Just joined this forum because me and a few mates are planning on going to BM in 2012 and this thread caught my eye. Now I am a bit of a festival lover and average atleast 4 festivals a year and from reading this persons post I am wondering if they have deliberately compared what is probably your best festival with our worst festival. To give you a short rundown on what Reading is, its a 3 day concert for people of around 14-19 who have just got their test results or just want to get away from the parents for a weekend. And as a result chaos usually ensures.
I remember I got a day ticket there a couple of years back to see Radiohead and it was bloody horrible. As soon as i walked through the gate someone kicked a bottle at me and laughed, the whole place was covered in litter, everybody looked miserable and if there wasn't a band on your only option was to sit around a camp site and wait for something to happen. Then at the end of evening everybody would burn strangers tents and generally act like twats. To this day it is definatly the worst festival you could possibly attend in the UK. Lots of horrible people, listening to really horrible music, in a really horrible field next to Reading town centre.
I think a better comparison to the difference in festival communities could be better explained if it was compared to something like Glastonbury or something alot smaller like Glade (which apparently is very much inspired by BM).
I'll stop this rant now before you get bored of me already by saying, please don't think all UK festivals are like Reading. We do love an excuse to get wasted in Britain but we also know how to run makeshift communities... Afterall we have been more successful at it :P :wink: