what are we going to do about festivals?
It’s been a mixed summer for festivals, a real sense of soldiering on with the awful weather conditions.
In the wettest summer since records began I seem to have spent the summer wading through mud or trying to perch of tufts of grass and defying the wearing of wellington boots.
If there is one tried and tested rule in rock n roll it’s that women can look great in wells whereas men look like old farmers.
It begs the question- have we hit a crossroads in festival culture?
The festival boom started in the late sixties and boomed in the post cid house period when big gatherings became the norm. The culture has accelerated ever since to the roughly 700 festivals that there are in the UK this summer.
There have been several cases of festivals going bust, some using the weather as an excuse and some ring spectacularly wrong like the punk festivals in Bath and Portsmouth.
With a large amount of festivals there is a case of naivety or badly planned bills and also a sense of the hijacking of festival culture far away from its counter culture roots to a burger and chips circuit of soulless corporate events where the music is a hotch pitch of mainstream indie acts peppered with pap starlets with zero charisma flogging their hit.
The weather hasn’t helped either and it’s been quite a grim experience going to festivals those day.
Is it time for rethink?
Do we need more ground cover? do we need better facilities that take into account the inevitable mud bath? like proper pathways and some kind of shelter? do we move some of the festivals indoors or to holiday camps?
Does anyone want to address this or do we feel that it is fair to charge people a lot of money so they can grin through gritted teeth about the ‘festival vibe’ whilst caked in piss stained mud?
Will people keep travelling abroad for the warner festivals?
Are we content with the some of the bills? does the ironic pop stuff work at festivals? are we losing site of festival culture?
or is everything great out there?