Will post my usual post-Green Man stuff later in some thread or other but just wanted to voice my concerns about the situation in the Far Out Tent last night. I'm not an IDLES fan so had no intention of going but my 15-year oid daughter and her friend went. From what they said and what others have said it is clear that too many people were in that tent last night. Several people had to be carried out including my daughter and her friend who had a panic attack and had to be treated in the medical centre on site. The staff there said they'd been dealing with several other similar cases. I know I should have realised and told the girls not to go too far in, knowing something of the bands' reputation for mayhem but I didn't think there'd be such an issue. I spoke to some stewards and a security guy this morning who said there had been real concerns about the numbers going in to the tent and congregating outside. The security guy commented that 'Green Man got lucky' and that there could have been serious injuries. He reckoned that the tent was full to capacity before the band came on and that there was nothing they could do to stop more coming in.
If Green Man are going to book bands as popular as IDLES then fine but they should really be playing the Mountain Stage surely? I was in the Walled Garden for splendid sets by Skinny Pelembe and Nilufur Yanya and haven't seen such small crowds there in years, especially for Nilufur Yanya - just a couple of hundred I'd say. I also hear that FJM didn't have a huge crowd either. They were all up for IDLES
I have faith in Green Man as the organisers have always shown a capacity to react to things and adapt accordingly. There does have to be some thought about who plays late night slots in the Far Out and how numbers attending can be controlled or the outcome might be worse than it was last night.