April 05, 2006

Leeds Fest 2006

Here's the link for the line-up if anyone's interested

Leeds Festival Line-Up 2006

Pick of the bunch?

Muse, Placebo, Feeder, The Kooks and Kaiser Chiefs what with it being Leeds :D

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  1. hm, i've yet to see a reading/leeds lineup that justifies the cost.

    05 Apr 2006, 17:03

  2. Are you crazy? Just think, most gigs, even small ones cost between £10 and £15. Across the whole weekend I'll see maybe 25–30 bands and at least 10 that I'd pay to go see right now. The likes of Muse would cost £30 anyway so when you think about it if you have any interest in music whatsoever it's a bargain. 30 bands for £150? What's not justified in that?

    05 Apr 2006, 19:29

  3. The lack of good bands.

    If I can see my favourite band and 6 excellent support bands for £18, I don't see any reason to pay £150 to see a bunch of bands that don't even enter my top 10. I would pay £150 to see 30 bands if the lineup was worth it. Heck, i'd pay £150 just to see 10 if they were really good bands.

    05 Apr 2006, 21:03

  4. So just because you've not heard of a band you dismiss them out of hand? Arctic Monkeys, Arcade Fire, The Rakes and Editors were all bands that I'd not heard of last year but were brilliant live, I bought the albums and now look, they're all big bands. Half the fun is finding new bands and going to watch bands you may never have heard of.

    I guess you're right to a point though, if all you want is to see your top ten bands and not bother with anything else that's out there, not bother to see what else is on offer, then don't go. Someone who likes more than ten bands and is willing to have a good time watching bands that no-one's heard of can have your ticket and I hope they enjoy it.

    06 Apr 2006, 11:07

  5. I love finding new bands, in the last week i've found a few and just ordered a bunch of CDs. It's just I don't enjoy the kind of music that's played at Reading/Leeds, and i'm not willing to spend a fortune of hard-earned cash on the small chance there'll be a band I like. There's really no need for your offensive attitude.

    My idea of a perfect gig is one where everyone knows the words to every song. This can't happen if people don't know the bands. The best live shows are ones with a huge amount of audience participation.

    06 Apr 2006, 14:57

  6. I'm not meaning to be offensive but I don't see why you'd bother to criticise the line-up if all you're going for is a few bands. You're right, if all you want is to see bands you know and sing along then there is no point spending £150 to see 4 or 5 bands but the reason I go is for the whole experience. Camping in a field surrounded by other people who've come for a great weekend. Finding new bands and see bands you like live. Being part of a massive crowd (bigger than most other gigs) for the bands you love and singing along with tens of thousands of others.

    I'd happily pay more than £150 for that experience, even if there weren't as many bands there that I want to see. However for this years line-up I'd pay £200 if not more.

    06 Apr 2006, 15:31

  7. Graspop 2006, 3 day festival with at least 45 good bands, £76
    Wacken Open Air 2006, 3 day festival with at least 39 good bands, £55

    I know these are just examples of metal festivals, but the same applies to other genres, there's Pinkpop in Netherlands (I think) with this lineup for just £70.

    Festivals in mainland Europe are cheaper (even if you include the cost of getting to them) and generally have much better lineups. Even if I liked all the bands at Reading/Leeds, I would still consider the festival to be expensive compared to what else is on offer.

    06 Apr 2006, 16:14

  8. I admit that mainland europe festivals are cheaper but I'd still argue that the Reading/Leeds Festival line-up for this year was better than the line-up of Pinkpop. Maybe it's just because Reading/Leeds caters for my taste in music that I'd pay that much to go. Who organises the festivals in europe? I'm guessing alot of the extra cost goes into MeanFiddler's pocket but I'm also sure that in Britain it'll be more expensive to stage a festival of the size of those above.

    I guess it's just a fact we pay more than Europe for alot of things, cars are just one more example although I'm not sure of many others.

    I've always planned to take my little brother to a selection of festivals around the world, it may be some time in the future but I'd personally still start or end the tour at Leeds/Reading. South by Southwest would be one that I'd go to in the states plus I know there's one in Australia that's big but I doubt I'd ever have the cash to spend a year travelling from festival to festival.

    06 Apr 2006, 19:17

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