Held over five full days across three farms in a usually very tranquil corner of Somerset, Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts
lives up to its name by playing host to innumerable singers, rappers, bands, DJs, dancers, authors, poets, circus acts and, of course, the Dalai Lama
Whilst Florence + The Machine
and The Who
blew the audiences of their headline slots away with astonishing performances of tracks like Drumming Song
and Baba O’Riley
, the man who all too often likens himself to the son of God was predictably underwhelming on Saturday night, thanks both to his tremendous ego and priceless inability to hit the first note of an abysmal cover of Queen
’s Bohemian Rhapsody
Musically, my highlight of the week was Jack Garratt
’s afternoon set on William’s Green
. Just about filling a tiny tent tucked away in the far eastern corner of the site, his deliciously bass-laden tracks Chemical
and The Love You’re Given
sent shivers down my spine. This one-man band is one to watch!
Whilst everyone is spoilt for choice musically, the sheer enormity of the site teaches you to expect to encounter something unexpected on your stroll from one stage to the next.
After hauling tents and bags from the car to the campsite, what better way to unwind than a half hour deep tissue massage in the Healing Fields
... for a mere £10? Then walk two doors down for a palm reading.
Sit back and have your hair braided whilst listening in to the Other Stage
or hear a debate on holding Christmas in July from a walking, talking Christmas tree outside a medieval bar in the Field of Avalon
When it’s time for a break, the world-famous Glastonbury
sign makes for the perfect perch for watching the sunset…