A few of my friends had been going from 1997 onwards and I kept saying I’ll go next year etc and never made it.
Finally got round to getting tickets aged 22 in 2004 and never looked back.
I recall the tickets went on sale on a Thursday evening in April and I finally got through online at 6am on the Friday morning. Think it was the first year it had gone proper bonkers to get tickets.
Went down on the Wednesday early evening, I recall the weather couldn’t make its mind up between sun and rain all weekend, we camped in Tops Webb Ash nr the Pyramid. (Easy to camp there even Wednesday night back then)
First big memory is watching England v Portugal in Euro 2004 on the Pyramid Field screen on the Thursday night....was a complete mosh pit for Frank Lampards goal that was disallowed!
Sacked Oasis off to see The Chemical Brothers, also saw Lost Prophets, James Brown, Muse, Orbital, Black Eyed Peas, Paul McCartney, Morrissey, Supergrass and others I can’t recall.
Our initial group of 6 in 2004 kept going up and had swelled to 25 by 2011, and has then slowly drifted back down to around 3-4 of us who still try for tickets each year.
Most people have given up going due to kids/mortgages etc but I think for now I’ll keep wanting to go each year. Even when we failed for tickets for 2019 I worked for Shelter on the Stonebridge bar and met up with friends down there during my time off.
The site has got a lot bigger since that year (no SE corner, Park stage and Dance was just a singular tent) , even since 2004 it’s got a lot more mainstream I still enjoy going each year and I somewhat kick myself that I didn’t go earlier, especially in the pre-superfence wild days but i still have a lot of great memories from the ones I’ve been to.