After setting off at an ungodly hour and picking up two liftshare.com randoms named Danica and Josh, we set off for Glastonbury. We were in and parked by 9am and I rushed to put my tent up, met Nigora briefly and walked briskly to my work training at the cinema, pretty much the opposite side of the festival to my staff campsite, Paines Ground. I made it with 9 minutes to spare and helped myself to biscuits and squash. On my way to training I bumped in to my first random encounter, Owen from my uni course. The training went on for nearly 3 hours and considering I was running on less than two hours sleep and a 3.5 hour car drive I managed to stay awake and alert for all of it. As soon as I was done I arranged to meet Hilary at the Pyramid stage and lay in the sun while she came to find me. After her pouncing on me and us saying our hellos we wandered back to her site in the travellers field and I said hi to Ellen, Anna, Kyle and the rest. We grabbed a load of her stuff and headed to mine so I could finish unpacking and we could eat. Here I met some of our campsite crew, friends of Nigs' who all seemed nice. Went to block 9 with Ellen and Annas brother Milo and his missus. We headed to Rum shack in the common with the twins, Jonah, Jack, Becky and then the stone circle.
josh dragon kigu, 2 bears fail, met Nigs etc
went out with camp mates, bandstand, secret metronomy gig williams green, carnival collective smallworld, duncan disorderly
sold first lot of nos
On Friday I got up in the sunshine and headed to meet Hilary, where we enjoyed Blondie at the Other Stage. Considering how old she is they were really good, and in their 40th year as a band that is saying something! We met people for De La Soul at the Pyramid stage and then bimbled around and went to the Glade stage for a bit. There was a pretty epic storm at this point and we sheltered in the Boomtown pods near Arcadia until it passed, welly weather was here. My first shift was at 9pm, so I headed over there, and after getting a little lost, I found our muster tent and helped myself to a selection of nutella, jam, peanut butter and honey toast and charged my phone for a bit. We started an hour late, due to, as predicted, dis-organisation of managers and headed to Arcadia, where we caught the opening show. At this point we realised we were 'response stewards' and me and a girl called Ivena from my camp got moved to between the horrific sounds of Skrillex on the Other Stage and the equally horrific danc area of Silver Hayes. The girl kicked up a fuss so her boyfriend George came down instead and we worked the shift together, it was busy but fun. Highlights from my first EVER night shift include a couple of cheeky kisses, hugs, a feather and thank you from some half naked high bloke and we also met the lovely Maria, who came up to us saying she had some of a random girls water, but thinks there was something in it. She was coming up on MDMA for the first ever time, infact it was her first ever drug, we looked after her a bit and chatted and then she disappeared off in to the dance area. We were stood down at about 3.45am and I was happy to be off early so I headed back to the tent and then went to see the sunrise at Stone Circle with some friends.
Saturday was mainly sunny, with a couple of showers, luckily as I had my second shift from 1-8pm. We started late as usual and just wandered around The Common while they found us somewhere that needed us. We came across a tent that was teaching Latin dancing, so we joined in and a senior steward introduced herself to us. We headed back to Unfairground and began patrolling around Shangri La in the sun for the day. I chatted to Thea and took pictures and we were relieved early at 7pm, ready for Metallica at 9pm. I met up with Ellen, Holly and Millie and we raved away to Jack Black in the mud at the Pyramid. We headed to watch the Pixies and sit Millie down, where I bumped into Alice and Callum and I headed off to watch a bit of Metallica. I met them again and we headed to what was my favourite night of the festival. We held hands and thanks to Ellen we tore through the crowd to the front of the John Peel stage for MGMT. We rocked out to them and then went to see Fatboy Slim at Wow and then headed to Arcadia for Disclosure which involved more Holly and Ellen pushing and us dragging a fucked guy out of the crowd, with Ellen getting punched in the face in the process. We headed to Stone Circle to finish off the best night of this years Glasto, ive never really met Holly before, but I had so much fun with these two, big love!
The sun returned properly for Sunday and I headed down to see the Subways at Other Stage and then popped over to see a hilarious set by Casette boy and DJ Rubbish at Glade. I met up with Hilary, Amy and Mark to pick up Hilary's massive wanker phone from a dude who took a picture of himself as the screensaver, jokes. He wasnt interested in Hilary trying to give him bubbles or a pound coin though, its almost as if bubbles arent currency... we met almost everyone (Ellen, Holly, Millie, the twins, Laura, Rob and his mate, Kyle and more) for Dolly Parton, which was great and possibly the most packed ive ever seen the Pyramid stage (we were by the tree far back and it was still rammed). She got someone from Bon Jovi on, probably mimed and sang 'I will always love you' so it was fun. We are split off and me and Josh got some samosas (my first and only expenditure of the festival) and bumped in to Laurie and Ruby and watched Gentlemans Dub Club at Gully stage. We met back up with Hilary, Mark and co and we saw Bob Marley's band 'The Wailers' at West Holt, then I headed to work. After an easy shift that started an hour late and finished three hours early with a guy who was sweet but really dumb and Patrick playing games and eating free croissants and drinking lots of free drinks we headed to Arcadia and caught the end of Virus takeover, meeting all of our work/campsite mates. We headed to Shangri La and I actually used my staff queue jump. I headed into the Salon Carousel briefly before meeting them at the bar and then we headed to Hell, which by coincidence had an amazing lineup where we saw the Correspondents and then Reeps one! I went to the Stone circle but bumped into Toby and we headed to meet Nina, who turned out to be with Josh, Rose, Jonah, Laura and Becca and me and her and Jonah headed to the Stone Circle for one last sunrise to meet Hilary, Holly, Mark, Kyle, Jasmin and everyone else. The work mates came and met us and then me Becca and Patrick retired.
Monday began with Hilary coming to meet me and we took her stuff to Marks broken bell tent, then I packed up and went to the car to save worrying about it later. Miles and I walked around tatting in fields and I found a great selection of stuff. Then me, Nigs and Miles (after a lot of faffing) met Danica, crammed in the car and left site at 7pmish.
What a weekend! I spent £5, made lots, got a free ticket, had easy work, lots of fun times and music....take me back!