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Re: Anyone going to Cheltenham ?...

Post by theraven1979 » 01 Jun 2014, 10:33

Jeeze - what did you do?!

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I would like to apologise to anyone I offended with my behaviour at the gig last night. I could just blame it on medication and alcohol but that is no excuse.
Re my last post, I believe children are our future and if people want to bring their beautiful babies to the front of a stranglers gig they should be allowed to do so without worrying about drunken oafs knocking into them.
Again I'm sorry and I will be driving to stranglers gigs from now on (no matter how close they are) and carry on just drinking lemonade as I usually do.
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Re: Anyone going to Cheltenham ?...

Post by ThruBeingCool » 01 Jun 2014, 20:06

jeanjacketburnel wrote: Re my last post, I believe children are our future and if people want to bring their beautiful babies to the front of a stranglers gig they should be allowed to do so without worrying about drunken oafs knocking into them
I disagree strongly. Personally, I think that taking a very young kid down to the front of a rock gig is totally irresponsible. And a little bit self indulgent. I saw a bloke with his granddaughter ( kitted up in a Stranglers t shirt) right on the barrier showing off his trophy to JJ! This was a baby for fucks sake... And surprise, surprise the kid started screaming. No need for it.

And what is everyone else supposed to do? Not have a dance and a bit of rough and tumble just because some self centred, irresponsible arsehole wants a bit of recognition? I've seen this scenerio on numerous occasions and quite frankly these people make me wanna puke.....like the bands give a fuck anyhow.

If you're gonna take kids to a gig, keep them safe..I.e. Out of harms way! Which is not at the front of the stage.

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Re: Anyone going to Cheltenham ?...

Post by leskei » 01 Jun 2014, 20:17

ThruBeingCool wrote:
jeanjacketburnel wrote: Re my last post, I believe children are our future and if people want to bring their beautiful babies to the front of a stranglers gig they should be allowed to do so without worrying about drunken oafs knocking into them
I disagree strongly. Personally, I think that taking a very young kid down to the front of a rock gig is totally irresponsible. And a little bit self indulgent. I saw a bloke with his granddaughter ( kitted up in a Stranglers t shirt) right on the barrier showing off his trophy to JJ! This was a baby for fucks sake... And surprise, surprise the kid started screaming. No need for it.

And what is everyone else supposed to do? Not have a dance and a bit of rough and tumble just because some self centred, irresponsible arsehole wants a bit of recognition? I've seen this scenerio on numerous occasions and quite frankly these people make me wanna puke.....like the bands give a fuck anyhow.

If you're gonna take kids to a gig, keep them safe..I.e. Out of harms way! Which is not at the front of the stage.
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Re: Anyone going to Cheltenham ?...

Post by Homer » 01 Jun 2014, 22:39

ThruBeingCool wrote:
jeanjacketburnel wrote: Re my last post, I believe children are our future and if people want to bring their beautiful babies to the front of a stranglers gig they should be allowed to do so without worrying about drunken oafs knocking into them
I disagree strongly. Personally, I think that taking a very young kid down to the front of a rock gig is totally irresponsible. And a little bit self indulgent. I saw a bloke with his granddaughter ( kitted up in a Stranglers t shirt) right on the barrier showing off his trophy to JJ! This was a baby for fucks sake... And surprise, surprise the kid started screaming. No need for it.

And what is everyone else supposed to do? Not have a dance and a bit of rough and tumble just because some self centred, irresponsible arsehole wants a bit of recognition? I've seen this scenerio on numerous occasions and quite frankly these people make me wanna puke.....like the bands give a fuck anyhow.

If you're gonna take kids to a gig, keep them safe..I.e. Out of harms way! Which is not at the front of the stage.
I'll agree as well ..... people who take kids to the front are fools and should be reported to social services to be honest.
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Re: Anyone going to Cheltenham ?...

Post by shazzer » 02 Jun 2014, 07:31

ThruBeingCool wrote:OK, I admit it! I'm not a big fan of music festivals. Especially the smaller ones full of shit bands with only one or two interesting acts. They're full of people who don't particularly like music but just wanna dress up like clowns on a weekend and pretend that they're really groovy maaaan and dance to any old pile of shite that takes to the stage. They're also full of middle class kids called Lydia, over priced fast food stalls and beer that tastes like piss. They usually attract poor weather to boot. Welcome to Wynchwwood Festival 2014 then.

I wasn't interested in this at all especially after viewing the line up and considering that it would cost 40 quid for just a few hours. However, a good friend of mine insisted on taking me out for the night and it was an offer I just couldn't refuse. Friday night? Stranglers? Free?....Oh, go on then!

So, after a 2 hours or so drive through rush hour traffic we eventually arrived at Cheltenham Racecourse where this particular event was taking place. First impressions? Exactly what I expected - see first paragraph. Positives though, plenty of reasonably clean and working toilets...I still have nightmares about some of the ones I've experienced at festivals in days gone by. Also, the event seemed to have attracted a reasonable amount of people.

We arrived at the festival a couple of hours before The Stranglers were due on stage so we had time to kill. First port of call was to check out the stage where I found Shazzer & Beebop amongst others preparing to strut their funky stuff to the muzak of 80's disco band THE REAL THING! Or were they a 70's band? Can't remember. Anyway, it was good to meet some familiar faces and as we strolled around the site looking for a beer tent I kept chatting to anyone who was wearing a Stranglers T shirt. Its great to meet fellow fans, to talk about the old days and realise that you have a shared history. Stranglers fans are never strangers are they? Whilst exploring the area I heard someone shout "SPOONER!!!" - turned out to be another bunch of familiar faces including Chaka Khan and Nick Pryde (Noiseannoys on here) and others from the Wonky Bus crew. How nice to see you all!

After all that back slapping with the usual suspects it was time for a pint. FOUR POUNDS FUCKING FIFTY PENCE FOR A PINT OF FUCKING BASTARD HEINEKEN!!! OUT-FUCKING-RAGEOUS! IMHO.
This is an event that claims to be the best family festival in the UK. Or summat like that. Well, it wasn't just the beer that was over priced and I'm sure it would cost a small fortune to take a family to a festival like Wynchwood for 3 days. It's just a money making scam by greedy bastards who just ruin the spirit of a festival, again... imho.

Showtime eventually came and The Stranglers being the cutting edge band that they are treated us to a set almost completely made up of singles from the Mk1 era. I'm struggling to remember any track apart from 'Relentless' that wasn't post 1990..Ah yes! 'Norfolk Coast' was in there too.. 'Go Buddy Go' was a highlight and 'Thrown Away' definitely wasn't. I just can't stand the comedy act that comes with the latter, all that daft dancing. AND!..AND!..it's not even a fucking DISCO record? Doesn't even resemble anything that Chic, Earth Wind & Fire or Kool & The Gang ever recorded. Not that I'm an expert on disco I might add...ahem.

I suppose, on the whole The Stranglers delivered a set which, as safe as it was, suited this crowd perfectly. Observing the audience however I had the feeling that most hadn't a clue about who they were listening to or their music anyway. No point in someone like me criticising the set list either as I know the score regarding festival sets. The important thing is that The Stranglers entertained a new audience and the delivered the goods once again and received a warm response from the crowd at the end of their show. I guess everyone was a winner - which is what it's all about.
See ya next year Wynchwood! :smt006

btw. Whatever happened to that drummer in the band? Ya know..Jet wotshisname? Anyone remember him? Big bloke with a beard,grows tomatoes and makes his own furniture...? Oh, come on! You must know who I'm on about surely?
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Shock shock...I as I do most times,totally agree with everything in this post TBC xx

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Re: Anyone going to Cheltenham ?...

Post by Bag Lady » 02 Jun 2014, 08:25

I've checked with a couple of Lydias and this is apparently an accurate review. Good read, ta.

On the subject of kids down the front, the issue is parents taking them and then having to protect them: let them find their own way down there if they want to. To quote the highest authority on childcare that is Finding Nemo:


Marlin: How do you know if they're ready?

Crush: Well, you never really know, but when they know, you know, y'know?


The same goes for girlfriends...
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Re: Anyone going to Cheltenham ?...

Post by Greatkudu » 02 Jun 2014, 15:44

ThruBeingCool wrote:
jeanjacketburnel wrote: Re my last post, I believe children are our future and if people want to bring their beautiful babies to the front of a stranglers gig they should be allowed to do so without worrying about drunken oafs knocking into them
I disagree strongly. Personally, I think that taking a very young kid down to the front of a rock gig is totally irresponsible. And a little bit self indulgent. I saw a bloke with his granddaughter ( kitted up in a Stranglers t shirt) right on the barrier showing off his trophy to JJ! This was a baby for fucks sake... And surprise, surprise the kid started screaming. No need for it.

And what is everyone else supposed to do? Not have a dance and a bit of rough and tumble just because some self centred, irresponsible arsehole wants a bit of recognition? I've seen this scenerio on numerous occasions and quite frankly these people make me wanna puke.....like the bands give a fuck anyhow.

If you're gonna take kids to a gig, keep them safe..I.e. Out of harms way! Which is not at the front of the stage.
Totally agree,I personally loathe Family festivals and people who bring their babies etc.

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Re: Anyone going to Cheltenham ?...

Post by Boody » 06 Jun 2014, 11:03

Greatkudu wrote:
ThruBeingCool wrote:
jeanjacketburnel wrote: Re my last post, I believe children are our future and if people want to bring their beautiful babies to the front of a stranglers gig they should be allowed to do so without worrying about drunken oafs knocking into them
I disagree strongly. Personally, I think that taking a very young kid down to the front of a rock gig is totally irresponsible. And a little bit self indulgent. I saw a bloke with his granddaughter ( kitted up in a Stranglers t shirt) right on the barrier showing off his trophy to JJ! This was a baby for fucks sake... And surprise, surprise the kid started screaming. No need for it.

And what is everyone else supposed to do? Not have a dance and a bit of rough and tumble just because some self centred, irresponsible arsehole wants a bit of recognition? I've seen this scenerio on numerous occasions and quite frankly these people make me wanna puke.....like the bands give a fuck anyhow.

If you're gonna take kids to a gig, keep them safe..I.e. Out of harms way! Which is not at the front of the stage.
Totally agree,I personally loathe Family festivals and people who bring their babies etc.
With you on that as well. I'm not entirely convinced that open air festivals are the right forum for the Stranglers - not in terms of me getting maximum enjoyment, at least. I like the sweaty, dark, enclosed, slightly claustrophobic (and yes, child-free) atmosphere of somewhere like the Roundhouse. That's probably why two of my favourite MiB shows this year have been Rock City and Lille.
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Re: Anyone going to Cheltenham ?...

Post by Ravenette » 06 Jun 2014, 23:21

ThruBeingCool wrote:I disagree strongly. Personally, I think that taking a very young kid down to the front of a rock gig is totally irresponsible. And a little bit self indulgent. I saw a bloke with his granddaughter ( kitted up in a Stranglers t shirt) right on the barrier showing off his trophy to JJ! This was a baby for fucks sake... And surprise, surprise the kid started screaming. No need for it.

And what is everyone else supposed to do? Not have a dance and a bit of rough and tumble just because some self centred, irresponsible arsehole wants a bit of recognition? I've seen this scenerio on numerous occasions and quite frankly these people make me wanna puke.....like the bands give a fuck anyhow.

If you're gonna take kids to a gig, keep them safe..I.e. Out of harms way! Which is not at the front of the stage.
Agree completely. I wanna go to a gig not a creche!
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Re: Anyone going to Cheltenham ?...

Post by derby62 » 07 Jun 2014, 19:41

Nice review Barry and on the other point I agree totally mate

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Re: Anyone going to Cheltenham ?...

Post by pigeon » 24 Jun 2014, 11:18

Post of the year. A very good read Barry as always.

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