Thursday is a day of exploration. After the regimented march to get onto site, we're able to relax a bit and get our bearings before the main stuff begins. The BBC has their red button believers thinking that Glastonbury is a festival that begins on the Friday. How wrong they are.
It's hot - ridiculously so. How churlish it seems to grumble about the heat but there must be a middle ground. We find shelter in shaded places and moan about our misfortune. "It's the hottest Glastonbury ever", say some.
Those resting times under canvas give the opportunity to chat. This is the spirit of Glastonbury right? I hear tales of a mouse that was found in the toilet system up in the Greenfields. Mickey closed the bog for an hour or two whilst he was rescued. It would only happen at this magical place.
Music that's not on our must sees gets marvelled at. Mal Ward and Kylie somebody (I forget her last name) absolutely dazzle on the Small World stage. They get a chap up onto stage with them and then loop his "I like chips and egg" phrase into a wondrous 5/4 reggae melody. They play backwards music and then prove it to be the case by playing it the right way on an app. Awesome.
I rekindle old flames later at night. The brilliant Nick Parker (and the False Alarms) captivates all in the Bread and Roses tent. His 'Down with the Yoof' song is a lesson for double denim Dads everywhere. Los Kamer, the Mexican travellers, are all sorts of splendid on the bandstand as Thursday turns into Friday.
Where has that time gone? Today, according to the BBC, the festival begins today.
note: photo is from Glastonbury 2017.
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