After buying tickets 9 months earlier, the time had finally come to attend Glastonbury Music Festival. The opening day (Wednesday) and majority of Thursday were without much music, so we took the time to explore as much as we could of the festival site, which is over 1000 acres. For those that aren't much for units of measurement, this basically meant that after walking around consistently for the majority of two days, we had ALMOST covered every different section of the festival.
Another eye-opener was that of the 200,000 attendees, the average age was definitely much higher than any festival we've experienced in Australia, even resulting in whole families attending with three kids in tow and all. Apparently a lady even went into labour at the festival this year? Dedication!
After having prepared ourselves for rubbish English weather it was hot and sunny for the whole five days, so we really lucked out there. The food and drink options, given the sheer size of the festival, were very widespread and apart from a dodgy Yorkshire pudding thing, pretty good quality too.
Once the music kicked off on the Friday we opened our Glastonbury account with Rolf Harris, who was surprisingly entertaining, while being horribly stereotypical Aussie. Other Friday viewing included Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Mystery Jets, Hot Chip and headliners The Gorillaz, where the crowd was really bursting at the seams.
Saturday was probably the hottest day of the festival, and there was barely a slither of shade to be found. Between searching for shade we managed to watch Delphic, Holy F*** (yes, that's the name of the band!), Scissor Sisters (to get a good spot for Muse, we swear!) and of course, Muse. We partied on into the night at one of the scores of bars on site, this one adopting a clothes 'swaparama' theme with their op-shop collection. Barry didn't get into the spirit of it, at all.
Come the final day of the festival we joined a hopeful crowd of about 30,000 natives for the England vs Germany world cup fixture. Safe to say the disallowed England goal (that was 'THIS FAR' over the line) didn't go down well, and obviously nor did the 4-1 win to the Germans. For those interested in the music again, we then watched We Are Scientists, some of MGMT (who, while I thought impossible, were worse than when they came to Australia), Faithless (who were the opposite to MGMT ie awesome), Crystal Castles and Ash. It was getting a bit sad our time at Glasto was ending, so a final dance at one of the bars was in order.
Having seen what it's all about now, it would be great to return to Glastonbury again without feeling the need to get around and see everything it has to offer. While we both agree it wasn't necessarily the best festival we've ever been too, it certainly wins in a lot of areas, including how on earth they manage to be so well organised in accommodating 200,000 people without any incidents that we knew or or heard of. They have had 40 years of practice though, and hopefully it continues for many more!