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    Glastonbury Festival

    Glastonbury It may be three more months until Glastonbury gets under way, 40 years after the first one, but as a regular at this iconic festival, trust me, those that are going have already started planning! My first year at Glastonbury was 1998 and I couldn't have chosen a worse year! It rained constantly and I was ill prepared for it, but it couldn't have been that bad because I have been to every one since! For 5 days it is as if the outside world does not exist, time is irrelevant and there is no such thing as normal. For me the worst part of the festival is carrying everything from the car to the campsite. Experience has dictated that we have to find a spot on higher ground and on a slight incline just in case! It is worth the trek, but my friends daren't talk to me until the tents are up and the airbeds inflated!

    Over the years I have seen REM, Blur, Paul McCartney, Pet Shop Boys, Kings of Leon, The Wurzels, Radiohead, Moby, David Bowie and Rod Stewart to name but a few. But Glastonbury isn't just about the music. The site is huge and there are so many other things going on. The theatre and circus field is a great place to relax and watch the many street entertainers who just walk around and stop randomly to entertain people. The cabaret tent has comics to make you laugh whilst Trash City will amaze you with its wackiness and originality. Go to the Green Fields and get a relaxing massage or attend a didgeridoo workshop! A couple of my favourite things about Glastonbury are: Visiting the Cider Bus after the last band has played the main stage and having a nice hot spicy cider. Going up to The Stone Circle at night where you can look out over the whole site (best time to do this is Wednesday or Thursday night).

    Always expect the unexpected, never dismiss anything as not worth going to see - you might just be surprised. One year I was in the Orange tent just to keep out of the rain and Amy McDonald was playing on a tiny stage in the corner. She was brilliant! Finally I think that in all my years of going to this fabulous festival my most endearing memory is of sitting on the grass by the Pyramid stage on a warm Sunday afternoon as the sun went down, nice cold cider in hand, with great company listening to Leonard Cohen. Perfect!

    Do you have any stories to tell about Glastonbury?

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