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3 hours ago, jimbarkanoodle said:

Finally, up until this year, I loved how easy it was to break in. As of this year this isn't strictly true, but still there is always a way.

This just jepordises the future and should in no way be considered a good thing. 

I love the small touches as well. The fact the bars are so much more than bars when they don't need to be. Constant additions like The Woods and the pier that other festivals just wouldn't bother with. 

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I love that I've gotten tickets 13 times in a row - those who truly want to go do tent to get a ticket, but I think that was tested this year with the mega popular resale and no secret resales.

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Too numerous to be comprehensive but here goes: the consistent high quality with everything, the range and diversity of music and entertainment, the theatre and circus areas, Avalon perfection - naturally, the special areas like Green Futures, stone circle, the good pubs, the sheer scale of the place, the beautiful environment, the buzz, the friendly people, the new people you meet, Efestivals meet, West Holts, cider, Guardian Glastonbury bags, the Worthy Warriors, the hill of death Tuesday view, the veggie food, the Indian food, the arts and crafts area, the view by the Glastonbury sign, secret gigs, the crazy colourful people who dress up, the tiny intimate stages, the impossibility of doing everything and therefore the desire to return, the relative non-commercialism, that it never stops 24 hrs/day, the non music days, just walking through the gates on the first day, the unexpected things, always discovering new acts, the program, the Oxfam and other volunteers, Emily, Michael, the festival ethos, the charitable contributions, the heritage, the freedom, the escape, the chance to be different, the police (I mean that), the legend spot, the perennial Hobo Jones and others, Small World stage, the Wormhole and Humblewell, Glasto Latino, the Temple, Arcadia, the iconic Pyramid,  Shangri-La, the T&C walkabouts, etc etc.

All of that can stay unchanged forever as far as I’m concerned 

 

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1 minute ago, Avalon_Fields said:

Too numerous to be comprehensive but here goes: the consistent high quality with everything, the range and diversity of music and entertainment, the theatre and circus areas, Avalon perfection - naturally, the special areas like Green Futures, stone circle, the good pubs, the sheer scale of the place, the beautiful environment, the buzz, the friendly people, the new people you meet, Efestivals meet, West Holts, cider, Guardian Glastonbury bags, the Worthy Warriors, the hill of death Tuesday view, the veggie food, the Indian food, the arts and crafts area, the view by the Glastonbury sign, secret gigs, the crazy colourful people who dress up, the tiny intimate stages, the impossibility of doing everything and therefore the desire to return, the relative non-commercialism, that it never stops 24 hrs/day, the non music days, just walking through the gates on the first day, the unexpected things, always discovering new acts, the program, the Oxfam and other volunteers, Emily, Michael, the festival ethos, the charitable contributions, the heritage, the freedom, the escape, the chance to be different, the police (I mean that), the legend spot, the perennial Hobo Jones and others, Small World stage, the Wormhole and Humblewell, Glasto Latino, the Temple, Arcadia, the iconic Pyramid,  Shangri-La, the T&C walkabouts, etc etc.

All of that can stay unchanged forever as far as I’m concerned 

 

Yeah alright, but what have the Eavii ever done for us eh?

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3 hours ago, FuzzyDunlop said:

The small touches...

At Glastonbury on sea, the metal work which was on the pier has the Glastonbury on sea logo on it... whilst that in itself isn't too exciting, it's the minute details like that which I appreciate

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-48770680

I noticed that too!

Suncream on my camera lead to a slightly hazy - blurred edge to most of my photos which sums up Glasto!

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3 hours ago, Quark said:

So much.

The absence of corporate sponsorship and big-name brands (I make an exception for the Co-Op given their company structure, history etc)

The distinct feel of each area as they're all curated separately. 

The fact that it's a place where performers, 'slebs and the like potter around with the rest of us and enjoy themselves without them being the focus. Add on the fact that the Eavii pop up regularly as well and have time for a chat.

The continuous little changes and improvements they keep trying every year. I mean, a bloody pier?!

The love that goes into things like the bins, the artwork on the big wall by JPT and the walk from PGA.

The way it's policed based on safety as the primary focus.

The social and environmental messaging.

The way that, if you can be arsed to carry it in, you could feasibly manage 5 days without spending a penny if you were so inclined.

Couldn't have put it better myself. I would still go if there was no main stages... the place is just amazing. The ethics and love that runs through the spine of the festival is just unparalleled 

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Please ignore the child. Wasting votes on nonsense that is obviously looking for a rise. Although at least there is some imagination to it. And that's all it is. Fantasy. 

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1 hour ago, Quark said:

Yeah alright, but what have the Eavii ever done for us eh?

The long drops

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11 hours ago, gigpusher said:

The long drops

I nearly added the long drops to my list, they are at least memorable. They have this strange fascination which is probably best not to admit to the outside world...

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23 hours ago, Avalon_Fields said:

the consistent high quality with everything, the range and diversity of music and entertainment, the theatre and circus areas, Avalon perfection - naturally, the special areas like Green Futures, stone circle, the good pubs, the sheer scale of the place, the beautiful environment, the buzz, the friendly people, the new people you meet, Efestivals meet, West Holts, cider, Guardian Glastonbury bags, the Worthy Warriors, the hill of death Tuesday view, the veggie food, the Indian food, the arts and crafts area, the view by the Glastonbury sign, secret gigs, the crazy colourful people who dress up, the tiny intimate stages, the impossibility of doing everything and therefore the desire to return, the relative non-commercialism, that it never stops 24 hrs/day, the non music days, just walking through the gates on the first day, the unexpected things, always discovering new acts, the program, the Oxfam and other volunteers, Emily, Michael, the festival ethos, the charitable contributions, the heritage, the freedom, the escape, the chance to be different, the police (I mean that), the legend spot, the perennial Hobo Jones and others, Small World stage, the Wormhole and Humblewell, Glasto Latino, the Temple, Arcadia, the iconic Pyramid,  Shangri-La, the T&C walkabouts

.........I KNOW A PLACE WE CAN GO, WHERE YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE SO HARD THAT YOU'D WISH YOU WERE DEAD

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I've had a love affair with the place for nearly forty years.  The crew I used to go with 'back in the day' don't go any more for one reason or another, they've grown out of it, it's too big, 'it's not as good as it used to be' blah blah.  They always ask me when I get back every year 'how was it'?  And I always say the same as it's always been and completely different.  If you've been once and then were led in blindfolded and sat down in the middle you'd know exactly where you were from the sounds and smells, it's the same as it's always been.

Trying to explain it to someone whose never been is almost impossible too, they've seen it on telly, the scale of it, the stages, the crowds etc. But trying to explain it's unique nature is just baffling.  Some one of this parish once said quite a few years ago now how 'those fields in Avalon shimmer with magic for those few days' and I know exactly what he meant.  How do you explain the magic, it's aura, that feeling of being in the right place at the right time.

Of course all of this is so easy to say after a year with weather like we've just had.  Muddy one's.... maybe I need a little more distance from it to be able to fawn so :rolleyes:

After pondering this a bit further the actual word he used was 'iridescent'....'iridescent with magic'.  Much better than my effort.:D

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11 hours ago, Avalon_Fields said:

I nearly added the long drops to my list, they are at least memorable. They have this strange fascination which is probably best not to admit to the outside world...

To be honest it was said jokingly but long drops, compost toilets are all part of what makes it special. The effort put into trying to make something unpleasant as pleasant as it can be in the circumstances whilst being as environmentally friendly as it can be really is quite impressive. 

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3 hours ago, Kizzie said:

I've had a love affair with the place for nearly forty years.  The crew I used to go with 'back in the day' don't go any more for one reason or another, they've grown out of it, it's too big, 'it's not as good as it used to be' blah blah.  They always ask me when I get back every year 'how was it'?  And I always say the same as it's always been and completely different.  If you've been once and then were led in blindfolded and sat down in the middle you'd know exactly where you were from the sounds and smells, it's the same as it's always been.

Trying to explain it to someone whose never been is almost impossible too, they've seen it on telly, the scale of it, the stages, the crowds etc. But trying to explain it's unique nature is just baffling.  Some one of this parish once said quite a few years ago now how 'those fields in Avalon shimmer with magic for those few days' and I know exactly what he meant.  How do you explain the magic, it's aura, that feeling of being in the right place at the right time.

Of course all of this is so easy to say after a year with weather like we've just had.  Muddy one's.... maybe I need a little more distance from it to be able to fawn so :rolleyes:

After pondering this a bit further the actual word he used was 'iridescent'....'iridescent with magic'.  Much better than my effort.:D

Beautifully put.

I've not been going as long (1995) or every year but you've summed the woke thing up very nicely for me.

There's people in my crew who've only been a couple of times and were toddlers when I went to my first one. That definitely helps too I think, when newer, younger festival goers "get it". And they know all the good new music which I'm totally out of touch with

I've never had a bad festival, whichever one I've been too (although I'm doing Latitude this year so ask me in a week or so!) but none of the others have had that indefinable something, that iridescence.

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There is a magic about the festival.. most of the crew I used to go with 20 years ago no longer come.. but some still do and when I sit on the hill and look down over the shimmering festival I remember all the amazing times I've had there over the years, it just feels like home. 

The site is essentially the same as when I started coming even if there are new additions and rearrangements, the core and heart of the festival remains the same and I think that's why it feels so special to me, I get to relive the happy memories and add to them every year.  

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On 7/11/2019 at 2:37 PM, zeppelin said:

I love the small touches as well. The fact the bars are so much more than bars when they don't need to be 

This is one of the things I really love. Rather than a bog standard 'festival bar' in every area, we get pubs! It's one of the many things that make it a city, rather than just a festival 

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