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it's a scorcher!

Today followed last night's Gorillaz example with a host of special guests. Muse stole the show with an encore guest performance from U2's Edge, and before them Scisssor Sisters had an appearance from Kylie. Biffy Clyro were special guests in a packed Park although we couldn't find anywhere near enough to see it, while Shakira and The Dead Weather played to those roasting in the sun at the main stage we chose to chill at the Bimble Inn and bumped into friends. George Clinton and Midlake headlined the West Holts Stage and Park respectively,we watched the former, Kaz wasn't impressed and wanted to watch Moos. Our daughter watched Kelis, Chipmunk, N-Dubz, and Jamie T. I went over to give her a memory stick for her camera and was amazed at the energy, Mistajam had the crowds jumping in the dance village. Leaving for Shangri La over in Avalon Lightning Seeds did a rousing acoustic version of 3 Lions just as we got there. With the sun providing Glastonbury more fantastic weather, there was the opportunity to explore more of the shaded non-music parts of the site and with our walking pace slowed we didn't see many bands. In Leftfield however after the forums we watched a showcase of Beans On Toast, Frank Turner, The Agitator, a girl called Grace and Billy Bragg. The Green Crafts were busy with workshops, the multitude of small stages were well patroned, and the vibe throughout the site was terrific. We wandered around Shangri La and had a great time, we sang in the Shrine of Bono, got teleported in Lost Luggage, won a free drink, looked in on Fish and Tits, and wanderered about looking at the crazy sights. Glastonbury doesn't do normal weather it's is a festival of extreme weather and this year it's sun. Today it's the football vs Slash, and seeking shade, it's the last night to sing at the U2 shrine, dance under the explosions of Arcadia, get teleported in Lost Luggage, dance (and sing) at the silent disco, rave it up in the dance village, and chill out in the stone circle.

5co77ie

5co77ie

 

Gorillaz in the haze

It's a scorcher! The main stages sparked into life in the sunshine and Rolf Harris started the party. Many of the campsites began to fill up and the day's entertainment was topped off with Gorillaz and a host of guests including Snoop Dogg, Bobby Womack, and Lou Reed amongst others. Unfortunately Mos Def had to cancel his appearance at West Holts and Femi Kuti was moved back to headline the flag filled stage. Earlier Snoop Dogg had drawn the biggest crowd of the day, and The Stranglers played the Other Stage for the first time, and said they rather liked it. Frank Turner, Mumford & Sons, and Florence & The Machine also stool to various stages, with Thom Yorke revealed as the surprise guest in The Park (a well kept secret). We had to. collect our daughter from the newly moved pedestrian gate A which was a hike missing Vampire Weekend and getting caught both in the crowd for Snoop Dog and them - the first time I've experienced crowds like that here for years. The tents camped by the walk way were covered in dust the first time since 2000 I can remember it being so. Kuti was moved back to headline the flag filled stage. Whilst on the second stage Flaming Lips delivered a lively set and Sasha got the crowd's seems in the air in Glade. The late night music venues proved a popular choice with crowds wandering around agog. Shame the DJ's played such poor tunes, it was the Village Disco who provided the most audible soundtrack for those in the campervan fields. However it was the other entertainment from a singing Bono puppet in an Irish bar, to blue mermaids, to Bez "DJing" and a wealth of other delights. Elsewhere the greenfields were a more chilled affair of soft glowing lights, more acoustic flavoured tunes, and chai. glowing lights, more acoustic flavoured tunes, and chai with the lovely tranquil pool. The Common too had a nice feel with large white birds and old school whole log split standing fires. Having seen the lanes of Shangri La before I was able to make a good exploration before it started to get packed around 2am. Favourite act today was Sasha, and both of Hobo Jones and the Junkyard Dogs appearances book ending performances in the Scaling Field. Still not seen the Tor lit at night.

5co77ie

5co77ie

 

and so it properly begins

Conditions were near perfect in front of the main Pyramid stage for the eFestivals World Cup football match which raised over £8000 for WaterAid. With the crowds entertained by Hobo Jones and the Junkyard Dogs and an Endorse It In Dorset supergroup before watching a closely fought game where England took the honours winning 6-4. The game was even watched by WaterAid presidentPrince Charles from the stage. Unfortunately post match entertainers Supernova had to cut their set short as the Festival chose that moment to test the speaker array with blast of Gorillaz. After letting one goal in between my legs and getting the wrong side of a poor refereeing decision, I subbed myself only for them to score again during the change over. Following the match the warm evening and an invigorating performance by Scott Mckewan alongside L's improving ankle meant we were able to enjoy music in the small stages like Nik Turner, 3 Daft Monkeys and Kissmet, before returning to the Bourbon Stage for Ainsley Poster. With most people now on site the new late night areas look awesome, there's a monorail stuck in the side of a 5 or 6 story building and Arcadia has grown arms, we were tantalised with incredibly designed new areas still hastily being constructed. A sizeable crowd gathered in the sacred space to watch the sunrise under a full moon. The only depressing thing was the palls of acrid plastic smoke from large fires in West Holts the first time I've seen that amongst the fluttering flags. Today sees Rolf Harris open the main stage in the sunshine, with Gorillaz closing the main stage with a host of special guests. Talking of which Worthy fm are hinting this morning that special guests playing sets on site are Lou Reed, and Biffy Clyro. Festival goers will have to wait and see if they're right. Today also sees the arrival of our teenage daughter, as she finally gets a short break from her exams.

5co77ie

5co77ie

 

Football fever

For many we discover the first experience of Glastonbury was being stuck in long queues in the hot sun for hours at the pedestrian gate entrances with no water some even miss the game. Even at the campervan fields we took an hour to get in, traffic around the perimeter holding us up. Once in we had to come to terms with limited mobility because of K's ankle, and plans to explore greenfields had to be shelved. We watched the England football team's victory on screens in the newly named West Holts bar, once the First Of May, sad to see the name change. I could hear the massive crowd at the main stage, but being in the shade was too much of a bonus. We signed up to Greenpeace again and found the Cornish Arms selling Tribute. Afterwards there was a chance to sample the foods on offer like the delicious Tapas place in West Holts and the Foam Fish place, and Moorish. And enjoy a beer in the sunshine. We went to the EFestivals meet at the cider bus sampled Oily Joe's tasty home brew. After a few ciders I was the worst for wear. We decided to wander back, as the night was gettting cold and saw a few live bands along the way, before slowly ascending the hill of death. Today, Thursday, the morning has started slightly cooler, giving us a little more sleep, and now it's shaping up to be another sunny day. One, that will see the eFestivals World Cup football match wherean England team take on the rest of the world to raise money for WaterAid. The entertainment starts at 1pm today in front of the Pyramid Stage.

5co77ie

5co77ie

 

we are here

Parked up, awning up sat out on a warm night in Glastonbury suburbia listening to the sounds of folk getting settled enjoying a beer and a smoke and watching the sky lanterns float off into the night - bliss.

5co77ie

5co77ie

 

the festival anticipation builds

It's only about 7 or so hours until we set off for our twentieth year of Glastonbury. My wife yesterday badly twisted her ankle and despite much grinning and bearing (and a few tears) she is determined to go and won't consider any other option. We are taking our campervan and so will be arriving on site tonight Tuesday. I'll be letting you know how we fare and what wonders we witness on this blog.

5co77ie

5co77ie

 

5 days to go - current prediction... RAIN sun RAIN

Boo hiss, the current feelings are not currently good... NOTE: all links open in a new window MetCheck current feelings(note image will update automatically daily - so keep checking back): Or: Direct link to the above image --- NetWeather auto forecast for glasto is now here: LINK>>> - http://www.netweather.tv/index.cgi?action=events;sess= --- LINK>>> - met office - check out the UK wide long range view - looking good! But this is yet to be updated. LINK>>> - 10 day www.weather.co.uk pretty accurate and pretty much only one looking good! LINK>>> - decent 9 day - weatherforecast.com - Not so good

crow

crow

 

SUN SUN and a bit of rain... 6 days to go

SO the forecasts are firming up now - still looking good, but currently a chance of rain - check it out. Still plenty of time for this all to change for the better! All the reports are looking GOOD! NOTE: all links open in a new window MetCheck current feelings(note image will update automatically daily - so keep checking back): Or: Direct link to the above image --- NetWeather auto forecast for glasto is now here: LINK>>> - http://www.netweather.tv/index.cgi?action=events;sess= --- LINK>>> - met office - check out the UK wide long range view - looking good! LINK>>> - 10 day www.weather.co.uk pretty accurate and looking good! LINK>>> - decent 9 day - weatherforecast.com - sun sun sun

crow

crow

 

7 days to go and looking GOOD!

All the reports are looking GOOD! NOTE: all links open in a new window MetCheck current feelings(note image will update automatically daily - so keep checking back): Or: Direct link to the above image --- NetWeather auto forecast for glasto is now here: LINK>>> - http://www.netweather.tv/index.cgi?action=events;sess= --- LINK>>> - met office - check out the UK wide long range view - looking good! <code> UK Outlook for Sunday 20 Jun 2010 to Tuesday 29 Jun 2010: Into the beginning of the new week, it should remain largely dry for most areas of the UK, with variable cloud and sunny periods. The exception being more cloud and occasional mainly light rain at times in the far north, and isolated light showers in southeastern parts, possibly extending to other areas by mid-week. It will feel warm in any prolonged sunshine, especially further south and west, and in light winds. Temperatures should be near or above normal, though cooler on northern and eastern coasts with a fresh northeasterly breeze. There is a trend to turn more unsettled for most parts later next week and into the weekend, mainly for the north and west, with spells of rain or showers. Temperatures remaining near or slightly above normal. Updated: 1212 on Tue 15 Jun 2010 </code> LINK>>> - 10 day www.weather.co.uk pretty accurate and looking good! LINK>>> - decent 9 day - weatherforecast.com - sun sun sun Guardian on the met office predictions: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/jun/16/glastonbury-2010-met-office? Also - if you have read this can you post a comment? Just so I know if it's worthwhile still updating this for anyone others than me Cheers Crow

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crow

 

Download

Download is going to be awesome, however BOTH my little brothers are going this year, they are of ages 17 and 15, so i shall do my best to not worry about their general safety (by this i mean from self inflicted harms) and make a plea to everyone to respect each other at the festival. And can all the really tall people stand behind me. Seriously. I'm five foot tall. I come up to your belly button. You don't need to stand in front of me to see the stage :0

katereeningtwar

katereeningtwar

 

Latest Update from NetWeather - JACKONE's blog

So JACKONE has posted their latest reading of the forecasts, and it doesn't look great. http://forum.netweather.tv/topic/62778-gla...orecast-blog-2/ (you can read part one of their glasto weather blog HERE ) It seems the prediction of great weather by met check is based on just one of the chart readings, and that reading disagrees with the rest of the weeks reading, so I wouldn't go and break the bank buying a new cool box just yet... I'll just quote a small amount of what JACKONE posted, as you can read the rest and thier excellent blog at the link above: So this week there have been 7 daily forecasts. 2 of the above go for settled conditions, 3 rather unsettled forecasts with rain at times, and 2 go for a washout festival. So on this basis, the festive is likely to be wetter and more unsettled than average. Looks like they will updating thier blog later today, so be sure to check it out. But once again - I'd go for still to early to call - the really accurate predictions won't be here until the 13th at the earliest, and even then I don't trust much above 3 days (unless the forecast is sun... )

crow

crow

 

Which weather websites to check?

It's a while off before most of the decent forecasts will swing into play (few sites don't go much above 10 days, or most stick to 5 or less) But here are the main ones I check for their opinion - before checking the long range charts: NOTE: all links open in a new window MetCheck current feelings(note image will update automatically daily - so keep checking back): Or: Direct link to the above image The metcheck and netweather are peoples personal estimations of the weather, from various long range forecasts they have access to. LINK>>> - Net Weather Forum AND LINK>>> - Net Weather Glasto Blog/ --- 16 day forecast for glasto will be here: LINK>>> - http://www.netweather.tv/index.cgi?action=events;sess= from the 9th of June - just choose the correct details from the drop down. Should be out first good look at what might happen! --- LINK>>> - met office - check out the UK wide long range view LINK>>> - 10 day www.weather.co.uk pretty accurate LINK>>> - decent 9 day - weatherforecast.com LINK>>> - In depth 5 day - weathercity.com LINK>>> - Yahoo 5 day LINK>>> - BBC - toggles between 5 day and indepth 24hour weather And rough guesses: Guardian predicts good weather (in a very general way...) guardian.co.uk glasto 10 The Gorge usually puts together some sort of weather guide in the weeks before the festival: gorge.org - glasto 2010 I'll be hitting all those sites on the refresh between now and the big day! My bet as of today and the latest charts and a lot of guessing? Great weather - warm days, cool nights - BUT until about 3 days before, it really is anyones call! Crow

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Live webcam of glasto

So the BBC webcam has been running for a good while now, always interesting to see what is going on on the farm, and to see their weather predictions: http://www.bbc.co.uk/glastonbury/webcam/webcam3.shtml#webcam (sadly this site won't let me embed the widget - but see below for the latest images) these images will auto update every 10 minutes, so check back soon to see what is happening on the farm Pyramid Stage with the Other Stage and Park behind: Green Fields and Dance area Jazz World and Stone Circle in far distance Also check this link to find out where the cams are based, with loads more useful info: http://host.blucube.co.uk/~tievolu/glasto/webcam2009.htm At the time of writing the BBC Glasto forecast is not looking too great, but not too bad - with just light showers predicted and cloud - BUT it's still too early to tell really. BUT I'll tell you how you can use the webcam, and 3 other piece of info to predict the weather for the next 24 hours yourself... in my next post

crow

crow

 

What can the metoffice long range forecast tell us?

If you look at: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/uk_...st_weather.html and then click on the 16 to 30 day forecast you are told: UK Outlook for Friday 18 Jun 2010 to Friday 2 Jul 2010: The somewhat unsettled theme with sunshine and showers is likely to continue at first. However, there are indications that there may be a trend towards higher pressure giving drier, brighter and warmer conditions with some sunnier parts perhaps very warm. Southern and western parts may see more in the way of rainfall with the possibility of some thundery weather, whilst northern and eastern regions should remain drier. Updated: 1226 on Thu 3 Jun 2010 Not looking too good eh? Well the higher pressure is what we really have to hope for. I can't give you a figure for what sort of level of pressure we will be looking for then - as the term high pressure is just relative to whatever the pressure was in the days before you take the reading. The outlook for thundery showers isn't really something that should shock us looking back at weather this time of year in previous years, also considering the European Monsoon season: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsoon#Europe All we could do is as Glastonbury Festivals to either move the date of the festival into July when the weather is more settled, or more the festival East - where we won't be so affected by the cool, damp air and low pressure coming off the Atlantic. But as said before, don't worry just yet, a hell of a lot can and will change between now and June 23rd (19 days and counting...)

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Welcome to the Glasto Weather blog

I'll try to update this at least daily to keep you up to date with the latest outlook for glastonbury festival 2010! At the moment the weather is looking mixed and uncertain - not suprising really since weather forecasting is more art that science at this far away from the event. Here are the currect metcheck feelings: MetCheck current feelings(note image will update automatically daily - so keep checking back): Or: Direct link to the above image The metcheck are peoples personal estimations of the weather, from various long range forecasts they have access to.

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Whoo Hoo

Having a Good time - Shuang our daughters little Chinese friend with us for the time being - mine having strops - am I cruel or what letting a playmate stay with us?? I am completely shattered but you only live once right? I think this sharing torture is good for mine but im doing my best to be fair to all parties! There is a chance that Shaung will come to Glastonbury with us this year . She doesnt like music or too much banging drums and likes too keep scrumtiously clean - Pilton shouldnt be a problem right?? I told her it's the best festival on Earth so .. ill keep you posted

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