10 Reasons You Need To Go To Glastonbury Festival

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Without a doubt the UK’s best festival (in my eyes anyway), Glastonbury has a hippie vibe, friendly crowd of all ages and usually a lot of mud.

Reasons to attend Glastonbury Festival

If you’ve been, you’ll know Glastonbury is about way more than just the music. If you’ve never been, these are the reasons you need to add it to your bucket list…

The line-up

Glastonbury Festival programme

Might as well start with an obvious one! This year (2017) I saw Ed Sheeran, Radiohead, Biffy Clyro, Lorde, George Ezra, Stormzy, Rag’n’Bone Man, Shaggy, Craig David and so many more.

Glasto is like loads of festivals in one – all 16 stages have a different vibe, from the mainstream Pyramid Stage to the alternative, up-and-coming John Peel Stage.

Ethics & the environment

Crushed can art at Glastonbury Festival

The hippie Green Fields are full of environmental initiatives like the Greencrafts Village selling all kinds of ethical goodies. At the Green Futures Field you’ll find speakers, charities, exhibits, fundraisers and lots of veggie food. I even had my first Shewee with WaterAid!

Art work at Glastonbury Festival
Green Futures Festival Glastonbury Festival

This year there was an environmental theme around the festival which included pop-up buildings and sets made from last year’s non-recyclable rubbish. This poster below carries a message about many people’s attitudes to saving the planet.

The sets

Unfair Ground Glastonbury Festival

Visually, the festival is so cool. As well as the stages, there are all kinds of raves and hidden hang outs. Party venues to check out include the infamous underground rabbit hole and the recycled London Underground train.

Quirky statue Glastonbury Festival
Art work Glastonbury Festival

Free activities

The ticket is expensive and festival food is always pricey but there are a lot of free activities on at Glastonbury especially in the Green Fields. This year we found ourselves at a free massage workshop!

Massage workshop Glastonbury Festival

The vibe

For an overcrowded area combining people and alcohol, I’ve never heard a negative word exchanged between strangers at Glastonbury. Sixty-year-olds, teenagers and families with kids get on in harmony. It’s a beautiful bubble where the world outside doesn’t seem to exist.

Crowd at Glastonbury Festival

The food

So good – this year I ate everything from Indian dosa to Spanish churros, Canadian poutine and amazing sushi wraps. There’s loads for veggies, vegans and celiacs, too.

Churros Glastonbury Festival
English breakfast Glastonbury Festival
Poutine food truck Glastonbury Festival

You can get married there

The vibe of love and peace is so overwhelming at Glasto that some people even tie the knot.

Wedding at Glastonbury festival
Wedding tent Cloud Nine Glastonbury Festival

The view from the hill

You have to enjoy at least one sunset from the top of the hill where the giant ‘Glastonbury’ sign is. You’ll see the whole festival lit up and get a feel for how huge the venue is.

Glastonbury Festival illuminated at night

Time with your loved ones

Without signal, phone chargers or other distractions it’s a great excuse to just be. If your friendship can withstand hiding out in a muddy tent in the eye of a storm it can probably survive anything.

Friends at Glastonbury festival

You can get arty & express yourself

Want to dress as a lizard or wear nothing but glitter over your nipples? Go for it. Me and my friend Hannah chose to make our own flower headbands and wear them for the rest of the festival. Not very edgy but there are no rules.

Flower garland workshop Glastonbury festival
Flower garland making Glastonbury
Girls wearing flower garland headbands Glastonbury

I hope you’re feeling persuaded! Have you been to Glastonbury or do you plan to?

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