Glastonbury Festival - The Music

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How absolutely adorable!
Today the sun had finally decided to remind us of its almost forgotten existence. After the previous night’s event, I was still floating on the Coldplay cloud. I headed straight to the John Peel Stage to see if there were any noteworthy bands for my next trip to HMV. It turns out schedules had been switched around and as I wasn’t willing to wait for the next act, I moved on to wherever my wellies would take me.

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.
Catching Brian Wilson's set
I asked if I could take his photo and he immediately obliged. He then went on to tell me how it was much more convenient to do his business by lifting his frock and squatting on the ground, he could relieve himself almost anywhere. Nice. He also runs a veggie stall round the corner. A typical dose of Glasto weirdness. He was on his way to take a shower soon, or at least he said. Err, thanks…

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 Wilson’s set was truly a breath of fresh air.
Shirley Manson: "My armpit is blindingly white!"
His slot was the most opportune of them all, where over 100,000 people stood under the sun, enjoying a summery string of Beach Boys hits from the 60’s. The music and the weather went hand-in-hand, evoking a feeling of freshness and rejuvenation. It definitely would’ve have gotten a different effect had the rain been pouring. Yet another one of the more memorable performances of the Festival.

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 Roses’ Ian Brown - the King Monkey himself, who in all likelihood would not perform a single Stone Roses gem.
Highlights from my festival experience.
Basement Jaxx or Ian Brown? Ian Brown or Basement Jaxx? Choices, choices. I finally made up my mind to see Ian Brown, and thank God I did, as good ole Brownie kicked off his set with "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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How absolutely adorable!
How absolutely adorable!
Catching Brian Wilsons set
Catching Brian Wilson's set
Shirley Manson: My armpit is blin…
Shirley Manson: "My armpit is bli…
Highlights from my festival exper…
Press Room
Press Room
Day 3 stats
Day 3 stats
Cutting through the Webbs Ash brid…
Cutting through the Webbs Ash bri…
to the Other Stage
to the Other Stage
Steven & his public-pissing friend…
Steven & his public-pissing frien…
With Steven and David
With Steven and David
Art-directed at Stevens behest
Art-directed at Steven's behest
The Dears at the Other Stage
The Dears at the Other Stage
David & Rodrigo
David & Rodrigo
Get the message?
Get the message?
Hospitality Area
Hospitality Area
People & tents as far as the eyes …
People & tents as far as the eyes…
Waiting for Brian Wilson
Waiting for Brian Wilson
Shirley Manson: Cant get a real …
Shirley Manson: "Can't get a real…
Garbage at the Pyramid Stage
Garbage at the Pyramid Stage
Garbage
Garbage
Shirley Manson
Shirley Manson
Shirley Manson
Shirley Manson
Where to go, what to do?
Where to go, what to do?
Pixies!
Pixies!
Har har har!
Har har har!
London-bound
London-bound
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photo by: Vikram