yep. third year in a row. We were umming & ahing this year, after the Sigur Ros headliner (my fave) and Flaming Lips (missus's fave). This year, whilst i understand what a coup it is to get Sufjan Stevens, we are both not too THAT fussed. BUT....the undercard is REALLY strong. SO.....we bought tickets for that too...
er....yeah. You will love it. Its very similiar in style & feel to Green Man. Lots of ales & good food. The setting isnt as stunning as GM, but is STILL quite beautiful. An added 'advantage' is that you can take your own booze into the 'arena' sections (although, to be honest, there isnt that much need to 'sneek' it into GM's areas either....), they have flushing portaloos. Thats right. Portaloos that flush like a proper toilet does. They. are. AMAZING! The '****' quota (i.e. the 'chatters'. The drunken arseholes. And the like) is very small, possibly even less than Green Man.
Mrs P. hasn't been to GM (or any festival) since the deluge of 2008, but fancied having another go. Daughter and I decided that rather than risk upsetting our well established dynamic at GM we should book another festival as well, and EOTR looked to be the best candidate.
The plan was to have a more sedate time, catching up on some of the acts we've missed at GM and enjoying the general ambience of the festival rather than dashing between stages. However, the more I listen to the line-up the more I'm adding to the must-see list!
As far as I'm concerned the headliners and top-billers are pretty pants, but i agree with you on the undercard, so it might be busy days and relaxed nights.
The important thing is to get the two festivals principle established
I'd like to get to Lunar at some point too, also Indietracks and 2000 Trees.
If I survive to my 50th birthday at the end of next year, my present to myself will be a solo festival. Was thinking of an overseas one, but unless I so for something like SXSW the most appealing ones are in the UK. And if I'm saving money on travel, perhaps I could do two
Its perfect for me. I get to see Low and Mark Lanegan as headliners on the Garden stage! Sunday night not so good, but we have to leave at some point sunday night anyways, so its not too much of a drag. The stages are also a lot closer to each other at EOTR. So, you can both have a sedate, relaxed time AND get to watch yr 'must sees' too.
Ive never done Lunar or Indietracks. 2000trees, however, is a lovely little festival. They also do combined tickets with Arc Tan Gent, which ALWAYS looks great....if you like that post math rock type of thing. course, it IS the same days as Green Man....
As for a foreign festival to do on your own, i can heartily recommend Primavera in Barcelona. Its very cheap, the line up is always high quality....its a little 'commercial' (LOTS of coke ads. OR Sony. Or Heinekin. etc), but its a great atmos. Lots of english speakers too. And Barcelona is a LOVELY city, which is reasonably priced too. Course, there is no camping....which means having to get a hotel room. But.......you know....your only 50 once.
Yup, it'll be Low and Mark Lanegan for me too, and Laura Marling on the Sunday.
I'll be spending very little time at the Woods Stage, and lots at the Garden.
I have been considering Primavera either in Barcelona or Porto. I've been to Barcelona many times and love it, and Porto is high on the list of places I want to visit. Ironically I kind of like the idea of camping on site and being totally immersed in the festival rather than staying in a soulless hotel. Although as it's only somewhere to crash for the night I don't suppose it matters that much. I'll certainly keep it under consideration.
Someone, I think from this group on the official forum mentioned a couple of years ago a festival which is so small that the farmer comes around with firewood? I tried hunting for a mention of it last night on the official board, but gave up. I'm also looking for another small rural festival.
I do recall that one being mentioned mojopearl. Would it have been Farmer Phil's, or is it just the mention of a farmer that is making me think that?
We use to love the Trowbridge Village Pump in its old location. It ran into difficulty and didn't run for a couple of years. Since it restarted I've never fancied the line-up, location, or cost so have given it a miss.
Indietracks is the small one that I most fancy myself.