im addicted to Green Man, or have been since I first found it in 2010. (I know, relative newcomer....)
I've been to EOTR as well, in 2013 and 14. 'Very nice, but not GM' I've always felt.
and I came to GM this year with two old friends - first time without mrs peptic - and we had a scream together.
but..........it felt a bit diffferent to me. And I've been thinking about this for a couple of weeks. I'm a misanthropic bastard all the time but what wound me up a bit too much was that the crowd was somehow less enjoyable to be part of. Everything felt a bit safer. Is the best way I can describe it. And by safe I mean a bit anodyne. Middle class. Perhaps. More posh teenagers. More middle class families. Must be the way festivals are going, I guess? Buggies, chairs, talking during sets, umbrellas, new outdoor gear etc etC (I also got lectured by a 14 year old member of the bar staff on the difference between ale and beer (which nearly ruined my entire 4 days)
So, I'm just someone who gets too wound up by other people, I guess.
But then I saw the final lineup for EOTR. http://endoftheroadfestival.com/artist/past-line-ups/
Now in my humble, that is very much superior to GM this year. Michael kiwanuka? Future islands? Ride?....
so, it's a couple of weeks to early bird, my preferred purchasing mode. Although the cheapest tier of EOTR tickets have already gone.
and I'm wondering.....which I have never wondered before. Should I?.....Or should I wait and see lineups before choosing?
i get that the festival-going clientele at the two are in many respects interchangeable, so I'm no more likely to love my neighbours at either. (Although I'd rather spend a long weekend with someone who is going to get excited by foxygen, parquet courts and JaMC than aforementioned GM headliners)
So, what's my point? I think it's that the music this year disappointed me. As well as the punters. And that the two are, of course, linked. Mr Ray actually dared to sugggest a couple of months ago on the forum that he wasn't of the opinion that the lineup was particularly strong. Having wandered about, I have to agree.
maybe I should just fuck off to dorset next year and see if I feel any happier afterwards. Certainly everyone else on here in the week or two after the festival was in paroxysms Of joy about the lineup.
So.... I don't spose anyone else is feeling a bit underwhelmed and confused too?