glasto is a good way to play catch up, but pleased to discover i know more current pop songs than i thought i did. e.g. i do quite like griff but she sounds just a bit too much like a lot of other artists out at the moment.
went to see megan thee stallion (it was that or stay with my friends and go to MC Cartney) i found it quite confrontational, honestly speaking. kind of used to it in america i guess but it felt different seeing it in the UK surrounded by quite a lot of 14 year old english girls who know all the words. have already gone on about it at length to mates but found it a thought provoking thing, essentially the sex as power thing, the inversion and exaggeration of the rap suck my dick thing, the surgically massive arses, the combination of all these elements, and also the way that you doubt your impressions of it coz of your position, how you are some geezer slagging off how a black woman presents sex - all of these things meant that i got a lot out of it. its weird to have that feeling of disapproval and to mull over that
pretty convinced as well that the current iteration of the glastonbury thing has more in common with a pilgrimage than it does with going to see a gig. there's a reason why it's so popular and while i think the music is a component, i think it's also a kind of justifying excuse, that actually the communality of it all, how difficult it is on your body in one way or another, that is what makes people keep going. the parallel to hajj (not that i've ever been) occurred to me on the bus there just because of the similarities in the ticketing process (there are nowhere near enough to go round so people feel lucky when they get one, even if they can afford it no problem), and similarities kept jumping out at me as the weekend went on
i guess the other thing of interest to me that fits dissensus' interests is the difference between what people are saying about glastonbury when you're there, what the experience is actually like, and the popular discourse around it (on the BBC and in the guardian reviews). they feel like quite different things.
slightly separate to the above, i hadn't thought about it before but it is really striking how some parts of the festival must be really attractive to the BBC simply because they're so visually dramatic, like Arcadia, which is an enormous metal fire-breathing spider, that the festival presumably prevents them from broadcasting. the temple as well to some extent