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    First time back in CV East this year since 2011. We had children with us and it was a no brainer to go for CV East. If I'm lucky with tickets in Oct and we are taking children again I'll be going for CV East. However if family make good on their offer to babysit for the length of the festival I'll try for a CV West ticket. It is a bit of trudge to anywhere apart from Cineramageddon and the Park but I like the vibe in CV West. I didn't really get that this year in CV East but then again we were in E19 which felt like being camped in a corridor for the car parks.
  2. Tried both Beautiful Days and Bearded Theory looking for exactly this (another festival that gave me a bit of the Glastonbury vibe.) For whatever reason Beautiful Days didn't really do it for me. Maybe the weather that year, maybe something else, but it didn't really give me much of what I was looking for. (IMHO of course and plenty will say it works for them.) Bearded Theory turned out to be a great little festival. LOts to like, not as mini Glastonbury, but in its own right. I'll probably be going back next year. Next I'd like to try are Green Man and Shambala. However, I suspect Splatt is right.
  3. In my limited experience, it depends on age and what they are interested in. We took a 4 and a 10 year old for the first time this year. The 4 yo was happy as anything in the kidz fields and would have spent the entire festival in one or other of the fields if he could. Outside of the kidz field he was pretty bored alot of the time. The 10 yo liked the kidz field but was equally happy wandering around the festival or watching a band. Personally, I don't particularly enjoy being in the kidz fields, but if it keeps the children happy we go there. Everything took much longer than previous years. At one point sorting suncream, water bottles, toilets, finding food etc for everyone took over an hour. Unintentionally we heard the entire Proclaimers set while sorting out that lot. This years heat probably added to it as we had to make sure the kids were hydrated, not too hot, comfortable and happy (if possible) before thinking about anything else. We also saw very limited number of bands, couldn't do any of the late night stuff, had to consider areas that might have big crowds and pinch points and pull a festival trolley complete with sleeping child up the hill of death a couple of times. However none of this was a surprise, we knew it would be a different Glastonbury before we went, it just took a couple of days to adjust. It wasn't really until the weekend we really felt like we were immersed in the festival. Family have volunteered to babysit next year and if we are lucky enough to get tickets, at the moment I'd seriously consider taking them up on the offer. Don't actually know how I would feel about it come festival time though. 2015 we took a 15 and 16 yo and that was a completely different experience. Apart from the very late night stuff we didn't didn't miss anything, they enjoyed it and it is one of my favorite Glastonbury's.
  4. 1) The Killers 2)Chickenbone John* 3)Albert Hammond *Yes he's a bloke (plus collaborator) selling cigar box guitars rather than a set, but its music at Glastonbury and I can sit and listen to their blues for ages, normally until I get dragged away.
  5. This year was always going to be different, as we took our 4yo for the first time and I knew it would change the festival experience. As it was so hot, much of the festival was spent making sure he was kept as cool and hydrated, big crowds from Thursday meant getting anywhere took an age with a trolley and so I really saw very few of the bands I would have in different circumstances. In fact I saw very few acts full stop, probably 6 in total. Failed to get to a number of places I would have normally (Strummerville, Pangea, a chunk of the green fields). Had the new experience of visiting the Kidz field which our 4yo loved (though I didn't). Did also think the dickhead quotient was down, I didn't see any peeing on the land, though it sounds like it still happened. CV East felt very different to CV West, possibly because E19 is like a corridor and didn't particularly have a community vibe I tend to find in CV West. Definitely a good Glastonbury, enjoyed it and left wanting more but I didn't get the almost bereavement type feelings I had leaving the 2017 festival. Bloody knackered now. I will be trying for tickets in October.
  6. First time visit to the kidz field, found it to be the biggest sensory overload of anywhere I’ve ever been in Glastonbury (cider may or may not been a contributory factor). Time spent chilling (recovering?) in the Glade was brilliant and confirmed it as my favourite bit of the festival.
  7. Just paid £5 for Mallets cider at the Ridge and Furrow.
  8. See you on the farm...
  9. Beaten to it. Ah well its going up anyway.
  10. For those that leave it all to the last minute, Lidl have a special on a few camping bits today https://www.lidl.co.uk/en/MiddleofLidl.htm?id=1063&week=1 Assuming its the same one, the inflatable camping mat has previously got some good reviews, especially at the price.
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