by George Grant
Published: June 16, 2000
Hey citizens! So what takes your fancy in the wide world of music this week? Eminem getting caught with a piece? Or how about Metallica’s performance at the MTV Movie Awards? For me it was Metallica they rocked the house!
Anyway this week I will try to give you an insight into the magnitude of people who go to the all weekend festival. For starters I don’t know if you have as many over there but here in the UK we have at least 5 between the start and end of the summer. “What are these festivals?” I hear the odd uncultured person ask in the back row. Well basically, they tend to be a music concert that lasts the duration of a whole weekend. You have various types of festival, including rock, dance, alternative and mixed types of music.
To kick off I will tell you about the top three festivals we have in the UK. Firstly we have T in the Park. (T being Tennents, the name of a large beer company) They have two stages far apart from each other. One is playing more dance types of music and the other playing everything else. By the way you will never catch anybody that sings pop music like Britney or N’Sync at these events. Last year to name a couple of artists there was the Fun Loving Criminals and Bentley Rhythm Ace. Generally people will take their tent with them and camp out over night so they can get good positioning to see their favourite band.
Secondly, there is Homelands. This is an outright dance festival and my personal favourite. Some of the worlds best DJ’s have performed at Homelands including Carl Cox, Sasha, Danny Tenaglia and Jeremy Healy. Seeing as this festival is so popular, it is help in the three main parts of the UK. Ireland, England and Scotland (Woo-Hoo). There can be anything up to five or six tents playing all at once. All playing non-stop from Friday night until early Sunday evening. Just imagine it. Thousands of sweaty clubbers living it up in one giant tent, dancing so hard to the music they love that their heart is pounding so fast you can feel the blood rushing through the vein in your forehead.
Thirdly and lastly on the menu we have Glastonbury. This is again a non-stop Friday to Sunday event. However it is the most widely known and most attended. Last year over 75,000 people attended Glastonbury. Though two years ago the weather was so atrocious there was not a bit of dry ground in the field. However the devotion was so high, over 40,000 people made an appearance to listen to the talent on show.
Now you may think, “How can something like this happen without a hitch?” Well sometimes there are a couple of problems i.e. sunburn, too many people drunk and the odd injury. But the most problems there have been was the fact that some silly git was smoking too much pot. If any foreigners were here on holiday I would highly recommend attending some sort of festival. Eventhough most of the time they are a sell-out.
Now then, last weeks trivia. It was Chris Tucker talking to his superior about blowing up a carload of C4 explosives in Rush Hour. So what do you reckon will be the outcome of BANDG?? Will it get the big enough screencount to adjust up or will it just flop? Here’s hoping. I know I will be seeing it when it comes out over here in the UK.
For the first time I’m not doing much this weekend. All I can say is roll on the football season. Go Cowboys!!! Any comments, suggestions or general gossip and you can get me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Later peeps.