I’m well up to speed tonight, this is definitely a new record!
It’s literally (more or less) just been announced that the biggest artist in the world will be headlining the Saturday night at the biggest festival in the world, Adele is gonna be at Glastonbury everyone.
So it’s a best-of-British affair on Worthy Farm this year, with the already announced headliners being Coldplay and Muse. I love the prospect of all this as I’m a big fan of both those two bands and Adele not as much but I still quite like some of her music, ’21’ for me being her best work. However, is this really the best Glastonbury can do? Fair play to Adele, she’s never headlined, but Coldplay and Muse? Before 2016 they’d already headlined the Pilton event five times combined in something like fourteen years. Might not sound that much, but for Glastonbury it really is.
It’s the same, or a similar, situation for the other high-profile festivals in the UK. Reading and Leeds for instance, have put a poor effort in this year for their biggest names. Fantastic news that the Red Hot Chili Peppers will make a worthy return to both sites, but the fact that Festival Republic have decided to opt for two nights of two co-headliners is bizarre if nothing else. On one of the nights, Foals and Disclosure will co-headline. Now, Disclosure are not YET headline material, and how it works is that either Foals or Disclosure will headline Reading and vice versa, when the other will essentially be their support band. And annoyingly, it typically works out that the bigger and better band always headline Reading (ie, Foals). This is really irritating for me as a Leeds Festival-goer, we Northerners continuously get our sloppy seconds. It’s exactly the same situation for one of the other R&L nights with the two co-headliners being Biffy Clyro and Fall Out Boy. Basically, to put it more simply, one band always miss out, one festival always misses out and one music-loving crowd always miss out. It kinda sucks.
Sorry if all that confused the fuck out of you, I’m going to reach my conclusion soon, just one more example.
Download Festival. Good God, where do you start with Download? To start with, I love it, I think it’s awesome, it’s full of lovely people and awesome bands, but my God, it’s probably the most unoriginal festival going. Headliners this year are Black Sabbath, Rammstein and Iron Maiden. Sabbath, fair play, it’ll be one of their last ever gigs before Ozzy eventually dies or something. Rammstein, hmmm, getting a tad less original now as they only headlined three years ago, and let’s be honest, everyone in the crowd is waiting for ‘Du Hast’. However, I’ve heard they put on a really good show. Iron Maiden, for fuck’s sake, again?!?!?! Aren’t they about 90 years old now? And haven’t they headlined approximately 90 million times?! So boring, change the fucking record Download. Let’s see you dare book someone else. For example, Bring Me The Horizon could easily headline, Deftones, Soundgarden, Queens Of The Stone Age, even Iggy fucking Pop I reckon, especially now he’s released this new album. They always include one new or different band a year but that’s about it. Poor effort.
What I’m trying to get at with ALL of these examples is, that UK festivals at the moment don’t seem to bother too much or put much effort in with regards to booking big bands that maybe people don’t expect. Either that or they make completely the wrong decisions when it comes to slots, a lot of the festivals seem to be clueless. Considering the scale and reputation that these festivals uphold, and have upheld for years on end, it’s pathetic to some extent. They do have the power to book world-class names, I’m just not seeing enough of this in 2016.
I’d love to see a festival one year that wrongs all the bookmakers and throws everyone off completely. I will then automatically have the utmost respect for that particular festival, albeit if the acts are worthy enough.
Anyway, that’s my rant over. Have a good weekend everyone, keep listening!