I still remember my first time at Glastonbury like it was last weekend when in fact it was six years ago this summer. In 2010 I went to Worthy Farm with my ex-boyfriend and best mate (bad combo going as a threesome), but I had the best experience of my life. Glastonbury might not have my favourite music of the summer, but this doesn’t matter as the festival is more of an experience.
Flashback to 2010 and it was only my third year of doing festivals, and I’d never experienced anything to the scale of Glastonbury. We had a heatwave of a year *shock horror* and had left our car two hours earlier yet still hadn’t found a camping spot. Worryingly we dropped our bags, admitted defeat and set up camp just opposite the walkway to the long drop toilets. Having been to Reading I spent the whole weekend worrying about the smell which would eventually omit from them but no Glastonbury is a different level.
Glastonbury has to be the cleanest festival I have ever been to which considering the high numbers of people is insane, people genuinly don’t want to be disgusting. I love how sustainable they are with masses of recycling points everywhere, people handing out toilet paper, generators around to provide electricity to the festival and numerous charities around to help and educate people including Oxfam, Wateraid and Greenpeace. This is before the eclectic mix of food that you get at Glastonbury. Gone are the soggy chips and the cardboard burger which will cost you a tenner, replaced with pretty much any food you can ask for.
I made the mistake in 2010 of being too involved in the music side trying to catch bands at all, but this year with the exception of a few key acts that I must see (Ellie Goulding and BMTH I’m looking at you) I want to experience the festival more. I want to go to debates and talks, I want to do yoga or meditate, I want to stumble across hidden parties and villages, I want to rave around in the dance arena, and most importantly I want to have the best time with my friends.
Unlike my last experience in Worthy Farm we’ve opted for a camper van this year so we can shield ourselves from the cold (and inevitable rain), we can have a proper beds for a decent nights sleep, we can have our belongings safe and secure and just generally feel better about spending six days in a field.
Glastonbury is a festival like no other, when I went I saw Biffy Clyro, Snoop Dogg and Stevie Wonder all in the same day, where else is this even an option?! I also saw the Toy Story 3 premiere a month before it came out at the cinemas (I was pretty much battling away children to get into the screening).