Glastonbury: The Holy Grail

Glastonbury has become the world’s most famous music festival, and with damn good reason.

It always has the best lineup of any festival, ever, and despite the insanity of 200,000 people, incessant rain, churning mud, and no sleep for 3 days, it’s an experience you’ll never forget.

This year was no different. There was a formidable lineup, including many artists that are now a chance in a million to see live:

  • Metallica
  • Arcade Fire
  • Kasabian
  • Dolly Parton
  • Jack White
  • Robert Plant
  • De La Soul
  • Pixies
  • Interpol
  • Bryan Ferry
  • Jurassic 5
  • Mogwai

This is just a tiny selection of everyone who was playing – and going to Glastonbury without losing your mind is a practice in the art of choosing.

There’s simply no way you will get to see everyone you want to across the course of the weekend. You’ll have to make a choice – have you seen them before? Will you ever get to see them again? Have you heard rave reviews from people who have seen them previously? Will their set have that special magic you can never quite capture elsewhere?

This year, there were a few acts I decided on ahead of time.

Where previously I’ve just turned up and gone with the flow, I’m older and wiser now. I brought proper boots, and we even took an RV rather than messing around with trying to camp.

On Day 1, we made a beeline for The Kaiser Chiefs and Interpol. Rodrigo y Gabriela were an unexpected – but fantastic – addition to the day. Day 2’s priorities were Robert Plant, Pixies and Bryan Ferry. All these old rockers were just phenomenal, really amazing to see. Finally, Day 3 rolled around and Dolly Parton and Kasabian closed the festival with absolutely cracking performances.

Going to Glastonbury is always a bit like taking your life in your hands. It can be nerve-wracking, but it’s so exhilarating that it’s always worth the downsides.