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Summer Festival Guide: Glastonbury

Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, Wednesday 24th – Sunday 29th June

Summer Festival Guide: Glastonbury

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Jack Lockyer-Stevens

W!ZARD News Author

Held over five full days across three farms in a usually very tranquil corner of Somerset, Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts lives up to its name by playing host to innumerable singers, rappers, bands, DJs, dancers, authors, poets, circus acts and, of course, the Dalai Lama.

Whilst Florence + The Machine and The Who blew the audiences of their headline slots away with astonishing performances of tracks like Drumming Song and Baba O’Riley, the man who all too often likens himself to the son of God was predictably underwhelming on Saturday night, thanks both to his tremendous ego and priceless inability to hit the first note of an abysmal cover of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

Musically, my highlight of the week was Jack Garratt’s afternoon set on William’s Green. Just about filling a tiny tent tucked away in the far eastern corner of the site, his deliciously bass-laden tracks Chemical and The Love You’re Given sent shivers down my spine. This one-man band is one to watch!

Whilst everyone is spoilt for choice musically, the sheer enormity of the site teaches you to expect to encounter something unexpected on your stroll from one stage to the next.

After hauling tents and bags from the car to the campsite, what better way to unwind than a half hour deep tissue massage in the Healing Fields... for a mere £10? Then walk two doors down for a palm reading.

Sit back and have your hair braided whilst listening in to the Other Stage or hear a debate on holding Christmas in July from a walking, talking Christmas tree outside a medieval bar in the Field of Avalon.

When it’s time for a break, the world-famous Glastonbury sign makes for the perfect perch for watching the sunset over the rolling Somerset hills.

As the natural light gives way to that of the fireworks and pyrotechnics of the giant metal spider come DJ stage that is Arcadia, revellers thirsty for the festivities to continue proceed along the old railway line to the fabled South East Corner. A labyrinth of bars and clubs that eventually descends in an array of pretty sounds and colours makes for an unforgettable, yet also rather difficult to remember, conclusion to anyone’s stay at Worthy Farm.

The good bits
1. The size: You’ll never run out of things to do.
2. The food: From chicken, chorizo and chickpea paella to bacon and Dorset Blue cheese soup, the possibilities are endless when on the hunt for a hangover cure.
3. The sprawl: Unlike other festivals where the campsite and the “arena” are kept separate, you can camp anywhere you like at Glastonbury, meaning you might be lucky enough to have a view of the Pyramid stage from the comfort of your own tent.

The not so good bits
1. The size: You just can’t take it all in. You’ll find yourself wanting to go again, again and again!
2. The price: At £220 per person, a ticket will set you back an arm and a leg…if you can even get one!

All in all…
Just go. You won’t regret it.

To hear Jack's favourite songs from Glastonbury Festival, click here to listen on Spotify...

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