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We made it, how fast are the weeks flying by at the moment? Soon it will be summer and the festival season will be starting. Which festivals are you thinking about going to? having survived the downpours last year at Glade and Glastonbury I am trying a different approach and leaving it all until September when its more or less guaranteed sunshine.

Yes, I’m talking about Bestival 2008 in the Isle of Wight.  Bestival began in 2004 and is organised by “Rob da Bank” who also runs associated record label Sunday Best. Bestival is known for its non corporate feel and many say that it feels like Glastonbury once did. Highlights this year are  My Bloody Valentine, Amy Winehouse, Underworld, Aphex Twin, CSS, Hot Chip, Will Young, The Coral, Sugarhill Gang, The Breeders, George Clinton, Gary Numan, The Human League and 808 State.

I am personally looking forward to seeing Hot Chip, Laurent Garnier (3 hour set!!!), Underworld, Carl Craig, Justin Robertson and The Sugarhill Gang. I am also looking forward to sitting in the sun with crazy party people who aren’t just Guardian reading tourists

Increasing commercialism and the apparent need to attract “younger” people to Glastonbury has been its undoing this year. The first nail in the coffin was the rain in 2007 which killed it for many people. When it was announced that Jay Z would be headlining this year it was an easy choice for many to boycott this years Glasto. The thought of sharing Glastonbury with a bunch of chavs playing music out loud on their mobiles really did not appeal.

However, it all seems to have backfired, the Jay Z effect has damaged ticket sales, with ~35,000 remaining, when in the past tickets sold out in a matter of hours. I don’t think it is anything to do with the fact that Glasonbury is predominantly a middle class and white festival. Cypress Hill and Del La Soul (who were shit) have headlined in the past. Maybe Glasto, like everything else that becomes popular is just suffering from the long awaited backlash and is a victim of its own success.

In recent years the organisers of Glastonbury have  packed more and more people in to the point where it became unbearable at times. Inflation seems to have attacked Glasto too, with prices going through the roof meaning that you need something in the order of £300-£400 at least to get through the 3-4 days. Having been to Glasto on and off for the past 13 years, I think its time for me to move on.

Have fun whatever you do this summer.