On A Rope


Tomorrow I should have been heading up to Manchester to catch  San Diegans Rocket From The Crypt play for the first time since 1996. Twenty long years and now still waiting.

Unfortunately this weekends ATP (All Tomorrow’s Parties) festival was scrapped less than seven days beforehand. Officially it’s down to costs and a lack of advance ticket sales. Reading between the lines the promoter appears to be a bit on the unscrupulous side and it appears to be a regular thing with the guy.

I did have a ticket for their show at Manchester’s Gorilla venue a few years back, but with a combination of stupidly early wake up calls for work and feeling under the weather I didn’t go. In recent years their trips here haven’t been exactly prolific so not going was a huge regret.

This cancellation is becoming quite a trend here for UK festivals. Those that do go ahead suffer from real abject turn outs and lose so much money and never make it the following year (F.O.A.D., ‘Kin Hell Fest, Hevy and Ghostfest are a few recent examples).

Or they just appear to be competing for the same spare £150 that other major festivals are. There has been no Sonisphere Festival here since 2011, apparently due to them “not being able to deliver the quality headline acts that we deserve”. It has gone on religiously on mainland Europe every year, but not here.

Sometimes it feels like there is a two or three day festival somewhere in the country every weekend during the summer, but compared to some European festivals we do seem extremely over priced. As an example, Into The Grave festival in Leeuwarden,Holland, is a one stage two day event. Headlined by Slayer on Friday and Kreator on Saturday. For both days €55 (about £44) a ticket to see eight or nine quality bands on the Saturday it’s a measly €15! A day ticket for our biggest festivals here, Download and Reading, are £80+. I think Bloodstock for a day is around the £50 mark.

I think UK festivals need to concentrate on quality over quantity. Give me the days of the old Monsters of Rock events. One stage and eight or nine bands. You get to see every minute from every band if that’s what you want to do and no hikes between five stages to glimpse a few minutes of other bands. Oh, and keep the cost reasonable. Football fans have complained about excessive pricing structures lately and received a partial victory, but music fans appear to accept the ticketing prices and extortionate fees added on top.

And relax.

On A Rope is taken from the bands stunning Scream, Dracula, Scream! album from 1995. This song has been their highest UK singles chart entry to date, peaking at number 12. I can’t find a YouTube link to the proper, all singing and all dancing official video, so see how this Daily Motion link works.

 

 


  

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