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Stars' Flush Of Loo Rage - Western Daily Press, 26th July 1999

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Title: Stars' Flush Of Loo Rage
Publication: Western Daily Press
Date: Monday 26th July 1999


Stars of the Glastonbury Festival have been getting in a hot flush over the state of the loos at Britain's biggest annual rock event. A bizarre battle of words has broken out between two of the country's best known left-wing rock stars over the ethics of using a private toilet.

In one corner is veteran singer songwriter Billy Bragg who prides himself for standing next to fans in the urinals at the festival.

In the other corner are the Manic Street Preachers who Bragg has chided for bringing their own personal toilet to the festival.

The Manics put a handwritten notice on the door which warned: "These facilities are reserved exclusively for the Manic Street Preachers."

Communal

The Manics, from Wales, did not endear themselves to Bragg because he believes the strength of the event is its communal atmosphere.

He said: "Having to use the festival facilities is an essential part of the Glastonbury experience. Everyone from Michael Stipe, of REM, on down has to use the portable loo."

The Manics frontman Nicky Wire responded by using the T In The Park festival near Glasgow recently to hurl abuse at Bragg.

He said: "I wouldn't let him pee in my toilet for all the money in the world."

Bragg retaliated by challenging the Manics to a public debate and accused the band of not being able to take a joke.