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Op-Ed: Glastonbury festival fun as always

By Richard van der Draay     Jul 6, 2008 in Lifestyle
There was much speculation this year concerning the question whether Glastonbury music festival would be a success, considering its headline act was Jay-Z, whose urban genre was deemed less suitable for a vast outdoor festival venue.
In the event most people seemed to enjoy the artists on offer. Glastonbury is Europe's biggest music festival and has been going for decades. Ever since its early heady days in the seventies, the festival has had an alternative feel and a genuine rock bias. So, the choice of Jay-Z as the main act was a daring one, and in some people's minds a foolish one. Some argued that an urban, hip-hop style act would not suit an outdoor venue of this magnitude. I suppose they wanted to take a chance and experiment with their choice of headliner. It cannot be denied that urban music is very popular these days and the festival's organisers must have felt that warranted reflecting in the line-up.
Not one to join in the mud fest that invariably ensues when it rains during the festival, I watched some footage on the television of the amazing but troubled Amy Winehouse. She seemed a bit better controlled than during some appearances in the recent past, and in spite of her wonderful voice and obvious talent, it is strange to see her perform. It is not unlike watching a car crash in progress. She seems be in the tradition of Billie Holiday. Immensely talented but deeply tormented and engaged in drug addiction; an habitual rehab customer.
Glastonbury is music and lifestyle rolled in to one. I am sure that most people will have enjoyed the fun and games as usual. Located in lovely Somerset, a stone's throw from Bristol, it is the perfect venue for a few days of music, relaxation and partying. Long may it continue!
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