Josh Aggars of flip flops city shares his experience and photos of the magic and wonder that is the Glastonbury Festival.
Glastonbury Music and Arts Festival
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!
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.
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.
Glastonbury Dance Village
The Dance Village is always alive and a great place to warm up for a night of partying ahead.
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.
Glastonbury Block 9 Stage
Come dawn and the party continues at the outside Block 9 stage amongst others.
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!