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  1. I tried ranking every Glastonbury set I've seen to shake off the post-festival blues earlier this year, bottom few were: The Other Tribe, Rabbit Hole, 2013 - 45 mins in and they were still soundchecking, don't really remember if/when they ever got playing Crystal Castles, John Peel, also 2013 - Bit harsh to criticise this because Alice Glass was ill and had wanted to cancel. Plus, you know, there are the other reasons for her to be feeling like shit... Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, Pyramid, 2016 - Not their fault, whoever I saw first after getting the Brexit news was going to struggle to be memorable ELO, Pyramid, 2016 - Expected more than what I got, whole thing felt a bit forced. Just not my cup of tea to be honest. Looking at those, it's interesting how few are actual unmitigated disasters. Even sets which have been a bit meh have usually had a couple of good moments.
  2. Have managed to get tickets every time of trying (five out of five). Technically a friend failed on my behalf in the 2017 resale but I was drunk when I agreed to them trying for me and wouldn't have actually been able to go so I consider that failure a blessing. It helps that we have a large group (20+) and are very organised. I think this year we had four groups of six trying for tickets and three out of four got them first time around, either in the coach sale or in the general sale. Think that's the first time we didn't have a 100% success rate.
  3. I was so excited to see them but in the end didn't want to leave all my friends at Joe Goddard. Annoyed to hear it started late as probably could have made it over for some of their set now. Hopefully they'll be back - they just seem perfectly suited for late-night Glasto slots
  4. Ok doing this is much more fun than working so here we go. Have tried to make it a) realistic and b) gender-balanced. Almost certainly missing some bands I'd love to see that I've completely forgotten about. Pyramid Kendrick Lamar Radiohead Taylor Swift Childish Gambino Vampire Weekend Lorde Alicia Keys Lana Del Rey Joni Mitchell Pearl Jam David Byrne The Kinks PJ Harvey Biffy Clyro Haim Wolf Alice Fiona Apple Everything Everything Noah and the Whale Bootleg Beatles National Ballet Other Christine & The Queens The National Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Bjork Pixies Beck Kaiser Chiefs Future Islands Interpol Horrors Placebo Jamie T Jimmy Eat World Lykke Li Mø EMA King Tuff Tegan and Sara Sleigh Bells Metric Telekinesis Weezer Joy Formidable The Walkmen West Holts Bon Iver Janelle Monae James Blake Grimes Lizzo Spiritualized Decemberists Fuck Buttons Maribou State M83 Cat Power Bat for Lashes Neko Case Air Todd Terje Dessa Iron & Wine Jeff Goldblum Oddisee Thundercat Old Dirty Brasstards (Some amazing world music - don't really know enough to keep filling this stage out) John Peel TV On The Radio Chvrches Robyn Sharon Van Etten St Vincent Frank Turner Sleater-Kinney Ezra Furman Dinosaur Jr La Roux Angel Olsen Phoenix Los Campesinos! Passion Pit Gaslight Anthem Spoon Japandroids Car Seat Headrest Parquet Courts Titus Andronicus New Pornographers Pains of Being Pure at Heart Art Brut Cults Swearin' Sunflower Bean Speedy Ortiz Park Belle and Sebastian Laura Marling Father John Misty Courtney Barnett John Grant Fleet Foxes Bright Eyes Beach House War on Drugs Wilco Jenny Lewis The Shins The Mountain Goats Cloud Nothings Julien Baker Conor Oberst The Antlers The Swell Season Elvis Perkins Waxahatchee Hold Steady Crooked Fingers Thermals The Frames Laura Stevenson Sports Team Beans on Toast And then some others I couldn't fit easily into stages... Truth Against Me! (in the Gojira slot) Avalon John K Samson Craig Finn Lucero Mike Adams at His Honest Weight Glen Hansard Acoustic Isobel Campbell
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    Camp Fires

    Based on some of the people I've camped near in the past, I wouldn't trust them to look after a campfire properly. Maybe each field should have its own campfire circle, Strummerville style. Would be another place for people to congregate, socialize etc, rather than it being loads of individual groups doing their own thing.
  6. They came up in my Spotify Discover Weekly playlist just before the festival and really liked them so decided to get to Strummerville early enough for Frank Turner to catch them as well. Really glad I did - hopefully this year's Glasto is a real launching pad for them.
  7. 100% this. I decided to put just my 'plan A' acts into the app and it took forever. Print one off, limiting each day only to stages where you've got stuff highlighted (which in my case always ends up being about half the stages anyway).
  8. I bought some in 2015 and they were reasonably priced and very comfy. Actually worked out cheaper than some of the stores near where I lived in central London
  9. Friday - Probably watching a bit of Stormzy before heading to get down early for IDLES in the SE corner. Would 100% be Frank Turner but I'm seeing him at Folk by the Oak a few weeks later so will avoid the Avalon crush Saturday - Hot Chip, barring an amazing secret announcement elsewhere Sunday - Ideally all of them, but as I can only see one, The Cure
  10. What we need is a site-wide klaxon that means everyone has to stand still for 10 minutes. Fire that off every now and again and we might be alright. Why would people bother standing still? Tell them the person who stands still the best/most gets a free ticket to next year's festival.
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    "Must don'ts" 2019

    100% this. Nothing more depressing than doing the sunrise walk back to the tent, taking a look up the hill towards the stone circle and seeing thousands of empty silver cylinders littering the entire hill.
  12. A friend did Glastonbury on crutches a few years ago (and another one will be doing it this year). If you do decide you need crutches, a stick or similar, their top tip was to have a spike on the bottom of it for the mud. Helped stop them falling over on multiple occasions.
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    Foals

    The trick with the Park is that the middle of the crowd is always more densely packed than the very front. If you can work your way through the first difficult part of the crowd and get onto the downward slope, you have more than enough space and one of the best atmospheres at Glasto. John Grant into Mogwai remains one of the best sub and headliner combos I've seen and with minimal effort we were right at the very front.
  14. Would never have listened to this lot if they hadn't appeared in my Discover Weekly playlist. Playing nice and early on Saturday if you're awake at 11.30:
  15. His set almost felt like quantum physics - capable of producing completely different responses. Even among our group, we all came away with a completely different take. Personally, I thought the best bits were amazing but the lows were quite bad. There was a ramshackle improvisatory/rambling nature to some of the Bon Iver segment and this combined with do-overs and 'no, like we did it in rehearsal' killed the atmosphere a bit. That said, I completely understand that if it was a guitar band fucking up an intro, cutting a song short or not getting the words right that it wouldn't have been as noticeable because "that's rock and roll". So I'm willing to let Kanye have his occasional mis-step.
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