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Thread #112375   Message #2376814
Posted By: Chris Green
29-Jun-08 - 03:08 PM
Thread Name: Glastonbury English Folk Festival?...
Subject: RE: Glastonbury English Folk Festival?...
Why not indeed? However, as I've already pointed out, the final decision rests with Mr Eavis. You say if you were running Glastonbury, you'd book your favourite English acts plus a few others from elsewhere that you like listening to. So why not start your own festival? Then you'd have complete control over who did and didn't play and you'd get to hear all your favourite bands. Plus, if you made a bit of money out of it for yourself, then you'd actually have been paid to listen to them!

What I'm trying to get at is that Michael Eavis is not running Glastonbury as a public service for the good of the nation as a whole. He's running it as a private initiative for a variety of reasons. As it is a private initiative, one of its main motivations is to make money for the organiser. Accordingly, he's gonna book bands who will pull in lots of people. Regrettably, not many trad English folk bands fit into this category.

All festivals have to turn a profit to survive. Most folk festivals, being run and staffed by volunteers, will plough that profit into making next year bigger and better. Maybe Michael Eavis does the same. Maybe he keeps it all in a mattress under his bed. Maybe he blows it all on the horses. I don't know as it's not my business how he runs his festival or who he books. And guess what? It's not your business either....