April 22, 2001 10:38

SHELLAC STAR BLASTS INDIE WHINGERS

Bob Weston hits back at festival detractors after organiser lashes out at "whining little bedwetters"...

SHELLAC STAR BLASTS INDIE WHINGERS
The ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES indie-fest has become embroiled in a bitter war of words between festival-goers and the event's promoter BARRY HOGAN, who branded some of the fiercest critics "whining little bedwetters" and "a bunch of c***s".

The row broke out on the festival's messageboard at www.alltomorrowsparties.co.uk, with Bob Weston from Shellac jumping to Hogan's defence.

Criticisms levelled at the event, which was this year curated by Tortoise, included security being heavy-handed, festival-goers being treated badly by the organisers and bands being kept at arm's length from the audience at the 2,500-capacity weekend event.

Seemingly losing patience with his detractors, Hogan had hit back saying, "There were a lot of miserable pricks there" and telling certain critics to "fuck off and don't come back".

Defending ATP on the Shellac mailing list, Weston said: "Having been to some of the big-British-festivals-in-field and then going to the past two ATPs, we in Shellac are really impressed... it's amazing." He praised the PA and the sound, the late-night bar, the diversity of bands chosen and the audience.

On the issue of security, he said: "Regardless of how cool the owners and managers of a security company are, the rank and file always seem to be a bit of a bummer. We plan on seeing if there's any way to make that better next year."

He also said: "As for the 'performers being out of reach of the general public', that is a crock too. That's one of the things we like about this festival. Both years I saw tons of performers in the crowd... Everyone at ATP seems like they're there for the right reasons - because they're music fans. Not because they're 'making the scene' or think it's important to 'be seen' at a particular concert by a critically important band etc. Buying tickets and getting to this place are not trivial matters, it's a real commitment, and so it seems to us that the people willing to make that commitment are not scenesters but true fans."

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