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Glastonbury 2009 - Hot Hot
Glastonbury Music Festival
Member Name: sparker1984
Glastonbury Music Festival
Date: 12/07/09, updated on 20/07/09 (10 review reads)
Advantages: Music, beer, cider, friends, sunshine
Disadvantages: Smell of the longdrops
This was the my third visit to Glastonbury in 3 years. I arrived close to the entrance on Tuesday, a day before the gates open and a perfect excuse to 'get on it' early and start a full 6 day booze fest.
That first nite took its toll on me, I blame the heat personally, my friend swill say different.
So, Wednesday morning arrives, gates open at 8am. Suprisingly, given that my head was pounding, i managed the 20 minute walk to the entrance in one piece and after a 30 sleep in the queue, we were back at the spiritual home of music festivals.
The site looks amazing without all the tents and people, just lush grass and rolling hills.
We trek to the Pyramid Stage hill, to take advantage of the fact not many people had arrived and make a perfect circle of tents and a nice camp fire in the middle. The stage is set.
After seeing out 2007 where it was so muddy the mud was muddy, and I got flooded out at 5am, it was nice to see the sun shining and the temperatures soaring. But after that first night i needed a sleep to recharge my batteries whilst my mates strolled the site.
Admittedly I wasn't impressed by this years line-up, but after missing sleeping through Kasabian and Artic Monkeys in 2007 i realised Glastonbury is not all about the music, it's the people and the atmosphere that make Glastonbury a special place.
There is so much to do, apart from seeing a band on the main stages you can find the unknown musicians at small stages and stalls dotted around the 1000 acre site, even these guys and girls get a full house. You can try out Shangri-La for the surreal, or the Healing Fields well for those that need a massage.
Trash City is full of good rubbish thats been reused and made into sculptures. There are so many places to go you will not see them all.
My favourite moment this year was from Mr Hudson when he dedicated a song to the late Michael Jackson. I could see tears in his eyes and this was the moment it really dawned on me the scale of this tragedy. Being in Glasto you are away from the media and that busy life so any news is a rumour until you see for yourself.
We did have one day of rain that turned soem areas into a quagmire, but the next days sun sorted that out, the wellies went and the trainers came out, which made the atmosphere electric.
Still after 3 years Glastonbury amazes me. When you ask people who they are seeing ' Blur or Prodigy' they say Prodigy, but end up at Blur even us Oasis fans. Thats what happens there, you can't make plans, there is no time and place at Glastonbury. If you are there then your there if your not then you are still there.
Glastonbury 2009 was a Great British holiday with out the beach.
Summary: The best place on Earth!
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