Counting down the hours till next summer and the advent of festival season 2015 already? Us too. In the meantime, we wanted to know everything about your festival experiences over the summer, from the bands you saw to the drugs you took. Here's a breakdown of how NME readers responded - in infographic form.
It's unlikely you'd describe The Rolling Stones as an "insignificant group" nowadays, isn't it? But the folks at The SSE Arena (formerly Wembley Arena) have sent us a fascinating document of pop's history, which you can see below: it's a letter from former NME executive Maurice Kinn, who was locked in negotiations with The Beatles' management team over NME's 1964 Poll Winners Party. The Beatles wanted to close the show; Kinn worried that their presence would cause a mass scrum. And so they thrashed out a deal for the Fab Four to appear earlier in the programme. "Dear John," it says.
The dust may have now settled on festival season 2014 but discussion continues to rage: are our festivals safe? Do weekenders abroad offer better value for punters and promoters alike? And are escalating ticket costs pricing regular people out of live outdoor music events? There were some big themes coming out of the UK's summer season.
There’s an eight-foot tall statue of Willie Nelson next to the Moody Theater in downtown Austin. This larger-than-life tribute to the "red headed stranger" commemorates his appearance on the 1974 pilot for ‘Austin City Limits’, a television show that would become famous across America. Performances like Tom Waits’ appearance in 1978 became the stuff of legend. The show also helped to gild Austin’s reputation as America’s capital of live music, so it was natural enough that in 2002 the show would spawn its own festival.
September was pretty a pretty good month for music, wasn't it? A bounteous crop of new music has sprung up over these past weeks, some of which we didn't even know existed this time last month: huge albums from big names such as Thom Yorke, Aphex Twin, Gerard Way and Jamie T. But what were the stand-out pieces of new music? Were there other treasures to plunder away from the big-hitters? Of course there were.