Is Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickenson right about the BBC concentrating too much on Glastonbury and ignoring other festivalsIron Maiden singer Bruce Dickenson had harsh words to say about Glastonbury and its extensive coverage by the BBC when asked if his band would ever play the festival.


He said in a recent interview..


“In the days when Glasto was an alternative festival it was quite interesting.

“Now it’s the most bourgeois thing on the planet. Anywhere Gwyneth Paltrow goes and you can live in an air-conditioned yurt is not for me.”

The band isn’t impressed by the perceived favouritism and exposure certain mainstream festivals get over others.

“The fact that the BBC sends thousands to film it, whereas they can’t be a***d to turn up to Sonisphere or Download with a camper van and a hand-held says it all to me,” said Bruce.

“We’ll leave the middle classes to do Glastonbury and the rest of the great unwashed will decamp to Knebworth and drink lot of beer and have fun.”


Apart from the fact that Iron Maiden would never get asked to play Glastonbury, is it true that it is ‘the most bourgeois thing on the planet’ and is this why the BBC send everyone they can there and film the whole thing and ignore other festivals? why is there never any rock or metal on the TV? and why is music coverage on TV so poor and so narrow? is it time for the BBC to widen its music coverage and acknowledge other musical forms?

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  1. He’s right, Glasto is a nasty corporate piece of tat.

    To be fair to the Beeb, though, Cambridge Folk and lovely old WOMAD are extensively covered by them.


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