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Glastonbury Forum : News Items

  Posted By king mob - 30-June-2008 - 3:07pm - 14 comments - Edit
Glastonbury festival will "revisit its musical roots" next year with guitar-based bands returning to the headline slots. The move comes after the controversial decision to select the US rapper Jay-Z as the main headline act at this year's event.

Organisers are now considering Coldplay and Radiohead for next summer, bands that have delivered renowned festival performances.

The decision to abandon the experiment with more diverse headliners is likely to confound the music press, widely believed to have been won over by the rapper's show at the event. The hip-hop artist was warmly received by fans and sceptics alike yesterday.

But Michael Eavis, who runs the festival on his farm in Somerset, has indicated an unwillingness to take a similar risk again. He said Coldplay's lead singer, Chris Martin, sent him a congratulatory text message during Jay-Z's show on Saturday while watching the performance live from New York.

Jay-Z's arrival at Worthy Farm drew an enormous crowd to the Pyramid stage - 100,000, according to Eavis. The rapper capitalised on the hype, mocking his most public critic, the singer Noel Gallagher, by opening the set with a rendition of the Oasis star's Wonderwall.

At a press conference yesterday, a tired-looking Eavis, 72, expressed delight that the crowd knew Jay-Z's "New York street poetry" and said the festival was "an absolute triumph". He added: "We've done it now, we pulled it off." Speaking about Amy Winehouse, whose gutsy performance, despite diagnosis with the lung condition emphysema, received mixed reviews, Eavis explained that the soul singer's seeming punch to a fan had been made at a man who had groped her. "It's a Prescott situation isn't it? The general view is [the fan] deserved it."

But despite his optimism he has told fellow organisers he is unwilling to take such a large financial risk with future Glastonbury events. Tickets sold out for the three-day event on the last day but less than two months ago, with tens of thousands of tickets unsold, Eavis was contemplating £5m losses. To recoup costs, this year's charitable donations may need to be curtailed, from £2m to £1m.

Eavis, who says he pays artists a fraction of what rival festivals offer and relies on goodwill, has told friends that the fiasco over ticket sales this year caused him more stress than the pitched battles between travellers and police in the 1980s, and the mass gatecrashing of the 1990s. His daughter Emily, whose decision it was to entice a more diverse crowd, is keen to ensure Glastonbury retains its reputation as a springboard for the next big bands. Her Park area, celebrated by music critics, was a success, running a raft of new talent. Her father said this week that he expected to hand over the festival to her in 2016, when he reaches 80.

Today, most of the 150,000 visitors to Worthy Farm will have left for home. There were few complaints as the tent packing began. This was, after all, the year that the sunshine returned.


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Posted By BetsyBounce on 30-June-2008 at 8:35pm

Radiohead next summer..... you've only posted this 2 prove your psychic abilities as this is what u predicted in the car this morning somewhere outside Street

u're better than John Edwards

Posted By king mob on 01-July-2008 at 12:12pm
I'm crap at the lottery numbers though.

Posted By king mob on 01-July-2008 at 12:16pm
Oh, according to local news there's rumours of Foo Fighters being one of the headliners next year.

Posted By Causy on 03-July-2008 at 12:54am
Now that would attract a slightly different crowd.

I'm still praying for Eric Clapton.

Posted By king mob on 03-July-2008 at 1:36pm
It'd be not as risky as Jay Z as Foo Fighters have played Glastonbury before but it'd be one way to help break up the generic Indie bands.

Posted By fumps on 03-July-2008 at 4:39pm


I just hope i get a ticket for next year now. i had a fantastic time.

reminded me why Glastonbury is the best.

Posted By king mob on 03-July-2008 at 8:10pm

Glastonbury will always have a finite number of people who want to go & while the Jay Z thing did affect sales (I'd rather those people f**ked off anyhow), in reality it was concerns over cost, infrastructure & transport that put a number of people off.

The infrastructure this year was vastly improved but the rising cost of the festival will prohibit it for a number of people. Next year's ticket is likely to cost 160 quid and seeing as we're entering a recession (most people under 30 won't remember what one of these is like) that could be an expense too far.

We'll see.

Posted By fumps on 04-July-2008 at 8:53am

tbh i said to my girly i would pay £200 for this experience.

I loved the whole weekend. if i can i will be there without a doubt.

Posted By king mob on 04-July-2008 at 11:34am

There's a number of reasons why UK festivals are so bloody expensive; having to apply for a license, health & safety, policing & security & of course booking the bands & setting up the festival infrastructure.

Of course the difference between Glastonbury & V is the lack of a large corporation using the festival as a marketing tool. Yes Glastonbury is used by companies such as the BBC and Guardian Media Group but one doesn't see their logos plastered over the main stages, nor do we have to endure constant advertising while at the festival from these organisations.

Because these other festivals do have huge corporations backing it any profit is distributed to shareholders & very little actually ends up being recycled back into the festival to make our experiences better. Glastonbury is different in that monies are pumped into improving things for us, it's sometimes done badly or not enough but there's at least an attempt.

Glastonbury will hit 200 quid a ticket within ten years & that'll be the final cut off point for a hell of a lot of people & that will be a pity. Of course before then Eavis might decide on other sources of funding to keep ticket prices down but we shall see.

Posted By fumps on 04-July-2008 at 12:10pm

But what price do you put on the memories  you get from going to Glasto?

Worth every penny..........

Posted By king mob on 04-July-2008 at 12:41pm
If it's a choice between Glastonbury or paying rent/mortgage/bills then it's a lot.

Posted By fumps on 04-July-2008 at 3:04pm

Jesus lighten up if your gonna dis agree with everything i say then i will leave


jesus......have fun on your own

Posted By king mob on 04-July-2008 at 3:16pm
If putting another point of view is 'disagreeing' then Eavis help us all.

Posted By fumps on 04-July-2008 at 3:42pm

Yeh well like i say enjoy.



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