Glastonbury

Legs aching from too much dancing?

Hands hurting from too much clapping?

Face hurting from too much laughing/talking/smiling?

Dirt absolutely everywhere, in every line and every crease?

Intermittent wafts of body odour hitting your nose from not showering for 5 days and dancing like crazy each night?

Ears ringing with a thousand songs?

Head pounding from too many beers and/or the shadow of the beats?

 

All of the above is usually a good sign that you have thoroughly enjoyed and made the most of a music festival. Though not a stranger to festivals, having been to oh so many in my time, Glastonbury was most certainly an eye opening experience.

It was the biggest, most epic, most amazing festival I’ve ever been to. Nothing could have prepared me for it. I had no true appreciation for just how big it was going to be and how much it would tantalise the senses – quite literally a feast for our eyes, ears, nose, taste buds and body.

Although we were there for five days we still could never have seen everything there was to see. We did our best to get around and fully check out each area but there was just so much.

With 58 different stages (just 16 of which make it into the main programme), amazing food, cabaret and circus tents, a wide range of drinks, camping, wood carving workshops, giant mechanical spiders with trapeze artists hanging off them, underground bars and every form of performing arts or craft making you can think of it’s any wonder this festival is one of the best known around the world and is visited by thousands upon thousands of people with different backgrounds, ages, interests and nationalities.

It was definitely up there as one of the best experiences of my life and I am so glad that we forked out the hundreds of pounds we spent in the lead up and during the festival because it was worth it.

I am still feeling absolutely wrecked from such a huge weekend of dancing, music, drinking, lack of sleep, and sensory delight and now the post-festival blues have well and truly set in.

Only two things disappointed me during the weekend… 1. That I couldn’t clone myself and be EVERYWHERE at once and 2, that so many disrespectful people took zero notice of the MANY, MANY, MANY pleas for visitors of the festival to ‘leave no trace’.

The aftermath left many unwanted tents and rubbish literally strewn all over the farm grounds. Hello people? This is someone’s property. A plot of land that they own, that they work hard on and for, and that they use during the year to farm dairy cattle. It’s someone’s livelihood that they kindly offer up for our use once a year and it’s the least we can do not to trash it. Show some respect. And if you don’t care about someone’s property, have some care for the environment!

In terms of highlights – it is probably no surprise that The Rolling Stones were a big highlight for us. We had a pretty good view where we were on the hill and although the band were pretty far away we could still see them and we had a good view of the screens.

Other highlights included: Mumford and Sons (been wanting to see them live for ages), old favourites Vampire Weekend (seen them before and really good fun as always), Artic Monkeys, The Heavy (a band we’d not heard of before but who were really good, from Bath in the UK), The Lumineers (really lovely band and I liked the way they came into the crowd and sang a song right in the middle), The Hives (really great entertainers). We saw loads of other bands as well and we also spent a bit of time at Gully and The Blues stages listening to reggae or hippying out in the Healing Fields.

Another surprise (and drunken) highlight was the Silent Disco at the end of the night on Sunday. A really fun way to finish off a really fun weekend with a bunch of friends!!

Food wise – we actually brought along most of our food because we were slightly worried about whether or not there’d be much in the way of gluten free food. It worked out well in terms of our spending but in the end, if money weren’t an issue, we needn’t have worried.

There was an UNBELIEVABLE amount to choose from… everything from free Hari Krishna food to fine dining! You could even get poached eggs in the morning if you’d fancied it. We found an exceptional gluten free crepe place, courtesy of a mate’s recommendation, that I went to on more than one occasion – buckwheat crepes! YUMMY. But that wasn’t the only place… there wasn’t any specifically gluten free places but if you looked hard enough there were LOADS of places that had a gluten free offering.

Camping is definitely the best way to experience Glasto. In any other festival I’ve been to where camping is an option, the camping grounds have always been in a separate section, which while close, was outside the festival itself.

At Glasto you can literally camp IN the festival and by IN I mean a couple of hundred metres from some main stages and there is no need to move in and out of festival gates each day.

It’s incredible! Although not so incredible if you happen to be unfortunate enough to be near one of the toilet blocks. We cheated slightly on the camping front and got a van this year but even so we were well and truly amongst the action. I am not ashamed to have had a camper either as it meant we had a cooker for our food and shelter from the rain. Though that said, we were lucky enough to experience one of the driest Glastonbury’s ever, with rain on only one evening!

I just wish it wasn’t over and I wish I could do it justice in a blog. The best festival I’ve ever been to and hopefully not the last time I am lucky enough to get there!

 

Note: Unfortunately most of the photos I want to show are being held hostage on our camera which is now with C in Italy but these are the ones from my phone (well, the ones that are shareable of course!) 🙂 All mostly from the first 2 days and also all pretty much during the day! Will update in due course.

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