I cant believe its been a year since Glastonbury….and once again I am writing up the festival exactly three weeks after. This year definitely needed a bit more recovery time. More bands, more mud, more experience on the festival than last year, which wasn’t hard as last year was my first one, meaning this year was even bigger and better for me!
Me and the wifey made the decision to start the festival even earlier this year and go down on the Wednesday. Once getting driven to our tipi in The Park site, purely by just asking two guys in a van on site who were kind enough to spare us the hour long walk with all our bags, we were ready to explore. We wanted to even more than the year before, so we spent the first two days of the festival going around the hippie fields and dipping into the healing fields to. With the hope of getting some spiritual healing before the total carnage of the weekend. We managed to pick up different herbal remedies to give us energy and because I had been ill the week before and had an annoying niggling cough left behind, I also bought something for my throat, which actually worked a treat.
By Friday we were all ready and raring to go and with my two favourite bands playing I was literally on the edge of my sleeping bag with excitement. Arcade Fire and Metronomy. I don’t even know how to put into words my excitement to see these two bands. But I will get back to them in a minuet…there were a few bands I wanted to see in the day but when the rain came it didn’t stop! So I thought it best to conserve my energy once again for the evening. Ok so back to the bands. Now, when going to Glastonbury in a group of around 20 people you are always going to face problems and clashes of what to see. I had managed to get a group of 6 together to go see Arcade Fire but very quickly it became 2, which I had absolutely no problem with! I was on a mission to see this band not only am I a huge fan but had never seen them live before and all I had heard was how incredible they are live. We got there just in time to see the end of ‘Reflektor’ the first release of the second album and with that I was in my element and with my best friend by my side I didn’t stop dancing for a solid hour and a half. It truly was a mind-blowing performance. Once we finished watching the incredible Arcade Fire we then power marched back over to the park to catch the last hour of Metronomy, which was also amazing! We had caught up with the rest of the gang and I really was in a total euphoric state, dancing to Metonomy’s ‘The Bay’ one of my favourite tracks from their first album.
After watching both of my Glastonbury’s must see I was feeling pretty drained so instead of going to Shangri-La for some more dancing a few us went up to the infamous stone circle where we sat round a camp fire, chatted and listened to the hippies beating on the drums and drank plenty of red wine and without sounding to corny watched the sunrise.
Saturday brought the mud. It was pretty sludgy, slippery and down right dangerous!!! I saw way to many falls that day so everywhere I went I tried to walk the pace of slug to avoid any falls myself. After spending the majority of the day sleeping and eating by late afternoon me and the wife trudged over to Little Dragon,
then after that we dipped into The Pixies (epic) then more rain so we thought it was best to get back to the tipi’s to freshen and get ready for our mammoth evening, which began and ended with Kubicle and is still in my eyes the No. 1 thing to go to at Glastonbury (last year was voted No.1). Its all a bit of blur if am honest it went by so quickly! One minuet its night the next its light….but Luca C, Richy Ahmed and Jamie Jones all dj’d and all obviously SMASHED it!!! Completely bringing the house down. The q’s to get into this party were the longest ones in the whole of Shangri-La they were even telling staff that if they left they could not come back in! The party really was wicked, even better than the year before for sure. After Kubi finished we went back to our tipi’s and had our own mini after-party.
Now I always struggle with Sunday’s as it’s the last day of the festival so your already bummed about that, but also your body and mind is feeling pretty weak. So after only a few hours kip we then trotted back to Shangri-La for the second Kubi party at the lovebullets area where we chilled and drank some frozen cocktails and did a bit of dancing as my legs had already given up on me at this point. Oh and did I mention the sun showed its face for the last day (happy days). Then my friend receives a message on her phone saying: PRINCE 3.45 JOHN PEEL STAGE and with 15 minuets to go I was off, I had been begging and praying and pleading with whoever for so long that he would be the surprise guest, especially as I couldn’t make any of his secret gigs only months before. But it was a lie. The thought is still making me mad. So we trudged back to the tipi to once again to freshen for the evening and for Dolly, which I only caught the last two songs of because as sometimes at Glastonbury you faf and you wait and time all of sudden has flown by and combined with the fact that I felt like I had just done 100 squats I wasn’t being particularly quick. After Dolly we watched James Blake, which was very chilled and relaxed to say the least (exactly what I needed).
Then speed up a few hours I then find myself ready for round 5 million after gobbling down some chips and am in my favourite place in Glastonbury NYC Downlow in Block 9 surrounded by trannies and listening to the best house/disco music and dancing again like a bit of lunatic and that’s where I ended my Glastonbury,
well….. ended dancing. On route back I managed to get into the tini tiny gypsy run piano bar, which is a secret bar hidden away behind a staff camping area where you have to answer a riddle to get in, after that we then met up with the rest of the Krew to watch the sunrise at stone circle once again AND that is where my last memories of Glastonbury 2014 lie.
Until next year Glastonbury you were amazing!