The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #76150   Message #1346487
Posted By: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
03-Dec-04 - 12:20 PM
Thread Name: Raising Money to Save Sidmouth Festival
Subject: RE: Raising Money to Save Sidmouth Festival
i'll go along with the evolutionary perspective..

the concept of 'festival' maxed out in the early 80's

now most of them are too big,
overcommercialized/profiteering,
and inhospitable for true music lovers..

..any music event with more than 2 main stages and a couple of smaller act tents hosting performances all at the same time
is a test of endurance and frustration beyond reason..
born from the same corporate mentality as Sky satellite TV..

sick of paying to watch bands that have been scheduled
to perform at opposite ends of a vast crowded field
at the same time..
and barely managing to catch a full song or 2 from each one..
this might satisfy the soundbite requirements
of young trendy TV producers and advertising sponsors..
but these days i would'rt bother wasting my time and money
at any big UK festival..

i think i spent an afternoon at sidmouth in the late 70's
and thoroughly enjoyed the experience..
if thats the place where i sat on the beach watching bands
performing on a simple stage on the seafront..