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Josh Aggars of flip flops city shares his experience and photos of the magic and wonder that is the Glastonbury Festival.

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The Glastonbury Festival is like no other music festival on Earth. It is the biggest and best in the UK, a self-policed world where you forget about regular life for a few days and totally tune out.

Well that is my experience anyway. I’ve been going to music festivals around Europe and the U.S. for some 15 years now and Glastonbury remains the unbeaten champion. It’s the charm of the place, the fact that a farmer some 40 years ago decided to turn his land over to a bunch of hippies so that they could put on a small festival that sees that same sense of freedom and adventure enduring to this day.

Unlike most other festivals where an overbearing security set up check your wrist band as you enter and leave arenas, your food and drink is confiscated so that you are forced to purchase from inflated priced official sponsors, at Glastonbury you simply cart in as much as you can carry on the first day and then proceed to get as debauched as your spirit will allow.

Add to that the vast expanse of the place (some 200,000 people squeezed into a valley of 900 acres), the wide mix of people from different age groups and backgrounds, the range of music on offer (some 26 music and theatre stages) and the collective will to set aside differences and just party and it’s hard not to fall in love with the place.

Glastonbury Main Music Stages

The world famous Pyramid Stage, the centrepiece of the festival, this year headlined by U2, Coldplay and Beyonce. The light at the tip of the stage remains on at night and can be seen from all the surrounding hills of the farm. A great way to navigate your way home if confused.

Throughout the day it’s a great place to relax in the sun whilst taking in great bands and costumes!

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Glastonbury Festival Crowd

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Glastonbury Pyramid Music Stage

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Glastonbury Pyramid Music Stage

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Glastonbury Pyramid Music Stage

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Glastonbury Music Festival

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Glastonbury Pyramid Music Stage

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Glastonbury Pyramid Music Stage

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Glastonbury Park

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Glastonbury Pyramid Music Stage

Glastonbury Market Area

Walking around the site you always come across interesting characters, stalls and music. Here in the Market Area there is no shortage of photo opportunities.

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Glastonbury Market Area

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Glastonbury The Cider Bus

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Glastonbury Market Area

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Glastonbury Market Area

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Glastonbury Market Area

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Glastonbury Market Area

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Glastonbury Market Area

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Glastonbury The Bandstand

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Glastonbury The Bandstand

There are always some casualties from a day of drinking and dancing in the sun! A little headache later and no doubt this warrior would be back partying.

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Glastonbury Passed Out

Glastonbury Dance Village

The Dance Village is always alive and a great place to warm up for a night of partying ahead.

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Glastonbury Dance Village

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Glastonbury Dance Village

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Glastonbury Dance Village

Glastonbury Pleasure City

By night Glastonbury really comes alive. After the headline acts have left the stage at midnight the party moves to the entertainment fields of Pleasure City otherwise known as Shangri La, Arcadia, The Common, The Unfairground and Block 9.

People arrive in fancy dress to party the night away with the hosts of each venue whether they be Mad Max techno warriors, Mermaids, Ghosts or Other.

Each themed area is home to outside sound stages, clubs, bars and anything else that will leave you doing a double take.

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Glastonbury Pleasure City

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Glastonbury Pleasure City

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Glastonbury Pleasure City

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Glastonbury Pleasure City

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Glastonbury Pleasure City

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Glastonbury Pleasure City

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Glastonbury Pleasure City

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Glastonbury Campo Pequeno

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Glastonbury Pleasure City

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Glastonbury Pleasure City

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Glastonbury Pleasure City

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Glastonbury Pleasure City

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Glastonbury Pleasure City

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Glastonbury Pleasure City

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Glastonbury Pleasure City

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Glastonbury Pleasure City

Glastonbury Block 9 Stage

Come dawn and the party continues at the outside Block 9 stage amongst others.

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Glastonbury Block 9 Stage

And that is one of thousands of alternative experiences at Glastonbury. Repeat four days in succession and then head home exhausted and in need of a holiday!

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Heidi says:

Oh my gosh, I can’t believe someone actually brought a chair like that to the grass at the festival!! I’ve been to Coachella before but I think I will definitely have to put this on my *Must See* list for the future :) What’s your favorite act you’ve seen there?

Heidi

I’ve always REALLY wanted to go here. The atmosphere looks phenomenal.

jade says:

Wow- looks like a crazy time! That tent photo is wild, I can’t imagine camping with all those people!

Josh Aggars says:

Hi Jade,

You kind of get used to it. One of the years I went, I think 2003, thousands of people broke in so the site was twice over capacity. Now that really was an experience of ‘I think someone has double parked on my tent!’

All good though and you’re only really at your tent briefly to pass out (and I say that even if you’ve not had a drink as it’s an exhausting but fun non stop day, day after day).

I hope you get the chance to go sometime!

Wow, that looks like one crazy but really fun festival! The mermaid is especially interesting. Ha ha.

Josh Aggars says:

It is a great party on the mind if nothing else as every tent you go in there is something that makes you do a double take. With the mermaid she just sat there for a couple of hours whilst the party went on all around her platform… Gotta love committed mime actors!

Poi says:

Great Pictures – Although I can’t help feel a bit sad that I’m not in the UK during the festival season drinking the days away in front of huge stages with my friends….

I’ll have to try and squeeze one in next year when we visit home.

Josh Aggars says:

I, summer is not summer without at least one fest. Try for Bestival or Big Chill I reckon. I went to Big Chill 2 summers ago and was amazed at how much that had changed since I went to the very first one. It’s Glastonbury lite and deffie my fav. to try for next years.

Happy travels!

Don Faust says:

I like the blue mermaid girl, or whatever she is ;)

Josh Aggars says:

Hey Don,
Yeah she was cool. I never saw her have a drink or stop for a toilet break in the 3 hours we were dancing round there despite the fact the room was like a sauna so respect to that level of dedication to one’s art!

Gregory Berg says:

Those are great Josh! Thanks much for taking us there visually! I was fortunate enough to attend Glastonbury in 1994 (a fantastic year line up-wise) and though I’ve been to Coachella three times since and a few more festivals, nothing has come close to matching the ultimate experience there on the farm! Hope make it back one of these years.

Josh Aggars says:

Hey Gregory,

Wow ’94, that was just before my first visit. Was that the year Oasis broke through? I reckon it has changed beyond all measure since my first year in ’97 so you should definitely head back. Large parts of the site are now dedicated to the night time experience whereas before everyone just used to head up to the stone circles and make their own fun. Whilst they still do that you have so many options for all night partying that you only really get up there for sunrise now.
Ah writing about it just makes me sad that there’s not another one for two whole years!

Gregory Berg says:

Josh, headliners/big names in 94 were Peter Gabriel, Elvis & the Attractions (first show together in 7-8 years), Paul Weller, James, Levellers, Beastie Boys, Bjork, Johnny Cash, Nick Cave, and Blur. Oasis hadn’t gotten huge yet. They played but were way down on the bill and I didn’t see them. Yah, the stone circles were definitely happening in 94 with far fewer all-night options. I was working in radio, so we actually camped backstage with a bunch of other bands (including Radiohead, who also hadn’t blown-up yet!) and John Peel’s big broadcast truck. Experience of a lifetime!

Kirsty says:

I really want to go to Glastonbury! I love festivals, been to Leeds fest 4 times but never Glastonbury…. we’re back in the UK next year, but it’s their fallow year!! Grrr….

Josh Aggars says:

Be sure to try again in 2013 if you can as it will be well worth it. Leeds/Reading suddenly feel tiny in comparison!

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