Paul Weller slams MOR festivals

Paul Weller reckons festivals have become ''middle of the road'' and too media orientated

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This article is from 2010.

Paul Weller

Paul Weller

Paul Weller reckons festivals have become "middle of the road".

The veteran singer and guitarist - known affectionately as the Modfather - has played at festivals across the world for decades with The Jam, The Style Council and as a solo artist, but reckons overall festivals ar starting to become too media friendly.

Speaking at the Virgin Media V Festival, he told Absolute Radio: "I can't remember the right expression really, but it's become more middle-of-the-road.

"It's more built around TV and radio - not that I'm trying to bite the hand that feeds me - but it's true.

"I mean, I can only compare it to like when you talk about '96 or when we did Glastonbury in '94, when you could stretch out and you could jam on tunes and people were up for that, and now it's a little bit more geared towards the greatest hits I think."

Paul said there has also been some practices by audiences creeping in that he certainly doesn't welcome, namely hurling certain objects at the stage.

He added: "I think that's a fairly new sort of phenomenon really - the chucking of the p**s. I personally wouldn't recommend it.

"But I've been hit by things onstage many times."

Paul's latest album 'Wake Up The Nation' is out now.

This article is from 2010.

Paul Weller

The Modfather performs material from throughout his 30-year career, including his latest album Saturn's Pattern.

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