Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Hyde Park Music Festival

It was a delight to have been invited to the music festival in Hyde Park this past weekend. Courtesy of Kevin Gossett, I was lucky enough to have the privilege of being his plus one on The Killers guest list. The lineup included such acts as The Silversun Pickups, Metric, The Hallowing Bells, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Kooks and The Killers.

With only two stages for the bands to share, the remainder of the festival grounds was compiled of food and beverage stands. It was surprising not to see the typical jewelry, incense, homemade clothing, etc., vendors that are usually sprinkled all over music festivals.

Something else that stood out was the litter strewn all over the place. Alcohol was permitted anywhere within the festival as long as it was served in a plastic bottle or cup. The problem with this, as it is in most of London, is the lack of trash receptacles in which to place the empty containers. Although there were several large trash bins, most people found it more convenient to throw their rubbish on the ground including their half-eaten food. It was surprising to see just how careless people could be when it came to cleaning up after themselves. The place looked like a wasteland at the end of the night.

The music itself was fantastic. The sound quality was also excellent. Metric was one of the best acts of night and has acquired yet another fan. Overall, the evening was a blast but I felt extremely fortunate I didn’t have to pay the outrageous price being asked. Thanks again, Kevin!

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