I think the key to enjoying Glasto is not to put too much pressure on yourself by building it up too much beforehand.
We’ve all got stuff to deal with in the real world and it can really drag us down. I’ve been guilty in the past of looking forward so much to holidays and Glasto that when I’ve got there I’ve felt a bit flat or worse like I’ve got to start having a great time or it’ll be a horrendous waste and I won’t forgive myself when I’m back at work. You can end up ruining it for yourself. When everyone’s having what looks like a great time and you’re not it can make you feel isolated. 2016 was a bit rubbish for me.
Since then I’ve tried to make sure I see the bands I want to see rather than get dragged along to others I’m not keen on. I’ve also tried to make sure I take time to chill out. The greenfields, crows nest bar and acoustic field are great when you need to get out of the crowds and get a grip.
On the fitness side of things it makes a great difference it you can get into some sort of shape beforehand. I walk about 9 or 10 miles a day when I’m there and it can be tiring so having a comfy bed is dead important. If you burn the candle at both ends you’ll feel crap and as you get older you take more time to recover. At 46 my days of being up until dawn are beyond me unless I put a line through the next morning so I just had one big 5am night this year and was in bed for 1am the night after. I’m happy with just having a few pints nowadays along with the occasional smoke but that’s it. It’s a far cry from 20 odd years ago but I enjoy it just as much.
My Dad started going when he was 64 and hasn’t missed one in the 12 years he’s been going. He knows his limits and I think that’s the key. You can enjoy it just as much in your 70s, you just need to manage your expectations and know your limits.