It's been mentioned on other threads but I think it deserves it's own thread.
The problem seems to get worse every year. I really don't feel like being confrontational at any time and especially not when I'm at at my favourite place on planet earth but how else can people be persuaded to shut the fuck up?
Maybe the increased capacity didn't help but this year I had to move to another position (not because of low background chatter or an occasional sentence but because I couldn't actually hear the act properly) during The Beths, Ex:Re, Tiny Ruins, Aldous Harding and Villagers (3 times !). For all of these acts I had made an effort to get up near the front so presumably so had the twats who were talking.
Typically they were talking very loudly over the music with usually 1 of them actually with their back to the stage. Typically they are talking banal shite. Typically they talk very loudly whilst the music is playing and then stop momentarily when the music stops (sometimes to applaud what they have been ruining for others). Typically they announce at some stage how good they think the act is usually followed by one of their party asking "What's the name again?". Typically a picture will be taken if they think the act has a high "shareability and gain likes" factor.
I really despair when I think about how the live music experience will be in 10 years time if nothing is done. At least 7 times over the festival I was forced to move thereby inconveniencing others as well as myself and it really saps the enjoyment out of the whole experience.
What can Green Man do about it?
Would STFU signs help?
In 10 years time will we be able to rent "silent disco" like headphones to be able to hear the music thus diluting the shared experience further?