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  1. 46 points
    Sometimes it's good to talk, right? Back in 2009 when I first got my tickets for Glastonbury my life was in a very different place. After attending several (too many!) Leeds festivals and a solitary Download, I decided to go for the big one, the holy grail of festivals - Glastonbury. After registering and somehow getting a ticket I was so excited, I joined this site and started reading all things Glastonbury. Sadly, that year it wasn't to be, in early January 2010 I suffered a few suprise illnesses that resulted in heart surgery (aged 24), nearly a year off work and a drastically altered lifestyle. It gave me time to reevaluate myself and the direction I was going in and throughout my recovery I decided to change a few things. However, my desire to get to to Glastonbury wasn't one of them. Sadly, the next time I tried to get go, my doctor and physio advised against it so plans were shelved for several years, Fast forward to 2016, I was in a much better place, doing the things I used to be doing and with a one year old (at the time) ready to tackle what life threw at me. So, come October I organised my team of merry men (and women) to finally score those elusive tickets. Thankfully, we had success and those golden tickets were mine. For a few months, Glastonbury was all we'd talk about - my wife doesn't understand the appeal but because of my endless chatter she knows a lot about the festival! At the end of January 2017, we found out my wife was pregnant with my second child. It was one of life's fantastic surprises. With a due date in September, my wife was fine with me still going to Worthy Farm and the stage was set for a stunning year. Come our 20 week scan, we were hit in the face with a sledgehammer. During the anatomy scan, done in more detail due to my heart defect, some problems were picked up by the doctor. Ushered into a room and handed a tissue, we were told that our baby had problems with its brain. Not just simple problems, structural issues. What made it worse was the medical explanation was 'bad luck'. We sought second and third opinions, a plethora of scans and specialists but they all told us the same thing, that the outcome was bleak. As a family, we decided to hope and let life lead the way. This was a month before Glastonbury. Despite all this, my wife was insistent I go the the festival. I really didn't think I would be. The decision was made the weekend before and I hastily packed my bags and prepped my equipment. The festival itself was everything I imagined it to be and much more. From the snaking, burning hot sweat pits that was the queue for Gate D on Wednesday morning to the sunset over the farm, the whole experience was both immersive and immense. Everyone talks about the size and scale, but you can't prepare yourself for Glastonbury. Wow... the hard work and dedication that goes into creating and maintaining that piece of eutopia on Earth should be roundly applauded. With everything going on at home, I never felt able to truly relax, but I gave it a good go. I managed to catch most bands I wanted, although the key was not to plan for many, and i caught several surprises to. For my sins, I am a massive Foo Fighters fan and managed to get pretty close for their set, and those two and a half plus hours released a lot of tension. There were so many brilliant bands I saw over the five days, Rhythm of the Nineties, Royal Blood, Frank Carter, The XX and many, many more. Yet one of the standout things for me was the people attending. Not all, you get idiots everywhere but chatting with strangers and sharing euphoric moments with temporary friends can never be knocked. Also, if you're reading this, the girl who lent me a phone charger in my desperate need, thank you. I could write reams about the festival, perhaps I will one day. I started writing this without a real purpose, more just to put some words on a page. Anyway, like it is for most, Glastonbury was an escape from life. Whilst I couldn't truly escape, it was much needed relief at a time of need. It gave me something to look forward to, something to enjoy and memories to cling to. Things I will be forever thankful for. I very much hope to be back on the farm in 2019 and beyond, fingers crossed. My second daughter was born at 35 weeks, at the end of August. She is doing well. She is defying the odds - eating, breathing, moving, reacting and doing all the things the doctors said she wouldn't. It is a long road ahead. We've seen neuro specialists and had MRI's. My daughter is truly one of a kind - she has three separate conditions and the doctors think she is the only person in the world with all three. So they, never mind us, have no idea what to expect long term. She will need surgery in the next few months as she has fluid on her brain but as she lies here on my lap she is a reminder that life is precious - seize your moments and saviour them. I'm not particularly active on this site, but I sourced tickets for a couple of people and hopefully haven't offended anyone so I just thought this would be a place to put my thoughts down. Anyway, if you've read this far, thank you. As I said, I don't really have a purpose for this! But, it's good to talk, right?
  2. 26 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=
  3. 23 points
    stealth 'i have a girlfriend' post
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  5. 18 points
    52. Is that old enough not to be patronised?
  6. 16 points
    Now then lads. Big AM fan here and fuckin buzzing to see them this year but never heard of this festival so looking for tips. How many flip flops do you lot go through on average? Any chance they’ll add The View or Catfish and the Bottlemen? Also anyone know if they’re showing England vs. Nigeria on Saturday?
  7. 16 points
    Is your mum Dudey Rhino?
  8. 16 points
    Hi, long time reader, first time poster. Apparently R&L accidentally tweeted this then deleted it? Sorry if it's been discussed already.
  9. 16 points
    Maybe you could have dug up the 'Are Tories welcome at Glastonbury?' thread which we'd all gratefully watched finally slither off he front page? Otherwise, there's a section of these boards for political discussion. Starting a thread about this random allegation doesn't fit on the Glastonbury boards for me. It's a political festival, but this bit of the board isn't for politics at random. I'd rather concentrate on the fact that we all enjoy Glastonbury here (more that unites than divides us?) and only talk politics as it relates to Glastonbury, not just at any random titbit that's wound someone up a bit.
  10. 15 points
    I drove past the site on Saturday....there was a guy stood at what is Red Gate with a rucksack and his thumb out so I stopped and gave him a lift to Glastonbury town. He said he'd been on site since June 2nd and had just finished the clean-up, and was now looking forward to getting back home to West Wales, where (somewhat romantically) my wife later surmised that he'd be welcomed open-armed and fed a 'big roast' by his Mum. For about 20 mins we talked about the festival, how many we'd done, what had changed etc, and that this year was truly one of the best, if not the best. I passed the site again on the way back, looked wistfully across the hedge at the Pyramid with her hat off now, and thought yeah, it was the best. It's been a month and things have moved on as life does, but it only takes a little thing like that to bring it all back. Black, if you're reading this, it was good to meet you. I hope you got back home ok, and that (for my wife) your Mum gave you a hug and cooked you a 'big roast'. Thanks for the chat and for all the hard work you put in at the farm. Roll on 2019 everybody
  11. 14 points
    Okay since I'm ill and have too much time on my hands, I've done the dirty work this year. I gave 10 to the top album, 9 to the second etc., then added up the scores. Up to 30th place there's some clear ordering but then there's a lot of 6 way draws so I'll just provide the top 30: 28. Tyler, the Creator - Flower Boy Ryan Adams - The Prisoner Julien Baker - Turn Out the Lights 27. Paramore - Hard Times 26. London Grammar - The Truth is a Beautiful Thing 24. The Cribs - 24/7 Rockstar Shit The Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class Classics 23. Sundara Karma - Youth is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect 22. Bonobo - Migration 21. Loyle Carner - Yesterday's Gone 19. Sampha - Process Brand New - Science Fiction 18. The Horrors - V 17. Father John Misty - Pure Comedy 16. Idles - Brutalism 13. Los Campesinos! - Sick Scenes Royal Blood - How Did We Get So Dark? Run The Jewels - RTJ3 12. Everything Everything - A Fever Dream 10. St. Vincent - MASSEDUCATION Queens of the Stone Age - Villains 9. The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding 8. Wolf Alice - Visions of a Life 7. Slowdive - Slowdive 6. The xx - I See You 5. Arcade Fire - Everything Now 4. LCD Soundsystem - american dream 3. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN. 2. Lorde - Melodrama 1. The National - Sleep Well Beast So there you have it, efestivals' year in music! Roll on 2018
  12. 14 points
    I'm delighted to say that I will not be doing any festivals next year as, all being well, Mrs Jass and I will have a Mini Jass to contend with.
  13. 12 points
    Anyone who posts that picture again should get an instant ban from eFests.
  14. 12 points
    On the subject of babies, I’m delighted to say that Baby Jass came on Saturday night and she’s just lovely.
  15. 12 points
    matt42 getting killed, just like the good old days
  16. 12 points
    So who wants some line-up info?
  17. 12 points
    To whoever keeps downvoting every comment I write, you've missed a couple above. Catch up!
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  19. 12 points
    I went to the party on Friday as I did last year and also like last year I went for a stroll round the site Saturday morning with the fam.. I posted pics last year and they seemed to go down well so I have a few to share with you .....
  20. 11 points
    This time 12 months ago The National were just a name of little significance to me. Fast forward a year and I’ve seen them twice, seeing them again next summer and own every album of theirs on vinyl. It’s been a great year for music IMO, but discovering The National has been the undisputed highlight for me.
  21. 10 points
    I hate the crowd-stereotyping that's been going on around here. Nothing good will come out of that. You shouldn't focus on bands people like, as you obviously don't know most of the crowd.
  22. 10 points
    stop teenagers enjoying music 2018
  23. 10 points
    Merry Christmas Guys!!! Hope u all get reading tickets!!! Xx
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