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The time of your life
Glastonbury Music Festival
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Glastonbury Music Festival
*I will be reviewing the festival as someone who camped at Glastonbury, I have not experienced tee-pee's or the wooden village at the festival*
People from all over the world travel to Glastonbury festival, the biggest and no doubt the best performing arts festival in the world.
Started in 1970 with only 1,500 people in attendance the festival has grown to hold around 175,000 people and attract some of the biggest names in music. My first (and only) experience with the festival was 2009 which was headlined by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Blur, Neil Young, Prodigy, Lilly Allen, Ray Davies (and many, many more). In short, it was amazing.
With around forty friends and acquaintances going with me, we booked our own coach and left from Liverpool at around 5am on the Wednesday morning, hoping to arrive at the festival early afternoon to set up but due to the ridiculous traffic we actually got to the festival around 6/7pm. Even this didn't dampen the fun and the quick entrance into the festival was a welcome bonus.
Once in the festival you can camp in whatever camping zone you like (there is loads of space if you get there on the Wednesday and many areas to choose from). To explain how big the festival is, some of my friends who have been three times and explored have still not seen the whole festival such is the size (and that you always see something/someone interesting to slow you down) so resist the temptation to camp as soon as you get in and consider which stage you are likely to spend the most time around then camp a quick walking distance from there.
Now you're ready for the festival. Barring absolute disaster you will be looking at the time of your life with a very happy and easy going feeling all around the farm; I didn't see as much as an argument the whole time I was there and considering its predominantly English people drinking all day, this is some achievement. There is more than enough to keep everyone entertained with the farm separated in to different areas to cater for different people or different moods that you may be in. There are obviously the main stages which from Friday to Sunday will feature big name, famous acts from around midday to midnight, but also many other smaller stages offering entertainment form Wednesday -Sunday in forms of music and other performing arts. There are limitless food stands which will cater for all tastes, a 'jam-tent' where you can get up and play yourself, face painting, 'The Shangrila' (words cannot describe this place, flamethrowers playing music, double-decker party busses, hall of mirrors, tattoo bars, aliens on stilts) and even things such as a cinema tent, a phone charging tent (expect a long queue) and this year, a big screen to show live world cup matches. The Glastonbury site suggests that the best way to make the most of the festival is not to spend all day moving around and this I fully agree with. Sure, if there's a few acts that you really want to see you should go and find them, but otherwise you can go and chill out in one place for a couple of hours at a time THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING GOOD HAPPENING! I still have not even covered 1% of what is on offer, but I have to move on some time.
Before going the festival I was quite worried about not being able to shower, particularly with it being in the summer and with me camping in a field! Let me tell you, nobody notices. As everyone is in the exact same situation there is no judging and you end up forgetting about it yourself (you can still use the taps to wash your hair/face and brush your teeth, and bring wet wipes for anywhere else), and there are also showers available for those who cannot resist, but expect a queue. The toilets admittedly are horrendous, especially as the days go on, but take an imodium and extra toilet roll in your bag and be in and out as quick as possible.
As for things to take with you the main thing is do not worry, they sell everything you can think of there (and many people will give you theirs for free such is the atmosphere). They sell toilet roll, sun cream, lighters, alcohol, milk, food, clothes, legal highs, even tents! Do not worry.
The price of alcohol and food is typical of what you'd expect from a London bar, or London food stand (£3.50 a pint, £5 for burger+chips or similar meal) although the festival does allow you to take your own food and drink in as long as its not in glass bottles, so I suggest you take advantage of this whilst remembering you have to carry it.
Go with an open mind and let the festival spirit take you, and regardless of what acts you like/dislike, I promise you'll have the time of your life.
Summary: The time of your life
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