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The one and only Glastonbury

June 24, 2017

Lets talk mud and music!

Glastonbury is one of the longest running festivals in England, based in the heart of Somerset. It’s a festival filled with a variety of contemporary art and music but in all honestly its complete madness and filled with such a wild variety of acts.

In summer 2016 i experienced Glastonbury behind the scenes by working as a steward at the festival. I volunteered with the charity Oxfam and had to work three 8 hour stewarding shifts as well as being able to have some free time.

Now if Glasto is famous for anything, it is mostly for the mud, and oh boy was there plenty!  It poured down for the first two days and i ended up  basically living in a swamp. It was so wet that my so-called waterproof tent got drenched and i was sleeping in a pond for the week. Wellies became 10x heavier due the amount of mud clinging to your boots and to my belief the portaloos were actually cleaner then the festival itself.

I’ve been to a fair few festivals in my time so being able to experience Glasto behind the scenes was quite different. I had previously gone to mainly music festivals for the line up, but Glasto isn’t just about the music. It’s about the people and the stories behind their art. Between stewarding shifts I explored with my fellow oxfamily and despite being there 6 days i didn’t manage to see everything. There was just so much to see and do. The best parts were the little gems hidden away in fields or forests untouched by the festival audience. One day off we took it upon us to try to see everything and we found a meditation circle, a thermal spa in a forest, university lectures taking place, tattoo artists  a tap dance class and so much more random things. I never thought all this stuff could be at a festival.

 

Apart from the wacky acts, we have to talk about the music. As mentioned earlier, because this festival is more than just the music, the line up is not for everyone. But, never the less it was still a great lineup. I managed to watch ELO, The Lumineers, Bastille, Skepta and many more. For me though i have to give a special mention to Cold Play. Oh my god, i am still speechless. The performance they gave was incredible, Before the show they handed out bracelets across the festival which lit up during their performance with different colours at different times. It was incredible to see the entire crowd like millions of multicoloured fire flies. My heart was filled warm with happiness. They put on such a great show and ofc their music are all hits. They did a special mention to Viola beach who were an upcoming band who unfortunately died in a car crash. They also got the found on stage Michael Evis to sing with his children. Watching Coldplay wasnt like just watching any old performance it was like being part of an experience. They were definitely a highlight of the weekend.

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I went last year and it was the wettest in 10 years!  Luckily all the festival goers this year have great weather!

What other festivals do you know around the world?

 

Sophiemagsx

 

 

  • Reply
    Maggie
    June 24, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    What an awesome festival! That mud situation is craziness, though 😱😂 that’s really cool that you got to work there! That Cold Play concert sounds epic.

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      hopelessblog
      June 24, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      haha it’s so crazy i’ve never seen so much mud in my life!! it’s a great experience xxx

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    diaryofaveragegirl
    June 24, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    If you love festivals but not the mud then you’d love benicassim in Spain. Amazing festival and a lovely little holiday thrown in at the same time! Arctic monkeys were headlining the year I went and they were on amazing form as per usual 👌🏻 x

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      hopelessblog
      June 24, 2017 at 9:37 pm

      aw i haven’t heard of that one! it sounds super fun! how long does it run for?x

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        diaryofaveragegirl
        June 25, 2017 at 9:10 am

        It runs from Thursday to Sunday but your ticket includes camping for the week so you can get there and camp from the Monday. It’s pretty good value for money considering that you get holiday at the same time. I Would definitely recommend! X

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          hopelessblog
          June 25, 2017 at 5:32 pm

          ooh sounds like good value for money! thanks i’ll check it out <3

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    therealpinkblogger
    June 25, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    What an awesome festival idea!

    Keep up with the good work and have an awesome day!
    xx, Kris
    https://dreamingofpink.wordpress.com

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    thegirlinthegreycoat
    June 25, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Amazing, just love the details you put in , wow the pictures are amazing, another wow for coldplay haha, you are a very interesting person, i love it!

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      hopelessblog
      June 25, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      aah thank you very much!! it’s definately an experience that has to be lived 🙈

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        thegirlinthegreycoat
        June 25, 2017 at 10:27 pm

        my pleasure! yeah you are so right 🙂 a very memorable experience

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    Brandy
    June 26, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Not so sure how I feel about the mud, but it sounds fun overall. I’ve never been to a festival but I’m not sure whether I’d go to one, because I have crowd anxiety. :/

    I loved the photos though. The last one is epic! So much detail and you can actually see the confetti.

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    everydaystrangeblog
    June 27, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    The biggest one in Charlotte, NC is Carolina Rebellion. I’ve never been, but it always looks awesome.

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      hopelessblog
      June 27, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      Oh right what is that festival about?x

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        everydaystrangeblog
        June 27, 2017 at 12:08 pm

        Mainly rock and alternative music, I’m pretty sure Marilyn Manson has headlined in the past.

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          hopelessblog
          June 27, 2017 at 12:16 pm

          sounds like my kinda fest 🙌🏻

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    purrpale
    June 27, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    So jealous that you got to go! The line up was to die for! Lovely post x

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      hopelessblog
      June 27, 2017 at 9:03 pm

      Thank you! Its a definitely a must go to x

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    crescentmoonramblings
    July 3, 2017 at 8:04 am

    I’ve visited Glastonbury but not for th festival. There are a couple of festivals in Australia: Woodford and the Byron Bay Blues Fest that are held at particular times of the year that ensure lots of rain and mud. Wellington boots are a required fashion accessory.

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      hopelessblog
      July 3, 2017 at 12:00 pm

      a festival doesn’t seem right without a bit of mud I suppose, sounds like Australia have some good events on x

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    Adult-ing – Hopeless Wonderer
    July 8, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    […] my life I have been in a so-called “adult job” while also maintaining a youthful life. Festivals, clubbing, pub nights, it hasn’t stopped just because I now work in an office. But everyone […]

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    2weekendwanderers
    December 5, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    Glastonbury is up high on the wish list, one day I will get those tickets!

    Lovely article, thanks for sharing.

    https://2weekendwanderers.com

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