"Very many pleasures are almost only pleasures because we hope and intend to recount them." –Giacomo Leopardi
Mud, Music and Mayhem at Glastonbury
With glorious Glastonbury descending on the fields of Worthy Farm once again, here’s a photo essay of some of my favourite moments from previous Glastos. You’ll laugh (I hope). You’ll cry (probably not). But you will, undoubtedly, be very grateful that you have indoor plumbing.
The Pyramid Stage
If you can’t wear your sequined cape and Spandex at Glastonbury, then really, where CAN you wear them?
Ten gallon…er, make that ten PINT…hat. Getting a “head” start on the party.
Pocahontas on her mobile phone. “I’m not getting a smoke signal here.”
Well, HELLO, Dolly! Dolly Parton fans are in the house.
What do you get when you cross Cirque du Soleil with The Rocky Horror Picture Show? The fabulous La Pussy Parlure Nouveau bar staff
Now that’s what you call a Blue Hair, Glasto-style. The fairy lady had quite possibly the best costume at the entire festival.
Arcade Fire lights up the Pyramid Stage.
Wonderfully intimate gig with Chloe Howl, who more than lived up to her name. Great pipes on such a wee girl.
The gorgeous Violet Skies and her jazz hands.
Robert Plant on the Pyramid Stage. He did indeed make us sweat and make us groove.
Dolly Parton could be seen from outer space…at least, parts of her. Anyway, that’s pretty much where we were seated. Glasto estimates she drew 100,000 people–maybe more than The Rolling Stones.
Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys does his Gene Simmons impression.
“Dude, can you play ‘Freebird?'” The fantastically fun Jaipur Kawa Brass Band, all the way from India.
Tankus the Henge, where ska meets klezmer. Rock on, oi!
MAYHEM (AS PROMISED)
Arcadia, the most terrifying nightclub on the planet. It was like an advertisement for the next Terminator movie.
Arcadia’s metal monster comes equipped with lasers–and flame throwers. It also plays some killer music (although not literally, all appearances aside).
Skeletal Big Bird at Arcadia looks ANGRY. And hungry. Back away…slowly.
Arcadia pod people. I think they were trying to breed.
MOMENTS THAT MADE ME LAUGH
The only thing scarier than Arcadia? The Glastonbury loos. “Potty Apocalypse.”
As seen in a Glastonbury loo. I was THIS close to greatness.
“Upcycling.” Is that Daniel Craig on the left?
Making baked potatoes in the tent?
It can be hard to maintain your equilibrium among all the excitement at Glastonbury, but this girl didn’t seem to have a problem.
British stoicism. Patiently waiting in the rain.
Will and Kate were here?
THERE WILL BE MUD
Told you so.
These boots were made for walking. Actually, they were made for squelching through sole-sucking knee high mud.
These wellies have got the boot.
This rubber glove has a story…and you do NOT want to know what it is.
THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO “OOOH”
Rainbow tent at night
Do you have a flag? (Eddie Izzard fans will get it).
Arcade Fire crowd at sunset
Thanks for the memories, Glastonbury. Looking forward to creating some new ones this year!