Glastonbury Festival: Part 1

Well firstly, I must apologise for a sincere lack of blogging as of late.

I have been a very busy bee!

In fact, I’ve been travelling all over the country. From the South West all the way up to Scotland.

So let me tell you a bit more about what I’ve been up to…

Let’s start with Glastonbury!

Glastonbury has always been the festival I’ve wanted to go to. If you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s arguably the biggest, most famous contemporary performing arts festival in the WORLD, and also very famous for its mud…

As a youngster, I used to make the annual pilgrimage to Reading Festival following our GCSE/A Level results (yep, I was one of those!), but was never able to go to Glastonbury due to timings with school/uni.

This year, that was about to change.

My friend Jo and I were lucky enough to get our hands on a pair of tickets.

And this is what we got up to…

We hopped aboard a train and set for Castle Cary station in Somerset (pretty much in the middle of nowhere!)

Grabbed our wristbands upon arrival…

… and pitched our tent in the rain. Oh yes, Glastonbury, you couldn’t wait could you. After lugging our heavy backpacks through the fields trying to find a space to pitch, the heavens opened.

But without a bit of rain, it wouldn’t be Glastonbury, hey!?

Apologies for the horrendous photo of me coming up…

Once we’d got set up, we headed straight out to explore! We were overwhelmed at how crazy the place was! Teeming with thousands of happy festival goers, food stalls, and random stages blaring a mix of music.

Of course, we needed a compulsory photo with the Glastonbury sign!

We sat down with the a cider and soaked up the view. I don’t think I could ever get bored of it! The festival itself is pretty huge – I don’t think our tent is even in this picture!

After a fair bit of partying and a little bit of drinking, we set off to explore.

We came across one of the favourite sections of the entire festival – the Green Futures area.

It’s quite peculiar, really!

A large, quiet field with little lanterns and candles around. Campfires are spread out and you can buy really yummy hot chocolate from quirky little stalls. There are a couple of tents lit only by fairy lights playing lovely acoustic music, and one tent is even powered by bicycle. It really is incredible.

There are even little domes dotted around, decorated with neon lights, just perfect for relaxing in in the evening after a long day of partying! My photos really don’t do it justice!

The next day, we were up and ready for the music to start!

We waited to see who the surprise act was… and saw the Kaiser Chiefs in return (they were good, but a bit of a disappointing choice in my opinion!)

Next up – Blondie! Who has still got it and is effortlessly cool!

See for yourself here.

And after a few more acts, one of the bands I had looked forward to seeing the most: Band of Skulls.

They really blew the roof off! See here.

We then hopped on over to the Pyramid Stage to see Rudimental. They have a bit of sentimental value for Jo and I – when we were studying for our finals at university, we would listen to ‘Feel the Love’ endlessly, getting excited for the night we would finally be able to remove ourselves from the library and go and dance!

Sadly, despite the surprise appearance of Ed Sheeran on stage, they weren’t all that!

Note those grey skies by the way…

And, for the first time in Glastonbury’s history, the bands were called off due to an electrical storm! So Rudimental’s set was cut short.

We weren’t too sure what to do with ourselves…

The mud was sure getting churned up…

…which made Jo pretty sad!

But then the rain stopped! Hallelujah!

So we set off to explore some of the festival’s more charitable, meaningful protests. That’s one great thing that’s pretty unique to Glastonbury.

Before CHVRCHES and more cider…

Oh and more mud. Lots of mud.

We stopped off at Pieminister. A-MAZING. The food is pretty darn impressive at Glasto, and this was one of our favourite meals. I went for the Free Ranger (chicken, thyme, leek, and ham), and Jo opted for the Moo (steak and ale), and both were delicious.

I have to point out that by this time, we were exhausted! We hadn’t sat down all day and this was a brief 15 minute break. If you want to make the most of your festival, it’s what you’ve gotta do though, right!?

Time for Paolo Nutini… (who sadly didn’t play any of his older, more famous songs!)

As the sun set, it was time for Skrillex to come out (in his pod!) Watch his set here.

It was crazy and exceeded all my expectations!

Once he’d finished, we were definitely in the party mood… so we headed to Arcadia, an area dominated by a giant mechanic tarantula featuring a DJ booth. It also pretty dramatically shoots flames, and has speakers all over. We arrived just in time for Nero.

It was so much fun and we partied until the early hours. Once it ended, we thought that would be it – but oh no! A samba band simply took their position instead and started playing. 

We headed back, past the rest of Arcadia, featuring a glove you can wear that enables you to crush old cars. It really was a crazy place but so much fun.

So that’s Thursday and Friday – watch out for Part 2!

I’m Laura, a roaming blonde who recently made the leap from my home in the Cotswolds, UK to be based across the pond in Vancouver, BC for a brand new job and plenty of adventures.

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