Jac's Overseas Adventures
How on earth do I sum up the best festival ever in words?! I have been back for 24 hours, my gumboots are still covered in mud and I refuse to take off my wristband because I never wanted it to end! We arrived at the festival at 2am on Friday morning after a long drive in our hired campervan. We watched the hordes of people (even at that hour) trudge through the mud with their backpacks and wheelbarrows and attempt to set up their tents while we got ready for our warm, dry comfy beds. We were up early to catch the first act of day 1 - Hilltop Hoods. It was a 20 minute walk to the gate from where we were parked (which by Glastonbury standards, is very close!). We made our way to the Other Stage and waiting anxiously for my favourite Aussie Hip Hop band to start. You can imagine we were pretty disappointed when they didn't show up. Luckily though they did play later the next day. We had a few hours to kill so we wandered around and explored as much of the festival as we could. Newborns to 80 year olds could be seen throughout the grounds, Santas, Fairies, Punks, Rockers, Gothics, Ballerinas, Brides, Superheroes, Cartoon characters .... every sort of person in every sort of outfit was there. The bands were absolutely amazing! Some of the Highlights, though every band I saw was fantastic, were Crowded House, Infadels, Amy Winehouse (who punched a fan during her performance!), Hot Chip, The Verve, Groove Armada, Massive Attack, Mark Ronson (who had a surprise guest appearance from Lily Allen!), The Gossip and many many more. Silent disco was also definitely a highlight! In a small tent in the dance village they had random DJ's mixing it up while each person was given a set of headphones to listen too ... with the whole tent tuned into the performing DJ and dancing around it was really bizarre to take of the headphones and listen to everyone singing and dancing when there wasn't actually any music! We had a bit of a joke at the Silent Disco because Mic (aka Yabba) wouldn't stop talking and didn't quite understand the concept of a SILENT disco ... we had to keep taking off our headphones just to hear what he was rambling about. We were so lucky with the weather ... it rained and was incredibly muddy on the Friday but Saturday and Sunday were sunny and warm, a first for the Glastonbury festival! It took about 40 mins to walk from one end of the festival to the other ... impossible to explore the whole thing in 3 days and see all the bands you want ... especially with such an amazing line up. I have never been to a festival where everyone is in such good spirits. One of the best moments was standing on the hill for the Verve (the final performance) at the Pyramid Stage looking out to 100,000 people, with amazing lights, fireworks at the back of the crowd and the entire audience singing Bittersweet Symphony, it was such a great way to end this amazing festival. There were flags flying throughout the crowds, some for nations, some for peace and some completely random ones, like the bright orange flag with a picture of a toaster on it ... we spoke to one guy who wrote his phone number on his flag and by Sunday afternoon he had received over 3000 text messages. Every one had their spot in view of the stage and were collecting the surrounding rubbish to start little fires within their group so they could dance around them and keep warm as the sun went down. For all the festival lovers, this is one not to miss! It doesn't matter what age you are, if you can appreciate good music, good food, arts and crafts then get in line and get ready to purchase your tickets for next years event! I definitely will be!