The MP behind ‘Tory Glastonbury’ has admitted it has been a flop after photos of the sparsely attended event were ridiculed on social media.
George Freeman organised the right-wing glamping trip after seeing Jeremy Corbyn take Glastonbury by storm, saying: “Why is it just the left who have all the fun in politics?”
But he has conceded his Big Tent Ideas Festival – staged on a farm owned by a millionaire betting magnate – looks “a bit blokey and a bit nerdy.”
Asked if that was a fair representation of the event in a Sky News interview, the besuited reveller said:
“Yeah, probably. This is a first event. I’ve put it together in two months really to demonstrate what political festivalism could and should look like.
“We have had some music but we haven’t had chance to get most of that organised.”
Needless to say, it has been taking a pasting on Twitter:
spot the difference: "Tory Glastonbury" and "Glastonbury" pic.twitter.com/aOa0kj0tdw
— Jim Pickard (@PickardJE) September 22, 2017
These are the scenes as we wait for the Tory Glastonbury to kick off. pic.twitter.com/tZR2KmDDel
— Alex Spence (@alexGspence) September 22, 2017
— Rachael (@Rachael_Swindon) September 22, 2017
Even the event’s own Twitter account can’t make it look exciting:
— Big Tent (@BigTentIdeas) September 21, 2017
The blokes and nerds who did turn-up were greeted to the site at a cocktail reception last night, according to the festival programme.
Today they are being treated to talks such as “The Real Causes Of Millennial Disengagement” before a live stream of Theresa May’s speech in Florence.
It must count as the biggest posho festival let down since the Fyre Festival fiasco.
But George has assured everyone that he has exciting plans for next year:
“Next year’s festival will be at scale. We’re planning to have it ticketed and have it as a celebration of entrepreneurship, innovation, of the the great businesses around the UK, the small business and entrepreneurs who are creating new opportunities, creating new prosperity.”
Glastonbury had humble beginnings, but that sounds rubbish…