Wednesday, October 19, 2016

is there a time to walk for cover

greetings folks

well, it's that time again, look you see. now that the fuss and the furore about how it was "impossible" to get tickets, how the system crashed, etc has died down, we can all get on with every music fan's favourite game - guessing the Glastonbury headliners.

the great Glastonbury guessing game did, of course, only start after 2008, when the disastrous decision to book Jay Z as a headliner saw the event fail to sell out. after that, it was decided to keep the details of who was appearing a secret until l tickets were sold, so as to maintain the pretence that it was "really all about the event". this has been a master-stroke of marketing, as for some reason people now believe that they never revealed headliners before the ticket sales.

up to now the speculation about headliners for 2017 - the last Glastonbury until 2019 and quite likely the last at the current site - has been quite depressing. it's mostly been American acts suggested, with Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga and the Foo Fighters touted. all huge music acts, for sure, but it is supposed to be the pinnacle of English or if you like British music festivals.

one potential British act mentioned is Radiohead, and i would say that's a given. Depeche Mode have been mentioned, which would be awesome. otherwise, one strongly rumoured Sunday night headliner would be a surprise but also makes perfect sense......

yeah, that's how my passport was for ten years. you are not allowed to have cool pictures like that any more, it has to be all dull and formal.

so, word has it that The Stone Roses are a lock in for the Sunday night headline slot at Glastonbury 2017.

up to know i've always said this is unlikely. the reunited band have been reluctant to allow any of their performances be broadcast, and a "biggie" in signing up for Glastonbury is that you have to let the BBC broadcast some, if not all, of your set. i've always been of a view, then, that the band would only do Glastonbury if they felt the resurrected ways had run their course and they were content to call it a day, finally, once and for all.

perhaps that day has come, then. perhaps an awful lot more money than usual has been put on the table to secure them. there's nothing at all wrong with that if so. perhaps the report that their debut album proper, The Stone Roses, is to get another re-re-re-re-release the week after Glasto has prompted them to do some marketing. or perhaps the idea of being the last band ever to play the Pyramid stage as we now know it, signing off with I Am The Resurrection, was simply an opportunity not to be missed.

fantastic if it happens, then.

be excellent to each other!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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