This year was my sixth visit to the greatest farm in the world (and the little festival it happens to host in June). Being a regular is great because I no longer have the insatiable need to be visiting everywhere and seeing everything at all times (an attitude which always disappoints) but also I'm lucky enough to have top glasto-geography skills which mean I tend to always be able to find my way to something fun.... even with no mates and only a couple of hours to kill between shifts!
This year I was working as an artist liaison at The Blues stage in Silver Hayes therefore this post is the furthest thing you could get from a definitive guide to the festival but just more like little taster of some of the most memorable spots I visited on my time off.
One of my favourite little stalls at Glastonbury where you can buy and post postcards from the site! I remember breaking my phone charger back in 2011 when I was 18 and Oxfam stewarding and sending one of these to my parents as a way of keeping in touch! It's quite a funny read and even complete with genuine glasto mud. This year I popped in with my friend Max on our way home from the crew bar Maceo's (at a later time than I care to admit) and sent one to my grandma!
Not as closely guarded a secret as it once was, and apparently now twice the capacity, nevertheless the piano bar can still be regarded as one of Glastonbury's biggest mysteries. We found ourselves here after the last set on the hell stage on Monday morning, being accidentally nimbly guided through the back entrance by a friend who had been on site for a month. The venue is cut slightly into the ground and made out of wood - there's no electricity at all and people crammed into all corners of the tiered seating. When we visited at 8am on Monday morning there was Turkish band playing acapella to a completely silent crowd - it was pretty magical.
I had to include where I worked all weekend! The Blues stage and it's impressive shanty town-esque frontage (above) sprung up in silver hayes about four years ago and has been a firm favourite of mine since then - the ultimate destination for a bit of daytime dub. It's run by the mighty Mungo's Hi-Fi sound system and this year I was lucky to be part of a fantastic team working as an artist liaison. The highlight of my weekend there definitely has to be watching the legendary Ms Dynamite-eee-eee!
The People's Front RoomAlways my festival refuge, this year the PFR was placed near to the South East venues entrance, definitely a good resting stop if you've hand your brain bamboozled by the one way system and arrived at peak time. Don't be mistaken though, it may look like just a relaxing living room area but the PFR definitely has its own fair share of rowdiness! This year I managed to incidentally time two of my visits with my friend China Bowls performances (above) which was lucky. If you're heading to Bestival this year keep an eye out for their new bigger and better venue.
Boo-diorPre-dating the recent explosion of festival fashion, where everyone and their dogs are sequinned and feathered up to the hilt, the Boo Dior in Silver Hayes is ran by some of the original festival fashion don dada's Glittermasque, Fuud and Puckoo Couture. As well as getting yourself super glitzy and festival ready here you can also chill and catch some tunes, we spent a fabulous Sunday afternoon with our wellies off dancing to disco on their big bed.
Stone CircleAll roads lead to the stone circle! Sunrises at this ancient site, and the mornings that follow, are in some of my best Glastonbury times... It's the best time to bump into people you know and catch up about the previous night's adventures. This year had to be my best ever stone circle morning... after hours of drizzle the sun came out for a Monday miracle, we bought half a wheelbarrow full of vodka jelly shots and you can imagine the mischief that ensued afterwards!
Stay tuned for the lowdown on the most gorgeously sunny Secret Garden Party that I attended last week, read previous festival posts and, as always, keep up with me on my instagram. Have any of you attended any festivals this summer or do you have any planned? I'd love to hear from you in the comments!