Counting Down the Days Until Glastonbury Festival

Now that the sun is finally starting to show its face it’s getting me in the mood for Glastonbury festival, even though it’s not until the end of June. I’ve always found it funny how a smell or temperature can provoke certain memories and feelings. The smell of winter always makes me feel really Christmas-y and now, the sunshine and the smell of cut grass is making me feel like June needs to hurry up!

To satisfy my craving for festival season I’ve been basking in the sun listening to Pixies. I’ll be seeing them at Glastonbury this year and I’m very excited as I’ve never seen them live before. I’m pretty disappointed by the Glastonbury line up, but the bands that I do want to see I’m really excited about.

In 2010 I managed to make it (very briefly) on TV behind Zane Lowe when he introduced Muse.
In 2010 I managed to make it (very briefly) on TV behind Zane Lowe when he introduced Muse.

One of the best things about Glastonbury is that it really feels like a magical place where anything can happen. When I was there, one evening we got lost looking for somewhere and found ourselves in a meditating tent. It was closed for the night but we all ended up lying on old rugs underneath multi-coloured silk drapes staring out of the gap at the stars.

It was the hottest Glastonbury on record so sunhats became essential. So did rave paint, evidently.
It was the hottest Glastonbury on record so sunhats became essential. So did rave paint, evidently.

There are lots of unannounced and secret performances as well. We went to an area specifically for charging phones just in time to see Newton Faulkner arrive and do a surprise set on a tiny stage. There were only about 100 people watching and it felt really intimate.

Newton Faulkner
Newton Faulkner

I really do find myself planning my year around music festivals. I can’t go to all the festivals that I want to- money’s tight, especially as I am a student- but even one’s enough to have an amazing time.

Festival Season 2014

It’s just a few short months until the music festival season is upon us and if you haven’t already got tickets, now is the time to make up your mind. My first music festival was Leeds Festival in 2009, and I’ve attended every year since. I’ve also been to Glastonbury and Festival Internacional De Benicàssim (or Benicassim Festival)This year I have tickets for Glastonbury and I’m very tempted by the Rock Werchter Festival line up which includes The Arctic Monkeys, Pixies, Babyshambles, The Dropkick Murphys and Kings of Leon. I’ll also probably find myself giving into the temptation of Leeds Festival which is also hosting the Arctic Monkeys this year.

My collection of festival wristbands
My collection of festival wristbands

A music festival is the perfect way to spend the last summer with your friends before you all move away to university. Here are some festivals to consider…

Latitude

Date: 17th-20th July

Location: Suffolk

Line Up: Two Door Cinema Club, Damon Albarn, Tame Impala and Bombay Bicycle Club.

 

Isle of Wight Festival

Date: 12th-15th June

Location: Isle of Wight

Line Up: Biffy Clyro, Calvin Harris, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kings of Leon.

 

Download Festival

Date: 13th-15th June

Location: Derby

Line Up: Avenged Sevenfold, Linkin Park, Aerosmith, The Offpring, Fall Out Boy and Rob Zombie.

 

Reading and Leeds Festival

Date: 22nd-24th August

Location: Reading and Leeds

Line Up: Blink 182, The Arctic Monkeys, The Courteeners, Jake Bugg and Of Monsters and Men.

Me and my friends at Leeds 2010
Me and my friends at Leeds 2010

Glastonbury Festival

Date: 25th-29th June

Location: Pilton

Line Up: Not yet announced.

We spotted a policeman wearing fairy wings at Glastonbury 2010
We spotted a policeman wearing fairy wings at Glastonbury 2010

Rock Werchter

Date: 3rd-6th July

Location: Belgium

Line Up: The Arctic Monkeys, Pixies, Babyshambles, The Dropkick Murphys and Kings of Leon.

 

Benicassim festival

Date: 17th-20th July

Location: Spain

Line Up- Not yet announced.

Taking a break from the sun under a shelter made from bin bags at Benicassim 2013
Taking a break from the sun under a shelter made from bin bags at Benicassim 2013 

I can’t wait for the summer.