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Glastonbury 2004- (New & improved)
Member Name: funkyh
Date: 04/07/04, updated on 04/07/04 (66 review reads)
Advantages: brill, as always
Disadvantages: tent 'gardens'
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