At both the big festival type events I did this year, O2 Wireless and OCNYE, I seem to have impressed and pleasantly surprised some lurking journalists, despite their overall negative takeaway from the event. Here are a couple of very flattering reviews from OCNYE three nights ago:
This is significant to me because at these shows, the majority of the audience are non-committed going in (unlike my solo shows where it’s close to 100%, or the BT shows where it was roughly 50%). So there’s a lot more for me to gain, by sending people away as happily converted Dolby fans. Plus, given the evident perception of those journos prior to seeing me play, a lot of people are amazed that my stuff still sounds fresh and relevant today. So it’s gratifying to know I’m re-writing history, and wiping the slate clean. I really think this will benefit me when I eventually come out with new material.
With that in mind I put in a call to my European agent yesterday, and asked her to try to get me on the bill for a couple more European festivals this Summer. For starters she’s going to take a stab at T In The Park (Glasgow) and Oxegen (Dublin) in June. If those work out I hope to string a few other UK dates together, including possibly a return to the Scala in London which I enjoyed so much last summer.
The last time I attended a provincial rock festival as a punter it was Knebworth Park in about 1980. As for what these things are like nowadays I am at my agent’s mercy–I have a vague notion of hoardes of mud-diving inebriates pelting me with beer bottles, but that’s probably wrong. So if any of you Brits/Europeans have favorite summer festivals you think I’d go over well at, please let me know!