There is something about summer music festivals that makes me feel inadequate. I have never been to Glastonbury, Woodstock - well I have an excuse for that one- Isle of Wight, never mind anything in Leeds, Reading or sponsored by Carling.
It is a shame really because I enjoy music, especially live, I like camping (you get used to it illegally subletting bedsits), and I am enticed by the aura of opportunity summer music festivals give for blacking out the whole experience afterwards. Must be how Kate Moss ended up waking up next to Pete Doherty. But really, who wouldn't enjoy an excuse to smoke (cigarettes, of course), wear wellies, and stomp around in old trampled muddy fields?
Moreover, I want to understand what Jarvis Cocker of Pulp meant when he sang "Mother, I can never come home again,'cause I seem to have left an important part of my brain somewhere, somewhere in a field in Hampshire." Most of you probably already do, because the summer music festival is such a popular British tradition it is practically a rite of passage. Somewhere on the timeline between Blackpool as a kid and Centre Parks as a parent.
But to those of us who have never been, summer festivals seem to come and go, before we get our act together. By the time us non-MySpace users hear about them, the tickets are usually gone.
But the times they are a changin':
There is a free and very hip concert offering this summer, right in London, right on the river. That's right free and unticketed, so no excuses...
The Scoop Live Music Festival started yesterday and runs through 28th July with free lunchtime and evening concerts. The Scoop is a large, open air, sunken amphitheatre at More London, between London Bridge and Tower Bridge on the Southbank. It can seat 1000 and gets very buzzy when the weather is good.
It's smack between City Hall and Ernst & Young, so if you are looking to schmooze you should find a mixture of civil servants and accountants to choose from.
The Band of Britain final is happening tonight where six finalists compete. Top industry judges and some of the best unsigned talent in the UK. This is where its at. Like the X Factor, but live, and instead of just Shayne, you get a full band.