Archive for the ‘Festivals’ Category

Glasto 2007 – SOLD OUT

April 3, 2007

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Fancy going to Glastonbury festival this year? Well, you better start entering competitions because it’s sold out.

The ticket phone line and online booking opened this morning at 9am, and by 10.45, all regular tickets priced £145 were sold out.

Due to the overwhelming demand, the only online ticket service through seetickets.com was under huge strain. People logging in to their computers little after 8am this morning found that they got ‘server busy’ error messages.

At one point a listing appeared on trading website eBay offering the ‘direct dial telephone number for Glastonbury’ for a mere £9.99.

Shame the listing didnt end for a further two days and 29 minutes! The listing was pulled by the end of the morning.

Michael Eavis who organises the festival said the new ticket sales procedure had been a huge success overall.

He said: “We had 250,000 people queueing to get through at any one time. It’s brilliant. We’ve been doing it for 37 years, so we must be getting something right.” Eavis offered hope to those who have miss out too.

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The Green Man Spring Party

March 8, 2007

Greenman When the folks behind The Green Man Festival tell you that it’s time to celebrate the coming of Spring, you’d better listen up. On 23rd and 24th March the festival returns to Baskerville Hall, for a Rite of Spring party, with 2 days of wine, witches and song in the Brecon Beacons.

On Friday 23rd, King Arthur Pendragon will perform the opening ceremony and raise the curtain on a feast of music and films, mystics and freaks, as the hotel becomes a circle of Equinox appreciation.

The music starts at 6.00pm on Friday and finishes at 6.00am on Sunday. In the Folkey Dokey bar, over 20 DJs will be performing, with live music in the Cinema to a background of rare and gothic film. In the Hallway, pagan puppetry looks at the roots of the green man, while the Literature Room explores the history of psychoactive mushroom use. The Hotel grounds play host to the twelve members of the Neighbourhood Witch, who invite you to join their seed planting rituals.

And when the music stops, take a stroll through the castled Hay-on-Wye, dine in a Country Inn, or follow the pilgrims’ trail to the monastic ruins of Llanthony Priory. Sounds brilliantly bonkers.  Further details, tickets and accommodation can be found at the website www.thegreenmanfestival.co.uk

Council to consider Glasto Licence

March 1, 2007

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Glastonbury Festival director Melvin Benn has submitted a licence application to Mendip District Council in what seems to be an annual song-and-dance between the festival and the locals.

The council’s licensing department is now gathering the views of the responsible authorities (the police, fire brigade, environmental health, trading standards, planning and social services) who will be responsibe for ensuring the festival will come up to scratch in four key areas. Basically, Pilton and it’s surrounding areas need to know that there will be sufficient prevention of crime and disorder, the safety of the public, public nuisance
    and making sure that the kids are alright (which is handy seeing as The Who will be headlining this year).

The application is the first made for a festival since the implementation of new licensing laws.

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Live Review – End Of The Road Festival, Salisbury, Sep 15-17

September 20, 2006

Larmer_treeIt’s not everyday you get to go to a festival that has extraordinatory examples of Victorian
extravagance, complete with a wonderful collection of
ornate buildings and intimate arbours, peacocks, water gardens with a Roman Temple and bonkers Nepalese
buildings. That’s what the Larmer Gardens have which held the strangest festival of the year, The End of the Road festival. If you click on the picture to the left, you’ll see the lovely thing that sat by the main stage. Shame the billing didn’t match the surroundings.

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Gruff Rhys in secret cave gig (Greenman 2006)

September 6, 2006

A bit of a scoop this. At the Greenman Festival, tucked away in the hillside next to the main throng was a secret cave which housed a secret performance by the Super Furry Animal’s Gruff Rhys and the super lovely Gwyneth Glyn. Peforming with the natural ambience of the cave, the songs take on a more ethereal quality. If you were there, cherish the memory.

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Glasto 2007 to be ‘Greatest Show on Earth!”

September 5, 2006

EavisFestival fatcat and posh hippie, Michael Eavis has promised that the 2007 Glastonbury will be the "biggest ever".

He told Uncut magazine: "What I can announce now is that I’m adding an extra 100 acres next year so it will be the biggest festival ever.

"I’m renting the additional land from a neighbour so there’s more space
and major improvements to the campsite. So it’s not just going to be
bigger, but better.

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Glasto 2007 to be ‘Greatest Show on Earth!”

September 5, 2006

EavisFestival fatcat and posh hippie, Michael Eavis has promised that the 2007 Glastonbury will be the "biggest ever".

He told Uncut magazine: "What I can announce now is that I’m adding an extra 100 acres next year so it will be the biggest festival ever.

"I’m renting the additional land from a neighbour so there’s more space
and major improvements to the campsite. So it’s not just going to be
bigger, but better.

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Live Review – The Green Man Festival (Sunday)

August 22, 2006

Stammers4The final day of any festival is usually the most disappointing. You find yourself mulling over some dreadful mung bean creation and weighing up the daft hats. Obviously, you then drink yourself into oblivion to thwart any such purchase. Well, the Green Man didn’t fall into that old trap, with the weather and bill heating up for the final day.

First to catch the eye was an artist already featured on our humble pages. Nancy Elizabeth Cunliffe emerged from a weekend of rain to create a sound so stunning that many surround me were reduced to tears. Cunliffe’s voice was note perfect, and so full of emotion that it was impossible to take your eyes away from her. A mixture of guitar, harp and hammer dulcimer, Nancy glided through a heart stopping rendition of ‘Place To Shelter’ which prompted the first spontaneous standing ovation of the day. So stunning was the performance that it prompted Adem to grab Nancy at the end of her performance to act like a gibbering fan. I was also guilty of this gibbering fandom.

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Live Review – The Green Man Festival (Saturday)

August 22, 2006

Keiran_hebden6Saturday began as Friday left off… patchy weather and great music. Early on the bill, I managed to catch the wonderful acid folk of Twisted Nerve’s latest prize, Voice of the Seven Woods. VOTSW created a potato hash of sitar ragas, drones and classic sixties acid with a healthy dollop of kraut to boot.

Due to persistant rain, the afternoon was spent entirely in the real ale tent next to the main stage, which enabled me to meet up with the creator of the fabulous Naked Fighting fanzine and eavesdrop a wonderful set from former Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci frontman, Euros Childs.

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Live Review – The Green Man Festival (Friday)

August 22, 2006

Mainstage3The Green Man Festival upped it’s own stakes on the rousing success of last year. On arrival, the weather was damp, but unusually, no-one seemed to care. The first notable musical success of the weekend was the ear crackling Scott Matthews. Matthews’ fared much better in the stripped down voice’n’guitar version than the big band of his record. In the studio, Matthews can suffer a little from the Radio 2 singer songwriter syndrome, but on stage with bare bones, he veered from Tim Buckley to stand-up comic. "I’m sorry for… the crap things I do…" was his patter, sounding like the drunkest man at the festival.

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