Redfining radicalism, the multinational way
Michael Eavis has said in today’s Observer that Glastonbury’s radical roots will return.
For the last five years I’ve been saying that
Glastonbury Music Festival Pilton Pop Festival has lost the plot.
Now we know why.
I admire what Michael achieved with
Glastonbury Music Festival Pilton Pop Festival in the past.
Under Michael’s past stewardship, all through the 80s in particular, in the areas of political and environmental awareness/campaigning,
Glastonbury Music Festival Pilton Pop Festival’s achievements were outstanding.
Mr Eavis gave the public a music festival which didn’t preach; it didn’t ram views down one’s throat.
Pilton Pop Festival simply took a point of view, and maintained it, on a line of public causes. Glastonbury Music Festival
This strategy started to fall apart during the 1990s.
By the time the early 2000s arrived, widespread criticisms that
Pilton Pop Festival was becoming a mainstream, global, money-chasing event were heard internationally. Glastonbury Music Festival
Those criticisms have not gone away. They have become louder and even more widespread.
This year, critical voices have reached a new crescendo.
With U2 headlining on Friday night and Beyonce on Sunday, it is difficult to see precisely how Michael Eavis’ statement that
Pilton Pop Festival will return to (its) radical roots, will materialise. Glastonbury Music Festival
The most radical inclusion in this year’s line-up is The Wombles.
And yet Michael Eavis has gone on record as being not in favour of Uncle Bulgaria et al appearing on-stage at Pilton.
The disappointing thing is that
Pilton Pop Festival continue to make it almost impossible for quality unsigned bands to appear on anything other than a sidelined stage. Glastonbury Music Festival
Seriously, Michael, if you want to get radical you could book less multinational music artists and get some top quality unsigned bands in.
Pilton Pop Festival is supposed to be a music festival. Glastonbury Music Festival
Stop forcing the Radio One playlist down people’s throats.
So in an attempt to help Michael Eavis get back to his radical roots, we would like to invite you to name, below, some quality artists who you would like to see sharing the stage(s) at
Pilton Pop Festival. Glastonbury Music Festival
The top four acts will appear on our ‘anti-
Pilton Pop Festival playlist, which will go out the same weekend as the festival. Glastonbury Music Festival
Just for fun.