Blur's Alex James says 'a lot of festivals don't stand for anything'

Despite this, Blur bassist is hosting his own live music and food bash this weekend

Blur's Alex James says 'a lot of festivals don't stand for anything'

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Blur's Alex James has claimed that a lot of today's festivals "don't stand for anything".

The bassist/cheesemaker has teamed up with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to put on his own food and live music bash, The Big Feastival, which takes place tomorrow (August 30) and Sunday (September 1) at James's farm in the Cotswolds.

Despite this, James is now arguing that the summer festival season has become too crowded. "When Blur started there were only two festivals – Glastonbury and Reading. They were part of a threatening counter-culture, and my mum looked really concerned when I first told her Blur were playing at Glastonbury," he told the Daily Star. "But now festivals are the acceptable face of gap year culture. There are too many of them, and a lot of them don't stand for anything."

The Big Feastival's line-up includes family-friendly acts such as Basement Jaxx, The Feeling, KT Tunstall and Rizzle Kicks – as well as numerous food markets and the chance to visit 'Alex's Cheese Hub'.

Explaining what the event is about, James said: "Music, food and family are the things I care most about, and that's what The Big Feastival stands for. Despite having Basement Jaxx and massive chefs I guarantee the biggest thing will be the giant haystack we have for the kids to play in."

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