Worst ever festival line up?

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For real

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Monday, 23 February 2015 04:11 (five years ago) link

still, must feel weird for the better bands in such a lineup to find themselves in such tired company

I think a lot of bands are basically in and out of festivals in half a day and I doubt the rest of the lineup even registers half the time. If you're doing 20 festivals in a row in as many countries, who cares who you shared a bill with in Portugal or Norway, somewhere deep in the middle of the run?

Matt DC, Monday, 23 February 2015 09:46 (five years ago) link

is Rancid doing a number of "Wolves" 20th ann'y shows this year? i can't seem to tell from their website.

i'd go see that if they played nearby. that album's so great, top to bottom.

alpine static, Monday, 23 February 2015 10:05 (five years ago) link

also, how huge is Twin Atlantic? what size venues do they play in Europe? i saw them several years ago in a small-town-America strip mall space that held about 75 people on what must've been their first tour in this country. their van had all kinds of logos and shit on it. weird scene.

to their credit, they didn't phone in the show. they could've.

alpine static, Monday, 23 February 2015 10:08 (five years ago) link

think Twin Atlantic are like university-sized venue level in the UK, as opposed to arena-sized, but I've never knowingly heard a song of theirs or met anyone who likes them so not best placed to gauge

The Crucifixion Of Sean Bean (DJ Mencap), Monday, 23 February 2015 10:37 (five years ago) link

Twin Atlantic seem absolutely huge amongst students and folk in their late teens/early 20s around here, but they are a local band so that makes sense. I have never knowingly heard anything by them.

Every year I feel bad that I've never been to a festival until I hear workmates talking about T and then I feel a sense of relief. This year's line-up makes me feel old, and at peace with that.

boxedjoy, Monday, 23 February 2015 10:59 (five years ago) link

who's in Lo-Fidelity Allstars these days? if that's a Wrekked Train reunion then pisces' one is worth going to a few times over

oochie wally (clean version) (sic), Monday, 23 February 2015 11:14 (five years ago) link

except the entire audience will be red-faced dads who haven't listened to music since their first year of full-time employment

oochie wally (clean version) (sic), Monday, 23 February 2015 11:15 (five years ago) link

Blur are heading back to Hyde Park with their first album in more than a decade.
They'll headline the British Summer Time festival on 20 June.
The band, who got back together for a pair of reunion shows in the park six years ago, join Taylor Swift, Kylie and The Who on the bill.

mmm, bit of a mixture, that.

Mark G, Monday, 23 February 2015 13:00 (five years ago) link

got a giggling fit after reading the words "Pat Nevin DJ Set", is this something he does very often?

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Monday, 23 February 2015 13:24 (five years ago) link

yeah he does the indie pop club night scene quite a bit

cis-het shitlord (Merdeyeux), Monday, 23 February 2015 13:43 (five years ago) link

his favourite band is the Cocteau Twins

Keith Moom (Neil S), Monday, 23 February 2015 13:47 (five years ago) link

xxpost about Pat Nevin: Yes, it is, he's done a fair few of the London indiepop nights (and probably more in Scotland).

That Shiiine one is really weird for reasons I can't put my finger on. Like, yes, they're all old reformed bands, but they don't quite belong together? Probably very narcissism of small differences but they seem like their demographics should be at least a little different?

emil.y, Monday, 23 February 2015 13:52 (five years ago) link

Those distinctions vanish when you consider a gap of 25 years (!) and the economic realities of putting on a festival aimed at middle-aged people.

Matt DC, Monday, 23 February 2015 14:09 (five years ago) link

I don't know, I think actually the distinction to me has increased - like, I can't see the lumpy guitar people wanting to see the dance acts any more, whereas "back in the day" of course those people would want to go to both. Like, is it a baggy/dance revival festival or is it a SwaggerofOasis festival? Those people to me seem like they'd no longer be the same? I am probably wrong.

emil.y, Monday, 23 February 2015 14:22 (five years ago) link

saw the buzzcocks on their 1st reunion tour, circa 1999. they put on a great show, which i attended with several old friends and an (not my) anal masseuse. so yeah, them too.

― describing a scene in which the Hulk gets a boner (contenderizer), Monday, 23 February 2015 03:36 (11 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i feel like we've left this post unexamined for far too long

bizarro gazzara, Monday, 23 February 2015 14:55 (five years ago) link

^yes, what?!

willem, Monday, 23 February 2015 15:07 (five years ago) link

better than scooting across the carpet

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Monday, 23 February 2015 15:08 (five years ago) link

Like, is it a baggy/dance revival festival or is it a SwaggerofOasis festival? Those people to me seem like they'd no longer be the same?

Given who the headliners are, it's the former, and it's not like 808 State and The Orb don't fit into that in some way, it's hardly like they've booked Jeff Mills or Basic Channel. If anything the incoherence sets in further down the bill, the gap between the Telescopes and arse end of Britpop shit like Space feels much bigger, but it's not like the demographics of either fanbase are large enough to justify their own festival at this stage.

Matt DC, Monday, 23 February 2015 15:14 (five years ago) link

Judging by the state of the people trying to get into Bez's Acid House at Glastonbury the contingent of ageing baggy ravers off the leash for the weekend is still sizeable.

Matt DC, Monday, 23 February 2015 15:20 (five years ago) link

Space aren't playing, it's the Space Monkeys(!)

How the fuck do you get away with calling yourselves Oasis UK, even if you are a tribute band?

Broth Viking (dog latin), Monday, 23 February 2015 15:20 (five years ago) link

Space are on there as well, between Cud and the Lo-Fidelity oh god kill me now.

Matt DC, Monday, 23 February 2015 15:22 (five years ago) link

Both Space and the Space Monkeys are playing.

Looking at it again, MDC is right, I think I just associate 'Shiiiine' with particularly Oasis-type things, but their use of it was actually off the back of 10000 earlier, baggier shine songs.

emil.y, Monday, 23 February 2015 15:23 (five years ago) link

ah my bad, i was blinded by the terribleness

Broth Viking (dog latin), Monday, 23 February 2015 15:28 (five years ago) link

i feel like we've left this post unexamined for far too long

true, Buzzcocks first reunion was years before that

oochie wally (clean version) (sic), Monday, 23 February 2015 21:29 (five years ago) link


I win

I love the tag line for this: "Where We Just Rock"

and that red font that's used makes the line-up nearly illegible. (on purpose?)

You do win.

I can only imagine the crowd for this.

kwhitehead, Monday, 23 February 2015 21:47 (five years ago) link

Also, promoter/webguy apparently thinks it's still 2014. Terrible line-up but I find it strange that Aerosmith has no where better to play than in the Cadott, WIS in the middle of July.

kwhitehead, Monday, 23 February 2015 21:51 (five years ago) link

I can only imagine the crowd for this.
― kwhitehead, Monday, February 23, 2015 3:47 PM (9 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink


global tetrahedron, Monday, 23 February 2015 21:56 (five years ago) link

"USA" chant at 1:13

global tetrahedron, Monday, 23 February 2015 21:57 (five years ago) link

this year's Reading lineup if the all-male acts are cut out


cis-het shitlord (Merdeyeux), Wednesday, 25 February 2015 00:04 (five years ago) link


iyo iyo un day (how's life), Wednesday, 25 February 2015 00:11 (five years ago) link

Saw it on Twitter, 1000 responses that say "Charlotte H left Ash in 2011 and Jamie T has a female drummer"

So, yeah.

Mark G, Wednesday, 25 February 2015 00:13 (five years ago) link

I'm surprised there's anyone in Britain who doesn't know that Jamie T has a female drummer.

Minaj moron (Re-Make/Re-Model), Wednesday, 25 February 2015 09:54 (five years ago) link

Ultra is gonna have a special stage this year for people who, uh, hate Ultra


davey, Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:36 (five years ago) link

oh dang, sorry for the bad link, original article is 404 now but... http://www.residentadvisor.net/feed-item.aspx?id=84010

davey, Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:40 (five years ago) link

Great to see Bez on the same bill as Space Monkeys, one of whom he had a pre-arranged bare knuckle fight with a few years ago. Look at him bleeding like a pig

HAPPY Mondays star BEZ hits rock bottom as he is battered in a brutal bare-knuckle brawl.
The dancer - real name MARK BERRY - took part in the sickening underground scrap this week after a longrunning feud over his ex-fiancee Monica Ward.

He suffered angry-looking cuts and bruises in the organised bout - as did his furious love rival, SPACE MONKEYS bassist DOM MORRISON.

The fight was only stopped when a paid referee stepped in after 15 punishing minutes.
The shocking snaps, taken in a scrapyard office in central Manchester, mark the latest grim development in a bleak year for potless ex-Celebrity Big Brother winner Bez, 46.

In August city magistrates issued a two-year restraining order preventing him from contacting ex Monica, 43.

He was then fined £140 for breaking the order by sending her text messages last month.

Morrison is now thought to be in a relationship with Monica - with whom Bez has a two-year-old son, Leo.

A source said: "The fight's been the talk of Manchester for weeks. Two local brothers Anthony and Christopher Donnelly were involved in putting Bez and Dom in the same room to sort out their problems.

"It was really bitter and they only wanted to sort it out one way - with an old-fashioned straightener.

"They went at it like animals with a lot of blood and sweat. Bez looked cut up but gave as good as he got. It was a draw in the end and they both managed to walk away."

The source added: "Bez is having a horrible time right now. He's struggling to keep on top of things." Bez made his name in the '80s and '90s with his manic dancing and maracas with The Happy Mondays.

PaulTMA, Wednesday, 25 February 2015 11:53 (five years ago) link

sad to see the depths to which uncle peter has fallen in the post-reeves and mortimer years

bizarro gazzara, Wednesday, 25 February 2015 11:57 (five years ago) link

Popjustice ‏@Popjustice 2m2 minutes ago
Sobering. How it would look if Reading and Leeds wasn’t a right old fucking racket


Keith Moom (Neil S), Wednesday, 25 February 2015 12:20 (five years ago) link


The Crucifixion Of Sean Bean (DJ Mencap), Wednesday, 25 February 2015 12:43 (five years ago) link

obligatory "more like wurst festival" post

let me be your fan taytay (NickB), Wednesday, 25 February 2015 17:14 (five years ago) link

Erm, not quite sure what Wilco is thinking about here: http://gatheringofthevibes.com/

kwhitehead, Wednesday, 25 February 2015 18:45 (five years ago) link

if nobody shows up they can still claim there were tons of nano punks there

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 26 February 2015 02:06 (five years ago) link


the plight of y0landa (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 26 February 2015 07:15 (five years ago) link

"And introducing DAVE THE BUTCHER"

Matt DC, Thursday, 26 February 2015 09:45 (five years ago) link

CLOCK PUNK. Surprised Broth Viking isn't on there.

Unheimlich Manouevre (dog latin), Thursday, 26 February 2015 09:47 (five years ago) link

this is their best event surely:


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let me be your fan taytay (NickB), Thursday, 26 February 2015 09:55 (five years ago) link

wonder how many people just did the old bedsheet toga thing

let me be your fan taytay (NickB), Thursday, 26 February 2015 10:00 (five years ago) link

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