Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Glastonbury rundown...

I got there on Wednesday and the happenings happened like this:

Wednesday: Settle like a petal, get my bearings and go to bed early.

Thursday: Worked from the press tent in the day to make people know about the campfire. Thursday night just hung round the campfire. We had only the Strummerville bands on - Nat Jenkins, Beans On Toast, Handshake and loads more. It was the busiest campfire sessions they had ever had. pretty mental. in bed at sunrise after I had my first glasto moment of 2010; watching a girl dance round the campfire in a lycra leopard print catsuit with ears. Also chatted to some hilarious drunk people and made new friends.

Friday: up early and down to the press tent again. Tonight was pretty big as we had the BBC coming down to film the campfire and Frank Turner played a special set for us. Randomly met some of the funny people from the night before and went to see Rolf Harris with them (Festivals are ALL about meeting amazing new friends). Rolf was Genius! He is like everyone's granny and granpops rolled into one. Went to see Snoopy Doggy Dog in the afternoon - which was very epic. He is a legend right there. Afterwards I took a stroll to the Park Stage to see The Big Pink. The Park is for sure my favourite area of Glasto... it's just that little bit further away from everything else and on a nice hill so i can see everything (i am very short). The Big Pink were ace. i love them - especially 'Velvet'... It has one of my favourite song lyrics ever (Found her in a dream looking for me). And THEN... well then was one of the best moments ever. Radiohead have always been on my to see before I die list. One of my favourite bands ever. Anyways, so after a massively long stage set up (with roadies and crew that you know only belong to a propA musical dream), Thom Yorke walks out with a sweat band on and sits at his piano. AMAZING. it was my best festival moment ever! And Jonny Greenwood came out half way through to make it Radiohead. Karma Police was the most magic moment...

set list was:

1. The Eraser
2. Harrowdown Hill
3. Black Swan
4. Cymbal Rush (with Jonny Greenwood)
5. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi (with Jonny Greenwood)
6. Pyramid Song (with Jonny Greenwood)
7. Idioteque (with Jonny Greenwood)
8. Karma Police (with Jonny Greenwood)
9. Street Spirit (Fade Out) (with Jonny Greenwood)

Due to this I missed The Mystery Jets, Gorillaz and the Flaming Lips, but really didn't care at that point. Had to miss the XX also as work beckoned at the Campfire... Campfire was even more mental than the previous night. BBC did a filming on the secret areas of Glasto and we were one of them! They filmed Frank Turner and Strummerville band The Supernovas do sessions. We also had in Lissie (great voice), Fionn Regan, Mariachi el bronx and I forget who else. Also had loads of the big bands hanging out round the campfire which was nice. Afterwards I took a stroll around as a bit overwhelmed... ended up in Horsemeat Disco, wearing a moustache and dancing with trannies... Great way to end off! Or was it? I stumbled back to the campfire and Ali Love and Beans on Toast ended up doing impromptu (and naughty - music was supposed to be off by then), geetar singalong sessions around the campfire. Stayed there until around 9am and went up to the stone circle to do balloons. then bed...

Saturday: Felt pretty retarded but not too bad. Minced around in the day, generally. Went to see Delphic on the John Peel stage , then The Cribs and then the Foals - the foals were wicked but the lead singer has got massive arms! like an action man out of toy story or something. missed Candi Staton but did see the XX this time. Was okay but i much prefer them in a small setting, they looked like they had been having fun also. Florence came out to sing you got the love whilst Candi was probably singing it on the park stage (gutted i missed that! - my fave version)... Then went up to the campfire (missing petshop boys - bummer again)... Campfire sessions were pretty epic tonight. the Drums did the first session and loads of journos came down to see them. i loved them in their little hut! much better than a bigger stage for me... then we had bands like i blame coco (very great), Bombay Bicycle Club and The Mystery Jets did a wicked little session for us (they had been hanging out at the campfire the past few nights and loved it)... they were my favourite i think!

Sunday: Day off! amazing day! spent it wandering around, exactly as you are supposed to. Went to see Grizzly Bear on the Other Stage whilst the rest of the world watched the footie. beautiful vibes in the sunshine... Pretty much hung out there and saw LCD and MGMT - to whom i shoulder surfed on the shoulders of my new favourite gay. After that saw a bit of Empire Of The Sun and then lazed around the back of the park stage with a moustache drawn on my face for hours and hours...

Top Five Glasto highlights:

1: Thom Yorke / Radiohead on The Park Stage
2: Mystery Jets around the Campfire
3: Dancing with Gays in Horsemeat Disco
4: Grizzly Bear on the Other Stage
5: illegal campfire sessions around the strummerville campfire at 8am with Ali Love, Beans on Toast and loads of my friends - old and new :)

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