Opinion

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?

Will There Be a Third Verve Reunion?

If you count the band's temporary disintegration in 1995, and the 2007 comeback, we're due for a third reunion by The Verve. Given that the return of Richard Ashcroft yielded a good but not great album that did not set the charts on fire, this news seems to be a pretty good indication that the band will come together yet again:

On September 9th UMC release expanded editions of The Verve’s seminal first two albums A STORM IN HEAVEN and A NORTHERN SOUL.

Both remastered by Chris Potter (co-producer of the band’s Urban Hymns) at Metropolis studios, the albums feature previously unreleased and never-heard-before tracks, E.P. and B-sides material and BBC sessions.

Both albums are presented as 3CD box sets (A Storm In Heaven also contains a bonus DVD) and both come with booklets featuring new interviews and previously unseen photos. Limited edition vinyl versions will also be released in faithful reproductions of the original packaging.

The reissue of their masterpiece, Urban Hymns, should follow shortly. In 2017, that album turns the magical age of twenty in September of that year. Having sold over ten million copies, there's a lot of incentive to give it a real celebration. If they went on a short tour of England and Europe, and played the whole thing live, it would be a huge event.

UPDATE: I went and retrieved this from the archives because it strikes me as being both possible and impossible that the Verve might get back together. I thought for certain that there would be a commemoration of Urban Hymns, but nothing came of it.

To be fair, the last two Richard Ashcroft solo albums have not set the world on fire in terms of sales or impact. At some point, the dam has to break.