Experiencing my first ever Glastonbury Festival was brilliant. It was slightly muddy, but obviously it wouldn’t have been Glastonbury if there wasn’t a decent amount of rain and mud!
I’ve put together a few of my favourite moments, not just focusing on the music but also other parts that make Glastonbury such a diverse and fascinating festival.
This year all eyes were on the headliners, the fiery Florence and the Machine, the controversial Kanye West, and the legendary English rock band The Who.
Seeing the headliners perform was obviously a massive highlight from the weekend but there were also so many immensely talented bands that need a mention.
To kick off the festivities I headed down to the acoustic tent on Thursday evening to see a duo called Seafret. Seafret, who consist of two Yorkshire lads, really blew me away with their raw acoustic talent. After recently signing to Columbia records this is one duo that are worth looking out for.
I struggle to put into words how good Florence and the Machine were. People have always said that Florence is good live, but I was genuinely amazed at how much stage presence she had. Aside from her having an extremely skilled vocal range, the energy she bought to the stage really made for a fantastic and unforgettable set.
Kanye’s headline performance on the Saturday was scrutinized throughout social media, radio and television. The people that reviewed his performance were clearly no fun… I am not going to lie, his rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody was somewhat sketchy but he is no doubt a great performer. In fact, I was loving his performance so much that it wasn’t until I listened back to it that I realized that he should not sing, ever.
The Who performed a set that lasted almost as long as their career. That’s a long time for those who aren’t familiar with this English rock band. I do love their classics, including the likes of ‘My Generation’ or ‘Pinball Wizard’, but come on, there’s only so much people can listen to!
The John Peel Stage featured a lot of bands that I like, and one in particular was Slaves. After obsessing over their latest album, Are You Satisfied?, I had to see them and I am so glad I did. This British punk duo from Kent played some of their classic tracks, including; Where’s Your Car, Debbie? and ended with their latest single Cheer Up, London. Their performance was better than any studio recording and Slaves are definitely a band worth listening to.
So at a festival you expect the food to be pretty crap, right? Glastonbury has to be, by far, one festival that has the best food. My favourite was Oli’s halloumi cheese cone wrap. Oli’s is pretty well known at Glastonbury so you have to be prepared to get ready to queue for your food. But the wrap was so worth the wait and perfect to wash down with some good old Somerset cider!
One thing that makes Glastonbury Festival really cool is that you can even get married there. Although you can’t legally get married at Glastonbury, as it would have to be made ‘official’ at a later date, it must be an unforgettable moment for those taking part. Whilst I was walking through the Greenpeace fields I walked past a couple that had just got married. You don’t get that kind of stuff at every festival!
Shangri-La is also a really impressive place to go to at night, with it being open from 6pm-5am it really shows that there’s always something to do at Glastonbury Festival. With a political theme this year, the different bars and pop up clubs were featured in the ‘Shang Re-election’, with each bar introducing their own political party. One party was ‘Shrinel Ritchie. Hello, is it me you’re voting for?’ – Amazing.
People do not lie when they say that Glastonbury is huge, it really is! I didn’t get to see everything and it obviously means that I HAVE to go back again to see the stuff I missed out on… That’s my excuse anyway!