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Reading Festival comes around again

  Clapton is God 11:09 23 Aug 2019

I was horrified to see an article on the BBC website today about "Six must-see (c)rap artists at Reading and Leeds this year".

I went to the Reading Festival for several years during the 1970s when it was a festival featuring only real artistes and real music, hence its name - The National Jazz, Blues and Rock Festival.

So Reading and Leeds now feature this (c)rap music. What has the world come to??

  wee eddie 11:42 23 Aug 2019

Rap makes the "tills" ring. Bottom line is that a festival must, at the very least, cover its costs or even make a profit

  oresome 11:48 23 Aug 2019

Not something I'm interested in, but I am within earshot on occasions if the wind is in the right direction. I live several miles away from the Leeds festival.

The weather's looking good at the moment so I hope they all have an enjoyable and safe time there irrespective of the quality of the music.

  Pablo de Catio 14:17 23 Aug 2019

I would imagine that the organisers are there to attract a young audience with cash in their pocket, just as they did in your heyday. The older generation of the 70's would have tut tutted about the groups of that time.

I cannot imagine a large group of wrinkles with arthritic hips, perched on zimmer frames trying to look cool to the music of long ago. tic

  wee eddie 14:50 23 Aug 2019

Pablo - A bit like Glasto then!

  Quickbeam 16:10 23 Aug 2019

My first Reading was 1975, a classic vintage indeed.

My personal most influential band was Hawkwind that led to a lifelong love of weirdo rock!

  Quickbeam 18:16 23 Aug 2019


Did I! 18, first festival , strange substances, strange people, strange experiences, strange times...

  Quickbeam 19:18 23 Aug 2019

Stacia, the smell of what passed for food in the '70s, the smell of Tartan bitter, the smell of weed, the smell of petunia oil the smell of tens of thousands of 3 day unwashed... I remember it all like it was yesterday, strangely remembering yesterday is harder the older you get...

  Quickbeam 21:07 23 Aug 2019

I've just realised that it's taken 40 years to discover that what I thought was Petunia oil is actually Patchouli oil!

Or as we called it then, heavy metal perfume...

  Forum Editor 17:30 26 Aug 2019

"it was a festival featuring only real artistes and real music"

What do you think the older generation said about rock 'n roll, back in 1951, when Ike Turner and Jackie Brenston released 'Rocket 88' - the track that most rock historians say was the first rock 'n roll record?

They said much the same as you are saying about Rap music.

What you call real music was referred to as noisy, tuneless rubbish sixty years ago.

  Forum Editor 22:40 26 Aug 2019

As ever, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If we all liked the same music the world would be a very boring place.

It's not really such a good idea to refer to something as rubbish, simply because you don't like it yourself.

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