I've finally got my disposable cameras developed (three of them just for Glastonbury!!) so I can share with you highlights from my all-time favourite festival. This year I have compiled a list of my top ten favourite wonderful moments and generally other things that I can actually remember to go alongside the pictures... it feels like so long ago already!
1. The Ministry of Happiness; just a chance encounter with some hilarious street theatre that happened to produce the happiest picture on the planet (see Henry's face above after having received some serious 'smile hammock' treatment)... Above that you can see me getting my happiness levels checked and my name being changed to Joy-cie rather than Dull-cie; which was deemed far too dull to be conducive to healthy happiness levels!
2. My first happy cry of the weekend came about when we stopped to watch a bit of New York Brass Band whilst walking through the Greenpeace field. I had just purchased a really tasty chilli and it was raining; New York Brass band played a cover of 'You've Got the Love' (which I had seen performed by the original singer Candi Staton at Glastonbury 2010) and I proceeded burst into tears over my dinner, much to the amusement of my friends.
3. Friday was girl power day! Firstly we got the incredible chance to be in a small crowd of only about 100 people listening to the inspiring and legendary Vivienne Westwood deliver a talk on fracking... not only was this the most exciting thing ever as we have all been Dame Viv fans for years but it was also really educational and interesting. Join the climate revolution!
4. Later in the afternoon I got the chance to see the amazing Haim again with my old festival buddy Elle and my friend Jen. You can see us in Elle's picture above stood dancing on a bench as far back as the food stalls but even from that distance Este's notorious bass face did not disappoint. Rolling drum solos and epic sing-a-longs were the perfect soundtrack to the most ominous cloud I have ever seen in my life (see above)... but somehow we were blessed by their Californian spirit and the rain held out for their whole set!
5. The storm did come however and apparently was so ridiculously violent (thunder, lightning, hail, the whole shebang!) that the Pyramid stage had to cut Rudimental's set short... I however had no knowledge of this as I had managed to time a mid-afternoon nap and clothes change perfectly and missed it all. Hurrah! When the storm finished we had our last girl power sesh of the day and went to splash in some puddles to Lily Allen who was awesome and made 15 year old me very happy.
6. One of my favourite general things from this year's Glastonbury was spending more time in The Green Fields. This year we were camped on Pennard Hill which is of the most central camping areas and in very close proximity to the Green Fields. They are described as the 'spirit' of glastonbury festival and are made up of a network of several smaller fields which encapsulate the values and ideas of the orginal festival 44 years ago; a place where you can get educated as well as entertained. Some of my favourite parts were hanging out in the beautiful permaculture garden (top tip for mega cheap and tasty food!), learning about mooncups in the Green Futures Field, napping in front of the fire in the early mornings at Elemental and going to the Croissant Neuf field for the first time (glastonbury is big) and learning how it is entirely powered by solar energy!!
7. Somewhere in me I'm a bit of an old folkie at heart and one of my favourite sets of the weekend was Steve Knightley at the Toad Hall stage in the Green Futures Field where my friend was working as a sound technician... I was lucky he was there as unsurprisingly I couldn't convince any of my friends to come with me and I was probably the youngest in the audience by at least thirty years... nice to see a variety of music though!
8. However, my favourite set of the whole weekend by far was my wonderful and incredibly talented festival sister Lucie Zara (who you can see above looking like a glamorous, striped, beached whale). I love watching her sing wherever she happens to be playing but this gig was pretty special... somehow my friend who had been working on the production team managed to wangle her a last-minute spot on The Heaven stage; a semi exclusive area in Shangri-la where we had to take off our wellies before we were lead by a team of angels into a giant carpeted geo-dome decorated with hanging baskets and throw cushions. Possibly the coolest Glastonbury debut set ever.
9. Monday morning at the stone circle was, as it always is, very magical... we didn't go back to camp until late afternoon and managed to bump into every single new friend and old friend from the whole weekend, the weather was gorgeous and we got some beautiful pictures climbing all over the stones.
10. All five sunsets and sunrises. Aside from everything else, one of the reasons that Glastonbury is my favourite and so worth the money is because it is a true 24 hour festival for all five days. You can watch the sunset followed by fireworks on Wednesday evening from a hill overlooking the whole festival and also dance into the sunrise on Monday morning... and you can even see the sunset on Monday if you haven't sorted a lift out like we didn't...
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