If this year was anything like the past 5, I’d currently be gearing myself up for another weekend on Worth Farm, currently packing up my car to make the journey to Pilton, Somerset. But, as this year there isn’t a Glastonbury festival, I’ve decided to fill the five-day-filthy-extravaganza shared hole in my life by summing up my love for the place.
Yes, it was expensive. And yes, it will make you feel like a zombie for a solid few days afterwards. But is it worth it? Oh Yes.
I have been lucky enough to have 5 beautiful years at Worthy Farm – and I find it hard to pick my favourite year. I’ve been through rain, sunshine, mud, dust, thick and thin, but every year is perfect.
I’m certainly not an expert like most Glastonbury veterans who’ve been going for actual decades but I’ve been enough to know my fair share of experiences, and still feel like I have so much left to see (figuratively and literally – the place is huge).
If you’re planning on going to Glastonbury next year – or any festival – your experience is entirely down to the people you’re with. Luckily I go with a lovely, large group of people who I’ve been going with since my first year, and the group has grown as each year rolls around. In addition to the people you’re with, there’s also an atmosphere about the place that makes even strangers welcoming, chatty and just up for a laugh.
We’ve met so many people throughout the years, whether the people manning the food stalls who just fancy a chat, or random strangers who come to help pull you out of the mud – everyone is in it together, and it feels like the happiest place on earth.
The best bit about Glastonbury is that’s it’s so well known for being so iconic that it attracts the biggest and the best stars. There’s so many stages, and also the added excitement of surprise acts added at the last minute – last year’s was The Killers. Even if you turn up and you don’t fancy seeing any of the headliners on the main stages (and it’s happened to me before) it doesn’t mean you won’t have anything to watch – there are hundreds of other stages, bars and cafes that have lots more to offer – there’s even a circus and a cinema tent.
Another reason I feel Glastonbury stands out from other festivals is it’s one of the only festivals I know of where you can bring your only alcohol in, which you can carry around and enjoy everywhere. When your alcohol is sorted, that means you can turn to the important part – the food. Every 5 years I’ve been I’ve discovered a new favourite – this years was a halloumi, chorizo, guacamole burrito that I am still thinking of. Other than that memorable burrito, I also visit The Garlic Farm every year, and am working out a way that I can visit the actual farm on the Isle of Wight.
When the music is over you then have the nightlife, which is just as varied and extensive as the range of music tents available. Because Glastonbury is just so big, there is a vast amount of bars, clubs, silent discos or just spots to sit back and share a few drinks with your pals.
If you want to go to the big one – Shangri-La – prepare yourself for the trek there, and to see a lot when you get there. It’s hard to describe the experience of seeing it, but there’s a lot to do and see when you arrive.
It’s hard to properly sum up my love for Glastonbury, but it’s a festival that holds a little place in my heart. It’s more than just a festival – and it costs and feels like the equivalent of a mini holiday – and it’s one that I hope I’ll be able to visit many times over into the future.
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Thanks for reading x