Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Glastonbury 2009

Yesterday was the end of a truly incredible event. The English know how to organize a music festival, and did it well in every way possible.

Getting to Glastonbury, UK, was an experience all of its own. Trecking down small country roads, with houses, walls, schools, and churches made of ancient brick from a local quarry. Beautiful countryside, green hills and valleys as far as the eye can see.

Once you park and set up camp, we began our walk from the campsite to the festival. Treading down the steep (and depending on the weather, muddy) slope to enter through Gate C gives a great view of the full grounds. Stages, stands, tents, and people span the entire hillside.

During the day:

And at night:

This wasn't a music festival, it was a contemporary arts festival. Whether it was circuses, comedy shows, street performers, smaller bands on side stages, pubs bars clubs and excellent nightlife, or kids shows, there was something for everyone. I saw toddlers and old men. As many people in their 30s, 40s and 50s as there were in their 20s. There were many families there, with their children, and I can understand why.

Of course, for me this was an epic experience because of all of the great shows I managed to see in one weekend. And with only one battery pack in my camera, I managed to capture quite a lot.

Over the next couple of days I'll post a series of reviews, in chronological order, for the most notable performances.

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