Music Festivals 2009

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  • Bremenacht 17 Jul 2009 23:20:49 17,852 posts
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    Not much left of the summer, but are there any good music festivals still to come, which you'd recommend? Folky/Beery/mainstream is just fine - nothing too specialised. Dorkfall speedmetal tribfest or suchlike is definitely out.

    Sziget is looking rather good. I was also looking at the electric festival in Ireland (anyone know what it's like?). Camp Bestival would be fantastic but it's a bit short notice and the camping tickets have already gone.
  • BANGARANG! 17 Jul 2009 23:28:39 575 posts
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    Just get a day ticket for Camp Bestival when Bon Iver's on (and buy me one too, please).
  • Deleted user 17 July 2009 23:35:31
    Not going to any, but I'm watching the live webcast of the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago as we speak. First act of the festival are on now, Tortoise. Then Yo La Tengo, The Jesus Lizard and Built To Spill. :D

    /settles in
  • GuiltySpark 17 Jul 2009 23:36:05 6,369 posts
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    SONISPHERE.


    Not really.

    Get bent.

  • Deleted user 18 July 2009 00:45:32
    Electric Picnic is the Irish festival you're probably talking about. This will be my 4th year and I can't recommend it enough. Nicest crowed I've seen at any festival and a really beautiful location. There's loads to see and do outside of the main stages.

    Ticket prices are a little on the high side but so are most things here. It's set in an old country estate with a forest so there's plenty of nice walks and it's very easy to stumble across something you weren't expecting. Very family friendly too as the under 12s go free. It's also on the weekend before school is back so no 17 year olds getting sick on your shoes!

    http://www.electricpicnic.ie/
  • warlockuk 18 Jul 2009 02:02:36 19,151 posts
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    I'm off to Wacken in Germany in just over a week. After that is Bloodstock in Derby and there's also a fest in Dudley soon too. Some friends are going to Mountains of Death in Switzerland, too.

    I'm guessin' you won't be at any of those :p

    I'm a grumpy bastard.

  • localnotail 18 Jul 2009 13:23:15 23,093 posts
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    come to shambala :) August Bank Holiday.

    it's great. non corporate. most of the bands you may never have heard of but they will all be good. Funk, soul, reggae, hiphop, world, dance. Fun.

    They don't release the lineup until the festival starts but I might be able to leak some closer to the event as we do the staging & rigging for it and they give me the lineup if they haven't sold out because I have a big mouth. But I was going to it long before I ran a staging company, it's my favourite festival. By the people, for the people.


    The line up for Shambala 2009 is rapidly taking shape and looks set to be the best yet. Across the main stages we have blues, funk, soul, reggae, gypsy swing, klezmer, jazz, folk, global grooves, ska, punk and a gentle sprinkling of rock n roll. We also have a serious dance venue which will present the finest in hard beats and bass line treats from dubstep, electro, drum and bass, breaks, techno and much more!


    family friendly too.

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • Bremenacht 20 Jul 2009 01:36:34 17,852 posts
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    Thanks, all.

    Shambala sounds like good fun. Not sure about BH w/e though. Hmm. Thought you might know a good festival though. :) BTW - did you consider trying to to scrounge a job at the events outfit your old partner joined?

    Line-up for electricpicnic sounds incredible. Timing looks perfect too. I've not seen Chic, SugarHill Gang, Dinosaur Jr or a bunch of others on that line-up, yet they're all in the same place. How can it possibly piss down on such a wonderful line-up? :)
  • localnotail 20 Jul 2009 13:28:01 23,093 posts
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    Bremenacht wrote:
    Thought you might know a good festival though. :)

    I know pretty much all of them, it's why we started the business in the first place :D I'll miss them a lot when I am out of this game.

    BTW - did you consider trying to to scrounge a job at the events outfit your old partner joined?

    nah, they offered but I would have to move to Bedford and I like it here in Brum. Plus I think I have had enough of the events business. Well, unless The Academy offer me a job at their new venue when they move in September, but I am tied up here until January really, closing our company down.

    Electric Picnic is a good one, I have heard - never been there. Secret Garden Party this weekend is a corker. There are many smaller ones though, it depends where you are.

    Glad I wasn't at Benicassim this year, sounds mental

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • Deleted user 20 July 2009 16:53:58
    Bremenacht wrote:How can it possibly piss down on such a wonderful line-up? :)

    The summer here has been pretty shit, it rained nonstop at Oxegen Festival last week. Saying that the weather here in late August early September can be lovely and the last few years of Electric Picnic have been good weather wise.
  • plok 20 Jul 2009 17:28:30 1,296 posts
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    Keyser_Soze wrote:
    Bremenacht wrote:How can it possibly piss down on such a wonderful line-up? :)

    The summer here has been pretty shit, it rained nonstop at Oxegen Festival last week. Saying that the weather here in late August early September can be lovely and the last few years of Electric Picnic have been good weather wise.

    Where you at the same Oxegen festival as me? I got my nose sunburnt on the Friday...was miserable admittedly on the Saturday but Sunday was ok again.

    Tempted by Electric Picnic if I can find some last minute money.
  • BobasaurasRex 20 Jul 2009 17:32:17 163 posts
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    Oxegen was a bit of a washout. Not as bad as 2007, but still - pretty bad!

    Electric Picnic (Lec Pic) is epic, great setting, weather usually lovely and a nice lineup (Fleet Foxes and Lisa Hannigan FTW!).

    Throughly recommended.
  • Mr_Sleep 20 Jul 2009 17:50:17 16,990 posts
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    My girlfriend and I are off to the Green Man again this year, we weren't going to and then we went to the Green Man on the Boat event and it was excellent and then couldn't resist going to the main event.

    It was class three years ago, a stupid set up the second year as the rain turned a great deal of the walking area into a nightmare. Didn't go last year because of the nightmare of the year before but apparently they've sorted it out now so it should hopefully be good if the weather stays okay.

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  • Deleted user 20 July 2009 17:53:13
    Just checked out Green Man, sounds quality. Any British festival with Animal Collective headlining the opening night is alright by me!
  • Deleted user 20 July 2009 17:54:35
    plok wrote:Where you at the same Oxegen festival as me? I got my nose sunburnt on the Friday...was miserable admittedly on the Saturday but Sunday was ok again.

    Rained friday while pitching tent. Rain all day saturday. Rained sunday morning and afternoon. Rained Monday going home. Site was a mudbath, blur were great. No sunburn.
  • Mr_Sleep 20 Jul 2009 18:07:35 16,990 posts
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    deathgibbon wrote:
    Just checked out Green Man, sounds quality. Any British festival with Animal Collective headlining the opening night is alright by me!

    Their lineup is usually pretty good, there's a nice mixture of old folk stuff, newer folk, rock and world and then some electronic stuff also does the rounds. Andy Votel usually has a tent on the go and he's pretty awesome. We also spent quite a lot of time in the literature tents as there's quite often something decent on there.

    You are a factory of sadness.

  • Deleted user 23 July 2009 15:21:39
    Florence and the Machine added to Electric Picnic, can't wait!
  • Bremenacht 23 Jul 2009 15:51:43 17,852 posts
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    Oh I know someone who wants to see them. I think this festival could be a certainty now.
  • warlockuk 23 Jul 2009 15:55:28 19,151 posts
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    Gah, Hawkwind. /dives off the boat.

    I'm a grumpy bastard.

  • localnotail 23 Jul 2009 16:07:05 23,093 posts
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    I saw Hawkwind at Bearded Theory in May. They were awesome. Mind you, there was acid involved. Well, you have to, really. It's Hawkind.

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  • MyAfroAndMe 23 Jul 2009 16:07:27 610 posts
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    Going to Lowlands in the Netherlands 21/08-23/08. At the mo acts that I'm well excited about include Bon Iver, White Lies, The Maccabees, Arctic Monkeys, Faith No More, Vampire Weekend, Lily Allen, The Prodigy and Dizee Rascal. Loads of other stuff n'all.
  • Deleted user 25 July 2009 01:03:00
    The entire Flaming Lips pitchfork gig.

    Wish it was as good as Linkin Park.
  • Deleted user 25 July 2009 01:05:58
    I watched that gig live. Great setlist, shitty shitty crowd. I was fuming by the end of it.

    Wayne kept on bringing up the list as well, which got on my tits no end. But the crowd were the worst thing about it. Apart from about half a dozen rows at the front, no one there knew anything apart from Do You Realize and Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots. And it was a sea of cameras most of the time too. Fucking hipsters.
  • Deleted user 25 July 2009 01:12:08
    didnt they do that get your hands up song

    Yeah, the crowd do seem generally a bit shit even from youtube footage. I did wonder what was going on with that list on the first song that I saw it appear; it's a good idea but reading it off a piece of paper isn't great.

    Their UFOs at the Zoo gig is pretty much brilliant.
  • warlockuk 25 Jul 2009 01:12:18 19,151 posts
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    localnotail wrote:
    I saw Hawkwind at Bearded Theory in May. They were awesome. Mind you, there was acid involved. Well, you have to, really. It's Hawkind.
    Yeah... but I fucking hate their fat cunt fuckface bassist. Dibs is a fucking cunt and needs his head caving in with a brick.

    Not even joking.

    *edit* Oh, did you shout out a request for "Silver Machine"? :D

    I'm a grumpy bastard.

  • Deleted user 25 July 2009 01:13:41
    Hawkwind, earth and fire.
  • Deleted user 25 July 2009 01:14:24
    Micro_Explosion. wrote:
    didnt they do that get your hands up song

    Yeah, the crowd do seem generally a bit shit even from youtube footage. I did wonder what was going on with that list on the first song that I saw it appear; it's a good idea but reading it off a piece of paper isn't great.

    Their UFOs at the Zoo gig is pretty much brilliant.

    Only Wayne mentioned it because he was blatantly annoyed by the implication that the fans have to tell them what to play.

    On the Friday, Yo La Tengo, Built To Spill, The Jesus Lizard and Tortoise did the same thing, but they just came out and did it. Didn't mention the list at all, and were great to boot.

    Have you watched the whole Flaming Lips gig yet? Even Wayne knows the crowd is shit. Spot the moment where he goes "The guys at the back are just smoking pot" and look at his face.
  • Deleted user 25 July 2009 01:19:13
    Nah, only about halfway through at the moment (although in a slightly broken order). He has just made it clear that he doesn't like the list, almost like he's insulted they would have to ask and that the band have no idea what their fans like.

    Shame he doesn't just have a Jeff Tweedy moment with the crowd. They're always funny.
  • Deleted user 25 July 2009 01:23:12
    To be fair, they DO have no idea what their fans like! Even hardcore Lips fans complain about too much of the setlists being from AWWTM. :D

    Wayne needs to STFU as well, you're easily losing a couple of songs with the amount he talks. Nothing wrong with some banter, but... jeez.

    I don't know if anymore webcast rips are on YouTube, but check out M83, Fucked Up and The Jesus Lizard as well. They were all fantastic.

    The new Lips songs sound terrific, they play two of them in that set: Silver Trembling Hands and Embryonic. They released a three-song tour EP recently, highly recommended. Unfortunately Embryonic's going to be a double album so I'm still slightly wary despite the three songs on the EP suggesting a real return to form after the disappointing AWWTM.
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