The day before the ticket balance was due to be paid off this year I still couldn’t really decide whether to go to Glastonbury, even though it’s always an amazing place I did wonder whether I should give it a miss….2 days after returning I am so glad I made the right decision.
Views from the tower
Skipping over the fact it rained on Thursday….pretty standard and everything was covered in mud by the end of the day the rest of the weekend was perfect (basically nowhere near as baking hot as 2010 and nowhere near as rainy as mostly every other year).
Just in case anyone wanted to know here’s the list of all the people I saw (in no particular order):
Mik Artistik, Swim Deep (twice), Dog is Dead, Peace, Foals, Noah & The Whale, Arctic Monkeys, The Others, Drenge, Strypes, Tribes, Professor Green, Tame Impala, Two Door Cinema Club, The Rolling Stones, Vampire Weekend, Of Monsters and Men, Kate Nash, Palma Violets, Vaccines, Mumford & Sons.
Some of the bands I watched I’ve seen plenty of times already, in fact some of them I’ve seen several times in the last few months (Tribes, Strypes and Swim Deep to name a few) but seeing them at Glastonbury is always something different and special. Then were bands that I love but for some reason or another I hadn’t seen for a while like Foals, Tame Impala and headliners Arctic Monkeys who proved they are still absolutely fantastic, and despite us hardly being able to see the stage or move any part of our bodies for the first 4 songs we still loved it (especially Mardy Bum and Certain Romance).
One massive highlight was seeing The Rolling Stones, it definitely felt like one of those “I was there” moments and luckily getting into the crowd over an hour before they were due on stage proved the right thing to as pretty much the whole festival had unsurprisingly decided to watch them. Going to so many gigs and festivals means it’s sometimes hard to still get stupidly excited about a band but I’m sure I’m not alone in having that feeling when Jagger and co walked out onto the Pyramid Stage – and anyone saying it didn’t look good on TV you might be right, but standing in the crowd it looked AMAZING.
This year there was also the new Williams Green area that we seemed to spend lots of time at and by Sunday everyone else had the same idea meaning we listened to Palma Violets and Vaccines sitting in the sun as the tent was full to the brim.
Glastonbury is always about more than just watching bands though of course, this year we finally made it up the tower at the Park Stage and even though it decided to rain just as we started climbing the stairs it didn’t stop the view of the whole site being pretty breath-taking. Then there’s the circus field, the cinema tent (good shelter from Thursday’s rain), Arcadia, Shangri La, in fact Glastonbury could do with being a week longer just so you can explore everywhere (and eat at every food stall).
For those few days on Worthy Farm everything else is forgotten and you’re lost in a temporary city with your best friends and favourite bands.
The only downside is returning home, roll on 2014.