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i have worked at Glastonbury Festival for the past 5yrs, it is an amazing place with so much going on, caters for everybody's needs, definatly one to put on your 'to do' list
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I have only been to Glastonbury twice but I am now going to make sure that I get a ticket every year it's on!! It is absolutely amazing - really hard to describe just HOW amazing it is to people who haven't been but it is a festival to do at least once in your life!
There is so much to do;
Craft tents, bric a brac stalls, jewellery, clothes and souvenir shops, henna tattooing, salons(!), a cinema, theatre, stand up shows with famous comedians, cafes and tea tents, bars, Hari Krishna tent, kiddies play area, reiki, tarot reading, fortune telling, food from all around the world, the oxfam charity shop bus, the wishing tree and loads more that I have forgotten because there is just too much to fit in!
Shangri La, silent discos, the dance tent, fairground rides..
and of course... the music! Music at Glastonbury is so varied - for example, they had Black Eyed Peas, Blur, Bruce Springstein, the Specials and Rolf Harris in one lineup so there really is something for everybody!
Some of my favourite memories are being up right close to the front at Blur, Bruce Springstein and Kasabian, watching the sunrise at Stone Circle and staying up all night on the last night of last year around a campfire chatting to a group of firefighters we had just met. Everyone is so friendly and happy at Glastonbury - it's like one big party!
Tips - bring wellies a mac and an umbrella because it will rain at some point and bring Antibax and loo roll (the toilets are HORRIFIC!) and try the ostrich burgers, jerk chicken and fresh homemade doughnuts- perfect!
Biggest in Britain with the best variety in the world.
Caters for all ages, kids field, dance tents, band stands, tents fuelled by the sun.
Great selection of food and local sellers stalls. You can buy anything at Glastonbury. They even have a milk float which travels the campsite each morning.
Unlike any other festival in that the campsite is in the arena so it really is a 24 hour festival.
Make no mistake the site is huge, this year will be my second year and i am hoping to travel the 3/4 of the festival i could not fit in last year. The stone circle at sunset is a must.
Brothers cider in all varieties available. Real ale a plenty.
You could never be bored at Glastonbury.
This year they have Bruce Spingstein :O.
An experience for all the family that everyone has t do once (at the very least).
I absolutely love coming to Glastonbury!
No matter whether it rains or is gloriously sunny! One piece of advise though, always take welly boots! Cos if it does rain then you’ll be so glad you brought them.
There’s so much to see and do at the festival that I really don’t think it matters if the lineup is good or not as you can always find something amazing to watch or do.
The place is alive 24 hours a day and you’re never going to be bored.
This should be on your list of thing to do before you die!
Went in 2007 and it was an awesome weekend, not even the rain or mud could destroy the atmosphere. The only downer is that theres not enough time to do everything. The music is quality and id advice to look out for secret gigs that go on or the smaller stages to watch up and coming bands. A wide variety of food and if you dont take your own drink theres plenty of bars, even mlk if that tickles your fancy.
Loads of random stuff like an upside cow in a tree. One thing you’ve got to do is go to stonehenge on the night were wierd stuff goes on until sunrise.
Recomend to take wellies in case the weather is bad and loads and loads of beer.
Whenever I meet a visitor to the UK, I always say they have to experience Glastonbury Festival. It really is an amazing, unique event and probably the best festival in the world…. as long as the weather is good! The best camping is at the north of the site next to the Green Fields and if you can’t stand canvas there’s even an American style trailer park where you can hire more luxurious accommodation. Forget the line-up and just stroll around taking in the sights and amazing atmosphere. Try some of the lovely food and catch the great impromptu performances that happen all over the site. Wander up to the Stone Circle at sunrise and you’ll experience a life-affirming event as hundreds of people cheer the first rays of a new day.
Wow - the hype surrounding the Glastonbury Festival these days is amazing! From the ticket frenzy, media speculation on acts, planning what to take & wondering just how muddy it will get - it’s something you should experience if you’re into music & can afford a ticket. Try to get there as early as possible from when the gates open - you won’t regret it! That way you can get the pick of where to set up camp without too much stress or hassle & have a wander round the site to get a true picture of just how MASSIVE it really is…...cos trust me, once the crowds arrive in droves it’ll be utter madness, difficult to get around & you’ll be focused on getting to & from places, seeing bands, comedy, theatre performances etc…....and don’t listen to a word of anyone saying you won’t need wellington boots - you’ll regret not taking them the moment a speck of rain falls & whole areas become a mud bath - and it does, simply from so many people walking/standing over the same areas day & night.
It’s strange getting there early & watching the place come alive with the onslaught of people…..before you know it the festival is drawing to a close - so I reckon make the effort whilst your there to try seeing as much as possible of what will interest you, otherwise you end up kicking yourself afterwards & it’s a whole year to wait for the chance to do it all again!
My First Glastonbury- Having managed, spectacually, to miss everybody I was meant to meet, or even knew I watched the bands instead. I wasn’t too impressed by the Pyramid Stage line up, though Bowie was fantastic and looked like a prowling lion, but the new bands stage and the avalon stage proved to be great for my obscure tastes.
Its definatley an experience!!
I have done the festival circuit for many years and in 98 I went to Glastonbury for the first time. It is so different to any other festival…I actually was amazed! And yes, I came back!!!
I love the mud,
I love being in midst of so many people,
I love the different sights and sounds,
I love sitting on the top of the hill behind the sacred stones watching the sunrise in my sleeping bag,
I love the smells…generally,
I may not love the toilets but I love having to roll my trousers up before i go in,
I love brushing my teeth using a cup of water and toothpaste, I love the green fields and craft workshops, I love the state I look and the fact everyone else does too, I love most of the music, I love the teepee field, I love the variety,
I love watching the world cup there or a good film, I love that when you put your tent up amongst a few tents and go to sleep - when you wake up the previously nearly empty feild is full of tents….
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Icarus, 21 September 2008:
Just got back from Glasto and the first thing I have to say is it has grown a lot since I last went in 1985. 170,000 odd people in the one place, with no trouble and a brilliant vibe….long may it continue. Michael Evis is to be congratulated for sticking to his guns with Jay Z, who whilst wasn’t my cup’o’tea, seemed to impress most people.
To fully appreciate the magnitude of Glastonbury, you have to climb to the highest points and it is only then that you will start to understand the effort that must go into getting the festival on. Hundreds of shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and THE CIDER BUS! make turning up on Wednesday morning adviseable, as there really is so much to do and see.
I could ramble on about the great dance acts, the trash city and all the other brilliant things in Glastonbury 2008, but instead, all I will say is the minute tickets go on sale next year, get registering, because even though the 2008 Glastonbury only just sold out, 2009 will sell out in Minutes.
It’s really hard to explain to someone who’s never been to glastonbury just how good it is.
The Glastonbury festival is probably most famous from the stories of how a 3-metre-tall welshman was once smuggled past the stasi-esque security using a suitcase, a jersey driving licence, a carton of pineapple juice, and a chinaman… this inspires notions of courage, fortitude, cunning, and stamina among schoolchildren nationwide… But I think there’s much more to it than that…
It’s absolutely bloody massive. Hundreds of really good quality restaurants/cafes selling an astounding range of international foods so everyone is well catered for. There’s lots of places to drink - I particularly recommend the Cider bus and the place near the Acoustic stage that sells Perry (pear cider) - both delicious and will get you very (happy) drunk quite quickly. Also if the weather’s cold (it inevitably will be… it’s the UK) there ain’t nowt better than a hot cider with a shot of 10-year old brandy in it.
Aside from the food and drink of course is the main reason for the festival - the performing arts. Not just a fantastic range of superb music but also people prancing about (dancing and plays and stuff), circus acts, and people just wondering around the site in costumes doing silly things.
There’s the bountiful drugs too. yummy drugs. don’t take drugs though.
One of the best things about the festival is seeing the range of different people wondering around… seeing what people are really like when they completely let their hair down. I’ve had some really good times in the smaller tents where there are performances from amateur poets and musicians (particularly the banyan tree cafe if you can find it… they have lots of comfy sofas, excellent chai, and 24-hours open mic).
If you have been to other festivals before and not glastonbury then glastonbury is better. Trust me.
The toilets and the discomforts of camping when you’re inevitably hungover are to be expected and so, sadly, is the terrible terrible weather… the endless cold wind, rain, and mud (again, this is the UK) can be quite tiring, and particularly disheartening if you come back to your tent to find it underwater. The best solution is just just get properly wasted and focus on having lots of fun.
I would recommend arriving as early as possible on the wednesday to find a good camping spot otherwise you might have to camp next to the toilets and your tent will probably be pissed on/in.
Oh one more tip, if you shave off your mate’s eyebrow whilst drunk then don’t bring your grandmother’s tent to sleep in… not when they sell permanent marker pens on site.
Ahh…Glasto…always the best week of my year. I’ve been to glastonbury four times now, and every time it has been literally AMAZING, even when the weather has been bad. The music is fantastic, but you don’t go for the music so much as the experience. The festival is set in one of the most beautiful areas of the british countryside, in a lovely valley overlooked by glastonbury tor, a kind of small castle. Also amazing is the food - it’s hard to get a food stall at glastonbury, so the standard is really high. I can especially recommend African Kitchen - amazing food on china plates with metal cutlery, which the owner just trusts you to bring back after you’ve finished! The great thing about glastonbury is, everybody does!
An extraordinary, life-affirming experience - even in mud and rain! The positive energy, the friendly vibe, the fun to be had, the music, the stalls, the bars are some of the best I’ve experienced at any festival, and I’ve been to a few.
You can’t imagine how big it is until you actually see it - the pictures you’ve seen online and on telly just don’t do it justice. It’s great fun. To be recommended.
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