April 27, 2005

Final Fling Acts

I must admit i am rather disappointed with the acts performing at this years final fling event. I'm sure the powers that be, whoever actually organises these events did the best they could and have taken into account the views of the students due to attend, however, i am voicing my opinion.

The Zutons are a good band , i have seen them perform, at the Union in fact last year and they are entertaining, but they are not headline material. Their album is a good album and their live performances full of energy and good tunes but that is all.

GLC - well i'm biased cos i don't like shit music!! In all seriousness, they are a flash in the pan group – NOT band – who will hopefully disappear as fast as they appeared on a national level. Pikeys i get enough of without being subjected to their soundtrack. What do i say when i go home over the summer to my parents? Yeah i really enjoyed GLC especially the song "your mother's got a penis". Am i mature enough to see past the irony; no. Its not music its crap.

Last year we had Amy Winehouse and Scissor Sisters, both not my cup of tea, but entertaining nonetheless. Scissor Sisiters are massive now; probably not for long, but they were a creditable act. Last year's headliners, Ash are one of the biggest and important bands of the last 10 years, great songs, great performance and truely nice guys, got to meet them!!! Why no-one in their ilk this time around??

Crikey, two years ago we had supergrass!! Now thats just not fair! I would also like to mention something a friend told me. A college in the US (yeah i know its slightly different there but stick with me) has booked SONIC YOUTH and decent support for their event. At a reported cost of £40k equivalent. now i don't know what zutons and glc are charging, or how shrewd the uni's decision makers are, but could we not have had a band on a par with sonic youth???

I wasnt expecting a band on the scale of u2 or rem, but maybe more quality than we have got. I know the artists need to appeal to a wide spectrum of ppl, but truely apart from the indie kids, who actually knows more than 4 zuton songs, and as for the novelty GLC rubbish…

Finally i must criticise the manner in which the headline acts were announced at top b last term. Everyone had seen the shortlist, and were fully aware the killers were on it. Those of us in the know were aware The Killers were supporting U2 over the summer, but playing one of their songs prior to the announcement put hope in the heart of even me. Warwick has missed the boat with the acts – such a shame, particularly in light of the debacle of the law ball acts this year and last – what a waste of time. Different organisers; yes but both bad decisions i feel.

So if anyone wants an impromptu set of classic songs, britpop, rock and ballads get in touch and my band will perform for free drinks on the night!!!

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  1. You know for about £36,000 you can get the Foo Fighters….now thats something id fund!

    27 Apr 2005, 12:16

  2. You may be interested to read this - it's a news article from the College which booked Sonic Youth. Students were so furious at the booking of a band of such 'low calibre' that they formed campaign and protest groups about it. Only about 400 people turned up, out of a possible capacity of 2000. The events committee lost thousands of dollars.

    Now, would you rather the union booked a more 'credible' band which the majority of campus hadn't heard of, thus causing it to loose thousands of pounds, or would you like them to book acts that will sell the tickets and break even?

    27 Apr 2005, 15:02

  3. Well personally i'd love to see Sonic Youth, whether its an audience of 2000 or 400 that would be amazing!!! They are great and the intimate nature of such a gig would be worth the entrance fee!! They had Cat Power too! There's no pleasing some ppl.

    On the credibility issue, i don't think the Zutons are very credible. I am into indie and rock music but i think they are bland and not in any way comparable to the quality of ash or supergrass. I contend that very few ppl have heard the zutons music.

    Selfishly i don't care whether they break even/profit or lose money, its a night for finalists, not profiting, they'll make their money from overpriced drinks as usual anyway.

    So in summary the union should book a more popular band. Credibility is quite subjective. I'll accept GLC will be popular in some quarters and the union have made a reasonable choice. But i'm still having problems with the Zutons, the Coral are similar, more popular and a better band. The trouble is the union doesnt seem to have the pulling power, plus it has limited options as there is so much live music going on at this time of year.

    27 Apr 2005, 15:16

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