The Festival ‘Mediocrity’ Theory

Its come to my attention that a lot of people nowadays seem to give the festival line-up organisers a good run for their money. The likes of ‘V Fest’ or the Reading & Leeds festivals always attract thousands of fans from around the globe. With such a large popularity for being a place to hear all of the latest and best music, theres no doubt that all of the organisers take much time and effort to make sure the experience tops their previous year.

Below is this years Reading & Leeds festival main stage line up –

As you can see there is a wide range of music being played across all 3 days of the festivals, so why is it that some people believe the line ups to be getting progressively worse as the years go by? Apart from the obvious case of personal taste, many of my musician friends have been calling it a “cavalcade of musical mediocrity”. Maybe its down to the idea of festival routes, the old school 60’s favouritism of woodstock for instance. Many of the bands playing at the festival this year have been in the charts, take Kings of Leon for instance, with their hit ‘Sex on Fire’.

This does not however, in my eyes, mean the festival spirit is any less than it used to be. Festival line up’s may have become more mainstream in the sense that it has become a major way to make a ‘capatalist’ profit, but the spirit of music loving remains the same. Many disagree, but festival go-ers old and young love nothing more than to be stuck in a hot crowd of thousands, smelling of a dozen different things both natural and illegal. And I dont think that any views the ‘hardcore’ musicians around have on the music itself, it will never stop them from happening, or even make a dent in the consciousness of the people attending.

Festivals happen all around the world and essentially span every genre of music. Personally, id prefer to go to both the  North Sea Jazz festival and to a hardcore mash-up party, though this does not mean that either are better than the one another. My point here is essentially that the spirit of the festival, fun and freedom, will never die. Regardless of the critics.

Coverage of the Reading Festival starts this Friday on BBC3!


One Response to “The Festival ‘Mediocrity’ Theory”

  1. Totally agree mate. It’s a valid criticism to nay-say a line-up but it’s not the be-all and end-all. You have to take atmosphere into consideration. People who criticise festival line ups too much have likely not been to a festival, it’s 60% atmosphere and 40% line up in my opinion.

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