^ My Irish ancestors didn't give me that gene; instead, I got pasty-white translucent skin that burns even on cloudy days! Hey, if Jake happens to meet any single Irish roadies next weekend, have him hook a sister up!
Just got back from Glastonbury. This was my first trip there and I have to say it was like another world. It makes Bonnaroo look like a carnival, no joke. Centeroo is mayb 1/8th the size of their concert site and the camping site is MASSIVE compared to Bonnaroo.
The late night activites are insane, they have bars and club where you can party all night. I mean legit clubs, liek you would see in Ibiza or Vegas. They're all temporary but the amount of detail is absolutely insane. Me andmy friend were laughing comparing the London Underground club to the Sports Bar at Bonnaroo lol.
It's pretty difficult to be able to see everyone, even if there are no conflicts, just due to how big the site is. The Dance Village is like an idnependent festival as is The Park, it's almost like there's 5 or 6 festivals going on at once.
The variety of the musical acts is crazy as well. EVERY genre was represented in some way. These are all the acts I saw: U2, Tine Tempah, Coldplay, Beyonce, Radiohead, Queens of The Stone Age, Kaiser Chiefs, Cee Lo, White Lies, Big Boi, Robyn, Kesha, Crystal Castles, Chemical Brothers, and many more. I don't think I watched one full set all weekend because I was constantly going around to explore.
The trip cost me a total of $2100. I flew from NYC to Amsterdam and took the train/bus to Glastonbury, saved me $400 not flying into London.
The mud absolutely SUCKED! For those of you thinking about the tipi options, I heard from a lot of people there that they had major problems with them leaking. The campground wasn't really flooded, just muddy as hell.
I took flip flops and just toughed it out. By Friday we embraced the mud and just accepted it, not as much as the people who COVERED themselves in it for Kesha, I mean head to toe, and not just a few people, a good 200-300 people, dancing like crazy in mud!
I was at Kesha because it was early in the weekend and I knew I had 72 more hours of very serious indie rock ahead of me haha. Or because I'm gay and like to dance...probably one of the two.
I'm glad I did Glastonbury on the cheap, I felt very immersed in the European festival culture, as opposed to some of the people in the VIP lodging choices. There were so many different cultures around me in the campground, it was amazing how nice and respectful everyone was.
One thing I did NOT miss from Roo was the Wook/shady scene that seems to pop up every year. I heard of no tents being broke into, people being scammed, etc. However, I will guarantee it did happen somewhere at Glastonbury, maybe not as widespread though.
Do NOT bring anything you don't mind ruined, the weather and festival grounds are unforgiving. I do wish there was more shade, same as Bonnaroo in that department. The distance between the stages really kicked my ass as well, no joke, the distance between some of the staged id equivalent if not further then BFE to Centeroo.
Post by rideincircles on Jun 28, 2011 5:50:48 GMT -5
Last year at Glastonbury wasn't near as hot as Bonnaroo this year, but the sun seems to last longer and there was less shade. It was around the lower to maybe mid 90's. Not unbearable, just lots of sunscreen was needed. It was a bigger deal for them than it was for me. The sun may dampen everyones spirits more than the rain there IMO.
Bringing all your basic gear to glastonbury was more cumbersome than just getting it to the campsite (at least with no mud and where we camped). I was told not to bring suitcases with wheels due to potential mud, but it would have worked last year. I brought bags that needed to be carried, and ended up finding a slightly broken huge suitcase with wheels to drag my gear around after glastonbury.
According to my price sheet I still had saved. Glastonbury - 190 pounds plane tickets - around 1000-1200 Coach to and from Glasto - 42.5 pounds Baggage fees $50x2
Other stuff. Left luggage storage 8 pounds 1st day, 4 pounds after Glasto beers and cider $5-6
Also, Milletts had it set up for preordering glastonbury supplies and picking them up at a festival. I didn't want to chance some sketchy small tent so I brought my own. The only camping items I bought there were my air mattress and water jug.
Also at Glasto they have free luggage storage areas for anything of value where you just check it in. I had my laptop, passport, money and anything else extra stored in my pack there with no issues. It only requires a donation.
The temeprature was in the 80's. Not bad at all, actually was prety comfortable. The nights were cool, which made it really nice. You could easily wear jeans and a hoodie and still not be hot, which was awesome!
I only took a backback, I fit all my clothes in there, a tent bag, and a duffel bag with random camping stuff. I packed very light, which i find is the best way to do a festival. I love laughing at the people who show up with suitcases and such.
My budget rundown was as follows:
Glastonbury ticket: $315 Plane (NY to Amsterdam): $711 Travel to Glastonbury: $85 Food: $150 Alcohol/Party Favors: $100 Misc: $700
Yeah 90s in Europe in June would be very HOT! I was there end of May one year and it got up into the 90s during the day...and A/C is DEFINITELY NOT high on the list of things most Europeans "need". I would highly doubt there is ANY kind of A/C tent/lounge at Glastonbury....so pack your fans for sure!
BBC does such a great job of covering the festival. Does anyone think bonnaroo will try and cut a TV deal with anybody. I would love to see a Palladia deal with bonnaroo so we can watch good footage after the festival and during the festival if you can't make it to Roo