1a. Packing and tattoo
Getting all packed up with Ali's (my sister) trusty garden cart and my first foray into a tattoo. Ali had some transfers and we put this band on my arm, I quite liked it!
1b. Steaming drinks
Having arrived at the festival site at 10pm on tuesday evening, we had a long haul ahead of us. We sat in the car park along with thousands of other people, hoping to get a decent tent pitch the next morning. It was a bit chilly, so I made us some hot drinks at about 2.30am, thank good ness it didn't rain!
1c. Attempting sleep
Sleep didn't really happened but I rested my eyelids a few times...
1d. Ali in the car park
Ali doing the same, camping chairs don't make great beds!
1e. The queue
By about 5am, they opened some inner gates and we all moved forward about a 500 metres. It was nice to have some light but tiredness was really setting in.
1f. Queue heaven
At this point I was so tired, I was using a roll of gaffer tape as a pillow. It was very painful but I was too tired to care. Note the essentials, my parsley plant and a box of red wine!
1g. Setting up
Finally at about 8.30am, we made it onto site. We went to nearly the same spot as last year but there was so much space to choose from. It had been a very long night, 10 hours of queueing to be precise but it was worth it. At this point we had an awesome view of the pyramid stage and and it seemed like a great spot.
1h. Wrap making
All settled in, my little marmot tent on the left and Ali's lovely bell tent on the right. Determined not to spend crazy amounts on food, I'd bought plenty of wrap making materials for lunch etc.
Colour, colour everywhere.
1j. Heat rash
Well we weren't complaining about the rain yet, in fact it was so hot that Ali got a nasty heat rash on her back. Fortunately, the medical tent was very well stocked with various potions and we got her some Aloe vera gel and some antihistamine stuff. Seemed to do the job.
Our first proper gig of Glasto '15 was Jungle. There was a young girl of about 10 yrs break dancing for the first song, who was incredible! The gig was good for a bit but we wandered off after a while.
1l. Krishna food
Here are Oli, Carys and Ali at our daily ritual of visiting the Krishna tent for food. These guys are great, they dole out free food all day and chant and play music. It's a little bit of calm in the craziness.
Our overnight queue seems worth it once you see how many other tents have to squeeze in. Our grassy patch soon became a sea of canvas and polyester.
1p. West Holts Bar
Jake and Oli (my nephews) getting ready to play their first of two Glasto gigs with their band, The Jacques.
1r. Jake and Ali
Having a bit of a dance to Don Letts' set after we left Jungle.
1s. Kate Tempest
One of my highlights was watching Kate Tempest, what a woman! So much energy and talent, great to see live. Shame her set on the Wow! stage was cut short due to technical difficulties, not her fault.
Me looking pretty hanging, surprise surprise, the late nights taking their toll. But also I wasn't impressed with the arrival of the dreaded mud. Sittiing in Ali's bell tent psyching up to go out. To be honest the rain and mud wasn't anywhere near as bad as it could've been, wellies on, jobs a goodun!
1tt. Pyramid Stage and the Tor
It doesn't get much better than this...great views of Glastonbury Tor in the background.
1u. Polar bear
Loads of incredible art at Glasto, you just walk around with your jaw on the floor.
1v. Acoustic tent
The lovely acoustic tent, where this year I saw some great stuff.
1v. Christy Moore
This man is awesome. Playing a packed out Acoustic Tent and he sounded fantastic. He performed the whole thing sitting down, so I couldn't se a thing except when I jumped but it was still great. He did a version of 'The First Time Ever I Saw your face' which was a lovely surprise.
1w. Doreen Doreen
This Bristol covers band are something else; unique and you've just got to dance. They played every night at 1am, I think Ali went 3-4 times and I went 2-3 times. It all became a blur and contributed to my tired state, all worth it. In this image Carol the lead singer, had got The Jacques up onto stage to have a sing-along, Oli with the mike, is going for it, haha.
1x. Front room
Just another random stage with a great vibe, so much stuff going on.
1y. Glasto breasts
You don't see many naked hippies at Glasto these days, I thought the nipple rings were a nice touch.
Some cool graffiti near The Other Stage.
Ali and I charged over to watch Roni Size and Reprazent, squirmed our way to the front of The Sonar stage and were pleased to see my old mate Si-John playing bass on stage. Awesome gig!
2b. Pot plant
I need greenery in my wraps and I thought the easiest way of getting it, was to take a parsley plant in with me. Lettuce would wilt over the five/six days, so a growing plant did the job. I got pretty fond of it and watered it religiously, it tasted pretty good.
2b. Stained glass
Just more of the lovely things you see wandering around site.
2c. Moody Blues
I couldn't miss these golden oldies and they didn't disappoint! What a show...I squirmed my way to very near the front and the atmosphere was incredible. The packed out crowd were all singing and it was a brilliant experience; especially when Michael Eavis came on stage at the second to last song and played tambourine and 'sang' along to 'Question', TUNE!
I was surprised to learn you're allowed to have fires at Glasto, how cool is that? Ali and I had collected wood over the days we were there and on the last night we had a fire-scene at goodness knows what time in the morning. In this pic from left, Oli, Carys, Marley and Elliot.
2e. Dalai Lama
Another double highlight; Patti Smith AND the Dalai Lama. I thought I'd missed him up near the stone circle, then he appeared on stage with Patti Smith, a pretty big deal. Patti Smith is also my new hero, that woman ROCKS!
This rubbish pile was moving up and down and seemingly breathing, pretty mad.
Ali joining Scott on their way to 'conquer' the Antarctic; I felt cold just looking at them.
2i. William's Green
This area had a big stage only about two minutes from our tent and this was where The Jacques played a great second gig, good light show.
2iz. The Jacques
Here they are, from left; Jake on guitar and vocals, Finn on guitar and vocals, Elliot on drums and Oli on bass. Two sets of brothers in one band.
Just before heading to see Patti Smith, I was walking around the Green Fields and stumbled upon the fantastic Ruby Wax. She was fascinating and I couldn't drag myself away, very clever and interesting lady; made me miss the start of Patti Smith!
This was Kanye the Giraffe and he was looking for love, he was great. I should've taken a video as the movement was fantastic and there was real life in Kanye. Great eyes too...
2k. All packed up
Sadly all good things come to an end and on monday morning after being on site for six days, we got packed up in the sun and prepared to trek back to the van.
2l. The Gang
Back at the van, it wasn't too traumatic getting there, definitely better than coming in anyway. From left; Sam the hitcher who got a lift to Bristol airport, Oli, Carys, Ali, Me and Jake.
2m. Evening light
Goodbye Glasto '2015, fingers crossed for getting tickets next year! And also David Bowie and Fleetwood Mac playing please...