March 22, 2005

Reading Festival 2005 – Dubious value for money

For anyone who missed the news yesterday, the current lineup for the 2005 Reading Festival can be found here. The festival runs from Friday 26th August to Sunday 28th, with a weekend ticket costing £125 minus booking fees.

I look forward to seeing The Pixies, Foo Fighters, QOTSA, Maiden and Bloc Party, though the other offerings don’t have as much appeal. Were it not for The Pixies, I probably wouldn't bother given the cost. With any luck we’ll see some smaller, promising groups added to the lineup in the coming weeks.

Unfortunately, it looks like we won't have any controversial additions, such as 50 Cent who last year earned a cool £285 000 despite being forced off stage after 15 minutes. I don't understand the mentality of people who think it's clever to throw stuff because the music isn't to their taste. How about walking away and doing something more productive?

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  1. Overdo

    Reading baby! Now if only you'd walk away and do something productive….

    22 Mar 2005, 14:45

  2. Sadly, I'm more productive when alseep than I am when trying to get some work done. So blogging it is….

    22 Mar 2005, 15:12

  3. I've always thought festivals look pretty good value for money. If you look how much it costs to see some bands nowadays, you're paying far less per band that you're likely to see at a festival.

    22 Mar 2005, 16:03

  4. 5 bands at £20 each for a normal gig, that's £100. Plus £25 for three nights camping. That's certaintly reasonable. The big rip-off at festivals like this are the food and drink prices.
    Also it's a massive rip-off compared to Glasto, and appears to have reached the same price now…

    22 Mar 2005, 19:32

  5. Perhaps I'm just not used to shelling out that much cash at once on music!

    22 Mar 2005, 19:44

  6. Hell yeah, that's a mega line-up! Leeds is better of course though… :) Killers and Babyshambles is the meal ticket I reckon.

    22 Mar 2005, 21:07

  7. Book by post!! See my blog for reasons why: reasons to buy Reading by post

    23 Mar 2005, 02:20

  8. Doh. Missed that post Shalinee :)

    23 Mar 2005, 11:59

  9. Don't really agree with you on the 50Cent issue. Not that I enjoyed the bottling (though it was impressive to see it went on for 20 minutes – as if people had bottled it up the whole weekend for this special occasion), but sometimes an act really doesn't make sense. It's like giving people marmelade for their chips. There are plenty of other acts that would have fit in nicely that do give a glimpse of a different genre (for instance the Roots, or in the Netherlands, the Lowlands festival has a rather successful dance venue) but that do show some connection with the people attending a festival. 50Cent headlining was just a poor joke and makes you think whether festival goers are taken seriously (not to mention the ridiculous price for the poor value of peripherals (showers? flushable toilets? or at least sinks at the toilets?)). Anyway, but maybe that's just me. Would almost go to see the Foo Fighters or the Killers though!

    23 Mar 2005, 13:16

  10. I agree – The guy really was an odd choice and his inclusion suggests a lack of desire to give festival goers a truely memorable experience. Still, regardless of the pent up frustration, assaulting any artist indicates a lack of maturity (or maybe drunkenness!) given that the blame lies with the organisers themselves.

    23 Mar 2005, 14:43

  11. Valdie

    reading does look wikid this year, n from previous experience its a weekend to remember BUT i didnt get a ticket intime so i cant go. was just wonderings if anyone knows someone with a 2 weekend camping tickets for sale

    08 Jun 2005, 20:46

  12. Throwing bottles at 50 cent is not an unproductive activity. It is a statement against where the festival is going. Its a rebellion against the urbanisation of the festival, which started out as a purly rock festival. Complaining that rockers are doing this 'unproductive activity' is like complaining at the unproductive antic of the Sex Pistols at their famous Bill Grundy interview.
    While myself I quite like hiphop, I understand and respect the rockers distaste for it, and their perfectly justified rebellion against it when it invades their festival.

    23 Oct 2005, 02:15

  13. There’s a difference between saying there are more productive uses for one’s time and saying the current action being taken has no use. Throwing bottles certainly gets a message across. So too would non violent alternatives like merely booing the artist or going elsewhere to do/see something that has more appeal. People could even take the unconventional step of writing to the organisers to complain. I’m just not a fan of yobbish violence to be honest.

    23 Oct 2005, 23:57

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