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  1. I don't know if I cried but I was certainly emotional... Saturday, Glastonbury 2017, as Everlong came to it's crescendo on the Pyramid. I didn't know if I was going to make Glastonbury that year. I hadn't been able to go a few years previous as I'd had to have major surgery. So from October 2016, it all became about making it to Worthy Farm in June 2017. Everything seemed to be falling in place - I had been working in my new job for a couple of years, I had a beautiful 18 month old daughter and life just seemed good. My wife and I, found out she was pregnant with our second child in February 2017 and the future seemed bright. I won't go into the exact details but at the 20 week scan, we were told things weren't quite as they should be. We were taken into a side room, and essentially told to terminate the pregnancy due to development issues with the baby. We were told the baby would be unlikely to make it to birth and if she (we found out the gender) did she may be in an incapacitated 'vegative' state. We believed in giving life a chance, so decided to see how life played out. This meant have regular weekly scans at the hospital and trying to press on as 'normal'. It got to June, and I didn't particularly want to go to Glastonbury. Not because I didn't want to, but because I didn't want to leave my wife. To her credit, she insisted I should go. At the scan the week before Glastonbury, we got the first sign of movement - my unborn daughter was clenching and unclenching her hands. This was a huge thing - it showed there was some communication between her brain and limbs. It was decided I would go to Glastonbury, but take it easy, as we didn't know what was around the corner and what the future would bring. So cut to Worthy Farm, the whole weekend was like a dream, full of strangers who became temporary friends and an aura of magic. Saturday was all about the Foo Fighters for me, a when those words hit: "If everything could ever be this real forever, if anything could be this good again..." It just hit. I can't remember if I cried, I just remember the wave of emotion. Who knew what my future held, but for that moment, lost in the music there was joy and optimism. Anyway, what a festival. For those who don't know, my second daughter was born premature that summer. She spent a few weeks in intensive care, and then the first two months of her life in a hospice as they thought she would pass away each day. Things improved slowly but days are not without challenge. Right now? She is four, just started a specialist school and is currently threatening to eat my nose whilst sat on my knee. She is the strongest person I know, and an inspiration for those that know her. And me... I always think back to that moment in 2017, and thankfully, I'll be back in those fields in June! Take care all, and sorry - I don't know where the long post came from!
    56 points
  2. To celebrate May day madness here is the first and true weather report from the ground in Pilton at 12.58 today. it was 15.5 degrees with 87% humidity . The RAM jam jar has insufficient moisture to measure, maybe 2mm at most. Slight breeze but not enough to make Miss Pat, the weather vane moooove.
    33 points
  3. I only went and won a pair of tickets on the EE Tiktok competition! Thabk you so so much to those who voted. I suspect a couple of people from here won, so happy. See you there!
    32 points
  4. Todays run data: * audio by Audioslave. * day off for most of the workers * ped gate A stuff * the other stage * wood pile by Croissant neuf crossroads *our beautiful running track * unfairground * Temple progressing * West Holts done * vehicles at pyramid * * screenage * putins bunker revealed *long drops still banging 20220502_154814.mp4
    24 points
  5. Hey everyone! I´ve been reading this forum for the past 6 years (thank you all for all the info/conversation) but this is my first post 😅 This morning I went to the Forum to have a look at how the festival is building up, got a couple of pics! The new exit in Mordor is huge, at first I thought it was the old seating space but it connects perfectly with the street and the map confirms it. Hope that we all have a blast this year!
    21 points
  6. "I don't like it, therefore anyone who says they do must be lying!"
    21 points
  7. So I got in. I beat the Tory candidate by 15 votes. I'm all signed up as a County Councillor and I have the power to grant festivals licenses. Also bars etc. This is a brilliant thing.
    20 points
  8. I was going to let it all go, just walk away and leave Neil with his rapidly crumbling empire, but there is something I feel the need to say first. Neil, You would do well to remember that you would not be going anywhere this summer without “idiots” like me and “c**ts” like ddiamond. For those who aren’t aware a number of us long term posters clubbed together to provide Neil with the means he needs to attend the festival this year. He has never thanked us. Neil regards, in his own words, the contributors to this site as “customers”. He doesn’t give a toss about any of us other than a means to drive revenue and subscriptions, and that’s fine. Personally I would suggest that those of us, the very people he has alienated with his shite recently, have been the ones who have kept this site going through the dark times recently and produce the atmosphere that entices new people in. However when we all put our hands in our pockets to help Neil when he needed it that was not a financial transaction, it was an act of friendship. An act he has thrown back into the faces of those who contributed, and that is what hurts (Neil you may want to question why two “trolls” would personally contribute to your personal well-being). Neil, you are fucking ungrateful. But anyway, and sorry for going on but I’ve never flounced before, we’re well beyond apologies now and I don’t believe one would ever come anyway. It’s a real shame because I almost enjoy the build up to the festival on here as much as the actual festival itself. Sadly my excitement for all things Glastonbury has died a little over the last 24 hours. Not that it really matters anymore but Neil has been lying too. I have never posted under any name other than Hugh Jass, nor have I held “alt accounts”. My first account was deleted accidentally by Neil, and if proof is required please check the first reply to the thread below where Neil corroborated this. Rather than just be a man and admitted he was wrong he has lied and doubled down. To you Neil I genuinely and sincerely hope you get the help you need. You clearly do not enjoy doing this so I hope you find something that makes you happy. To the rest of you, take care. Have a fantastic festival and who knows? I might even see you at the meet (got a feeling it’s going to be a fun one this year) So long. And. Thank for all the fish. HJ (third best eFester of all time) x PS I know this is going to be taken down almost immediately, which is why I’m taking the liberty of posting it on a few other threads….
    19 points
  9. Because not everything has to be debate. As an example I wouldn't go to a "Save the NHS" event expecting to hear a counter argument from a representative of a private healthcare consortium, or to a David Attenborough lecture to hear about how climate change is fabricated. Leftfield is better viewed as a place for those with similar or aligned views, or just curious about it, to hear from others of a similar mindset talk about issues from that perspective and to have discussions about it, rather than a debating forum where all voices are heard from every spectrum.
    19 points
  10. Todays run * audio from The Lords of Misrule - "The Life of Plants". Great album. If anyone wants to put it on 24 hour play on Spotify (track 3) I might earn some beer tokens for the festival * M25 again today. Work going on in all areas to some degree. * sinks and sanitizer yellow boxes are attached to long drops. * a couple of pictures of the park area. *West Holts . Playing hide and seek with a crane. * williams green * grass has grown an inch * Muddy Lane is not living up to its name. From the runs this last couple of weeks I have renamed it " Highway to hell". * That's all folks
    18 points
  11. just walking through the gates will absolutely emotionally destroy me . it has ben so long.
    16 points
  12. 72 and not ashamed of it. Been going since Glasto -2 (Bath Blues Fest) and -1 (Shepton Mallet). As I've aged I've gone from tent via trailer tent to big caravan as I appreciate some home comforts, like an indoor lavvie for those middle of the night moments. But I least I can say I saw all the great bands from the time they were starting off.
    15 points
  13. 15 points
  14. This is the one that does it for me. My dad back in 1986. He loved music and he loved Glastonbury. I can just tell in this photo he's reflecting on how awesome life is in his happy place. Always talked about the unmistakable energy. Sadly no longer with us or I'm sure he'd still be raving with me.
    15 points
  15. Will Smith: "Keep my face, out of your fucking face"
    15 points
  16. 15 points
  17. Because fuck the monarchy, flag waving and British exceptionalism.
    14 points
  18. It gets cold at night Don't peak at 7pm Sneak in water bottle lids Don't chat through sets Buy snacks from the big shopping centre over the road and bring them in, it's allowed! Try not to spend all your time in the soulless main stage area Watch acts Have fun
    14 points
  19. A really emotional story, well told. I'm lucky enough to have been told it before but reading it again doesn't mean it has any less effect. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the same field... This is a story I've told before, but I like telling it, so I'll tell it again. My wife and I went on a date in 2011, got engaged in 2013 and got married in 2015. Between the engagement and wedding we bought a house, so between that and paying for a wedding we didn't spend much money on anything else, and stopped attending gigs and going on holidays. We were solely focussed on saving. The wedding was amazing but was sullied as my wife's step dad was very ill in the run up, which caused quite a lot of stress and pressure, and he passed away only a few weeks later. On top of this we received some news about something from the past which had been having a significant negative effect on a close family member of my wife's. This made life really tough for some time, and although I was obviously very openly supportive of my wife at a difficult time, I sunk into a bit of a funk, not helped by feeling a bit stuck and lost, particularly in relation to work as I was working in a mind-numbing job I didn't enjoy having stopped doing a job I loved. I had been a journalist at a local paper but the role was steadily disappearing. When I first walked into the office c2007 there were around 30 editorial staff. These days there are none and the paper is produced remotely from a central hub. It has no connection to the community any more. My wife was also having a particularly stressful time at work, where she has a role which comes with significant responsibility for managing risk. As we'd been focussed on the wedding, then dealing with bereavement and depression, we had both lost our sense of self and our connection suffered as a result. The first step towards fixing it was counselling, which we both sought, and I undertook a career change to train as a teacher. We also went on a series of holidays, kidding ourselves we just needed a good break. In the space of 18 months we went to Venice on a mini-honeymoon, Vegas, NYC, Sri Lanka and Dubai in one trip incorporating our honeymoon and a family wedding, Valencia for a wedding, Berlin for my birthday, Amsterdam for my wife's birthday and Athens for another wedding. Each time we told ourselves we were re-doing our honeymoon and we'd feel fine afterwards. Each time it failed. Where it did all come together was at Glastonbury. We'd had tickets in 2016 but returned them as I was working on the referendum campaign (guess which side...) and I also had convinced myself I didn't like camping. Given the company we'd have had and the weather and general mood I'm glad we didn't go - it could have been the end of us. Come 2017 we had tickets again and went into WV on Thursday morning. I was a bit crotchety as we spent the first few hours we were there hanging around WV with my wife's friends, which included 3-4 people I'd never met who were taking coke like the end of the world was nigh. I wanted to go and see bands play, but instead we were 'wasting time' in my view. We hung around with these guys for the day and although I enjoyed myself, I didn't really 'get' the festival. I clearly recall the Thursday night, about 2am, having a bit of a spat as we'd blagged our way into Funkingham Palace but I was complaining the music "wasn't my scene". My wife, who was high, was having a great time. We ended up going back tot he tent far earlier than she'd have liked. At this point she'd let go and was hedonistically allowing herself to do whatever she wanted as a release from the previous few years. I wasn't there yet. On Friday I was. We met one of my mates, bimbled all over, watched what we wanted and it all clicked for me. We both let go and ended up wandering around the SEC until 4/5am, enjoying everything we saw. Then on Saturday night we had a moment where we just knew everything would be ok. We'd danced to an acoustic version of Everlong as our first dance at our wedding, surrounded by our families. On the saturday of Glastonbury 2017 we did the same. One of my best friends and two of my wife's best friends were with us. My mum was with us, by sister and brother-in-law. We were dancing to the Foos again and then they played Everlong. After years of hard times where we'd lost our connection we'd rediscovered it at Glastonbury and the words of the song seemed to perfectly encapsulate it. "I wonder, if everything could ever be this real forever, if anything could ever be this good again..." In that moment we knew things would be that good again, that our love would be real forever, and since then we've proven it time and time again. We looked into each other's eyes, danced, embraced, kissed and cried. I'm not sure this photo is from during Everlong or another song, but it was taken during the Foo's set in 2017. I've posted it before so apologies if you've already seen it, but it just feels so apposite to share it in this thread. This is the moment we knew we'd be ok, after years of wondering if we would be and at times feeling like we almost certainly wouldn't be. The power of music, the power of love.
    14 points
  20. Did you see [Legend slot]? No Did you see [big name headliner]? No Did you see [big act that everyone is talking about]? No What did you see? I saw a woman play the recorder with her fanny.
    13 points
  21. As I'm not remotely arsed about getting axed for speaking the truth, let me fill in for this. Thewonderwhy started a thread on Saturday asking if Mika might play the fest off the back of their great Eurovision performance. Someone other unrelated boarder then came in the thread, pissed, and started spamming loads of silly stuff. @Neil, in all his infinite 'wisdom', deleted the thread and banned thewonderwhy — a 15,000+ poster with years of positive contributions on a daily basis, including keeping the stage splits up here — for no reason at all. He just started a thread someone else soiled and copped the blame. (The account making daft posts is unbanned as well, btw) TWW should be reinstated. Else it's yet more scattergun behaviour from a site owner who only serves to cater to the same 100-odd people he recognises from the meet. Everyone else is collateral damage to be insulted or deleted at will. It's sour.
    13 points
  22. I'm 17. I first went in 2019 with my dad and sister, so I was 14 and my sister was 11. My dad @Kim Wrong-Unwho's also on here, had been watching Glastonbury on TV for years and wanting to go once we were old enough to enjoy enough of the music. I remember watching some of 2017 on TV, specifically Radiohead and Ed Sheeran. I thought Radiohead were "crap dad music" and that Sheeran was really good. Which is a bit ironic now considering Radiohead are my favourite band of all time. So after 2017, my dad decided that 2019 was the first year we'd try for tickets as 2018 was a fallow, and we'd be two years older, and my sister and I were both getting into music more. We luckily managed to get tickets in the October coach sale of 2018, which we were all ecstatic about. I think I heard about this forum through my dad, who'd seen it was a good place to get info before the line-up dropped. I remember seeing the rumours page, and thinking that it must be fake as there was no way anyone would be able to predict over half the line-up before the festival had said anything. After a bit more digging, I found that it was real, and that it was a culmination of what people had seen or heard on here as well as Neil getting info. I lurked pretty much everyday on here from April to the festival, reading about rumours and line-up placements. The forum and Barbster360's videos did such a good job of getting me excited for the festival, that it was a genuine concern whether it would live up to the hopes and expectations. But it did, and I had the best weekend ever. Highlights included The Cure, The Killers and Foals. As well as the moment I realised it was the best place in the world. Which was during Hobo Jones's cover of One Way Of Life by The Levellers. They'd just thrown out hundreds of kazoos and beach balls out into the crowd, I managed to catch one of the kazoos and still have it on my desk. I realised there's nowhere else on earth that anyone is having an experience like this, and although I was laughing at the stupidity of it, it was actually really special. You can see a snippet of it in Barbster's video, where a familiar hat makes an appearance. We managed to get tickets for 2020 during the last few minutes of the main sale, so we've had our tickets for about two and a half years now. We're travelling down on the Tuesday, from Manchester to Bristol by train. Stopping most of the night in the Premier Inn next to the coach station and then getting a coach at 6am, which should get us in the queue before gates open at 8am, and we'll be trying for Big Ground this year. We went Wicket in 2019, but as we're coming on the Wednesday this year, we want somewhere a bit more central, and Big Ground seems to fit the bill. It's been a long couple of years waiting for Glastonbury, but it's just over a month to go, and I can't wait to be back at the farm in those beautiful fields.
    13 points
  23. Definition on that is rubbish.
    13 points
  24. Hey everbody my new book about the VIP experience at Primavera is out next month its called Nick Cave and the Bad Seats
    12 points
  25. I was literally gonna start updating it tonight 🙂 As before, will share here/Insta/Twitter once ready, as well as print out a mega sized banner to hang on the side of the Green Welfare tent (where I volunteer) - just off the railway track into Greenfields. There's a rumour we might raffle it off on the Sunday so please swing by to buy a ticket (say Hi to the big guy named Pete 😉). Proceeds will go 50:50 to support the welfare charity and Ukraine.
    12 points
  26. Essentially, you are against affirmative action. Personally, I and it feels like lots of people on here, and indeed the festival itself support affirmative action in increasing equality, particularly in terms of female representation but also, in terms of increasing the representation from People of Colour. These are probably the largest under represented groups at the festival and so it makes sense to start there. I would also support it for disabled groups, working class groups, LGBTQ groups and potentially others if they were highlighted to me. All of these groups have been historically underrepresented in music, taking positive steps to improve their visibility at one of the worlds major music festivals has positive outcomes for all members of society inside and outside the festival and I for one hope it continues. if you are interested then this short article sets out some of the benefits that AA has had in the US college system, whilst it takes a little lateral thinking, I would imagine a study into AA in music would find similar individual and societal benefits derived from Glastonbury’s actions. https://www.gse.harvard.edu/news/uk/18/07/case-affirmative-action I don’t take umbrage with much of your post, although the strawman about ticket allocation makes your argument weaker and belittles your overall position, but I do take exception to this point: “If you’re for quotas, you obviously think women are weak, are historical victims, and are unable to make it on their own.” You are wrong, I don’t think women are weak, but I do know that women are victimised globally. It might not appear so in your nice little world, but here are some facts that prove we still have a long way to go when it comes to equality. 71% of all human trafficking involves women and girls – mainly for sexual exploitation (source. UNODC, 2016) Over 2.7 billion women don’t have the same work opportunities as men, with laws restricting the types of jobs they can do (source. World Bank, 2018). Less than 15% of landholders worldwide are women (source. Food and Agriculture Organization, 2015; World Bank, 2019). Nearly 82 million women around the world don’t have any legal protection against discrimination in the workplace (source. World Policy Analysis Centre, 2017). When women are involved in negotiations the probability of a peace agreement lasting at least two years is increased by 20 per cent, and 15 years by 35 per cent (source. Preventing Conflict, Transforming Justice, and Securing the Peace: A Global Study on Implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325, 2015). Anyone who posts on this forum knows that Glastonbury is a cultural icon, a global event that has the ability to touch people way beyond a field in south west England. Increasing representation isn’t about promoting one decent band over another decent band, it’s about making the world a better place for everyone.
    12 points
  27. Me on @Quark's shoulders at the Efest meet in 2019. I'd mentioned on the forum that I'd never been on anybody's shoulders at a festival and he said we should put that right. This is the result. I usually hate photos of myself but I think this one just sums up the festival. Thanks to whoever took it (sorry I can't remember your name).
    12 points
  28. Oh my god! The rumours were true
    12 points
  29. Not to alarm anyone....
    12 points
  30. Without intending to be a dick (but if I am I'll take that hit) can this be picked up in the Glasto Politics thread in the other part of the forum please? Obviously an important topic and one to discuss, but after 2 years of hell in a handcart we've finally got an actual festival to look forward to and the whole forum has become far more enjoyable as a result. Personally, and maybe selfishly (again, don't care if it is), it's nice not to have to avoid entire threads due to the risk of walking into yet another argument. Rant ends.
    12 points
  31. I heard that the person that does the map colouring has just found an eighth shade of pale green to make the map even more fucking confusing.
    12 points
  32. Tickets are coming tomorrow
    11 points
  33. Hullo Efesters! I'm going to be operating an escape room game in The Circus and Theatre field this year (Bella's field). The twist? It's inside a Portaloo.... it's called Portaclue: The T.U.R.D.I.S. (Toilet utilities requiring dexterity, intelligence & skill) and it would be wonderful to see some of you there! Thursday-Sunday 11am-7pm. Note: It DOES NOT function as an actual toilet. It DOES have a disco ball 😆
    11 points
  34. Just finished the Clashfinder fellow EFesters! https://clashfinder.com/s/p202x1
    11 points
  35. Cannot wait to be walking over that fuck off big ramp, hiding water bottle lids in my socks and walking into the Parc Del Forum in a few weeks.
    11 points
  36. Oh give over. It’s hardly an Elrow lineup is it. And don’t be so judgmental.
    10 points
  37. Thanks everyone. I've booked the tickets and am now going to Glastonbury!! Bring on the sunshine!
    10 points
  38. That’s because they heard that the festival was doublin’ this year (fetches coat…)
    10 points
  39. I have been going to Primavera since 2009. What initially drew me to the festival was the incredible lineups and want to get away from the usual British festival crowd and to not camp. I now basically can't go back to the old ways. Sleeping in a proper bed (even with the weird day/night shifts my body has to become accustomed to) is a treat and my old age thanks me. Being able to get up walk around the city, buy some fruit, do some yoga on the beach, go for a swim is a godsend compared to walking the tent filled wastelands of British festivals. The crowds at each show are generally really good. I think there is a really relaxed vibe and sometimes that does divulge into a little bit too much chatting near the back of some things but generally its nice and people are there to actually see the music not just be wild and free. Although a lot of the build up to Primavera aggravates me (why is their communication so bad?) once you are in there it seems so well organised. I nearly always feel that acts are on the right stage at the right time (a few key exceptions). Of those stages some of them just feel magical, seeing that last set on the Ray-Ban stage, chilling on the grass at the back of Primavera stage, the underground club-like feel of the warehouse last time and the spectacle of seeing something delicate in the Auditorium all feel special. The grounds are also great, I refer back to a previous post that noted how the lack of camping means that when you enter it's like the site is brand new again. The booking is always exemplary. It all comes down to personal taste of course but one look at the critical consensus of the majority of bands booked would show that they are looking for the brightest and best performers. The fact that I could redo the festival 2 or 3 times and see completely different artists that I would love is amazing and also there is very rarely anything playing that I despise, which compared to elsewhere is an impressive feat. Also knowing that on the fly I can just switch modes and decide 'do I want to mosh to The Armed? Relax to Cigarettes After Sex? or go and dance to D. Tiffany?' is wonderful. It has certainly grown a lot more commercial and pop-friendly since I started going and the crowd has changed a bit more compared to the old days (no longer is it just 30 something white dudes in Sunn O))) shirts) but in a lot of ways it's been for the better. Primavera has embraced diversity and its resulted in a more vibrant and inclusive festival and us old dudes still have the option to go and see Lightning Bolt, Les Savy Fav and Dinosaur Jr like back when I first went. I like the fact that regardless of its new found direction it still is a million miles away from Coachella or Glastonbury and very few attendees see it as a festival to be seen at and instead it is still seen as a celebration of great music. Anyway, I cannot wait to be back there!
    10 points
  40. Is that because it contains a list of every act that's dropped out?
    10 points
  41. The monorail certainly helped with putting Ogdenville, Brockway and North Haverbrook on the map!
    10 points
  42. Before the usual starts up.
    10 points
  43. Completely caught me off-guard (although it doesn't honestly take much to make me cry). Just the way Chris said "they got taken away" - I was gone. And ever since when I've seen this clip, I just think about how this must have felt for anyone who knew and loved the Viola Beach members and I'm set off again.
    10 points
  44. You had one job…
    9 points
  45. This time next week we will be walking through this gates under a baking spanish sun for the first time in at least 3 years and watching an incredible array of world class acts - and with the Mediterranean as a background and among a super peaceful and music loving crowd. Amazing times ahead!
    9 points
  46. I messaged Gary from the libs on insta and he says that it’s happening ☺️
    9 points
  47. I expect everyone to call it ''Primavera Sound 2022 Barcelona - Saint Adria Weekend one/two''
    9 points
  48. Hi all, Ddiamondd here. Been on the forum since 2008 — managed to cycle through four entire age brackets in the recent poll, from 15-17 (then) to 26-30 (now). Took a bullet for pushing back on the maniacal bully who runs the forum. Guess no more early and consistent intel about the dance stages, no more thorough guides to all electronic acts on the bill for curious posters, no more Hurt/Heal assists, no more anything I suppose now. See how Neil values long, long-standing contributors. Even chipped into his recovery fund, fancy that! End of the line now. It's been real. Have a fun Glasto.
    9 points
  49. I've found a therapist that might be able to help me. God, it's a relief that I might be able to break the cycles at last. I found them via chatting with a work colleague and the topic of mental health came up. He told me of his past, similar to mine and this therapist helped him. 4 weeks of expectations and mood swings till the first chat tonight and I now have a session booked in. Utter relief, with fingers crossed.
    9 points
  50. I literally just got this joke today, in the shower. I've been wondering why the fuck you were calling me Carl. I had even seen the Carl Cox/Arcadia nonsense happen as it unfolded, I had all the information I needed at the time. Joke was simply not found in my brain. Today, though, it finally clicked into place. I had to tell you, as it was a good joke and I do (now) appreciate it. "lol"
    9 points
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