Glastonbury festival at Michael Eavis’s Worthy farm in Somerset is now in its 41st year. With a fantastic array of bands, solo artists, cabaret and circus acts, comedians, great food, nightclubs and even a cinema, this is the ultimate in entertainment and pretty much 24-hour enjoyment on tap for all tastes.
This year we saw Wu-Tang Clan, the eight-man strong American hip hop outfit rock the main Pyramid stage followed by the legendary BB King, whose set brought tears to the awe-inspired, listening crowds.
A rather subdued set by Morrissey was followed by an intense headliner from U2. They drummed out a great set of mainly older, not quite oldie-worldy classic, easily recognizable tunes. They were worth the wait (U2 were meant to play last year) and didn’t disappoint. As to be expected even the compulsory Glastonbury drizzle that accompanied the whole performance was irrelevant to the festival’s devoted fans.
Circus acts appeared out of nowhere to perform right before one’s eyes: comedy cricket commentators, Japanese men hosting massive foreheads and mechanical machines were among the highlights. Music-wise another two highlights were Elbow, who played a set of soaring music as the sun was setting and had the whole crowd in the palm of their hand. Then Janelle Monae, an American singer/songwriter/performer, who put on an incredible show at the West Holts stag with a band playing soul/r&b/jazz/funk – all perfection.
The next day brought sunshine and Paul Simon to the venue, despite his throat infection. He was backed by the American rock band Eels who had all grown matching long beards. Beyoncé closed the festival in the evening with a show that dazzled and rocked from beginning to end; A majestic closing performance.
The far corner of the site catered for the clubbers & ravers (including myself) with a host of unique venues until the early hours. The tranquil Greenfields is the original heart of the festival hosting arts & crafts, massages, healing tents, vegetarian food and is a great place to relax from the main hustle and bustle of the festival.
There is so much to see and do at Glastonbury from dusk ’til dawn- it is truly impossible not to have an incredible time. Sadly Glastonbury has a year off next year so we will have to wait until June 2013 to return. www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk