Pyromid fire is a final glorious end to Glade festival
Glade Festival 2012 review
published: Thu 21st Jun 2012
daily capacity: 10500
last updated: Mon 28th May 2012
Keeping an eagle eye on the weather leading up to Glade Festival weekend was very emotional, thunder and lightening storms full force gales and a hell of a lot of rain was predicted so off I go with my wellies, waterproofs and warm clothes weighing me down.
On the 5 hour journey from Bristol the weather got better and better the sun was shining and with blue skies ahead I began to feel hopeful that it was all going to be okay.
The early arrivers were all in good spirits and some of the sound systems were already pumping out the heavy bass music I expected for the weekend.
Friday is when the thunderstorm hit with heavy rain and wind, but that did not deter any of the festival goers from carrying on or dampening their spirits. Every time the thunder clapped so did the crowds and the lightening was like the flash on my camera, as if the sky itself just took a photograph of everyone enjoying themselves regardless. It only lasted about 40 mins and for the rest of the weekend the sun kept breaking through the clouds creating the perfect weather to dance outside especially in regards to the Origin stage.
There was indeed a lot of mud but what's a festival without a bit of mud? - at least 80% of the time it was dry and very warm. Glade Festival goers were very lucky considering all the weather reports on the lead up to the weekend.
My least favourite part of any festival is the loos these were also a nice surprise as most had lighting above and white roofs so you could see and it stops people making a lot of mess they were efficiently cleaned and kept very well throught the festival.
There was fire burner pizza place giving you the choice of pizza with toppings such as asparagus etc The food choices were very good scattered all over the festival grounds and catered for all.
The Vintage Tea and Cake place was an all time favourite for my friends and myself. Inside it was like a whimsical vintage tea room where you are served tea in little china cups, every cake was divine, I had a chocolate rum and raisin mud cake that was out of this world.
Everyone in the crowd went crazy for Foreign Beggars there obligatory mosh pit was a success such a high energy performance again a rather early set for these guys but that didnt stop the true fans enjoying every minute from the new tracks they played all the way to the tracks from 10 years ago but then again every time I've seen Foreign Beggars they always have the same response it just never gets tiresome.
About half 2 in the morning on Saturday Million Way from Bristol played in the Rabbit Hole though they were not on the official printed line-up I stumbled across these guys just giving it large to the crowd their live music set was amazing and had dancers on stage inspiring even the most exhausted of us to dance.
After seeing The Correspondents live before, I made it my all time purpose to see them at Glade and boy was it a showdown, I can't even pin a type of music to them its very cross genre electronic/swing/dance/hip hop crazy mix that gets everyone moving.
Mr Bruce the front man was enigmatic and energy driven his set included dancing on a treadmill and throwing all sorts of shapes in his custom unitard one piece I couldn't take my eyes off him sorry DJ Chucks I didn't even glance in your direction once.
The Meteor stage was like a space craft landed in the forest in fact it was decked out like something from stargate enterprise, landing in another world it even had its own moon. The bass in the floor was heavy you did have to queue a while to get down to the enclosed area but I admit it was worth every minute. The effort put into creating this new area for the Glade crowd was phenomenal.
The woods were all lit up majestically in the dark, reminiscent of my time a few years back at Secret Garden I was happy to find out it was these guys who also pulled this off at Glade.
Heavy Baselines were prominent in the Basement stage the whole festival, this is where you could let your hair down and have a good rave it was always full of people skanking out.
Interface, and Stanza, with Carasel up front on the mic was definitely a highlight I'm sure this dynamic trio ripped an extra hole in the tent dropping solid basslines to everyone's enjoyment.
High Rankin replaced Rusko who sadly couldn't make it due to illness, it was a high impact vibrant energy with the female singer and keyboard player playing key parts but nothing could distract you from his eccentric moustache and hyper attitude although it was an early-ish set so wasn't very busy in the main Glade stage it was indeed one of my personal highlights as the music was infectious.
The sound, visuals, and all round performance was a must see and everyone I spoke to after the set had glowing reports of it, Andy C has his touring stage set up which I have seen before in Bristol but here it worked perfectly with the projected visuals, and the crowd were going wild the music was intense and it was the best set of the whole weekend.
Straight after the Andy C set I caught the grand finale firework display and the pyromid was set on fire as a final glorious ending to the festival. Crowds in their thousands circled it in a bid to squeeze the very last drops of the weekend as sadness gathered that it was in fact over Until next year that is where we will all re group and go on the next Glade adventure.
review by: Kimberley Storm
daily capacity: 10500
last updated: Mon 28th May 2012
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