You must’ve heard by now that Reading and Leeds festivals are banning flags. I couldn’t give a shit about Leeds and I don’t have an effinity to Reading, but seriously….is this the way things are going!?
I suspect this is more about broadcasting than complaints from the customer. Perhaps the 100’s of cameras won’t be able see every inch of the stage, perhaps the inch of the stage they miss will have some big money corporate sponsor blazoned across it.
Festivals are bigger business than they’ve ever been. Festivals are fashionable again. Twats who 5 years ago wouldn’t have even considered spending a weekend in a field listening to music played on instruments, are now treating them as a big muddy cat walk. Dedicated clothing lines at the high street, Millets selling cow print tents and Hunter doing a roaring trade in £100 luminous fucking wellies for idiots who usually spend their weekends at Bluewater.
They restrict people’s view they’re saying. I’m 6ft 3″……even I don’t get a good view at festivals! it’s certainly not because of flags. I still have a good time. It doesn’t take away from my experience. I don’t listen to music with my eyes.
Festival crowds are about getting involved. Jumping about a bit, chucking some stuff and getting sweaty. You can watch the performance on the box when you’ve recovered. Chances are you’ll be too hammered to even remember who you saw anyway, let alone what sort of stage presence they had.
If you really want to enhance the festival experience. How about telling the Fern Cotton wannabes of the world who go to festivals to show off their new jean shorts, headbands and curly hair to fuck off. Better still, ban flags at V. Anyone who has a complaint about Reading can go there and listen to The Script. Leave the proper festivals to the proper music fans.