The Allure Of The British Festival Is Wearing Off A Bit

Apr 28th, 2008 // 8 Comments

englishfestivalshavetheirweirdhippiestoo.jpgThe Guardian “leaked” most of the Glastonbury lineup this morning, and while there are certainly portions that sound very alluring (especially ignoring the logistical issues of actually traveling to an muddy field in the middle of England), it appears American festivals aren’t alone in having an off year.

Glastonbury tickets, which normally are nearly impossibly to obtain, are moving slowly this year, and there’s already been some grumbling about Jay-Z as a headliner (although Brits should thank their lucky stars they didn’t end up with Jack Johnson, right?) However, the acts announced today are a mixed bag of wtf’s and pleasant surprises, with John Mayer, James Blunt and Gilbert O’Sullivan leading the former and Leonard Cohen, the Verve and The National the best of the latter. Somewhere in the middle, we have Duffy, The Feeling, Manu Chao, and Goldfrapp. Another category adequately covered is “Who The Hell Are These People And Why Do Their Names Seem Like Noises Toddlers Make?”, featuring The Ting Tings and Joe Lean And The Jing Jang Jong.

The TBA filled announcement below:

Friday, June 27

Pyramid Stage

Kings Of Leon, The Fratellis, Editors, The Gossip, The Feeling, KT Tunstall, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, The Subways, Kate Nash

Other Stage

Panic At The Disco, The Enemy, We Are Scientists, Foals, The Hoosiers, Ben Folds, Joe Lean And The Jing Jang Jong, Vampire Weekend, Hilltop Hoods

John Peel Stage

Jamie T, The Cribs, Reverend And The Makers, MGMT, The Ting Tings, Young Knives, Lightspeed Champion, Glasvegas

Saturday, June 28

Pyramid Stage

Jay-Z, Very Special Guest TBA, Manu Chao, The Raconteurs, James Blunt, Crowded House, Seasick Steve, The Hold Steady, Shakin’ Stevens

Other Stage

Massive Attack, Hot Chip, Elbow, Duffy, The Wombats, Neon Neon, Black Kids, The Golden Silvers, The Travelling Band

John Peel Stage

Biffy, Clyro, The Futureheads, Band Of Horses, The Courteneers/The Black Keys, Vampire Weekend, The Teenagers

Sunday, June 29

The Verve, Leonard Cohen, Goldfrapp, Very Special Guest TBC, John Mayer, Gilbert O’ Sullivan, TBC

Other Stage

Groove Armada, The Zutons, The Pigeon Detectives, Mark Ronson, Scouting For Girls, Jack Penate, Newton Faulkner, Black Mountain, Hoodoo Gurus

John Peel Stage

The National, Spiritualized, Crystal Castles, Brain Jonestown Massacre, The Stars, The Courteneers/The Black Keys, Rocket Summer

Glastonbury festival lineup leaked [Guardian]

  1. Clevertrousers

    Gillbert O’Sullivan? Seriously? That’s kind of awesome in a “As long as I don’t actually have to see them” way.

    But I’m more of a WOMAD guy anyway…

  2. recidivicious

    Their problem is they have too damn many festivals, and unless you’re just hardcore into one of the many bands making the rounds, the massive amount of lineup overlap gets dull.

  3. Clevertrousers

    I like British music festivals – they have 30 – 40 % more hooliganism than their American counterparts.

  4. Dick Laurent is dead.

    I’d maybe show up for sunday, but otherwise a very snoozeworthy lineup.

  5. Anonymous

    What a shame- I used to idolize the Reading/Leeds festival ads from Q to the point of putting them on my wall and wishing I lived in the UK. This list seriously saddens me.

  6. Varina

    What a shame- I used to idolize the Reading/Leeds festival ads from Q to the point of putting them on my wall and wishing I lived in the UK. This list seriously saddens me.

  7. Nunya B

    It’s worth noting that the Ting Tings are much, much, much better than Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong.

    …Goldfrapp and Leonard Cohen on the same bill. How odd. For the most part only the “Other Stage” bill seems really worth it.

  8. Oldboy

    @recidivicious: Right on, my brother—too many festivals everywhere, be they music or film festival. Christ, there’s a Newport friggin’ Beach Film Festival! Make it stop…

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