Bruce Dickinson Calls Glastonbury 'The Most Bourgeois Thing On The Planet'
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.19.2014
It's too middle class...
The Daily Telegraph reports that Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson has criticized the Glastonbury festival, which will have its 44th edition this year, for being too "middle class". He added that Iron Maiden weren't interested in performing there, instead choosing to perform at Sonisphere at Knebworth Park in Hertfordshire in July.
He said: "In the days when Glasto was an alternative festival it was quite interesting. Now it's the most bourgeois thing on the planet. Anywhere Gwyneth Paltrow [the actress] goes and you can live in an air-conditioned yurt is not for me. We'll leave the middle classes to do Glastonbury and the rest of the great unwashed will decamp to Knebworth and drink lot of beer and have fun."
Metallica will headline this year's event, which begins next week and will be attended by over 100,000 people. Tickets are on sale for £210 ($357). This is different compared to when the first festival at Worthy Farm was called the Pilton Pop, Blues and Folk Festival. Tickets were a dollar and only 1,500 people attended. Glastonbury now has several VIP areas where guests can pay thousands of dollars to sleep in yurts with air beds instead of a tent in the field.
This year also features new £600,000 ($1,022,781) ‘super loos', with portable toilets getting replaced by about 5,000 long-drop and composting toilets which cost about £20,000 ($34,092) each. Other new features include mobile phone charge points, cash-free food stalls and 4G service from EE.
One change isn't about the money. Glastonbury's 90ft Left Field Tower is now called the Tony Benn Tower, named after the Labor politician who revealed it in 2004. Benn died in March.