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We Brits are hardy festivalgoers, but why are Americans so much better at making music than us?

By Kate Mossman   June 2011

Hitting the fields: Brits are intrepid festival goers, but far less daring when it comes to the music they’ll listen to

A few years ago I was hitchhiking back from a music festival in Colorado with four frat boys. They were getting high from a bong fashioned from an old Coke bottle. As we flew past a small town, one pushed forward from the back seat, spluttering: “Dude! You gotta stop here! This is the place with the mandolin store—I need to upgrade!”

It was cool, they explained, to play mandolin, and to impress their friends with a whirlwind…

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