Why Glastonbury Is My Favourite Festival

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Glastonbury preparation

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).

Have you ever been to Glastonbury? Or have you ever been tempted to?
*This post was sponsored by Adeltd but all views and opinions are my own
May 5, 2016
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  • Louise

    A campervan sounds so amazing you’re going to have so much fun!

    • Louise

      I must ask you to guest post for me sometime!

  • I didn’t know any music festival had all of that! Glastonbury sounds like such a fantastic experience :) I think it’s a good plan to choose a handful of must-see acts and then keep everything else up in the air. You really get to experience everything that way :)


  • Harriet @ Toby&Roo

    I am defo NOT a festival goer – I would hate it, but then I don’t do gigs or anything either… scrooge over here haha! My husband would LOVE to go though! H x

  • No I haven’t. I am not into festival and stuff like that at all. I know many who love going though.

  • I have never been to Glastonbury but reading about it here makes me think I have missed out.

  • Melanie Edjourian

    I don’t really go to festivals it’s not really my sort of thing. I hope the weather is lovely for you when you go.

  • I have never ever been to a festival – it is something I would have loved to have done when I was more able.

  • I heard so many wonderful things about Glastonbury, but I’ve never been. Actually, I’ve never to a festival, I think I should try it at least once.

  • I’ve never been – going to a music festival is on my 40 before 40 list though. This one has always intrigued me!

  • I’ve never been to Glastonbury, like Anca I’ve never even been to a festival. I live so close to the V Festival too, being disabled I worry about the crowds and sleeping in a tent isn’t for me. But I’m happy to see others enjoy it, and hey I get to watch it on tv – no matter the weather 😉

  • Helen Clark

    I would LOVE to go to Glastonbury! I’ve been to Leeds fest for the last 10ish years so completely understand your worry being near the long drops *yuk* Can you hire camper vans there or is it one of yours?

  • I’ve never fancied a festival but it sounds like you’re had amazing experiences.

  • Ickle Pickle

    Oh I am tempted every year – then my sensible head takes over – toilets, mud, rain etc and I realise I am too old for it! It always looks amazing though. Kaz x

  • Kira L Curtis

    For some reason I never considered going to any festivals but recently I’ve been thinking about it a bit more! I’d love to go to one for the experience as you’ve said! Glastonbury seems like the one to go to, maybe some time within the next couple of years I’ll be able to go!

  • Laura

    I’ve never actually been to a festival before, like a proper one with the tent camping, etc. I kinda feel a bit old now :( xxx

  • Leanne Dolan

    My husband and I have both said we’d like to go to Glastonbury. We’ve been to a couple other festivals together. I just think getting tickets is a nightmare! X

  • I really want to go to Glastonbury, but I’m not a camping fan so I think I’d have to go for the glamping option. I’m slightly ashamed to say that I’ve never been to a festival at all, but it’s on my 50 before 50 list, so I might try one day at V and then maybe be brave and go for Glastonbury after that!

  • I still haven’t made it to Glastonbury and I really want to fix that soon! Going in a camper van sounds absolutely brilliant idea, now I’m in my 30’s sleeping in a tent is the one thing that puts me off! xx

  • Yes I went in 2009 when I was a wee teen of sixteen with some adult friends and funny enough I actually have a post about my experience coming next week. You have to try the dance village and trash city it is so surreal!

  • I live in NYC we have had a few festivals and they are pretty fun, I think its a great idea to spend the day with friends or family. I don’t think you’re ever to old to go :-)

  • Jessica

    I’ve never been attended Glastonbury but I would love to – maybe not in a threesome set up, a bigger group of friends could be 😉 Haha

  • I need to go to Glastonbury! I’ve only been to Reading but people tell me Glastonbury is just so much better. Weird that you saw Snoop Dogg and Stevie Wonder on the same day XD

  • I am so over festivals, but Glasto is the only one I’d ever go to now!

  • I’m glad you mentioned being ‘too involved’ in the music, yeah it’s a music festival but you really want to experience everything as a whole. Go for the acts that you want to see and walk around and enjoy yourself for the rest of the time :)

  • Laura Rocksteady

    I love Glasto – its in my top 3 although now that I have kids in tow I am waiting until they re a little bit older – also I have realised I like smaller more intimate festivals but still love Glasto

    Laura x

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