Correction of “Updates on Día de la Música 2013”
Yesterday we published an article regarding the cancelling of Spiritualized, formerly in the line-up of Día de la Música 2013, taking place next days June 21st and 22nd on the past Friday, and today was the official press-conference of the event organization. (Here is the note, at the Event’s website.)
As expected, they won’t return the money for the tickets. Instead, DDM promoters will give you back half the money you paid for them. This will make a hypothetical second-hand selling of the entry passes even harder, i.e. they are basically forcing you to go, lowering the profits a bit but cleaning up their image a bit.
Despite being less incorrect than just doing nothing in front of such relevant cancellation in a festival with little more to offer, we would like to give the correct info to our readers without denying our opinion: it was not well done, the final line-up is rather poor and many people only bought the ticket because of the British act now canceled and wouldn’t do it now, even for those €30 tickets cost today.
Let’s see, however, if we can have a good time. Bolachas’ tip? Don’t miss Waxahatchee!
Updates on Día de la Música 2013 @ Matadero Madrid
And now for something (more serious and) completely different. So, here’s the thing: a couple of weeks ago, we posted about this festival which is happening approximately 20 days from now and was featuring some good artists, though mainly “small”/new acts, which despite being good are watchable in some more affordable events — but there was that artist, Spiritualized, which makes you think the ugliest, more unattractive festival is always worthy. That’s what happened with Día de la Música.
Tickets initially cost €40, then the price was raised to €50, and it was reasonable to say yes to it, via Spiritualized with the other interesting acts, even if the line-up also featured Spanish group Lori Meyers.
Then there was this day, Friday May 30th, when the organizer says (via Twitter, without even making a press release right away; fucking jerks!!!): “Yey! We are now announcing fresh names! Here’s the first one for ya: Spiritualized ain’t makin’ it to Día de la Música, and now here’s a bunch of stuff about which no one cares (in 2013), like These New Puritans :)))”. It may even not be their fault, but the least they could do was justify it a little bit or…
One may think that to watch The Fall plus Darkstar, Waxahatchee, Autre Ne Veut, et cetera it is decent to pay €40-50. It is! The problem is that many people bought the ticket (an anticipated one, in a awkward maneuver where 1000 tickets were sold in a day, and the other 1000 took several weeks to sell, huh?), or even the one with the raised price thinking that one of the best bands of all time was going to the festival. More: the date chosen to announce the removing of Jason “Spaceman” Pierce’s band from the line-up couldn’t be worse as it was late, it was the same day they were announcing those names — making us think that it could have been a swap of artists, who knows? — and the people of good were having a great time at a Festival with capital ‘F’ called Optimus Primavera Sound, with a View with capital ‘V’ over the Atlantic Ocean at Porto.
What was the polite and tasteful thing to do? To say: well folks, we’re sorry, we are not here to fool you, so if you don’t think you want to come, we’ll give you the money you paid for it. And then maybe I would say “Ok, never mind, we’ll go the same, it might as well be fun”. Not this crappy “hehe, got ya, now y’all comin’ anyhow unless y’all can sell them tickets for €60. Both of ‘em.
Screw you, Día de la Música :)
P.S.: real festivals like Primavera (Barcelona’s and Porto’s), when they cancel a name, one that, despite important, wasn’t that desired but the whole public, like Rodriguez, among tons of huge acts, do accept the return of the tickets.
!!!EDIT!!! As said in this new post, the organization of the Festival will return half the money you paid for the ticket if you bought it until today, June 4th.
Día de la Música 2013!
Día de la Música – the Madrilenian urban festival which has in the past few years brought very relevant international indie acts such as Destroyer, St. Vincent, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and The xx; but also hugely acclaimed Spanish ones like Sr. Chinarro, Delorean and Hola a Todo el Mundo – will take place a month and a half from now.
This year, the organization started by confirming one of the greatest bands of all time, and one of the most loved around here, British space-rock group Spiritualized, along with post-punk legends The Fall; The Horrors and others, and again one of our favorite indie acts of current Spanish scene Hola a Todo el Mundo, plus Extraperlo (Continental Breakfast om nom nom). On past April 25th we have been awarded with quite a few more interesting names, such as the new Scout Niblett, Waxahatchee, Yeasayer-sound-alike’s Autre Ne Veut, and decent-Animal-Collective-in-2013, English trio Darkstar. Awesome.
On June 21st and 22nd, first two days of summer 8) – and what a hot summer it is in Madrid –, the mentioned above and more (and more to come yet) will play at Matadero, a nice venue near the center of the city. Passes for both days currently cost €50 and single-day tickets are available for €30.
Like we always say: being able to, go!
Bolachas’ Top 40 Albums of 2012
Check this out, a best of 2012 list that actually wasn’t posted until the year ended! A typical characteristic of a list like this - composed of the individual lists of some people whose music tastes I enjoy enough to ask them to contribute to the blog - is a certain conservatism (although there are some newcomers ranking pretty high, like Hundred Waters, Purity Ring, alt-J or Point Reyes) with some albums that manage to sneak into the top 10 despite not being the artists’ top moments (GY!BE, Spiritualized, Andrew Bird). Was 2012 that boring or are we the boring ones who only listen to boring music? Have your say in the comments section and post your own lists. Enough with the small talk…