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I've never been to the Glastonbury festival, and it looks as if I am probably never going to go now. So what is stopping me from going? There are a few reasons as to why I haven't been before, but the main reason is that my taste in music tends to lean more towards heavy rock and generally there isn't a lot of that on offer at the Glastonbury Festival.
What really irritates me now however is the narrow-minded attitude of the festival organisers in regard to the bands that have been chosen for the line-up this year.I found out today that they will not be including heavy rock bands because, and I quote "We've avoided that heavy American rock like Offspring because you get crowd surfing, and all those things that seem to cause problems " - from BBC News
What gives? I saw that particular band at Milton-Keynes bowl, and although its not even close to the same scale as Glastonbury, I still didn’t see a line of stretchers going by.
Yes it’s true that there is usually some degree of crowd surfing and ‘moshing’ when a heavy rock band is on stage, but these shows usually take place without the stream of casualties and trouble that Michael Eavis our Glastonbury man seems to think will occur. And besides, if they concentrated more on security at the site (as I believe they are doing this year) and preventing people without tickets entering there would definitely be a lot less trouble.
The deaths that took place at Roskilde, in Denmark were very unfortunate, but I don’t think they should be jumping the gun and placing a ban on all heavy rock bands. Not everyone wants to come along to watch Rolf Harris and Rod Stewart, and the fact that bands such as Oasis and Radiohead didn’t want to perform means that this event must surely be loosing its appeal to a fair number of people.