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Absolutely stunning location for a festival, beautiful weather pretty much
all weekend (in your face, Glastonbury), plenty to see and do apart from
bands, which is just as well as it seems the Ministry of Boredom had quite a
large part in selecting the line-up. Wilco and Damien Rice were the
headliners on Friday, Wilco were technically proficient but dull, dull,
dull. Sort of like Coldplay with Sonic Youth trying to get out, but Sonic
Youth were pretty weakened from having been placed inside Coldplay so
definitely more on the whiny mope-rock tip than the noisy rock tip. They
should do more loud noisy stuff. This is true of most bands. Didn't stay to
listen to damien rice as all that po-faced singer-songwriter shit leaves me
cold but as the sound rolled across the campsite I did note that it did
sound about 20% less sucky than I thought it might have.
The headliners on Saturday were The Good, The Bad and the Queen, which was
also pretty terrible. Wow, the chance to listen to Damon Albarn's glummest
songs ever! Fuckin' partay.

There was some good stuff, though: New Young Pony Club were awesomeness
incarnate - despite not being able to see them, or get in the tent (pic 2).
CSS were also fantastic, as was Bat for Lashes, Scroobius Pip and Dan le Sac
and what I saw of Seasick Steve.

The comedy tent was annoying, as every bugger who got inside sat down,
taking up far more room than if everyone was standing. As a result it was
packed out and it wasn't possible to see Bill Bailey, Dylan Moran, Mark
Steel, Jeremy Hardy or any of the other comedians I wanted to see. The
Literary tent was pretty groovy though, with Robin Ince's book club
providing good book-based larfs throughout the weekend.

And the Cabaret Tent! Which comes next...
15th Jul 2007, 20:05  

OJ says:

So overall did you enjoy? Half my office seem to have blagged tickets and I was a little envious. Did I dream the line up or was there some good theatre on? Was that the cabaret tent? FWIW The Good, the Bad etc. come across as a vanity project. When they got all that TV coverage a while back the only song they were ever shown playing - badly - was one Albarn gave to Marianne Faithful a couple of years back. Her version is better ;)

16th Jul 2007, 01:11

teflon says:

Wilco were headlining last night at Indian Summer in Glasgow, but I wandered off to a barbecue in Clydebank instead, because I thought the possibility of being stabbed would be more exciting.
I saw CSS at Wireless a few weeks back, v. much fun. I like bands that make everyone grin.

16th Jul 2007, 01:55

Rich says:

yeah, there was a theatre tent as well. All in all I'd say it was worth it, it was all a bit middle class and family friendly, which is no bad thing but I did slightly miss the pounding pounding techno music and druggy punters flailing around in pools of mud.

16th Jul 2007, 13:22

OJ says:

Rumour has it that Glastonbury is a bit middle class and family friendly these days too.

16th Jul 2007, 15:50

teflon says:

I think Indian Summer may win for middle-class-ness:

17th Jul 2007, 17:10

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