Glastonbury Festival - The Music
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June 26th, 2005 – by: Isabetlog
I ended up spending a good part of the day with David, a young college radio programmer from Mexico, who was also sponsored by the British Council. We hung around by the Other Stage while Soulwax and The Dears played. Something caught my attention as we chatted. It was that of a man dressed in a shimmery old black frock, sitting in the mud under a black umbrella enjoying a cider.
Meanwhile at the Pyramid, the legendary Brian Wilson was about to take to the stage. David and I cut through the Hospitality Area and found ourselves on the left side of the stage. I had never been to this part of the Stage in the two and a half days I was there and for the first time I realized just how many people were actually there. It was breathtaking. Just people and tents for as far as the eye could see.
Brian Wilsonâ€™s set was truly a breath of fresh air.
David took off after and I stayed on to wait for Garbage. For a band whose name suggests worthlessness, Shirley Manson and company delivered an expectedly brilliant performance. As did dance-rockers LCD Soundsystem.
And for the final show. It was a major toss-up between a fun-guaranteed set from the Basement Jaxx, or the opportunity of a lifetime to see ex-Stone Rosesâ€™ Ian Brown - the King Monkey himself, who in all likelihood would not perform a single Stone Roses gem."I Wanna Be Adored," and performed other Stone Roses greats all throughout like a last ditch effort to get the Festival to extend until the following weekend.
But as with all good things, the Glastonbury Festival had finally come to an end and I trudged the sludge up to our bus for the last time. That was the final goodbye to an astonishing, surreal world where the densest mud and heaviest rain can only affect the grounds, and not the jovial & mellow vibe. A world where other cultures discover that of Britain, a world of intercultural exchange. A world you wished existed everywhere and everyday, not just over the last weekend of June.
To have experienced it was, by far, the best weekend I have ever lived through.
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