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  1. 32 points
    I finally left site last night. The whole place is looking incredibly clean. 500 litter pickers were laid off yesterday lunchtime. (Small protest happened outside Goose Hall as many were expecting many more days work) I've never seen the place look so clean and tidy so quickly before. This time last year the farm was still absolutely minging. Huge big up to all festival goers who clearly used the bins, tidied up their camping areas and left no trace. Looks like the message has finally got through! This must have saved the festival a fortune and so will leave more money for charity. Brilliant!
  2. 31 points
    My Grandfather smoked his whole life. I was about 10 years old when my mother said to him, ‘If you ever want to see your grandchildren graduate, you have to stop immediately.’ Tears welled up in his eyes when he realized what exactly was at stake. He gave it up immediately. Three years later he died of lung cancer. It was really sad and destroyed me. My mother said to me - ’Don’t ever smoke. Please don’t put your family through what your Grandfather put us through." I agreed. At 28, I have never touched a cigarette. I must say, I feel a very slight sense of regret for never having done it because your post gave me cancer anyway.
  3. 30 points
    I think for a lot of people it makes a nice change when the rest of the time they're drowning in vile, abusive, threatening and downright aggressive right wing attitudes. It's just hard to notice when you're not in the firing line. I do think Tories are entirely welcome, but if it's that much of a shock to see what it's like outside the bubble then it's probably a good and healthy thing to see isn't it? Better than imagining the dining room conversation actually encompasses the whole country's views for sure. Tolerance is quite a different thing to meekly not saying anything despite having issues, and I think folk sometimes get confused.
  4. 30 points
    Do you need any training for litter picking, or can you just pick it up as you go along?
  5. 30 points
    ...and this on a loo wall:
  6. 29 points
  7. 24 points
    I wonder if they're on here. If they are, I have a message: Fuck off.
  8. 22 points
    I've just had a lovely bonus one today, it's the festival that keeps on giving: I tend to chat to people who appear to be on their own in crowds between bands. I'd say 60% of the time it ends at exchanging pleasantries and wishing each other a good festival but there were 2 stand out ones this year that lead to new friends. One was a Swedish chap I met post Radiohead, we exchanged tequila and he ended up coming to Arcadia with us and having a great time. It was nice that he felt that he could catch up with us on Sunday evening too, anyway I digress. This post is about a fantastic woman who was on her own for the Jacksons. Before they got on stage I got chatting to her and found out that she was having the best week of her life, it was her first Glastonbury (possibly first festival) and that all of the rest of her group were watching the Foos. I explained that she was more than welcome to join our group, initially I think she thought I was taking the piss as we were a group averaging in our early 30s and she was probably mid to late 50s. None the less she was introduced to our team (of about 8 at the time) and we all had a good chat until the music started when we all enjoyed a good boogie (The sounds was fit for purpose where we were). I forget which song came on but she mentioned it was her favourite, one of the group offered to get her up on his shoulders. I’m sure she wouldn’t be offended if I mentioned that she wasn’t the slightest of women (or non-chipstick person as she put it), so at first she politely declined, after some gentle persuasion she was up there with the biggest grin I saw on anyone all weekend. She was instant that we took as many photos as ‘those lot back at the tent would never believe this’. When the Jacksons finished we mentioned that we were going to Arcadia. After phoning one of her group to let them know that she was OK she joined us until about 3am until she could dance no more. We made sure to grab her email so we could send her the photo evidence of the night’s events. One of my friends sent those photos yesterday, and we received the most wonderful response this morning. Not only did she (just about ish) remember everyone’s, names she went into great detail about how nice we all were, how she felt like one of us, how she had the best time of her life, and even went into details of conversations which many of us had taken for granted. Her response was shared with the rest of us and it’s made my day. I won’t go into too much detail about what else she included but it’s clear that she’s had a challenging time of it recently and in her words ‘came back to the lads that night a different person’. This might all sound a bit self fellating but it was so rewarding to hear that we weren’t just being a pain in the arse and bullying her into what we considered having a good time. To me a large part of the festival is making the experience good for yourselves and for others. This was reflected in my disappointment on Tuesday morning whilst queuing at the shop, I turned round to start a conversation with the person behind me only to stop myself just in time – unfortunately that’s not the way the community works in my neck of the woods. Anyway apologies for the essay. It was either write it up or put it to the back of my head while getting on with work, and I wasn’t quite ready to do that.
  9. 20 points
    Shit my pants, You only just got in?? No wonder there's no refreshments you're a month late. I'd be happy the ice cream van was still waiting.
  10. 19 points
    Hi All! This year was my first Glasto, I came all the way from Israel and made my dream came true. I wrote a post about my experience in Hebrew, but it does works well with Google Translate, I hope that you'll find it interesting https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=https%3A%2F%2Fnimrodg1.wordpress.com%2F2017%2F07%2F05%2Fglasto%2F&edit-text=
  11. 19 points
    The festival is actually better than it used to be.
  12. 19 points
    Finally got around to cleaning up a photo I took of the Monday morning sunrise; thought I'd share it here in case anyone is either in the photo or would like another nice memory for 2017! Side note: After 5 years of trying (and failing) to get tickets, I finally got to make my way to across to something I'm still finding difficult to describe to my friends. Any expectation I had was exceeded 10 fold. From the performances to the attention to detail to the sheer scale of the event; it was truly awe-inspiring. Also big thanks to the many people of this forum for all the advice I managed to grab in the lead-up, got some priceless info here! #SpaceBlanket
  13. 18 points
    I'm glad no men were being dicks at all over the weekend, as otherwise you'd look like a misogynist wally.
  14. 18 points
    I'd ban those who have attended the best party of the year, but feel the need to come online to have a moan about how they could make it better as soon they're back and showered
  15. 17 points
    The best place to avoid Ed Sheehan was West Holts
  16. 16 points
    Had a quick scoot around and couldn't see this posted, apologies if it has been. https://lifeonlauralane.wordpress.com/2017/07/11/an-open-letter-to-glastonbury-from-a-victim/ A woman who was sexually assaulted by members of her own Glasto group prior to the festival shares her story about the festival going above and beyond to help her out and ensure that she would be safe at Glastonbury. Glastonbury really is a special festival, isn't it? P.S. I got this off 's Twitter, and their tweet sharing the story was liked by Emily Eavis, in case people were in doubt of it.
  17. 16 points
    I wrote this last year after talking a load of crap trying to explain why Glastonbury was so special using half-baked scientific principles. It was written for the benefit of the people involved in the conversation originally, I’ve thought about posting it on here before but never really found the suitable place for it but it kind of fits in with the conspiracy theory stuff so here goes: I'm going to start as most people don't; at the end. I'm also going to end at the start, but that can wait until later. On the last Monday in June we somehow pack down our tents, lug them back to the car and set off home. All still discussing highlights of the weekend, and how last night was fantastic yet our legs had nothing to give after 5 days of dancing, drinking, laughing with optional sleep and food. The second law of thermodynamics suggests that within a contained are the availability of a systems energy decreases over time. Is there a situation in which this is more evident than the confines of the superfence? We arrive as fresh as the lush green grass we are trampling on but leave feeling more like the quagmire by the tap near the park that always ends up bursting a leak like a fire hydrant in any film based in the Bronx in the summertime. Most of us have a few days off work to recover perhaps even a week if we can. Our feet are sore, throats are dry and houses seem eerily quiet, distinctly lacking the white noise of laughter, distant booming baselines and the flames blasting from Arcadia that we've grown accustomed to. We are a broken people, readjusting to the real world. At this point we have Pavlov's enthusiasm for next year. We've just had the best week of our year and wouldn't miss the opportunity to do the same next year for the world, but at the same time variety is the spice of life and we've all been promising ourselves that we should try Boomtown next year, or we could finally go abroad like the rest of them. After all, what needs a fallow year more? The farm or us? Due to Murphy's Law our annual autumnal struggle for tickets is regularly accompanied by a hangover, the wireless router always needs resetting, there's aren't enough chargers in the world and the cat always needs feeding. At 9:05 it feels like you've been punched in the stomach, your mind takes it in turns to remind yourself that 'it took at least 30 mins longer to sell out last year', 'there are always the resales' and 'I wanted to do Boomtown next year anyway and I can't afford both'. We get a message through from our mates girlfriends mum in law who is trying for us, she's bagged us a ticket triggering the butterfly effect; the hangover is taking a hike, the dregs of the phone battery is being drained by Whattsapp going crazy and the cat is hiding behind the sofa after the animalistic celebratory roar and everything is good in the world. We float around the house, the weight of possibly missing out lifted from our shoulders like isostatic rebound after a particularly chilly ice age. Energy starts building off site. Line ups are speculated, announced and scrutinised. Heroes create playlists for a beloved community, the majority of which they will never meet. Recommendations are made, clashed are debated and headliners will be complained about. This potential energy builds up under the surface waiting to erupt. When we arrive on the Wednesday morning there is an energy that isn't felt anywhere else. I suggest to you that it is not the lay-lines, or the after effects of some holy chap visiting a few thousand years ago, but the effect of the first law of thermodynamics; conservation of energy. For most of us, our festival is a five day experience, but for days there have been staff on site making the final touches, for weeks there have been those who construct the stages and for months people have been booking bands and preparing infrastructure. Last year we all left the site with nothing left to give, thermodynamics suggests that this energy is not lost, but conserved. I propose that this energy stays on site, boosted by all of the staff and volunteers who contribute to the mammoth task of organising and running the event, and it is that energy that we feel when we make it on site. Some people get it when they drive into the car parks, some get it when they are issued a wristband, it normally starts building in me when I leave the car, and peaks during the first sip of a well earned drink once the tent is up. Here's to then, Cheers.
  18. 16 points
    Fuck that. There were plenty of 40, 50, 60 and even 70 year olds having fun this time around. Age is but a number, if you wanna stop then stop, but do it because you can't be arsed or you don't enjoy it, not because your birth certificate tells you!
  19. 15 points
    You've just spent nine pages of a thread moaning about the morality of some men shagging in the back of a LGBT-friendly, openly adult-only, venue at the back corner of a massive festival in the west of England that you did not know about until now. You introduced hypothetical children as a reason for why it should stop. You decided your ticket should be cheaper because you're not interested in using that room. Then decided you must be right because you're old. You presume that there is no pluralism in the gay life, that your boundaries are the only boundaries, and that everyone is like the four same-sex people you watched get married. You don't even know why you disagree with it. At least other (gay) posters have spoken about their concerns - misplaced or not - of the fallout of chemsex etc. but you just seem to think it's a filthy little thing and must stop because you say so. If the festival only catered for "foodies" (fucking lol) and people who liked guitars it wouldn't be worth the effort, and you'd likely be at Reading having a good time with plenty of other people who only care about themselves and have no imagination.
  20. 15 points
    Misunderstood what the dark room was for, got quite a shock. The hunt for somewhere to develop my photographs onsite continues.
  21. 15 points
    Unemployed people, asylum seekers, immigrants, LGBT kids, single mothers, black people, Liverpool football fans, disabled people, people who live on council estates, the traveller community, etc etc. Compare the abuse and vilification they all experienced by the tories over the years and compare it to what the original poster experienced at Glastonbury
  22. 15 points
    It's precisely because of people hovering that the seats get covered in piss. Wipe the seat and sit the fuck down!
  23. 15 points
    In the tipi fields at an open mic bout 1am Friday when an Irish guy starts pouring his heart out about a song he's written about his hometown and how dodgy it is etc etc. He starts off ok but about 40 seconds in, drops the guitar apologises and tells us he's no chance of finishing because the mushrooms had kicked in.
  24. 15 points
    Hey everyone! I had the best day yesterday with my boyfriend proposing to me at The XX, while Jamie XX and Romy were playing Loud Places. There was a large crowd around us, so if anyone has any photos please let me know! This photo was sent to us from a lovely guy who captured the moment
  25. 14 points
    Seetickets has a fibre link to Merseyside for ticket day
  26. 14 points
    I just finished my personal Aftermovie of Glastonbury Festival 2017. Thought some of you might like it. And now there's even a bit of Arcade Fire... Please share your favourite clips in this thread.
  27. 14 points
    Oh, Jeremy Corbyn! Oh, Jeremy Corbyn!
  28. 13 points
    Actually, Glastonbury isn't simply a "left leaning" Festival. It's an actively and proudly left wing campaigning festival. This isn't a new thing either, it's been that way since CND effectively started running the show in the early 80s. I'm pretty sure that Tories at the Festival will feel a lot more welcome now than they would have done when Thatcher was in power. It's fair to say that in the last 10-15 years the political elements have been overshadowed by the lineups and various expansions, but they never went away. The fact that in recent years it was maybe easier for Tories to ignore or look past the politics doesn't change what the Festival is and has been for most of it's history - a voice against everything that the conservative party stands for.
  29. 13 points
    I had one of the most profound moments of my life at First Aid Kit. It all hit me, that we were here, lots of my friends for the first time, at my favourite place in the world. While incredible, beautiful music was being played by these two brilliant women. And that there was still the best part of three blissful days of this to come. I realised, in the moment, that there was nothing that I'd do to change what was happening. I find it's very rare that you realise how special a moment is while you're living it. I very much did, my heart soared, and while I somehow kept myself from completely breaking down, tears flowed down my face on and off for a good twenty minutes. Some of my friends put their arms round me. I sensed we were all in a similar place. That will live with me forever. Shortly after, walking through The Wood, two of them sincerely thanked me for near on forcing them to get tickets. I breathed out deeply in that stuttering fashion when emotion has overcome you. My dream had come true.
  30. 13 points
    Remember when I was the worst person on these boards?
  31. 13 points
    Frank Carter gave one of the most rousing speeches I've ever heard about not groping women who want to crowd surf. I was there to see the Killers but I was blown away by his passion on the subject. He ended the speech by saying something along the lines of "so if I see even one of you touching someone inappropriately I will personally come down there and slice your head off, put it on a stick, and we'll have flame grilled w*nker over by Arcadia" (or words to that effect) I saw a woman get groped at Anderson.Paak and was so proud of the girls reaction. She turned around and gave the guys the biggest bollocking I've ever seen and they were forced out of the crowd. Knobheads.
  32. 13 points
    I've just seen a bloke wearing a tshirt that says: SURELY NOT EVERYBODY WAS KUNG FU FIGHTING?
  33. 12 points
  34. 11 points
  35. 11 points
    Whilst it's true that eFestivals first started its website in 1998, what a lot of people don't know is that its true origins stretch back much farther. It's an interesting story for those who'd care to listen. In the autumn days of 1970, following a successful pop festival in Pilton, Sommerset, a group of festival-going nerds began to meet periodically in a Barnsley church hall. The meetings, known as "Ee By Gum Festivals Forum" were established to allow dweebs an outlet to air grievances relating to the deteriorating quality of each subsequent edition of what we know today as Glastonbury Festival, as well as fervently discussing strangely contrary unrealistic hopes for the line-ups and weather conditions of the next festival. Eyewitness reports from the early days of the forum in its original guise tell of the rousing excitement to be had when @russycarps would hold forth. Of course, even today, we in the digital age find his missives enthralling, but back then eFesters could witness firsthand the great orator bang his walking cane on the stone floor and wring his flatcap between his hands as he weeded out and berated secret Tories in attendance. Like a latter day Joe McCarthy, but with opposite leanings.
  36. 11 points
  37. 10 points
    When almost on a whim, a couple of us decided to pop over to W Holts between Kris Kristofferson, I knew a few things about Kate Tempest. I knew she did spoken word performances backed to music. I knew that I quite liked some of the 5 minute video pieces I'd seen, but was worried that it would go on a bit and I might get a bit bored. How wrong I was. From the opening lines, I knew that this would be far more more politically incisive than a re-purposed football chant: She told heart-breaking stories of people struggling in a society pitted against itself, culminating in a glorious "I. LOVE. PEOPLE.". The 'big moments' in this set were not met by hands in the air or whooping, they were met with looks of intense contemplation on the faces of the crowd. A very unusual juxtaposition, like a solar eclipse in its strangeness. I witnessed a lot of great performances at this year's festival, not least the xx and Radiohead directly afterwards, but nothing quite like Kate Tempest. Whilst she hasn't invented the idea of spoken word over a musical backing - slotting somewhere between straight poetry and rap - I have never witnessed anything that succeeded quite on this scale. A truly unique talent, with such intensity and so many words! Expect copycats at Glastonbury 2019 The raving egotist that I am, I'll end by quoting my own first post about the 2017 festival:
  38. 10 points
    I didn't record much video (BBC kind of had that covered) but one thing I did do was just capture sat on the grass doing nothing between acts, watching the festival go by. I think this may be on a loop next June. I'd say nothing happens in the video, but turns out there's loads of little things.
  39. 10 points
    I'm going to name my second kid "Other Child"
  40. 10 points
    Quite right. I want 13 Glastonburys worth of rebate for never having been in the kids field (due to not being a kid) or the acoustic tent (due to not being fucking boring).
  41. 10 points
    Sick of this boring point whiny tories keep making. People having opposite views to yours isn't an attack on you, grow the fuck up. It's like people who went to the Jacksons complaining everybody wearing a Foo Fighters t-shirt was attacking their personal choice of Saturday night headliner. Grow the fuck up, learn to hear people having different opinions to you, especially at a left-wing festival that has a tower named after Tony Benn, and who's founder stood for election as a Labour candidate.
  42. 10 points
    My son shot and edited a video of his first Glastonbury - what an amazing year to experience it for the first time - he told me: "Now I know why you go on and on about Glastonbury, Mum!"
  43. 10 points
    Swedish House Mafia
  44. 10 points
    Apologies for talking about myself smiling! Hubbie had been quite unwell, in hospital etc before Glasto week. We were heartbroken, had given up the campervan and resigned ourselves. A couple of days in he was feeling better and the doc said it would do us good mentally to go so we decided to try. We booked off site, drove there on Saturday, bought a parking ticket and parked in Purple. We walked in through Gate B. As soon as we got our wristbands the feeling was especially incredible and I couldn't stop smiling...it was the most wonderful feeling to be there. We only had one and a half days instead of the usual nearly a week but WE MADE IT!!!! Fantastic...and I even found my bin in Williams Green! Xx
  45. 10 points
    At Radiohead, a guy next to us: 'Dave Grohl is going to have to up his game with all this banter from Thom'
  46. 10 points
    Not have the Sunday day ticket holders Ban all chairs at stages. Bloody dangerous with people sat down in the pit through a set
  47. 10 points
    Got right up front after I was already there for The National and had an absolute ball. Also managed to get Taylor's drumstick somehow. Wahoo.
  48. 10 points
    Just heard someone in the tent next to me ask Siri if a pringles can, can hold urine! Made me chuckle
  49. 9 points
    I used to come on this forum to prepare for going to Glastonbury. Now I go to Glastonbury to prepare for posting on this forum
  50. 9 points