Thursday, March 22, 2007

Fun Lovin' Criminals: Glastonbury '99

The Glastonbury Music Festival, taking place in Somerset, England, UK, is the grandfather to American equivalents Bonnaroo and Coachella and has taken place almost every year since 1970. Anyone who's anyone has played this british festival over the years. The 2005 version completely sold out its allotment of 112,500 tickets in 3 hours and 20 minutes. That is impressive.

The 2007 festival will take place between June 22-24 with tickets going on sale April 1st at a cost of £145. Purchasers will have had to have pre-registered, including submission of a passport photo, during February. The registration process was extended to March 5th, as a reported 1,200 new registrations occurred every hour on February 28th, the original last day to register. I expect that we'll see similar measures taken here in the States pretty soon to help curb ticket scalping on the secondary market. People sneaking into the gates, counterfeit tickets, and outrageous prices have been a top news story coming out of Glastonbury for years.

Take a look at this live clip of the Fun Lovin' Criminals performing "Scooby Snacks" at Glasto in 1999. Even the too cool for school lead singer Huey can't help but smile at the unbelievable mass of people going mental and singing his lyrics back to him. This is the power of live music. If you've never heard this band's debut album Come Find Yourself, do yourself a favor and come find it. It's outstanding.

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