Saturday, May 21, 2011

Glastonbury's Friday Night Frustration

It's been a while since I've done anything here, with moving home more of an excuse than a reason. So hopefully this is the start of something more regular.

I've been going to the Glastonbury Festival on and off since 1986. Some years I just don't feel like it, others I've felt like it but due to the recent increase in popularity, haven't been able to get a ticket. 2011 looked like falling into the latter category. I missed the inital sale due to being on a train at the time and failed to get beyond the holding screen when the initial resale took place. Fortunately, earlier this week there was a second resale and I was lucky enough to get through to the booking screen fairly quickly. The money has been taken out of my account and so it looks like I'm going.

Having secured a ticket, I could finally start looking at who was on when and put together some vague plans, it's Glastonbury that's all they can be, of what I'd like to see. As usual there are clashes but none so bad as on the Friday night when there are no fewer than five acts I'd like to see, all playing at the same time.

I'm no fan of Bono who seems to disappear further up his own arse every time he opens his mouth but there's no denying that U2 have to be worth seeing. I loved the first three albums, have never seen them live and would no doubt enjoy their performance. But is that enough given the competition.

Primal Scream are playing the whole of Screamadelica. How could I miss that? I've seen them loads of times and I never get sick of listening to the album. They can be a bit hit and miss but the last time I saw them at the Hop Farm festival supporting Neil Young they were on top form.

One of the best albums of last year for me was Ce Lo Green's The Lady Killer. What a voice, what great songs and what soul.

Then there are my two festival favourites, Billy Bragg and Fat Boy Slim. I saw them both at my first Glastonbury all those years ago (ok, FBS was just plain old Norman Cook, bass player with The Housemartins back than) and at most of the ones since. Undoubtedly they'll both be playing elsewhere on site over the course of the weekend but where and when?

So there's my dilemma. What to do on Friday night after Mozza's finished. Five acts that I'd love to see. It may seem that I'm complaining but I'm not. It's the sort of 'problem' you just have to deal with at Glastonbury and I'm just happy that I'm going to be there to deal with it.

Bring on the cider bus.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN I LOVE PRIMAL SCREAM , BUT ALSO U2 WONT PLAY GLASTO AGAIN , BUT PRIMAL WILL MAYBE NOT THIS ALBUM, BUT THEY WILL.U2 greatest hits set as well its gonna go down as 1 of the best glasto gigs ever i reckon, just ask andy he has seen them live. they r good even with bone heads ego. see you there. let the party begin