Okay so you didn’t make it to Glastonbury this year and T in the Park is too expensive. Luckily enough for us technology has advanced enough for us home festival fans to watch the popular music concerts live from the comfort of our own living room. Or have they?
When the BBC gave us the iPlayer platform to receive the Glastonbury experience from home, I quickly jumped on the bandwagon to make sure I wasn’t missing out on all the fun. As a lover of live music I made sure that I didn’t miss any of the live performances that were being televised or broadcast via BBC Radio 1 in the hope that I was going to get the same, if not better quality than the people who were actually at Glastonbury.
Yes, bar all the mud and the mosh pits I had geared myself right up so I could get in the festival mood and watch performances from Ellie Goulding, Paolo Nutini, London Grammar, Sam Smith and Dolly Parton all in a fantastic BBC expectant quality.
Except the quality wasn’t what I expected it to be, not the first time this has happened, but I have found that home viewers get a rather difference experience when viewing a live stream. When a band like The Black Keys were on for example, the camera man decided that they would pan the camera out to the back of the audience, meaning that all I could see were raving drunk fans and their ridiculously tall flags bobbing up and down and not the actual artist in question perform. Hardly 20 seconds into the song and the camera person thought it would be best to get a rather wide shot of the arena.
Now, if I wanted to see the diameter of the concert venue then I would have gone to the festival and brought a measuring tape with me, but instead I wanted to be able to get the best seat in the house and watch some live music form the comfort of my room. But it appeared that, that was not going to happen, I wanted to get the live experience but with better BBC quality, so that I could just watch the musicians and ignore the rest of the screaming fans.
Turning to the radio, thinking that may be better, all being it without the visuals, at least I could hear the music being played live. Guess again, I had similar issues, not only could I hear the screams but the DJ’s were including their bit as well commentating during the performances.
I understand it’s live and the BBC want everyone to feel as if they are there and get the true festival experience, but next time when I want to watch live streaming of a music festival I will wait and watch the edited version, meaning that the rubbish will be cut and you don’t have to see all the fans waving at the camera etc.
What do you think? Would you rather experience a music festival by getting down and dirty? Or, by sitting at home with your feet up and a cuppa?