Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Eavis: Blame the weatherman

The drop in registrants for Glastonbury Festival could be down to many reasons: the less-than-stellar line-up this year; the changing atmosphere at the festival; even the 'papers, please, citizen' need to register in the first place. All these things, of course, are down to decisions taken by the organisers.

So it's perhaps no surprise that Emily Eavis is looking for a reason beyond their control:

Eavis said that she thought that figures were down because the last two Glastonbury festivals, in 2005 and 2007, were characterised by mud and rain, putting people off, and that suggestions that the announcement that Jay-Z would be playing a headline slot was to blame were unfounded.

"I'm sure it's because of the weather," she told NME.COM. "People only remember the last festival, so if it was really muddy… I don't blame them, to be honest. Everybody needs a rest."

Nearly every bloody Glastobury Festival is characterised by mud - why would 2007's mud suddenly put people off when, say, the horrors of 1998 didn't?


M.C. Glammer said...

Surely mud is Glasto Inc's USP?

Anonymous said...

As someone who went last year and is struggling to find the enthusiasm to go again this year, the main problem was the increased capacity. The complaint I kept hearing was how hard it was to get around, which was as much a crowding problem as it was a mud one. As a result the event became a chore, and the currently announced acts don't make it seem worth the effort.
For balance... Jay-Z is a decent choice for something different (if a few years past his prime), and the new Park Stage last year was a good addition. Not sure that's enough to get me back though...

wanye said...

i'm still undecided whether to go or not... i've been every year since 1995, and the weather is a partial factor to not wanting to go this year...

the bad weather is made worse by the overcrowding due to capacity increases... the main areas are busier than ever, and it is impossible to easily get between stages, especially with the added mud.

they say jay-z isnt to blame, and for me, they are right. he is an interesting choice of headliner, unlike nearly all of the other acts announced!

the lineup is slowly getting so dull and uninspired, that it is the main factor in deciding whether or not i bother this year. the main stages so far are being overrun by NME/Whiley-friendly "indie" bands that epitomise DULL! - fratellis, enemy, kate nash, kings of leon, verve, doherty, duffy and editors. possibly the worst lineup ever (it has been steadily getting worse over the last 5 years)

i blame emily eavis, chris martin and jo sodding whiley. the nme arent helping either.

its only the likes of jimmy cliff and massive attack that are swaying me towrds coming back...

ian said...

Do we know if they got more registrations than tickets for sale?

The crowding problem is caused by the mud, which narrows pathways. I'd disagree with busier than ever - certainly, there were many more people in the late 1990s, and not all of them particularly pleasant.

Simon Hayes Budgen said...

Interestingly, whereas last year they seemed keen to announce the numbers, they've kept quiet this year. I'd be surprised if the registrations didn't outnumber availability, but I'd guess not by much.

CarsmileSteve said...

ian, it was totally busier last year than any year bar 2000, mud or no mud. 170,000 is just TOO MANY people. I've only missed one since 93 but i am really looking forward to my lie-in on sunday now.

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