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PunkOfParis Thu 22-Jun-17 10:00:05

Beautiful images of beaming happy people.

I love music, I love dancing and being with friends.

But I'd hate being at such a busy festival. sad
The crowds and lack of clean facilities would make me miserable. I have been to other festival in my youth and just couldn't quite relax, whilst friends were having the time of their lives.

Even as a skinny teenager I would have felt self conscious and exposed walking around in a bikini at a festival.

How come they seem all relaxed?

AIBU to ask what makes people enjoy and love Glastonbury?

BangkokBlues Thu 22-Jun-17 10:04:58

I am gutted I am not sat glasto this year :-( It is always nice weather when I don't get tickets.

AIBU to ask what makes people enjoy and love Glastonbury?

The music.
The atmosphere.
The crazy stuff that goes on in the theater field.
The food.
Your friends.
The hedonistic sense of being in another world for a few days.

BangkokBlues Thu 22-Jun-17 10:05:05

Also the drugs.

BangkokBlues Thu 22-Jun-17 10:05:55

The crowds and lack of clean facilities would make me miserable

We always pay for off site showers, go for a shower and a poo in clean toilets every morning. Takes ages to walk to them but so worth it.

Also take she wee for weeing the rest of the time.

harderandharder2breathe Thu 22-Jun-17 10:12:40

I like camping I go to scout jamborees with thousands of guides and scouts and leaders/staff. I have no desire to go to a festival and have my tent peed on, vomited on, "broken" into, trampled, etc I'm far too old and grumpy to be amused by drunken louts. Give me the orderly rows of scout tents, curfew of 11pm and feeling myself and my belongs are safe any day!

coldcanary Thu 22-Jun-17 10:16:20

I watch the Glastonbury coverage every year and think 'I want to go' then I look at the campsite and just know that I'd end up feeling totally claustrophobic surrounded by all the tents so close together.
I'd be there like a shot if I could afford to stay in the posh bit with a bit of space, it always looks brilliant!

PunkOfParis Thu 22-Jun-17 10:21:27

What's the posh bit like then?

BangkokBlues Thu 22-Jun-17 10:26:36

Give me the orderly rows of scout tents, curfew of 11pm and feeling myself and my belongs are safe any day!

You just described Worthy View - those are the pre erected tents in nice rows :-)

What's the posh bit like then?

Which posh bit? There are SUPER posh bits for like £several k, also worthy view which has showers and pre erected tents or there are off site posher camping.

Personally I like central camping but with access to offsite showers cos I don't cope without a shower, but if I get tickets next year I will do worthy view as a nice middle ground.

Nettletheelf Thu 22-Jun-17 10:27:20

The 'theatre field' or 'lost vagueness' or whatever it's called looks like the fifth circle of hell. Full of solicitors pretending to be cool for a weekend. Unbearable.

2014newme Thu 22-Jun-17 10:28:22

It's like a refugee camp after the first day.

WateryTart Thu 22-Jun-17 10:28:36

It's got to big and too commercial now. I went decades ago and loved it.

coldcanary Thu 22-Jun-17 10:30:41

It's the super posh part I'd like grin
I'd also have to sell a couple of limbs and a vital organ to afford it sadly.
Worth it to have decent toilets though!

livefornaps Thu 22-Jun-17 10:34:28

For an insight into "the posh bit" please see the beginning of Bridget Jones 3 (the one where she has a baby)

ShowOfHands Thu 22-Jun-17 10:35:30

I'd probably loathe Glastonbury with its aching hipster rent-a-crowd. Are they still wearing denim shorts and straw hats like it's uniform?

I go to Cambridge Folkie every year which has clean flushing toilets and hot showers. I used to go to Reading but I'm too curmudgeonly for that lark.

SealSong Thu 22-Jun-17 10:35:51

I've been several times, first time was 1985 (I think), last time was 2010. I've stopped now. It's too big, it takes aaages to walk across the site, you can be walking for what feels like hours. The crush of the crowds in some locations is too much. When it rains there is no shelter, and when it's hot there is no shade. Camping is far too crowded. It is a bit of a white privileged monoculture.

That said, it does have awesome elements that are just not present anywhere else. The sheer atmosphere when you get a great act on. The great kids field, the green fields and the crazy anarcho fields - Block 9 and Arcadia are incredible. The friendliness.

Aah but I'm too old for it now. The knees can't cope with the camping.

karalime Thu 22-Jun-17 10:37:06

I went to my first festival 2 weeks ago and it was fab.

It's like if you've ever done Duke of Edinburgh, it can be a tough slog but you're all in it together.

Also drugs. They help a lot.

2014newme Thu 22-Jun-17 10:38:05

First time I went I'd heard it was potentially muddy so wore my gardening clothes.
Not realising it's a dress up shindig.
I once read an interview with the nauseating Sadie frost where she was having a trauma because she only decided to go at the last minute and all her friends "already had their looks worked out"🙄

LanaKanesLeftNippleTassle Thu 22-Jun-17 10:42:48

I love festivals, but not Glasto.

I go to the smaller ones with less "big name" type music. Last one was about 5,000 people over 3 days.

Nothing better than pitching up for a few days, wandering around in odd costumes and clothes, getting smashed in the sun and dancing to bands.

I have discovered so many new bands by going to festivals, and made lots of friends.

It's my idea of heaven!

BangkokBlues Thu 22-Jun-17 10:49:45

I go to the smaller ones with less "big name" type music. Last one was about 5,000 people over 3 days.

@LanaKanesLeftNippleTassle they are soooooo muc hless hassel (less walking, space for tents etC) but they just don't get me the same way that Shangri-La, Block 9 etc do at Glasto.

Auldspinster Thu 22-Jun-17 10:51:53

Can't wait to watch Radiohead from the comfort of my sofa. Seen them live 11 times already but no longer have the patience for gigs and festivals.

FavouriteWasteofSlime Thu 22-Jun-17 11:44:40

Love Glastonbury, love Radiohead and am gutted not to be there to see them.

Peachesandcream15 Thu 22-Jun-17 12:15:57

Been a few times, it's mostly the camping I can't cope with anymore, and the noise 24hrs a day. Also can't stand the way you have to pay £200 for a ticket and only later do you get to find out who is headlining. And when you do, you realise it was a band who you would have liked to have seen about 10-15 years ago but aren't so bothered about anymore.

FutureDays Thu 22-Jun-17 12:23:42

I haven't been to glastonbury yet (one day I hope) I usually go to beautiful days, glastonbury is much bigger in comparison

BlackAppleCore Thu 22-Jun-17 12:51:37

I'm here now and have mixed feelings on it. I've been every year for the past 5 years just for my husband who is obsessed with it.

I've always been more "take it or leave it" so to speak, I kind of enjoy it but it's bloody hard work, too much trudging around, either too hot or too cold or too wet and there are only usually 2 or 3 bands I want to see.

This year I'm not feeling it at all. All the pretentious posh kids walking about in their denim shorts uniform, all the attention seeking, showing off, people drunk by lunch time, rip off prices for food and drink ...

Put it this way, if me and DH ever split up, I'd never step foot here again.?

welshweasel Thu 22-Jun-17 13:00:07

Ah I love Glastonbury. Currently have a 16 month old though so no way would I go. I'd like to go again when he's either old enough to come and enjoy it or be left elsewhere for the week. I'm a big fan of semi posh camping at worthy view. The atmosphere is like nowhere else I've ever been, for me it's not to do with the headliners, but all the random stuff you stumble across.

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