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Joined 11-01-2007
Posted on Tuesday, 19 June, 2007 - 01:45 pm:   

All very quiet on the forum just now.

So... is anyone headed to Glastonbury for this weekend? Any festival virgins with questions to ask of their friendly and helpful neighbours? Anyone with any experience to share? I know I have heard a few people talking on the train about this recently.

What do you absolutely need to bring? What's the best way to get there? Which bands are you recommending? What prized possessions are you going to tell people they need to have? And (possibly most importantly, based on what I overheard in an outdoors shop at lunchtime) do you know anywhere which has a plentiful supply of wellies in stock?
Joined 29-09-2006
Posted on Tuesday, 19 June, 2007 - 02:41 pm:   

Last week I saw a young lady on the tube with a new pair of Hunters (still in their box). She looked like a young trendy type and I can only imagine she's going for the Moss Fest Look this Glastonbury.
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Tuesday, 19 June, 2007 - 05:46 pm:   

You need a teleport/time machine to take you back to 1984. Moan grumble moan.

Try to focus yourself in one or two areas and not see too much as walking with wellies in mud really does your legs in. Better still bring a bike, cycle into Shepton Mallet for a fry up breakfast and the chance for a hot wash and shave. You'll get wellies in Shepton Mallet - you can always get there by taxi.

The best stages are those out of the way with old folkies and rockers. But easier for me to see these at other festivals.
Joined 09-04-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 19 June, 2007 - 08:38 pm:   

I had a mud experience in the 80s - possibly was 1984. Had to wait a day for a tractor to push our car out of the parking field.
The last (3rd) time I attended was in 1992 (while Denmark were winning the European Championship)and the best act I saw was Jonathan Richman (on one of those out of the way stages).
Having gone twice in the early 80s I was surprised by how much it had grown in size by '92
I felt it was too big then. Wouldn't fancy it now but then I am too old.
Hope to get back to Womad or Cambridge Folk festival next year - much more my middle aged thing.
But if you're going, have a great time. And tell us about it. You forget about the rain after a while.
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Tuesday, 19 June, 2007 - 09:34 pm:   

It's so damn big, Big Julie, it accommodates a Cambridge Folk Festival Stage, A Womad Stage and a Glastonbury of the past stage. To many mind altering substances BJ, 1984 was a heatwave (as they are more likely to be than wet). 1985 was the first of the wet fests where my motorbike had to be pushed out of the mud - we could bring them on site in the old old old days. Poor Dave is probably being overwhelmed by us old gits - he will be more overwhelmed when I give him my instructions on who to see and who to avoid (old has beens like the remnants of the Who).

PS I have been to 6 Glastonbury's (pre sponsorship deal), 11 Cambridge Folk Fests, 5 Womads, 2 Guildfests, 2 Fairports, and a number of diddy ones I can no longer remember, ah one of them was Towersley where everyone went around in Clogs and beards
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Thursday, 21 June, 2007 - 10:11 pm:   

Unfortunately her in-doors recycled the line-up as printed in the Grauniad and the stuff on line is surprisingly incomplete. Essentially just hang-around the Avalon stage where you can catch:

The Waterboys (and relive a sunny day in 1984) , The Cat Empire, Seth Lakeman (my mate went to school with Seth) Oi Va Voi, Chumba Wumba Acoustic (cracking night at the Croydon Greyhound last year), The Saw Doctors, Show of Hands, Bellowhead and Billy Braggg (cycled into him, but he didn't remember me and 1984)

Worth doing the main stage for Arcade Fire, Killers, Bjork and perhaps Kaiser Chiefs

Left field stage for some reasonably provoking comedey including Sarf London Boys Marks Steel and Thomas, Mark Steel, Nick Wilty, Steve Gribben (remember chatting to him at the Sydenham Greyhound, and Tony Ben

Spiriutalised at the Dance tent and apart from that maybe the Roots stage otherwise watch a few films inlcluding the most O wonderful Brother where art thou.

And maybe a Guy called Gerald.

Avoid shallow bands like the Rakes (my mates brother leads them), bland stuff like James Morrison, and old gits like the Who and Weller.

Unfortuately Dave has probably gone now, and no one else is bothered to say BD, you clearly have such good taste. Ah another thread I have put the kiss of death on, if only that would work with the YOHO one on the main site.
Joined 09-04-2005
Posted on Thursday, 21 June, 2007 - 10:31 pm:   

BD, you clearly have such good taste.
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Friday, 22 June, 2007 - 11:02 pm:   

Non of you sussed out I am quoting straight from the Daily Mail guide to Glastonbury (Bromely supplement)
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Friday, 22 June, 2007 - 11:04 pm:   

Ha fooled you

Of course the Daily Mail would be talking about student drug taking drop outs who needed a spell in the army and unwelcome foreigners. You wouldn't get that sort of thing happening at the Glades.
Joined 30-03-2005
Posted on Saturday, 23 June, 2007 - 08:03 pm:   

I saw Glastonbury on the television this morning. All I could see was mud and mechanical diggers scooping up mud!
Joined 11-01-2007
Posted on Monday, 02 July, 2007 - 09:16 am:   

Just a quick follow-up to say thanks.

Got there and managed to see a reasonable number of the things we wanted to see - one of the disappointments was that The Killers were on at the same time as Iggy (on the Other Stage) and the Saw Doctors (up at the Acoustic Tent).

Highlights for me were The View (opening the main stage in bright sunshine and before the field turned into a quagmire) and Martha Wainwright (on the very small and perfectly-formed new Park stage). Beyond the music, the food was actually great - very varied and generally much better than I expected from vans/stalls. More generally, and for whatever reason, the atmosphere was great - people actually being pleasant and accommodating to each other, things like patiently waiting at the bar, or yielding as crowds moved from one part of the site to another. Maybe the fact that these things appeared as exceptional is a sign I have been living in London for too long...

Lowlights included problems with the sound systems on the Pyramid stage which slightly muted some of the headliners, and yomping across the site and associated leg pain from newly-discovered and hurting muscles which remained with me for a few days last week [yes, I knew it would be muddy - I just didn't really appreciate the scale of the muddiness or the size of the site]. Still glad we went, tho.