Glastonbury 2011 – a review

Wow, Glastonbury this year was on a whole other level!

Having been to Glasto last year (see ‘Diary of a Glasto Virgin‘) we found the site a lot less bewildering, we discovered the bars which somehow last year we managed to miss….We found new fields, the Tripod stage and the 50p tea tent in Green fields.

Wednesday evening we trekked up to the top of the hill at The Park to watch the sun set over Glastonbury, this view was amazing, one in a million and the perfect photo opportunity. Chilling with my favourite people made this one of my favourite memories, one that will stay with us all forever.

Wednesday night time at The Park we went to our very first silent disco, this was an experience, a good one, but strange also.

The mud. You got over this in seconds, the mud makes Glastonbury and everyone who is a real festival goer knows that, as long as you’ve got your willies and lots of socks you’re sorted!  In a way it brought everyone together, you would laugh with the person next to you as they fell down but then quickly help them back up to their feet again. It brought people closer together, more like friends rather than strangers in the same place.

Personally I only fell over once, but managed to have my fall broken by someone catching me mid-fall several times.

We started the music by watching Metronomy on the Pyramid stage, they wasn’t my personal choice but thought I’d give them a try.

Samantha Hopkins: “Metronomy is one of my favourite bands and I’ve wanted to see them for ages. I’m so glad I waited as their performance was exceptional! I wasn’t sure if they’d be able to hold such a large audience, however they walked out onto the stage like they owned the place! I loved every minute of it.”

Mumford and Sons and The Vaccines performing on The Other Stage both held a very large crowd! They pulled it off as always and gave us all an amazing time in the rain.

Coldplay were by far my favourite act at Glastonbury this year. They put on an amazing set and the emotions in the crowds were so high, you couldn’t help but be taken in by what was surrounding you!

Beth Shewan: “I missed Mumford and Sons last year, but their set was well worth waiting for in the pouring rain! They had everyone singing along to Thistle and Weeds and many of their other big hits.

Coldplay’s stage presence was amazing and had everyone in the crowd all teary eyed. Being offered to sit on someone’s shoulders during the end of this set will stay as one of my favourite Glastonbury moments forever!”

Friendly Fires were on another level this year.  Starting their set with ‘Lovesick’ they had the crowd going wild, right through to their final songs, the biggest hit was probably from their new album,  ‘Pala – Hawaiian Air.’

Ed Macfarlane was shaking his hips as always really getting into the music and letting the atmosphere take over. Friendly Fires upped their game this year, a lot.

The Wombats, all dressed in the same attire looking very Indie, attracted one of the biggest crowds at The Other Stage. Playing a good mix of old songs which everyone can sing along too and new songs from their latest album kept everyone captured in their stage presence.

I’ve seen The Wombats before at smaller venues, but where we was situated within the crowd, this performance felt just as personal and immense as the smaller venues do, only more amazing and BIGGER.

Of course you can’t forget you’re a womble! There was huge range of ages inside and outside surrounding The Avalon stage in The Avalon. You can’t miss out on some nostalgia from your childhood, even at Glastonbury!

Plan B and Pendulum warmed up the Pyramid stage amazingly for Beyonce.   The mix of small girls wanting to be at the front ready for Beyonce, and the big burly men making their way to the front for Pendulum could have caused concern for some, but as far as I know, there were no injuries.

The crowd for Beyonce was unreal.  It felt as if nearly everyone at Glastonbury had made their way over to watch her!  After keeping us all waiting for up to half an hour Beyonce finally made her entrance.  The Pyramid Stage lit up like a fireworks display on New Years Eve!

It’s a shame there wasn’t an encore for Beyonce, but all of her big hits were already performed during the set, including a great mix of Destiny’s Child. Everyone was singing along like they were 10 years old again and back in the 1990’s!

We saw so many people this weekend, to comment on every single one would make this a very lengthy review. The acts mentioned are just some of the bigger ones we saw.

My memories from Glastonbury 2011 will stay with me forever.  Two years time and we get to do it all over again.  Bring on Glastonbury Festival 2013.

Some shared memories that will be treasured forever:

Davina Kesby: “Dancing with my housemates to Merry Christmas everyone outside the Big Pig food stall at 1am after watching Coldplay. So random but excellent.”

Timothy Robert Walker: “Wandering back from the Park Stage at midnight after seeing Wild Beasts gripping on tightly to their set list, whilst tucking into a Chocolate and Banana Crepe. Only at Glastonbury.”

Samantha Hopkins: “Falling over in the mud and managing to make everyone else fall in around me, whilst trying to help me up!”



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