Yes Pauline is great always will make time to stop and chat with you and yes she looks great, i was lucky enough to see her when they did the ska diva's. Pauline, jenny bell star and Rhoda. that was a great night.
Sorry (quick typer!) didn't expect the following to turn out anywhere near so long:
Unless you like lots of bands at a festival it always works out very dear for even 1 day - especially if you have to take out a morgage out to pay for a full 3 days!
Its always difficult to see especially at main stage events (no raised / sloped floors).
You can always guarantee the odd 7 foot Rather Large Bottomhole who has to be right near the front area.
Theres always retards shouting / being over silly / arguing / threatening with each other and pushing to the front (because no one can see) and pushing those away trying to get to near the front to see.
Audiences often seem / appear to be inexperienced avoiding crowd problems. Out of the many gigs ive seen through the years the only a few (handful even?) times ive been genuinely scared or in danger (unable to breathe, unable to move, crushed, or at worse being in the midle of fifty people falling over - just - on each other) have only ever been at festivals.
Most people watching bands arn't really into them - casual passers by with dumb smiles on their faces who clearly either dont know any of the songs or certainly (m)any of the lyrics. Quite depressing to be around when its your favourite band and you want others to feel like you do!
Bands appear to be treated like like novelties, once ones off and quickly forgotten about, time for the next and so on...
Bands often appear on stage in daylight.
The weather has to be good or its can be cold, even wet, windy and a mudbath - any of these often lead me into a mild form of bronchitis or worse!
Music often 'leaks' from other stages during the concert.
Bands often have time restrictions and are frequently delayed from bands before, sometimes having to cut short setlists.
If you're at the back its often 'spot the matchsticks' through the nearby large moving / joining heads - or its video screen time!
Apart from that, everyones a happy camper!
In my opinion, reforming bands are better off first doing small gigs and building up the anticipation of larger venues of a proper tour - like The Police did. Despite the publicity and image festivals always appear to offer, they seem to 'over-expose' and do the opposite (killing the magic, quickly becoming forgotten used novelties). It seems a difficult image to live upto. The few that suceed have to really be Glastonbury night time headliners or hope to gain a lot of praise and exposure. Probably better suited towards the end of a tour.
I know things often aren't as dramatic as what ive mentioned, ive good memories from festivals. But they often ruin or at best spoil a little of a good memory of a band. An enjoyable (festival) gig would be better remembered at a proper venue.