music is so much better when you can c**p in your own toilet' - true dat but they ripped Nicky Wire to shreds for similar attitude. I find constipation works a treat for a few days ..... and then you get home.

Posted on 29 Jun 2014 12:55:05 BDT
Wharf Rat says:
........oh....all those naked women from '71......the music was just a distraction....;-)

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jun 2014 13:08:14 BDT
what? number 71 just up the road? were the curtains open? :)
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