I experienced my first music festival at the age of eighteen in a certain Kinross field. It was a weekend lived through beer goggles, and one I look back on through rose-tinted ones. The ticket was the first ‘real’ thing I’d paid for with my own money; my mum had loaned me the initial cost, and I paid her back on a monthly basis out of my meagre part-time wages. I had never held any interest in going on a post-high school beach holiday, but a festival? Count me in.
Cat Acheson responds to claims that high tuition fees are killing off student bands
A recent Guardian article observed that because of high tuition fees and financial pressures, student bands ain’t what they used to be. Where is the present-day answer to the likes of Queen and Pink-Floyd, who began playing together at university? Apart from a smattering of exceptions such as Alt-J and Coldplay, there’s a distinct lack of student bands taking their sound from humble student-bar beginnings to huge stadiums around the world. There are many possible explanations for this, no doubt including the increased pressure to get value for your money at uni by clinching the best degree possible at the expense of creative pursuits. But this is surely not the end of the issue.
T in the Park. Scotland’s biggest music festival. And, in a turn up for the books, this year it will actually feature some big Scottish names. With Biffy Clyro set to headline the Friday, and Calvin Harris at long last getting his chance as a main stage headliner, the local lads are doing well. And the Scottish talent features right the way through the bill. With CHVRCHES, Paolo Nutini, Jake Bugg, Franz Ferdinand and Twin Atlantic already announced and the promise of much more still to come, this could be the year that T in the Park goes back to being a festival with integrity and a reputation for being all about the music, rather than the embarrassing money circus that last year’s 20th birthday celebration heralded.