Yesterday I was at the Download Scotland festival on Glasgow Green to see Iggy and The Stooges (Mike Watt on bass!!). There was a big area in front of the stage which you could only get access to with a wristband, and you had to be one of the first 3000 people through the gates to get one. It meant that everyone else was forced to be miles back, which was No Fun. I was thinking about how much the arrangement sucked when it occurred to me that I've not been to many outdoor festival type events, and I've never really worried about getting right down the front before. Is it common? I suppose it's good for safety reasons - easier to prevent crushing accidents when there's a limited number of people in the area, and the marketing people probably *love* it. It's frustrating when all the eager kids have vacated the area because they've never heard of the Stooges and they want to save their energy for Linkin Park, leaving a huge gap in the middle of the field and a bunch of die-hard Stooges fans stuck miles from the stage though. Watt worked the thud stick good; I also saw Machine Head, The Distillers and Lost Prophets, but decided I couldn't be bothered with Linkin Park and headed home in time for a warm mug of cocoa and the shipping forecast.