United Kingdom (June 25, 2007)–The (usually) annual Glastonbury Festival is a cornerstone of the UK music scene and a right of passage for many of the country’s young fans–and bands, for that matter. This past weekend’s festivities proceeded much as usual, as the traditional rain and mud didn’t stop a reported 177,500 people who came out to see a line up that varied from The Who to Dame Shirley Bassey. One issue that did come up, according to the BBC News website, was “poor sound” from the Pyramid Stage, one of the many venues at the concert site.
Reportedly, crowds had a hard time hearing the Killers’ set on Saturday night, and kept yelling “turn it up.” Festival founder Michael Eavis initially responded at a press conference that the stage’s new audio system was “not quite strong enough” for the site, but later announced that the local government had demanded engineers instead turn it down.
“Having investigated further into the sound level problems, I’ve been informed that very unusual meteorological conditions caused abnormally high sound levels outside the site,” Eavis said in a statement. “This led to our engineers being directed by the authorities to reduce the output from the PA system. The weather conditions over the site have been changing daily and the PA system and technical team were in no way responsible or at fault for the reported sound problem.”