Commentary

The Great Glastonbury Cleanup

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If you care about the environment, and I know I do, then you’ll be pleased to note that they have been able to clean up the site of this year’s Glastonbury Festival in what seems like record time:

[This has been] one of Glastonbry's greenest festivals in years. 

The clean up after Glastonbury Festival 2019 is 90% complete according to organiser Emily Eavis who has described it as a “massive improvement” on the last.

According to The Guardian, this year’s clean-up is expected to be complete in 4 weeks thanks to the continued good weather. In 2017, it looks teams over 6 weeks to complete the clean-up operation.

On Tuesday, Eavis published a post on Instagram saying that this year, “93.3% of all tents were taken home” after analysing the results of an Ariel site photograph before and after the event.

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I’ve yet to figure out how you can abandon a tent, but it makes sense. You spend four or five days throwing up in one, why take it with you?

Learning From Loss

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Pete Tong speaks about the death of Avicii, and he makes points I never would have considered:

Veteran club DJ Pete Tong has called for more emotional support for artists and DJs working in electronic music.

Speaking at the annual International Music Summit (IMS) in Ibiza, Pete called Avicii - who died aged 28 in April "one of the most talented and successful artists of his generation".

"The warp factor speed of his breakthrough fueled by the adrenaline rush and global connectivity of social media ensured that Tim’s feet never touched the ground," said Pete.

"Tim had no training, there was no apprenticeship...He’d not even had a proper job."

Pete called the Avicii - whose name was Tom Bergling - story "unique - it's the perfect storm in the sense that few will ever be that young and that talented, making the right music, at precisely the time when a world wide musical movement is about to explode."

He added: "Given they way it turned out I hope we never see it again - BUT his death has put the spotlight firmly back on our profession - The Life of a DJ ".

The article goes on to explain that the Electronic Music industry doesn't really have any kind of support network or infrastructure for artists who need help or suffer from a litany of problems related to being successful in their field. There's a real lack of awareness for communities that exist on the fringe. I suppose you could say this about any number of musical genres or fields of artistic endeavor, but what caught my attention was that this wasn't really an idea that was explored when the death of this artist was announced. He was young, he was talented, he was an innovator but he was "troubled" and that's why he died.

Well, don't tell me he had troubles. Tell me what could have been done to help him and save him and keep him around.