Friday, 21 June 2013

I dream of Glastonbury

Next week the Glastonbury festival returns, but sadly I wont be there. I have been to Glastonbury twice and I loved it (in 2007 and 2008). No other festivals has hit me with an overwhelming sense of peace and contentment (well as soon as my tent is pitched anyway). It wasn't even a drug or drink infused haze, it's a general calming affect the festival has on me.
Many of the best music experiences I have had in my life have been at Glastonbury festival, but it's not just about the music. For me it's not about going to see bands you know, it's about discovering new music and relaxing. Even so the groups I've seen include The Killers, Shirley Bassey, The Who, Crowded House, Artic Monkeys, Florence and the Machine, Neil Diamond, Spiritualized, Alabama 3, Kaiser Chiefs, Manic Street Preachers, Dirty Pretty Things and a whole host I can't remember by name.
Glastonbury festival silly hats
Rain, Mud, Music and Silly Hats

Some of my best Glastonbury memories:
  • Listening to The Magic Numbers sing "Love me like You" in the rain in front of the Pyramid Stage and the clouds suddenly parted letting the sun shine through.
  • After listening to Elbow at the other Stage and walking back to our tent people were still singing their final song (One Day Like This) as they walked away across the site. This was just before Elbow got really big so many of the audience had never heard them before.
  • Lying on the floor in the dark of an acoustic tent listening to an unknown (to me) singer.
  • Dancing in one of the surreal night clubs in Avalon at 4am.
  • The cute Kiwi's who I seemed to bump into where ever I went (that was awful, honest).
  • Dancing in a crowded sweaty dance tent to Mark Ronson
  • Being on the edge of a very crowded tent listening to The Proclaimers. Half inside with the crowd and half dancing under the star light.
  • Walking back to my tent when it was light.
  • The annoying people in the tent next door who kept singing the "" jingle. 
  • Taking half an hour to walk a few hundred metres due to the crowds and the deep mud that just seemed to swallow your wellies
  • The dancing in ponchos
  • The food: cheese pancakes, roast potato with gravy, fish & chips, burgers, halloumi wraps, pizza, nachos, giant Yorkshire puddings, fajitas ...
  • Brothers Cider 
  • Drinking beer out of paper cups at Glastonbury feels right, at home it's not the same.
  • Sitting on the hill next to the stone circle just watching the temporary city, with the buzz and the laughter.
  • Walking around in crazy hats (what were we thinking?)
  • Seeing the horsemen and fire eaters and tightrope walkers
  • The "hippy" areas (green future, healing field, and craft field) which I suspect I would now feel more at home in than ever
Glastonbury festival pictures
Memories of Glastonbury
Yes there are bad bits: the toilets, not washing for a week (although everyone is in it together so the smell is less noticeable), the endless rain, the cold. I've also heard reports of nasty goings on and crimes, but the vast majority don't experience these.

Oh to be young and carefree and at Glastonbury.

All photos stolen (and mostly taken by) Mummy Is A Gadget Geek

ps Yes I know I have written my website address wrong on the collages, but I have deleted the pictures now so it would take forever to redo. I also don't have a clue why the formatting of text has gone weird on this post, but short of editing it all in html I don't know how to resolve it.  Sorry folks

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