Many of my readers will be aware that I am something of a music festival junkie. Now to be fair I have always tended to stick to the smaller festivals but this year my son and I are venturing to more of the big festivals than ever before and we are both venturing to the Daddy of them all, the wonderful extravaganza that is Glastonbury..
It is fair to say that many people have fallen out of love with Glastonbury, they say that it is too big, too corporate and that it has sold it’s soul. Others love the festival and return year after year. They scramble to find tickets, they volunteer to work in one of the many different areas or as stewards and they turn up in their thousands to enjoy the famous Glastonbury experience.
This year there has been even more controversy than usual with an outcry when Emily Eavis revealed that Kanye West would headline the Pyramid Stage on Saturday night. Apparently Eavis was even subjected to death threats after announcing West as a Glastonbury headliner.
With just 24 days to go until the gates open for this years Glastonbury festival I am literally bursting with excitement. That is despite the fact that we don’t yet have the full festival line-up. The thing is you see if you spend your time at the Pyramid stage you are missing out on so much. There are a couple of main stage acts that have me excited. Reports of recent Foo Fighters gigs have me chomping at the bit. They have long been on my bucket list but I have not yet managed to see them live, I will see them in a little over 3 weeks. I suspect that I will also want to catch moorhead and maybe one or two others on the main stage. I may even check out Paul Weller and the Who on Sunday night though it will depend who they clash with, both are missable in my book.
I suspect that there will be plenty of bands on “The Other Stage” and the “John Peel Stage” that are unmissable for me, but it is the Field of Avalon area that has me really excited. Both the Avalon Main Stage and the Cafe have a host of acts that I really want to see. Bands like I am Kloot, Idlewild and Lamb I have wanted to see for a long time. Others like 3 Daft Monkeys, Keston Cobblers Club, Coco and The Butterfields, Hobo Jones and the Junkyard Dogs and Bleedin Noses I have seen numerous times and never tire of.
I could easily (but won’t) stay in the Field of Avalon for the entire weekend because there are so many great folk and roots acts playing there. I will be keen to check out emerging talent in Strummerville and I want to see Frank Turner, Billy Bragg and Enter Shikari in the “Left Field Area.” There will doubtless be many more things I want to see.
Lastly there are loads of my festival friends going to Glastonbury and I can’t wait to meet up with them again to share a beer and a laugh.
Come rain or shine this will be a fantastic Glastonbury and I am going to enjoy every minute of it.