The Jetsetting Report: Glastonbury 2007 or
Why is it such a #$%# ordeal to get to the Pyramid Stage?!?
Glastonbury Mud Pit - June 2007
I can't take credit for the above quote - this was yelled out by a punter in frustration after having his wellies sucked into the shin-deep, never-ending mud as he schlepped his way to Bloc Party.
Warning: There will be lots of references to mud in this Jetsetting Report (notice the colour scheme). Coming from a drought stricken country, I've never seen so much of it in my life and after 4 days of living in it I've become quite a connoisseur of the different varieties - soupy, slurpy, slippery, sticky.
Glastonbury - the biggest, freakiest, muddiest music festival in the world. It was everything I hoped for and more....here are some highlights:
- The Holloways singing their version of Whigfield's 'Saturday Night' - possibly the worst song of the 90s (but strangely, a song to which I know all the words).
- Lost Vagueness at 3am - a trippy, Alice-in-Wonderland-esque field full of men in ballgowns and women with moustaches. So, down the rabbit hole to stumble on Fat Boy Slim on the decks...in a yellow bumble bee suit.
- Resting my sodden legs in the Guardian tent and accidentally ending up an intimate Magic Numbers gig for 200 people. A truly unattractive band but great songs!
- Dame Shirley Bassey - what a star at 70 years old with her stunning voice and incredible stage presence, dressed in a sparkly pink gown. And going for Big Spender twice!
- Mika - unabashedly fun falsetto pop! A GREAT version of I Want You Back and dress up animals sans Flaming Lips freakiness for Lollipop. The gig where I perfected my stuck-in-the-mud, knee bob pelvic thrust dancing (a la Mr Bean).
- Hot chai on a rainy midnight, vege burgers served with a side of drum 'n' bass and pear cider - WHOA that stuff is strong!
- A respite from the soaking rain, mud soup, wind and cold (though not from our noisy manically talkative neighbours, the Nottingham drug fiends) - my warm, dry, taj mahal of a tent thanks to Carl!
See you at Glasto 2008 with my pink stripey wellies!
Look out for more news about my month of music.....