Lois Goes To Glastonbury For The First Time

Lois Goes To Glastonbury For The First Time

By: UK Contributor – Lois Jones

It’s been over a week, but the sound of a Mumford & Sons song on the radio, or the slight smell of stale beer is enough to bring a tear to my eye.

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Tents of Glastonbury

This was my first time at Glastonbury, and by now, I can’t believe it’s come and gone so soon! It feels like only yesterday I was frantically refreshing the website and calling over and over again trying to get a ticket, before my friend sent that glorious text saying that we were going to Glastonbury at last – it felt like finding a golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.

When the day arrived, we left home bright and early on Wednesday morning for the 8 hour drive down to Pilton, Somerset. Packing lightly is never something I will be able to master. Between bags, food, tents, chairs, and alcohol, I felt like Buckaroo and was dreading the long walk to find a place to camp. After settling in to our new home for the week, we headed into the belly of the festival to try out some food. This was one of the things I had been looking forward to the most!

It was great to get some time to chill out and explore the huge site before the music started properly on the Friday. Word spread on Thursday night about some surprise acts at the Williams’ Green Welcome Party and I headed there in time to see Django Django and Alt – J – what a way to kick off festivities! Then in a very Un-Glasto manner – it was early to bed to get ready for a heavy weekend.

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Dan Smith

First up for me on the Friday were Haim. I managed to catch a slight bit of Swim Deep as I was passing the John Peel tent, but I was practically running to the Pyramid Stage because I was so excited to see these ladies. They put in the most badass performance, I was truly in awe of how brilliant they were. Poor Este had a funny turn towards the end due to her diabetes, but carried on like a trooper. I was filled with such pride and girl power vibes after their set. Then, I wondered around the site for a bit before going to watch Tame Impala, and later came Bastille, who had the crowd spilling out from all around the John Peel tent. Finally,Friday’s headliners – Arctic Monkeys. I was probably most excited to see Arctic Monkeys out of everyone on the line-up, they bring back so many good memories of school and college, it made me so nostalgic. They played songs old and new, even pulling out ones you don’t get to hear too often, like Mardy Bum.

Saturday went off to a bit of a lazy start, I settled in front of the Pyramid Stage after lunch and watched Laura Mvula,and Ben Howard which were perfect soundtracks to such a beautifully sunny day, before venturing over to watch Two Door Cinema Club over on the Other Stage later in the evening. I’m always so excited to see those boys perform, they always put in a brilliant performance! Then, I headed back to the Pyramid stage to get a good spot for The Rolling Stones. I think almost everyone at Glastonbury was at that stage for the Stones, and there was such a buzz in the atmosphere, there was definitely a feeling of being a part of history right there in that moment.

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Rolling Stones perform their first concert ever at Glastonbury 2013

Sunday was spent lounging around the Greenpeace field in the afternoon, making the most of the cheap food with the little money we had left. I later caught a few songs from Of Monsters and Men, and then it was time to catch another of my festival highlights – Vampire Weekend. I really love this band! It’s been 3 years since I’ve seen them last and I literally skipped to the Pyramid Stage. They definitely won the award for prettiest backdrop, oh, and their songs were pretty good too, as was Chris Baio’s fancy footwork!

Ezra Koenig

Ezra Koenig

I wasn’t really excited at first when I heard that Mumford & Sons were the Sunday headliners, and although we’re all familiar with their songs, I wasn’t sure if they had earned that kind of status yet, and I was a bit apprehensive about how they were going to fill such a huge space without any fancy sets or dancers. However, their performance has to be the one that resonated with me the most, because over a week later, and I’ve had nothing but their two albums on repeat. I know they get a lot of negative things said about them and their music, but I thoroughly loved their set and the first thing I did after arriving home post-Glasto (after having a shower, obviously) was to re-watch their performance online. I was so ecstatic at their rendition of With a Little Help From My Friends with The Vaccines, Vampire Weekend, The Staves and First Aid Kit. It was such a beautiful way to finish the festival and everyone in the audience were hugging and swaying along, arms in the air.

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Marcus Mumford

I’m still riding high on the good vibes from the whole Glastonbury experience, and anyone who has been will understand what I mean when I say I feel at a loss now it’s over, like a little part of me is in mourning for it. Right now, I’m off to watch more great coverage of the festival and count down the days until Glastonbury 2014 (351 days…)

 

 

Post by: UK Contributor Lois Jones – (Wales)

Photos: Rolling Stones – Fameflynet / Main – Lois Jones / Glastonbury – Glastonbury.com (by permission)

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