Glastonbury is my happy place. I’ve just got home from my third trip to Worthy Farm and my first with my boyfriend Nick, and I absolutely loved it. I forget about the real world and have a bloody good time exploring a world that only exsits for five days each year. Once again I was very lucky to get a ticket.
Musical highlights for me this year were definitely Earth, Wind & Fire (I’m a massive disco and 70s funk head so I completely lost it when they played Boogie Wonderland), Adele (I find her swearing so endearing that I really want to be her friend and laughed pretty hard at her inter-song chats) and a fantastic set by Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes on the Park Stage for some 1960s pop classics.
It’s very true when people say everyone has a different festival at Glastonbury as it’s so big, you really can’t describe how big it is until you’ve witnessed it yourself. So if by chance you’re reading this as a bit of homework ahead of attempting to secure a ticket for Glastonbury 2017 in October, then read on.
Get there early, go exploring and get lost
It’s obvious, but if you don’t want to sandwich your tent on top or between other festival goers’ then get there on Wednesday. Even the camping fields on the north-west of the site are starting to get crowded earlier on now. I’m a fan of the Pylon Fields – slightly further out with more space and a decent cafe for breakfast. But unfortunately for us when we returned from our fight night of exploring we found a party of 6 with a mega tent had pitched up pretty much on ours, so decided to move a few metres away. This isn’t a big deal and you can’t get annoyed by it as it happens all over the site, but it’s unlikely you will have the luxury of that extra bit of wiggle room if you get there 24 hours later. Glastonbury gets busier every year, so make sure you choose your camping field wisely.
Wednesday and Thursday give you plenty of time to explore the site before the music officially starts on Friday, and you definitely need it as there is so much going on! I won’t spoil the surprise for any first-timers but my favourite spots are the Healing Fields, Block 9, and the top of the hill in The Park for a very special view. I urge you to pay these spots a visit.
Eat somewhere new every day
There are hundreds of food tents dotted all over the site offering cuisines from all over the world, so avoid sticking to your jacket potato or cheese burger safety options and try something different. I’ve eaten some incredible vegan and veggie dishes at Glastonbury along with brisket burgers bigger than my face, so give something new a go. They’re all reasonably priced and you can eat a pretty filling meal for less than a tenner – the crispy deep-fried halloumi from Oli’s to the right of the Pyramid Stage was a personal favourite.
That said, there are some food tents by camping fields which are very overpriced compared to those by the stages, so if you can stave off your hunger until lunch time, do so. I accidentally paid £6.50 (yes, you read that correctly) for a small vanilla latte one morning in a breakfast tent by pedestrian gate A. Needless to say I didn’t buy one again.
See at least one headliner
They may not be hot at the top of your must-see list but they’re headlining the best festival in the world for a reason and they will undoubtedly put on an incredible show. After three years’ experience I’ve found that music on the Pyramid Stage is much more enjoyable when you watch from further back. We made a tree to the left of the stage in front of the first set of speakers our home this year, and will be doing that again in the future as there’s room to dance and put up a chair if you want to.
Aim to see 3 acts/artists each day
And if you can squeeze in anymore, great. It’s easy to underestimate the time it takes to walk from one of the main stages to another, especially if the weather is bad like this year. Try to avoid the disappointment of turning up at the Park Stage to find out that your act has just finished as you took your time from walking over from the John Peel tent.
Clean up after yourself
Yes, I’m aware I probably sound like your mother here, but putting your daily rubbish in a bin liner instead of decorating the area around your tent only takes seconds, and makes the giant tidy up easier for those doing it when you leave. Plus, it’s much nicer turning up to a clean and tidy tent space when you rock up bladdered at 3am, right?! Well, waking up there at least.
Say hello to the lovely staff
People working at Glastonbury (many of whom are volunteers), are the most friendliest and helpful people you’ll ever meet at a festival. Even the security guards by the stages are jokes and often hand out sweets and dance with those front row, so be nice back, it doesn’t hurt.
Wear fancy dress all day every day
You won’t be alone and will blend in perfectly. I appreciate those who go to town on looking their absolute best and like total festival babes, but it’s a very high-maintenance image. The alternative option is to spend some money on a ridiculously stupid yet comfortable fancy dress costume. This year I saw Power Rangers, giant bananas, Teletubbies and half of Noah’s Ark. My advice is get involved and do it!
You will have an amazing time at Glastonbury if you have the right attitude. If you go there to have a good time, you will have a bloody good time. If you’re worrying about mud and rain months before the festival….then Glastonbury isn’t for you.