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Key Notes' Oxegen Overview

Jul 16

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Key Notes enjoyed his first working Oxegen, but wonders why people seem to let his opinion stand in the way of their own memories.

Organisationally, Oxegen 2008 was one of the best music events this blog has ever attended. As this was the first festival it had ever attended as ‘working media’, Key Notes was pleasantly surprised at how respected media people REM Live(considering his own distaste for some of them). As soon as you flashed your white wristband you could almost kill someone and get away with it, in fact, so helpful were the stewards, they would probably have joined in.

However, outside all the great (and not so great) music, the most important lesson learned this weekend was that people still struggle to understand how you can watch the same act as them and come to a different conclusion. It’s amazing isn’t it? Having an independent thought and worse still, allowing it to escape, sends people into all sorts of apocalyptic convulsions. So what if Key Notes didn’t like the performance of your favourite band? Why would you let this blogs have any bearing on your enjoyment?

It’s not just anonymous online comments either. At the event lots of random punters, upon seeing his white wristband, would ask what Key Notes thought of a certain performance and then proceed to tell him he was wrong. How can an opinion be wrong? You might like The Ting Tings, but this blog don’t think the drummer can actually drum all that well. You may hate keyboards but Key Notes thought that Holy Fuck were one of the greatest bands he’s ever seen. It is an opinion, a subjective, emotionally based opinion, not fact, in much the same way Key Notes is of the opinion there is no nicer alcoholic beverage than Guinness but he knows this won’t stand up to scientific scrutiny. Why should music be any different?

Key Notes has written about this before and yet people still don’t seem to get it. Nobody can experience an event the way you did and likewise, Key Notes can only write reviews based on his own experience, nobody else’s. This blog is not a sheep, and will always write what he thinks and what he feels and never what he thinks people want to read.

Anyway, Key Notes really enjoyed Oxegen, how could he not? He saw some sparkling performances from the likes of Holy Fuck, Roisin Murphy and Hot Chip. He got to see pet hates like White Denim and The Prodigy crash and burn. Best of all he got to spend three days in the company of Mrs. Key Notes, surrounded by music and meeting interesting people, musicians and punters alike.

Oxegen 2008 really had everything; great organisation, clean toilets, organic tofu burgers and a wide spectrum of performances. So why can’t there be a wide spectrum of opinions?

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"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat"- Theodore Roosevelt

... says it all

By kT on   Wednesday, July 16, 2008
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Fair play to you for sticking up for yourself, Steven, and you're absolutely right. We come from a background of people having the opinion that people who work in the media are trained journalists who would write a feature article that provided the balance of arguements that would conclude the facts in a situation one way or the other. Now, I wouldn't suggest that you aren't trained in journalism, but you write about music, a form of art, which is a very subjective subject, and you write a blog, which is very different from journalism because the emphasis is on opinion rather than fact. I'm on your side but, at the same time, you should also allow the people who disagree with you to disagree with you if they like someone you don't or visa versa, for the same reasons I mentioned.

By Simon on   Friday, July 18, 2008
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KT: Exactly, I am not important, I'm just a music fan who provides my opinions and feelings on music related subjects, nothing more.

Simon: Firstly, you are correct in that I have no background in journalism. I am just a music fan who happens to enjoy writing. What I write is just my opinion and should never be taken as fact. People are allowed disagree with my opinion, I would be hurt if they didn't, what I can't stand though, is people telling me I'm wrong. How can it be wrong to like/dislike anything, let alone something as emotive and subjective as music? It can't.

By Steve on   Friday, July 18, 2008
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Steve, its human nature to try and bring peolple around to your beliefs, you should know that, as i know the house you grew up in:) but seriously it takes a lot of training and consious effort to agree to dissagree, and this mon ami, is all across the borad in all subjects, i guess it's what seperates us from the animals:) but in sayin that, if people take the time to write a complaint, then they have put some(we hope) thought into it, and therefore if still say you are wrong, should just be ignored or dismissed. or maybe they are just like me, and unable to get their point across without reverting back to name calling....

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