2017 for me too. I decided a few months ago that this was going to be my last Glastonbury so I wasn't clouded by post festival blues. I've not made it through a whole 5 days for several festivals now without having some serious emotional crashes and spending hours just doing nothing. Decided to give it one more go but this week confirmed my decision. Friday and Saturday days were wiped out for me this year... heat, tiredness and then the vicious circle of getting down about the set's you're missing, etc.
I love the place but find myself enjoying it less each year. The SE Corner at night has become hell on earth for me now. I get that nights of hedonistic excess is exactly what people want but it's lost some of it's quirky fun now. It is just people getting off their tits and raving now, which is fine, each to their own etc, but it gets on my tits more each year. Losing places like Copperdollar and that fun, interactive, showy, cabaret side of things has changed it. IICON visually looks amazing but a 19,000 capacity field for it feels a very significant step change for the late night stuff and with the huge Common area, is committing the area to a proper late night raving festival and pushing out some of the other stuff. I don't blame the Eavii, the demand is there but it feels less like an area to explore now.
I effectively spend my time at Crows Nest, Leftfield and William's Green these days... and I can see those level of acts on their normal local venue tours.
It's too crowded I guess for me. Even places like the healing fields and craft fields just felt constantly busy and unable to relax.
Never say never but this was the end for me. Glad I made the decision with a clear mind months ago. The build up just dominates my life in the months leading up, ticket day stress etc to the point there's an overwhelming pressure that you must have fun.
Was great to see some efesters at the meet and I'll miss my camping gang who all met on here.