Festival bosses retell their favourite tales at Festival Conference

John Giddings, John Probyn, James Barton do the entertaining

Festival bosses retell their favourite tales at Festival Conference

Photographer: Sara BowreyDan Davies on 19 November 2010

A packed room were treated to over an hour of anecdotes starting with the promoters’ own dubious past.

Stories such as John Giddings stealing a Hillman Imp to take to a festival then sold it on the way home. And Cream’s James Barton experiencing his first festival as a ticket tout.

But Barton was eventually on the other side relating a story of how a co-promoter waited until the sun came out before he broke the news that they’d overspent by £200,000.

Together with Probyn they retold Creamfields stories such as a group of rapscallions making a homemade bazooka with some guttering and a bunch of fireworks.

John Probyn went on to tell stories of how a tantrum by Axel Rose slipping over led to a how a full scale riot at Download whilst John Giddings told of run ins with “miserable fuckers” Morrissey, Ray Davies, Lou Reed, Van Morrison and Richard Ashcroft.

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