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I usually well up a few times on the Sunday. I make sure I'm wearing my sunglasses. 😅 They're happy tears in the main. Or just releasing how overwhelming the weekend has been, and sadness that it's coming to an end I think.

I remember it happening during white lies 2014 "death" and rag and bone man in 2017

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I cry pretty much every year at Glastonbury. Usually on the Sunday so I think it has something to do with exhaustion.

The highlight was at the crescendo to How Big How Blue How Beautiful by Florence and The Machine in 2015. Its such a beautiful piece of music and I just start balling my eyes out. To the point where I slightly freaked out the two teenage girls standing next to me. Felt a little bad about that.

Other notable occasions were the entire Coldplay 2016 set (I'm a super fan and thought they were breaking up) Any time Noah and The Whale played The First Days of Spring, and just walking through the gates in 2019.

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2 hours ago, vintagelaureate said:

I don't know if I cried but I was certainly emotional...

Saturday, Glastonbury 2017, as Everlong came to it's crescendo on the Pyramid.

I didn't know if I was going to make Glastonbury that year. I hadn't been able to go a few years previous as I'd had to have major surgery. So from October 2016, it all became about making it to Worthy Farm in June 2017. Everything seemed to be falling in place - I had been working in my new job for a couple of years, I had a beautiful 18 month old daughter and life just seemed good. My wife and I, found out she was pregnant with our second child in February 2017 and the future seemed bright. I won't go into the exact details but at the 20 week scan, we were told things weren't quite as they should be. We were taken into a side room, and essentially told to terminate the pregnancy due to development issues with the baby. We were told the baby would be unlikely to make it to birth and if she (we found out the gender) did she may be in an incapacitated 'vegative' state. We believed in giving life a chance, so decided to see how life played out. This meant have regular weekly scans at the hospital and trying to press on as 'normal'. 

It got to June, and I didn't particularly want to go to Glastonbury. Not because I didn't want to, but because I didn't want to leave my wife. To her credit, she insisted I should go. At the scan the week before Glastonbury, we got the first sign of movement - my unborn daughter was clenching and unclenching her hands. This was a huge thing - it showed there was some communication between her brain and limbs. It was decided I would go to Glastonbury, but take it easy, as we didn't know what was around the corner and what the future would bring. 

So cut to Worthy Farm, the whole weekend was like a dream, full of strangers who became temporary friends and an aura of magic. Saturday was all about the Foo Fighters for me, a when those words hit:

"If everything could ever be this real forever, if anything could be this good again..." 

It just hit. I can't remember if I cried, I just remember the wave of emotion. Who knew what my future held, but for that moment, lost in the music there was joy and optimism.

Anyway, what a festival.

For those who don't know, my second daughter was born premature that summer. She spent a few weeks in intensive care, and then the first two months of her life in a hospice as they thought she would pass away each day. Things improved slowly but days are not without challenge.

Right now? She is four, just started a specialist school and is currently threatening to eat my nose whilst sat on my knee. She is the strongest person I know, and an inspiration for those that know her.

And me... I always think back to that moment in 2017, and thankfully, I'll be back in those fields in June!

Take care all, and sorry - I don't know where the long post came from!

 

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Crying just reading this thread - little brothers wedding yesterday so a touch over emotional anyway.

When Lorde did a little speaky bit before Liability in '17 totally got me, sobbed like a baby.  Pretty much the whole way through London Grammar set.

There will be tears this year, so many tears.

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2 hours ago, vintagelaureate said:

I don't know if I cried but I was certainly emotional...

Saturday, Glastonbury 2017, as Everlong came to it's crescendo on the Pyramid.

I didn't know if I was going to make Glastonbury that year. I hadn't been able to go a few years previous as I'd had to have major surgery. So from October 2016, it all became about making it to Worthy Farm in June 2017. Everything seemed to be falling in place - I had been working in my new job for a couple of years, I had a beautiful 18 month old daughter and life just seemed good. My wife and I, found out she was pregnant with our second child in February 2017 and the future seemed bright. I won't go into the exact details but at the 20 week scan, we were told things weren't quite as they should be. We were taken into a side room, and essentially told to terminate the pregnancy due to development issues with the baby. We were told the baby would be unlikely to make it to birth and if she (we found out the gender) did she may be in an incapacitated 'vegative' state. We believed in giving life a chance, so decided to see how life played out. This meant have regular weekly scans at the hospital and trying to press on as 'normal'. 

It got to June, and I didn't particularly want to go to Glastonbury. Not because I didn't want to, but because I didn't want to leave my wife. To her credit, she insisted I should go. At the scan the week before Glastonbury, we got the first sign of movement - my unborn daughter was clenching and unclenching her hands. This was a huge thing - it showed there was some communication between her brain and limbs. It was decided I would go to Glastonbury, but take it easy, as we didn't know what was around the corner and what the future would bring. 

So cut to Worthy Farm, the whole weekend was like a dream, full of strangers who became temporary friends and an aura of magic. Saturday was all about the Foo Fighters for me, a when those words hit:

"If everything could ever be this real forever, if anything could be this good again..." 

It just hit. I can't remember if I cried, I just remember the wave of emotion. Who knew what my future held, but for that moment, lost in the music there was joy and optimism.

Anyway, what a festival.

For those who don't know, my second daughter was born premature that summer. She spent a few weeks in intensive care, and then the first two months of her life in a hospice as they thought she would pass away each day. Things improved slowly but days are not without challenge.

Right now? She is four, just started a specialist school and is currently threatening to eat my nose whilst sat on my knee. She is the strongest person I know, and an inspiration for those that know her.

And me... I always think back to that moment in 2017, and thankfully, I'll be back in those fields in June!

Take care all, and sorry - I don't know where the long post came from!

 

What a lovely story - didn't know how it would end, but that nearly made me cry.

Everlong is one of my favourite songs ever, and I absolutely love that particular lyric.

I don't have any moments to add as I haven't been yet - I think just finally getting there this year after this endless wait will be a moment

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I think I've cried at every Glastonbury I've been to.  I'm pretty bad at holding stuff in and I think that a combination of alcohol, low quality sleep, and being in the "Glastonbury bubble" away from life for a few days is, for me, an opportunity to just let it all out. Last time it was when Stormzy walked on in the union jack stab vest  .....  I think because at the time he was a bit of a controversial headliner, and probably felt he had something to prove. And, rather than make it all about him, he choose to use his first moment on stage to highlight something bigger.  That's how I saw it anyway, and it reminded me there are good people in the world.  I'm fully expecting to cry off and on all festival this year !!  

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Often have a tear at somepoint each year.

Remember Jimmy Clif on the Pyramid on a rainy year. Been raining and grey. Mates and I stomp over to Jimmy. Somepoint in the set he sings I Can See Clearly Now, as he did the clods parted and the sun came streaming through.

Another being Billie Eilish 2019. Ocean eyes. My daughter struggled for years with eating disorders. During her binge eating times she would ask me to just drive her around, sometimes to the pub for a pot of tea. She often played that song in the car as it had not been out long. As soon as Billie starts singing it all that pain and struggle I watched my daughter go through came back to me. As a note she has recovered , although as she say the little man locked away sometimes comes knocking

 

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5 hours ago, WestCountryGirl said:

Completely caught me off-guard (although it doesn't honestly take much to make me cry). Just the way Chris said "they got taken away" - I was gone. And ever since when I've seen this clip, I just think about how this must have felt for anyone who knew and loved the Viola Beach members and I'm set off again.

This is mine too. Not the biggest Coldplay fan normally but fair play to them, this was perhaps the most perfect moment I've seen on the pyramid. I got all choked up when I realised what they were doing, it was such a brilliant gesture.

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5 hours ago, WestCountryGirl said:

Completely caught me off-guard (although it doesn't honestly take much to make me cry). Just the way Chris said "they got taken away" - I was gone. And ever since when I've seen this clip, I just think about how this must have felt for anyone who knew and loved the Viola Beach members and I'm set off again.

Definitely this - I'm not a big Coldplay fan but went to watch them that night. It had been a pretty tough festival for me. I had an allergic reaction to something - possibly the hay and straw they were using when the woodchippings ran out - and after a Sunday afternoon in the medical tent I really should have left the site. I was too knackered to drive the 5 hours home and it was what was likely to be my sons last Glastonbury as he was about the graduate and become a teacher (as it happens he has a great head who gives him the Friday off so he drives down Thursday afternoon and back Sunday night). I told him I'd give Coldplay 10 mins and if I thought they were awful he'd walk me back to the tent. 

Coldplay weren't awful - those 2 hours made my festival but this moment in particular just finished me. Even the way he almost stumbles over this words as he's trying to tell the crowd about them ❤ Every time I've watched it back since I bawl

.... and I'm off to see Coldplay in August 🤣 I'm never going to be their biggest fan but they put on one hell of a show 🙂

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30 minutes ago, barcelonista1899 said:

Having to send the email to cancel my tickets in a few days will certainly make me cry 😒

 

Sorry to hear that, hope everything is okay!

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I don’t recall ever crying at the festival although that might change during the Wednesday sunset this year when I think the majority of site will be reflecting on how difficult the times have been since the last festival.

The closest I’ve come to it was during this in 2017. Hit me right in the feels.

 

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I must’ve got some dust in my during Barry Gibb’s (i think his first gig after his brother’s death) and during Dolly Parton’s sets

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11 hours ago, Olshansky said:

this one for sure 

 

I used to be like the OP and very rarely a crier but these days I can shed a few tears at the drop of a hat and Kae Tempest has probably made me cry the most over the years. 1st time was at the Rum Shack the year that Everybody Down came out on stage. They looked so overwhelmed by the crowd and you could tell how much it meant to them and I definitely shed a tear or 2. Think I have at almost every performance they have done since. 

7 hours ago, Larraht said:

The morning that the news hit about Brexit... I was already tired and hungover. The weather was a bit drizzly and overcast and we headed to the Pyramid stage for opening. There was a video played on the screen by Portishead doing this really haunting version of Abba's SOS in memory of Jo Cox. I had a sob at that. Then followed up by Damon Albarn and the Syrian Orchastra. I remember sobbing my heart out... Such an emotional morning. 

The Brexit result had me in tears from the moment I heard it and probably multiple times over the weekend. I genuinely never thought it would happen and as a Non-British person living in the UK for over half my life. It kind of devastated me. Lots of points over the weekend had me genuinely heartbroken. I remember comforting a young lad who had just graduated uni on the Saturday morning in the Greenpeace area and just a horrible sense of gloom. 

7 hours ago, mcshed said:

Ray Davies voice trembling with emotion as he plays "Days" just after Pete Quaife's death. It got me at the time and it's just got me again watching the clip.

 

This was my first Glastonbury and was probably my first really special Glastonbury moment. Everyone in my group apart from me went to see the football so I watched Slash and Ray Davies on my own and yep this moment was really special. I can still get goosebumps (and sometimes tears) when I watch this. 

5 hours ago, dotdash79 said:

This is a glasto moment that’s made me cry

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Same! After the last sale I felt so despondent and the fact that it lasted so long. 

5 hours ago, Ryan1984 said:

Can see plenty of tears this year from people just entering the festival gates.

Yep this year is going to be an emotional one for sure. I suspect the Macca/Lennon moment will get me. My brother died during the pandemic from terminal oesophageal cancer. I never got to say goodbye or go to the funeral and he is the one who introduced me to The Beatles. He was a Lennon rather than a Macca fan so I think the moment Lennon appears on screen I'll be gone. 

2 hours ago, barcelonista1899 said:

Having to send the email to cancel my tickets in a few days will certainly make me cry 😒

 

Aw so sorry to hear this. Hope whatever the reason you need to give them up that it's not too trying a time for you and that you will be back. 

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I am the notorious crier of my group. Pretty much anything can set me off. 
Some stand outs are:

- London Grammar in 2014.

- Adele as soon as the eyes opened on the big screen and the first notes played. Plus Someone Like You & When We Were Young.

- Encore of Arctic Monkeys in 2013

- Worst was probably sobbing when Attenborough walked out in 2019. Felt completely overwhelmed that he was really there. Continued into Kylie much to my pals amusement.

No stand out obvious contenders for 2022 but I’m sure someone will get some tears.

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I've gotten a bit misty reading the thread. I share a few already mentioned.

2017. Not long after the Manchester Arena bombing. Vibe was nervous. Hobo Jones and the Junkyard Dogs played a heartfelt 'Three Little Birds' and it felt like we all sang and cried with relief and belief.

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Just the one time. I was a bit pissed and I went to a portaloo, and manage to lose my phone and wallet in there, it was first or second night so was all my money, it was a couple of hours later and my mate got a call from my dad, by this time I hadn’t noticed, anyway luckily it was a old phone with no lock, so a family had found it, rang my dad, and he rang my mate and we arranged to meet, and there was my wallet and phone, the moment and the beer got me so emotional. And they would only take £20 for some drinks when offered more.

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2009 - Bruce Springsteen starting his set with a version of Joe Strummer’s Coma Girl… It just hit me Bruce paying homage to my all time favourite artist with a song about my favourite place.

2010 - Frank Turner Long Live the Queen… I was having a bit of a tough time, and was about to move to New Zealand on my own, which was basically me looking to run from my problems. It was that moment I realised the friends and family I’d be leaving behind. I decided in that moment I’d stay tough it out and everything worked out and haven’t looked back.

2019 - Several times during The Cure… It was just beautiful 

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2009, my first festival on the Sunday. Went to Avalon to watch the mummers. Pretty wasted from the weekends festivities, a lovely sunny day walking across a body strewn West Holts field to the Avalon tent. They sang a song called ' This is Heaven', which pretty much summed up the place for me and the weekends emotion brought on by euphoria and most probably drink had me sobbing. Was straight on the phone to my Brother babbling enthusiastically saying he had to go. Consequently its his 6th and my 8th this year!

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Not sure why it got to me but 2003 Radiohead- I was having the best time ever and was a little bit drunk and on my own but I do remember getting very emotional- I can’t even remember which song . One of those moments where everything just comes together, and was just right. It was still one of the best years - the right people, lots of fun times. 

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