COMMENT – This was too long to read it all, but let me just say as someone who welcomes people from all over the world there every year.
It still is an alternative festival, spiritually politically and economically, what i mean by that is all types of talks on various spiritual philosophies are welcome, political views outside of the mainstream strangehold and even swapping and barter instead onf monetary
schemes are discussed.
Micheal eavis is still the figurehead but it is now owned by a conglomerate with goals of moneymaking which is far from that intened, i dont think anyone takes the BBC seriously, and in fact talking to old timers it was seen as a bit of a joke through W W II.
Remember the guardian newspaper funds glasto, the guardian is mainstream and supported by Intel, so although many radicals and old hippies do go there, all events are secretly filmed and controlled now
Three letters leap to mind; E, D and M. For Americans, EDM is a simple acronym to define the genre of electronic dance music, yet in Europe the outpouring of frustration, bitterness and even betrayal over what EDM represents is palpable. There is an element of smug Europeanism in play, but ultimately, the visceral reaction against the ‘EDM’ explosion comes from the sinking feeling that a movement that changed the lives of millions and was critically built from the ground up is being co-opted and exploited by corporations and the mass media.
an infinitely more
events like the Electric Daisy Carnival from Las Vegas and despair over the shameless DJ antics on stage at Miami Ultra. We watch producers who should never have been let near a live performance outstretch their arms like the Second Coming, plaster an ejaculatory look on their faces and furiously fake some theatric knob twiddling. We stare out over stadiums full of white middle class youth that would have been listening to commercial rock 20 years ago and await a formulaic headbanging drop. But have we learned anything at all about what is really going on within American dance music culture, or are we merely falling into a trap set by the media and our own cynicism?
Who is to say that in the back streets of Vegas, there aren’t basements throbbing to the sound of raw authenticity until we’ve actually been there to check it out? Therein lies the problem, someone who has only ever heard of David Guetta won’t know to look beyond the main stages and someone who considers themselves a die-hard member of the underground won’t go near the event as they have judged it on how it is presented. This is a key issue, people from within niche scenes are allowing themselves to write off whole swathes of dance music culture without ever having set foot in the places in question and in doing so, are permitting the media’s stamp on truth to prevail. It is a surrender to assumption and the very forces of corporate illusion that we claim to so cannily oppose.
it tells us about
politics why do
we believe it when
it tells us about the
current state of
BBC coverage of the
event you would instantly
dismiss it as a
bland pop festival