I went to Glastonbury for 20 years between 1997 and 2017, amazingly missing out on tickets just once (the rivers of mud festival in 2005!)
I’ve managed to piece together every programme, mini guide, ticket and mud-spattered wristband that’s been hidden away in boxes up in my attic for years (see them all here!) Sadly my addled old brain is incapable of piecing together enough memories to write a review for each year so here’s some great footage and photos I have found from Glastonbury 2017.
As this summer draws to a close so does my series of ‘Glasto Goodness’ blog posts. 2017 was the last year I was able to get a ticket for the festival and I am fully expecting it to be my last.
This was a landmark year as I celebrated both my 50th birthday and my 20th year anniversary of going to the festival. As a result we had an almighty blow out – one of my favourite years at Worthy Farm – and it felt great to have most of our Glasto gang back together following the sad events of 2016. Looking back now, and judging by the amount of photos and video footage I took, I must have sensed that Glastonbury 2017 was going to be my last one. I vaguely remember suggesting to some of our group that I might retire and hang up my old (walking) boots which had served me well at the festival for 20 years. Even if tickets were readily available in future years this just felt like it might be the right time to close this chapter of my life and to let somebody else have the chance of a golden ticket.
Four years on and that feeling hasn’t really changed. I still get a buzz from watching archive festival footage but the thought of trying to get a ticket and the ongoing disappointment of missing out has dampened my spirits for good. I think I’m getting too old for all that stress and for a week of partying hard and sleeping in a tent. I’m also not desperate enough to go to the festival that I’ll sign up to work on the gates there or empty the bins like a couple of my more dedicated mates have done in recent years! I think my only chance of going back to those fields in Somerset is if my talented stepson Youngr was asked to play the Pyramid Stage and we bagged ourselves some guest passes…what do you reckon Dario…?! 😉
For the above reasons I consider Glastonbury 2017 to be a special year even though the overall lineup wasn’t the strongest in my opinion. Standout performances came from Radiohead and the Foo Fighters, who headlined the Pyramid on Friday and Saturday respectively. Nile Rogers and Chic were also a class act who got the crowd jigging on a very sunny Sunday afternoon. Other highlights were ‘shoe gaze’ legends Ride who played the John Peel Stage, Elbow (secret set on The Park stage), King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard (who we watched twice over the weekend – at Williams Green and on the John Peel Stage) and Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn who drew one of the biggest crowds to the Pyramid on Saturday afternoon (yes, seriously – we couldn’t get near it!)
Some video Highlights:
More videos over on my YouTube Channel here:
Some Photo Memories – are you in any of them?!
More great Glasto stuff on t’internet...
The BBC’s highlights from 2017 here
The official Glastonbury Festival History here
E-Festivals brilliant archive here
Loads of great stock photos from 2017 on Alamy here
Were you at Glasto this year? Do you remember much about it?! Share your memories in the comments below…
Where it all began –
The start of a 20 year love affair (read the story here)