Festival bosses retell their favourite tales at Festival Conference
John Giddings, John Probyn, James Barton do the entertaining
Dan Davies - 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.