Monday, April 02, 2007

Glastonbury everyone? Not this one!

Glastonbury is a peaceful festival. I'm a peaceful person, trying to get tickets to that peaceful festival. But right now there is a woman whom I would cheerfully strangle. I don't know her name but her voice will be the stuff of my nightmares for weeks to come.

"Welcome to Aloud ticket agency. The lines are very busy, please call again later or try our website," she chirps on the rare occasion that I get anything but an engaged tone. But I have been trying the sodding website, since 9 o'clock yesterday, the moment the tickets went on sale. I have hit back and refresh so many times I have got a frozen shoulder and what must be RSI in my right arm.

"Error the requested URL could not be retrieved," it says. Or "the service is currently very busy, please try again a little later," or sometimes it tells me I have entered too many tickets (two) for the number they have left, please enter a smaller figure.

It feels like I could stand more chance of getting a golden ticket to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory.

But then who needs Glastonbury anyway? Only Kate Moss can be rock n'roll in wellies. No, if you are anything like me you would prefer browsing round a live tattooing, exploring unseen parts of the London Bridge vaults and witnessing a live video installation unroll on a naked body. Maybe we’ve got spring fever and, frankly, need help or maybe we’re just due a visit to SPILL, a brand new festival of experimental theatre and performance taking place over 3 weeks (from TODAY) at the Barbican, the Soho Theatre, South Bank Centre, Shunt Vaults and Toynbee Studios.

Find out what it's all about here.

And throughout SPILL a festival bar will be running daily at the Shunt Lounge, set deep in the tunnels under London Bridge Station. See you there!

27 Comments:

Anonymous hb13 said...

CS - forget Glasto ots for losers. You will be better off in the long run. Mud and idiots are a bad day out!

5:32 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SPILL looks great, thanks City Slicker!

5:34 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you sure you are not performing? Don't you work by London Bridge CS? :-)

5:34 pm  
Anonymous dam breaker said...

leave Glasto to the trust fund babies.

5:41 pm  
Anonymous honkman said...

Every time I visit Glastonbury I’m reminded why I left there, I hate that place, I hate the people and I hate the vibe.

5:50 pm  
Anonymous HeartyBowl said...

Glastonbury 2007 to be "greatest show on Earth"
Artists: Kylie Minogue, Bruce Springsteen, The Killers
Well, it's hardly going to be pitched as being crap, is it?

Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis, pictured, has told music magazine Uncut that next year's event - it took a break this year, of course - will be the "greatest show on Earth".

He told the 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.

"We're going to be presenting the best line-up anywhere in the world. Glastonbury 2007 will be, literally, the greatest show on Earth."

The three-day festival's headliners are rumoured to be The Killers, Kylie Minogue and Bruce Springsteen. As is traditional, though, no acts will be confirmed until much nearer the time. The time being June next year.

5:52 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The music at Glasto is generally pretty YAWNSOME

5:54 pm  
Anonymous Keith43 said...

it's not the internet or hype that's to blame for the instant sell-out, it's the super-fence. In the first year of the new security measures, the tickets took two months to go. Then people turned up and realised they couldn't break/climb/jump/tunnel in - the following year it was sold out in a day.

For anyone who hasn't got one this year, do watch out for a second batch going on sale. Several of my friends got tickets in 2005 like this, while I wasn't paying attention - it was hardly advertised at all.

6:10 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's all this rubbish about Glasto becoming too middle class and commercial?

Sitting around in a field, spliff in hand, listening to music has always been a middle class pastime. The working classes drink beer, watch football and have a fight. Twas always thus!

There has to be a 'commercial' aspect to such a huge event but once you stray away from the main stage and marketing area (known to regulars as 'Babylon'), it's no more commercial than The Big Green Gathering.

6:11 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great blog. Will return.

7:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Football's a pretty middle class sport too these days.
Well I'm off to the Connect Festival at Inverary Castle and T in the Park. So pleased I don't live in that overcrowded poohole that is the south of England these days.

3:40 pm  
Blogger ian said...

You got the engaged tone? I got "The BT network is very busy. Try again later".

Second tranche of sales is April 22nd.

1:02 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Lumpen Middle Class have now got a Lumpen Music Festival.
In the words of Dr Alimantado
"...gimme my gun..."

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