So good old Glasto sold out in record time: 1 hour and 27 minutes, according to their twitter page.
Interested by the headlines I saw, I went to look into who would be playing the festival in 2014. Turns out, there is no line-up. The website efestivals lists different artists and labels them as their “rumor, strong rumor or confirmed.” Listed are major artists like David Bowie, Stone Roses and Fleetwood Mac as well as smaller acts like Miles Kane and Temples. None have been given the official confirmation.
Am I the only one that sees a problem with this?
True, there are some festivals you can go to and be confident it’s going to be great. Maybe you love so many bands that will be touring that you can’t possibly be let down by the lineup.
Problem is, for £210 (plus fees), you better fucking like the lineup.
It is clear that festivals are becoming trendy. Great, but are there maybe more negative connotations?
Summer 2006 I attended Lollapalooza in Grant Park. I was 15-years-old. We were lucky enough to be staying in Chicago for the week while my dad attended a conference. He got us discounted tickets through work. It was bad ass. Last year, Lollapalooza single-day tickets sold out in an hour. There’s no way even my dad could get a discount for that.
With tickets for festivals becoming such a hot commodity, competition builds and not everyone plays a fair game. If someone is genuinely looking forward to a great weekend of music, I get that.
But that’s what it should really be about. Not looking cool or getting bragging rights (or even those assholes who buy and resell tickets).
Here I am beating a dead horse. There’s nothing to say to change trends or society. So why bother?