Listed above are some of the acts that have played at a summer festival that is held very near to where I live. I've listed the ones that I consider famous, but people that prefer rap or French bands might find some of the other acts that I haven't listed more their sort of thing. David Bowie was meant to play in 2004 but he had his heart problem and had to pull out.
Now wouldn't you think that I would have gone to see some of the best bands around today? It is a 15-minute drive from our house to the festival ground; it is well run and people come from all over France to be part of this event, the largest festival in France. It is called Vieilles Charrues which means Old Ploughs.
So why haven't I gone? I guess I like my comfort too much and little things would irk me somewhat, such as queuing for less than clean loos, being part of a huge crowd, the dirt and mud, if the band wasn't great live I might moan a bit - in general I've become a bit fixed in my ways.
When I was young and wayward I would hear my parents tell each other 'she'll get over it - it's only a phase'. Well, they were right - parents usually are but you never think so at the time. Years ago I went to quite a few summer festivals, usually having to travel a long way to get to them. I'd have been overjoyed to have one virtually on my doorstep.
I really must try and make an effort for 2009*. I could even get myself one of these, but imagine how I'd feel when they checked my bag at the entrance.
*Edit - I'm going to go to the festival this year and you can read about it here