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My Short Visit to Glastonbury:
I recently spent a long week end staying with the same friend that we stayed within Buderim , Qld. Australia in October 2010. I taught with this friend many years ago and we have kept in touch over the years. She rented a little cottage in Glastonbury and asked me to join her for a few days. She has always talked about how much she loves that part of England and I had never been to Glastonbury and Wells so I took this opportunity.
Obviously I have heard of the town Glastonbury because of my children going to the famous music festival there over the years but I really knew very little about the town at all.
I was in for a real treat as this lovely quaint town has embraced alternative therapies, handmade toiletries, and all sorts of alternative philosophies so their main street is quite different from the normal Clinton cards and mainstream shops which made it just a perfect place for window shopping, browsing and even being tempted in to buy.
If you are in any way interested in spiritual things then Glastonbury is the place to go. Everyone and anyone who has a slightly spiritual interest will find somewhere of interest in this little town. Apparently Glastonbury is a place of strong spiritual feeling because of the laylines that cross there. In bygone times Glastonbury was a place of pilgrimage for all kinds of spiritual and religious people and today you will see those who follow many alternative lifestyle being drawn to this little town. It was popular with hippies in the day and for centuries witches and druids have been coming to Glastonbury. Many of these followers and believers have felt the spiritual nature of the place so strongly that they have stayed and setup shops selling potions, brews and the like for a variety of spiritual and alternative therapies.
I was in my element as I love things that are a bit different and all along Glastonbury High Street I found so many of these original and interesting shops. I love crystals and many of the shops had such a huge variety f crystals from enormous through to the small ones you can keep in your bag.
Wiccan shops such as 'The goddess and the Green Man' offered potions, and herbs as well as different models or statuettes for those into Wiccan beliefs. Any number of incense sticks, candles, cards, books music and so much more. It is like stepping into another world.
I was persuaded by my friend to have my cards read. I did have this done many years ag and it was amazingly accurate what was foretold so I was a little nervous but she insisted and paid for me to have it done so I couldn't really refuse. The lady was very quiet and gentle and told me that I would be very proud of my children who were going to do well. She also told me that I was very creative but had let that side of me get a bit forgotten which is true as I've not done any sewing or crafty things for some time now but used to do so much. Apart from that nothing really amazing was divulged but it was an interesting experience.
I could go on down the main street but as every other shop is spiritual or selling books about spiritual matters it would take too long so if you want to see what they have then go as it really is a quaint and unusual town with shops you wouldn't find anywhere else in England in this quantity.
There are places of historic and spiritual interest that we visited that I will review in separate reviews on Dooyoo so wait for reviews on the Tor, The Abbey and The Chalice Well Gardens as they will follow.
Even of you are not spiritual the history of this area is fascinating. The buildings interesting and most of those you can visit have a story to tell. Besides those I have described you can visit the Goddess Temple which is small and only open on certain days. And times My friend had a blessing while we were there but I only bought a small charm and looked around. This is a pagan Goddess and a very unusual sort of alternative spiritual place to think or contemplate, light a candle or have a blessing.
I will certainly go back to visit as I thought the town was delightful and one of the few towns in England where the high street had different shops rather than the same Top Shop, Zara, Boots, Clinton Cards and the like. Besides the shops you also have all the other interesting places to see and explore which I have described a few of in this review.
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I'm writing about Glastonbury. Not the festival, but the town. Glastonbury is known as the Vale of Avalon. It used to be an Island town many years ago, with the surrounding land flooded. It wasn't until many ditches and rivers were dug did the land become farmable.
I grew up in Glastonbury so I know it pretty well. I've seen the place change over the past 15 years, some for better, some for worse.
If you are of a spiritual nature, then Glastonbury is a mecca in the UK because of the laylines that cross there. Hippy's, witches and druids have been coming to Glastonbury for years and years, and whilst it was pilgramage for most, over the years many have stayed and setup shop. Along Glastonbury High St you will find a variety of Crystal Shops, wicca shops (my fiance loves the goddess and the green man) and strange smelling shops.*
* There is also a shop down at the bottom, by the monument next door to the butchers (best in Glastonbury) owned by a guy called Rob Free Cannabis (he actually changed his name). Slight side-track from the review, but it will give you some idea of the mentality of the locals. As you might tell from the name, he likes cannabis. Well the story is he planted a load of seeds in the plant pots along Glastonbury High St. The police found out and tried to arrest him. His arguement was that he only planted the seeds, it was actually the local council gardner that culitivated them. He bloody well got away with it to!
Anyway, Glastonbury is also a very religious place, and very historical.
Places to visit;
Glastonbury Abbey. A wonderful example of Abbey ruins left in the wake of King Henry VIII's seperation from the Catholic Church. Many of the older buildings in the town are actually built from the rubble.
Chalice Well and Gardens. A beautiful little spot. Lovely well kept Gardens and a well producing spring water. You can take an empty bottle in a fill it up from the spring. Its very irony, but good for you. Just outside the gardens there is another spring called the white spring and that tastes much nicer.
The Tor. As most of you will no doubt know. A Tor is a hill. The tower on top of it is also the remains of old Henrys demolition days. Because his army were not wrecking crews, they could only destroy buildings made with wooden frames. The Tower with stood the flames and lives on to this day (though this is usually populated with smelly tramps)
The Thorn Bush. The story goes that Joseph of Aramathia planted his staff into the ground on Wirrial Hill (never remember how to spell that) and a great bush grew from it.
The Rural Life Museum. A great example of how rural life once was.
Just down the road you have Abbots Fish House in Meare (though the keys are intrusted the owner of The Manor House) in Wells you have the Cathedral and you have clarks village in street.
Just outside Meare on Ascott Road you have some amazing walks where you can see otters, swans, deer and kingfishers. In Westhay there is also a place called Willows Peat Museum. It shows life in the area as it used to be when it was all covered with swamps.
There are some nice places to eat, The Who'd a Thought It on Northload Street, and Knights Fish Bar, also on Northload Street. But unfortunately glastonbury is a place to be avoided at night. Its now full of drunks, rowdy drug addled morons spoiling for a fight and screaming girls dripping with gold, WKD and vomit.
Go there for a day trip but don't say the night.
Glastonbury bores me, as simple as. Only Phil Jupitus in his silly hats on the TV coverage annoys me more about the event. It's supposed to be a festival where young people mingle from all social classes, yet it's the exact opposite, the proles in one small muddy field jigging around to dance music and Middle England in the other 70,000 tents, or at least it was when I went. If your tent hadn't been cleaned out of its valuables by that particular small corner then the rain would. I foolishely went expecting somesort of utopia but what I got was a load of posh people pretending to be working class for the weekend. It's the only place in the world you can be concussed by jugglers and run over by an Incumbent (those three- wheel cycles with a little flag on the back who have a toddler in the cart) at the same time!
The British class system is as rigid as ever here and the only mixing that goes on is at the legendary toilets, the human 'deposits pouring over the lid like some of the pretensions conversations I had to endure in the queues. In fact most of the people that go here, go to get away from the working class. The whole thing just felt forced, like the only dump I had there. But there's unrest in the educated classes in recent years because the likes of Jay Z and Dizzy Rascal are being booked for the festival, numbers down in 2008 because of this controversial American headliner, to the point where "Glasto" didnt sell out for the first time in 16 years by the time the gates openend that year.
Jay Z is married to Beyonce and has more Bling than Puff Daddy's bathroom on his fingers. This is not what festivals are about in the U.K. Can you imagine his back stage demands! The ethnic urban cool cats that follow 'street acts' didnt bother with the rural student fest and soa strange move for Jay Z, famously singing Wonderwall to open his set. President Barak Obama is a Jay Z fan and the crowds have a boistrous reputation in AMerica, even though its essentially popcorn rap for white American kids, most of the black guys doing the stadium rap acts as college educated as the Glastonbury crowd, as was Puff Daddy. Nothing happenend on that warm night back in 2008 (no gun fights) but clearly people stayed away to avoid that possible crowd confrentation the hype dictates. I know most kids that buy rap music are white, the ludicrous Tim Westwood testament to, but people I know said they didnt go because the thought there would be a gunfight, which was rather silly.
Because a big African-American act was there I think there was an element of racism over the bill in 2008 and posh people not wanting to go in case there are hoodies lurking around'. Ok, the bill is rank and the festival has lost its cool status with the university crowd and you feel that the desertion is coming from the suburbs rather than the inner-city crowd but middle england are not great mixers when it comes to music. The £165 cost (more than the British Grand Prix!) is also a deterrent and maybe mums are no longer rewarding kids for passing their A-levels with the coveted three day pass.
The irony of people perhaps not going because of high petrol prices will also stoke the great eco argument for the gigs justification, proudly boasting its green credentials. There were certainly a few thousand SUVs in the car park for recent years. But whatever the reason the festival is going mainstream it does looks like the end for "Glasto" as the place to be, Reading and the V Festival far groovier venues now.
The three day festival, of course, have always been a middle-class right-of-passage; the kids bright eyed, educated and aware, students and students of old wearing rags and rolling around in the mud, a cleansing for the right to have a mortgage in suburbia, then revisit twenty years later to recover their youth by smoking funny cigarettes for 72 hours, before driving home in those gas guzzling, four wheel drives. And for those reasons I didn't feel the festival was ever about everyone meeting up and getting along and enjoying the music man! It's always had a menu of college rock and angst indie and lot of these people are here only to meet there own. They feel safe there, not what music is really about at that age. The alternative in Glastonbury week is the bloody tennis, of course, a similar audience demographic ,and I suspect a difficult choice for which event to attend for Middle England that weekend.
It's not only the headlining act of rap act that's kept down ticket sales this year but the increasing booking of ironic bands like Shaking Stevens on the smaller stages and the need for picture I.D and a credit card to guarantee a ticket. The thought of 25,000 students trying to dance like Teddy boys is making my teeth itch. Promoter Michael Eves has said he is looking to get a 'younger urban crowd' in with this sea change, fans of the future, although a burnt out rockabilly doesn't really fit that quota. In fact if you look at this line up the only 'cool' act on the bill is is Amy Whinehouse, and we are all expecting some sort of publicity stunt involving her at the weekend. Great voice, that there's no doubt, but 'Rehab' was an incredibly self-indulgent and tedious piece of noise. I personally think she would faint if she ever saw a real needle.
This years 2008 Glastonbury festival looks set to the biggest yet. More people look set to apply for tickets with England failing to qualify for the euros and the ever-growing live music scene. Tens of thousands of people will descend upon the small Somerset village to the epic pagan punk funk celebration. Expect mud, sweat and tears, as well as an interesting; although not spectacular, set of headlining acts. The 3 acts announced so far are:
* The Verve. Reforming only last year for a few dates after almost 10 years apart, Richard Ashcroft and the co look set to headline Sunday Night on the Pyramid Stage. A new album should also be released this year, the first time since 'Urban Hymns' of 1997. This is the first time the band have headlined the festival, and I for one can't wait. Expect 20 000 people singing together to the sounds of 'drugs don't work'.
* Rap legend Jay-Z is undoubtedly a strange choice for Glastonbury. Primarily the acts in the past have been rock or pop so to choose this act was a surprise to many. Regardless of tradition, change is always good though, and diversity should always be encouraged. Make sure you honour him if you go, he's one of the most talented and respected artists on the planet. Get ready to be blown away. Look out for: '99 Problems'
* Nathan, Caleb, Matthew, and Jared Followill are the Tennesee based one-cousin -three-brother rock band Kings of Leon headlining Friday Night this year. They've done their festival work experience over the past 5 years, making their debut in the New Tent way back in 2003 before moving onto the other stage since. Rightly deserving the crown of the best 'live act' the band will be joining a heritage of great Friday night headliners, including soft rock champions Coldplay and the John Peel loved White Stripes. Look out for: 'My Party'.
On top of these 3 officially announced acts, Norman Cook (aka FatBoy Slim) has since confirmed he's playing Friday Night. He commented, "Oh yeah, I'm doing it again this year in some guise. I think I'm actually official this year, last year I wasn't actually on the bill, but I still managed to play three times." The official Glastonbury website has also confirmed CSS will be playing on the Park Stage. No other names will be announced until June, so fingers cross for your favourite act until then. I predict Massive Attack, Kylie Minogue, and quite possibly Radiohead.
If you like the sound of The Verve and Jay Z you ought to register for tickets NOW, or alternatively any time between now until midnight on Friday 14th March 2008. Complete the registration form online or grab one from your nearest Millets store and fill it by hand.
All those registered will be able to buy tickets from 9am on Sunday April 6th.
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Well - another Glastonbury festival has come & gone! For all us lucky people who managed to stay up all night and get a ticket - and what a great one it was! ...here is my story of the festival ! We arrived on Wednesday evening sporting wellies and already there were loads &l oads of people there. (probably becasue there was such a fiasco to get a ticket & everyone wanted to make sure that they got their moneys worth!). The best & safest place to camp is definately up in the Penard fields - just adjacent to the stone circle so we headed up there. The field was already pretty full and there was the usual 'gardens' set out with packing tape...(this, by the way really annoys me! Who has the right to rope off a section of field the size of Wales? We have all paid the same price for a ticket & all have the right to pitch our tents!) Anyway, i digress! After pitching the tent in the dark, we headed down to the festival which was buzzing. This is the great thing about Glastonbury - people don't necessarily come for the music, its so much more that that: Soundsystems blearing out, craft shops, clothes shops, every type of food imaginable and the biggest mish-mash of people in one place that you have ever come across! We indulged in some wine from a plastic bottle for £5 & retired for the night. Thursday saw the majority of people arrive on site and you could see them looking bedraggled and wishing that they had come earlier. Shopping, eating, sitting, people - watching and drinking copious amounts of pear cider was the order of the day. Friday hailed the start of the music and the start of the smell from the porta loos (nice!). Everyone looked happy despite the copious amounts of mud everywhere. The day was a bit of a blur but was rounded off in the most excellent way by a fantastic set from OASIS. Being near the pyramid stage gave me the fantastic opportunity to try out the new 'SHE PEE' - a funnel which you attatch t
o your 'bits' and basically have a wee like a man! A very liberating experience i can tell you (and don't worry, they were disposable!) Saturday was very wet and muddy, but everyone still looked happy to be there. This was a prime opportunity to spend time in the Caberet tent where we saw some fantastic comedy acts....Phil Kay, Stewart Lee, Russell Howard and a very funny man who had an obsession with dried rice!... Then MACCA - the closest thing to seeing a Beatles gig, the crowds rendition of 'Hey Jude' moved me to tears.After Macca, we watched some mad people launch themselves down a muddy bank...they attracted quite a crowd! Sundays are always my favourite days at Glastonbury, everyone looks so exhausted but still determined to make the most of their last day. My Glastonbury top tips: 1. Bring plastic bin -liners (excellent to sit on damo ground) 2. You can never have enough baby wipes! 3. Don't take massive bags when you watch an act as you will just annoy people. 4. Don't think that the festival is just about the music line -up 5. Please don't rope off massive sections around your tent. 6. Don't judge others
Not one tent! many tents, a camping extravigansa. 150,000 people turn up and soon fill the green fields with a sea of tents. The air is heavy with a mist from the thousands of campfires burning. The music is the main attraction with many big names and new ones, which you will recognise in a few months time and think oh my we watched them at glastonbury. and yes you will be saying OH my god alot. Your senses will be overcome with the light, the people, the acts, the music and mauch crazyiness. The music never stops! especially at the glade. The site is massive and is very tireing to walk round. And however much you walk you will always find a new corner or field which suprises you even more. Like the night myself and my boyfriend took a walk through the avalon field and were greated by a hippy (who looked like ozzy osbourne, but stoned) and told us to take a walk down there and pointed his finger to the tippi field where people were playing the bongos and mediating. Fantastic. Or when we came across the theater field and we walked from tent to tent watching bizzare shows with naked men and others who pretented to wet themselves! bizzaire! By the last day we were skint and needed food. We were saved! the harichristner (sorry if spelt wrong) were giving out free food to a huge queue of hungry glastongoers. What nice people! So pack your rucksack and go! oh yeah and buy a ticket, there are no fence jumpers allowed.
When people hear 'Glastonbury' they often think of mud, music and drugs. This, of course, is the Festival, which actually takes place at Pilton several miles away. Let me take you on a journey to the town of Glastonbury, to its myths and legends and connections with King Arthur and the Holy Grail... The most distinguishing feature of Glastonbury is the Tor, which can be seen from miles around. In the time of King Arthur (the sixth century) this would have been an island, as the North Somerset plain would have been flooded and nearby Iron Age lake villages have been found at Godney and Meare. The Tor is most probably the ancient isle of Avalon, as Glastonbury used to be known as Inis Avalon, meaning the apple bearing island and it is to Avalon where Arthur was taken to be healed after the battle of Camlann. This is well documented and it seems appropriate that Avalon should be this location, as apples were an ancient symbol of healing. Aside from the historical connections associated with the Tor, the place itself seems to have an amazing atmosphere. As you climb to the top, you can look down at the town, at the other hills around and right across the North Somerset plain. The wind blows through your hair and immense feeling of peace and exhilaration fills you. It is worth travelling to Glastonbury just to experience this 'rush'. I would advise going off season when the Tor is quieter and also climbing up near to dusk when the views are beautifully tinged with pink and purple hues. The Tor is also a good starting point on any foray into Glastonbury, as from its summit you can see the town and surrounding areas. You can see Wearyhall Hill. This is where Joseph of Arimathea was said to have landed and when he planted his staff in the earth it became a thorn tree. This was said to be a sign from God that this was where Joseph of Arimathea was to leave the Holy Grail. Although the original thorn was
destroyed by a puritan in the Civil War, descendants of the tree survive and the interesting thing is that the variety is not English but is known as Crataegus Oxycntha, an Eastern Mediterranean variety. These thorn trees can be found in Glastonbury on Wearyhall Hill, in the grounds of the Abbey and outside St John's church. Also from the Tor can be seen Chalice Hill. This was said to be the home of the Fisher King, who was the guardian of the Holy Grail. It was said that before he died he concealed the Grail in a spring and the water from that spring now flows from Chalice Well, which can be visited. The spring is of the Chalybeate variety and is also known as the Blood Spring because of its waters red tinge. You can either pay to go into the grounds of the Chalice Spring or you can go up the small road to the right and the same waters flow from the wall there, where you can taste the waters allegedly healing powers for free. Glastonbury Abbey can also be seen from the Tor. In the Abbey's grounds in 1191 was found a grave which was said to have been that of King Arthur. However, this is highly dispute, as the the Abbey's monks needed to raise revenue at the time for rebuilding works after a fire. In addition a cross that was found with the grave could be considered to be a twelfth century forgery, as it referred to Arthur as 'king', to which he was not known until the eleventh century. However, the form of burial was in a tree trunk in the Celtic tradition and not in a tomb of stone, as would have been the case in the twelfth century. So, maybe just maybe... In any event, the site of the 'grave' can be seen within the grounds of the Abbey. One thing is certain; Glastonbury is filled with myths and legends and I think that if armed with the knowledge of these tales a journey to Glastonbury and an exploration of its secrets becomes all the more interesting. I hope that now you have had a small
taste of what Glastonbury has to offer you may go there and quest for further Arthurian knowledge!
Glastonbury is located in Somerset, but really it's a planet or a world of its own. It's a former island (the Isle of Avalon), which contributes to this, but what makes it unique is that, for several thousand years, it has been a home and pilgrimage place for the odd-bods of every time - and this still goes on today. When you arrive in Glastonbury, it's not an ordinary tourist/visitor experience. It has one of the most lively main streets in Britain. It's a bit medieval - you'll be moderately begged and busked at - but it has many redeeming features too. First: if you have questions going on in your life, a visit to Glastonbury will somehow help you resolve them, in mysterious ways. This has to do with the earth-energy and history of the place, plus the extraordinary variety of relatively awakened people living and visiting there - and it happens as much in your sleep and behind your back as when you're awake. There's a strange mix of the spiritual and the profane there - which can work well, because many people believe that spirituality has something to do with bliss, joy and heaven, when in fact it has more to do with real life and how you resolve the dilemmas it presents. Second, it's a fantastic shopping place if you want things that are interesting and different - untouched by corporate hands, made and sold by *real people*. There are also courses, conferences and events, particularly from May to the end of August. Third, the accommodation, events and spontaneous happenings there can be very stimulating. B&Bs with dolphin murals, jacuzzis and futons!? But there are normal B&Bs too - y'know, bacon and eggs and all mod cons. Fourth, if you're into lifestyle and odd-ball things, you're in good company and, at last, you're normal! Also, it's very cosmopolitan - Glastonbury is perhaps more famous internationally than nationally. Fifth, if you like mythic/mystic things - druidic, Arth
urian, geomantic, Goddess-oriented, anything - there are books, places, people to imbibe. Sixth, it's as full of stimuli as a city, even though it can be walked around, and only 10,000 people live there. However, in a hundred years, it might well be a full city. Seventh, you don't have to be crazy to enjoy it - it's a haven for Christians, the overweight, the over-taxed and the most normal of people - though it demands some open-mindedness and an adventurous mood. If your spouse or family don't like it, send them to Clarks Village in the next-door town, Street - it's a shopaholic's paradise! Disadvantages? You could find yourself standing in a few queues - efficiency doesn't seem to go with creativity and eccentricity. For some people, this place can be confronting or upsetting (please go back to Wellingborough or Wolverhampton!). You'll probably lose more money than you planned, not because it's expensive (it isn't), but because there's a lot to spend money on - books, clothes, healing sessions, trinkets, restaurants - which you tend not to find elsewhere. Glastonbury badly needs a by-pass - the traffic is too much. Then, (and this is a profound thing), this town and its inhabitants tend to face you with things you might prefer not to look at, but perhaps you nevertheless need to - this can be quite liberating, if you're up for it. This is a town with a *presence* - not just on the Web, but in the ethers and on the streets. It hits you on your first sight of Glastonbury Tor as you approach - your heart flutters. Most people go home wanting to return. Some places in Glastonbury - the Chalice Well, the Abbey, the Tor, and more - are stuff for falling in love with and remembering all your life. Finally, I shall confess my own position. I live here. I run Glastonbury's magic web-portal. However, I have tried to give a balanced report. It's not all wonderful here. It's a stran
gely polarised town, with extreme conservatives and radical 'alternative types'. Yet it is genuinely unique and stimulating. Unofficially, it's possibly the true spiritual capital of Britain - Canterbury was invented to draw attention away from Glastonbury and the original British 'Culdee' Christianity, started by Jesus' uncle, Joseph of Arimathaea, who landed up here as a refugee. Most people living in Glastonbury are refugees from something! Such as the rigours of middle-English 'normality'! And, strangely, Glastonbury gives to each individual what each individual most seeks, unconsciously. Some people experience breakthrough and great joy here, while others get nightmares. It's not a neutral experience. From a visitor viewpoint, it's one of Britain's biggest secrets. In other words, I advise many people: don't visit Glastonbury! But then, what about you?
Wow. My God. I was what we English call, a Festival Virgin. And then I went to Glastonbury. Glastonbury 2000. Wow! I can't even begin to describe it, even though I'm supposed to. It's indescribable! It was better than fantastic, it really was so much more! If you're getting bored already, just take this one piece of advice: GO AT LEAST ONCE. There, now I've got that off my chest, I can begin to explain. We arrived on Friday morning, early, the best time before all the traffic starts to build up and makes the roads like a fat mans veins. Driving along in the nine feet high tank-of-a-van made me feel completely int he sixties, especially when I saw some of the other "people" going: drunks, dreadlocks, pierced, ugly, sexy, long haired - everyone you could imagine. To be honest, I was sort of put off by the mini walk to the actual festival, as through the car parks people had set up stalls selling some objects no-one would have seen before, and beer. Though, after five minutes we arrived and within an hour had put up tent in the Family Zone, thank God for the melting heart of the warden who let us in - we weren't really a family..., and we getting ready for the action!!! On Friday, amongst the others, were Moloko, Eagle Eye Cherry (though he cancelled), Chicane, Blood Hound Gang and Nine Inch Nails. But, there was still Moby and a Special Guest to come. As you can guess, the Special Guest was Macy Gray. Now the B.H.G. had been well good, and taken the complete piss out of N-Sync and a bit out of Eminem, but these next two just ROCKED THE PLACE DOWN TO THE SOIL! My God, somehow, we got to the front of the crowd, and f*ck me if Macy Gray wasn't a Goddess! Not only did she manage to make wearing bright green, pink and white cool, but whe was FANTASTIC! We had to tear ourselves away though, as Moby was on. Yet again we wormed our way to the front, opnly to find that he was INSANE and AWESOME!
The lights, the noise, the beat, it's all too much! He rules - I wouldn't mind having him as our PM! Also, he sounds really nice, and at the end told everyone to be nice to eachother (apparently he's a Vegan and a Christian). Finally and disappiontingly, were the Chemical Brothers. Next day, the action started at around two o'clock, with Toploader. Fortunately, the weather had gone from drizzlely on Friday morning to warm now. They were great, so was the atmosphere,and so was everyone else. Feeder (pretty good), Pet Shop Boys (who I wouldn't have, and didn't, watch), Dum Dums (WELL GOOD FUN), Idlewild (BRILLIANT!), SemiSonic (ROCKING AND ROLLING) and Ocean COlour Scene (exciting). But, as usual, the best was yet to come, TRAVIS AND FATBOY SLIM! SHIT, DID THEY ROCK! NOT ONLY DID TRAVIS DO SO WELL THAT HE GOT CHEARED BACK ON STAGE TO PLAY ANOTHER THREE SONGS - INCLUDING BRITNEY SPEARES' "BABY ONE MORE TIME" - BUT THE WHOLE CROWD LOVED THEM AND THEIR OLD AND NEW SONGS! THEY WERE GREAT! FATBOY SLIM WAS ALSO VERY SKILLFUL, WITH HUGE CROWDS SURROUNDING THE DANCE TENT AND BLOWING IT INTO THE AIR WITH EVERY BASE BEAT! Sunday, unfortunately I had to go as there was school to go to. But, we still caught Joolz Holland who GOT THE CROWD MOVING - EVERYONE FOR THE FIRST TIME. And apparently Baseman Jaxx, David Bowie, Muse and Mint Rolyale were all great. God, what I would have done to have been able to stay there to watch them... But it's not all about the music, the atmosphere was great. People were friendly enough yet not overgoing the boundaries to make you feel like they were having other plans to do with your life, and the weather by the end was boiling - I've got serious Grade 5 sunburn! There were shops selling everything from Weed to candle-powered boats, and food stalls from Chinese noodles to Australian steak houses. The loos I imagine were better than previous years, though there wa
s never really any paper in them and there was that occassional smell... Also, with the highest ever crowd rating (around 800,000 I think) and the lowest EVER crime rates, it was quite possibley the BEST GLASTONBURY EVER!!! If I had to make a critiscism of it, it would be that to divide the crowds they put two main acts on at the same time, which, although clever, was REALLY ANNOYING (e.g. Travis and Fatboy Slim). I personally can't wait to go next year, if there is one... The farmer is thinking about ending it now, at the year 2000, despite absolutely loving it. His wife is dead you see, and it "brings back memories". Still, there's always Reading/Leeds and V2000, but still, you can't help feel....... ROLL ON GLASTONBURY 2001!!!!!!!!!!!!!!