As I am sure you are aware, Glastonbury Festival 2017, the most important event in any music lover's calendar, took place at the weekend with a cracking line up made up of some big name headliners and smaller indie bands. I was lucky enough to bag myself a last minute wristband and on Friday I made the short trip from Bristol to Somerset for my eighth time on the beautiful Worthy Farm. Having attended Glastonbury Festival almost every year since 2008 (the year when it didn't even sell out until the gates opened!), I really feel so at home there and have loved seeing the festival grow and change every year.
After a couple of years of average line ups and the terrible weather that Glastonbury is known for (last year was a total mud bath from start to finish), I was so so excited to head to the festival knowing the ground would be fit for Converse after the recent UK heatwave. Furthermore, the line up was amazing and for months I had had the biggest envy of anyone with a ticket so I thank my lucky stars (and my dad's connection!) that I managed to get a wristband.
The Park has always been my favourite area of Glastonbury Festival. Created by Emily Eavis in 2007 (the year before I went for the first time), The Park stage showcases a mix of up and coming bands during the day; well known headliners and the odd secret set, if you're lucky. I headed straight there on Friday to meet friends for Hamilton Leithauser's mid-afternoon set, which was a great way to kick off the festival. The Park is a great place to chill out and watch some new bands, whether that be from the little slope in front of the stage or from further up the big hill past the ribbon tower towards the Glastonbury sign, where you also get a stunning view over the massive festival. The Park also has some really cool bars and some amazing food stalls so if you're ever stuck with something to do, just head to The Park.
Similarly to last year (with the EU referendum taking place during the festival), politics played a key role at Glastonbury Festival. I saw flags mocking Theresa May, people sporting Corbyn t-shirts and not to mention that "Oh, Jeremy Corbyn" chant that erupted countless times across the weekend. Of course, the man of the moment appeared on the Pyramid Stage himself on Saturday afternoon between Craig David (who was excellent!) and Run The Jewels. Corbyn, introduced by Michael Eavis, pulled an absolutely massive crowd and gave an incredible speech. In a time of such political uncertainty, Glastonbury is always such a great place to be, being surrounded by like-minded left wingers.
Now let's talk music! As I said, the line up was incredible this year and although I am usually funny about seeing stuff on my own, this year I had to fully embrace it. Some of my favourite bands were playing that none of my friends wanted to see with me so I just went on my todd and actually really enjoyed it! Of course I would have much rather Lewis had been with me to see some of our favourite bands together but I found it strangely liberating and I'm glad I know now that I have no qualms with doing it.
After an incredible Friday night watching Radiohead with friends, I got myself up early to watch Whitney on my own at 12pm on the Other Stage. I discovered Whitney a few months back and my love for them grew when I saw them play Boston Calling last month and has grown even more since seeing them at Glastonbury. They have a great surfer/folk vibe with the singer singing falsetto while playing the drums. Love it!
Another band I was not going to miss were Haim. I am fully fully obsessed with the Haim sisters from their quirky pop/indie songs and fun stage presence to their incredible fashion sense. I went full fan-girl, got a spot near the front and danced Sunday afternoon away with other big Haim fans and loved it. Just look at them - they are wearing black PVC kick flares and floral blouses - I die!
Other highlights included: watching half of Liam Gallagher's Oasis heavy set followed by the second half of Katy Perry poptastic show (the clash of the weekend); catching up with my old friend Josie to The National and partying with her to Phoenix's headline John Peel slot; singing along to Craig David classics and listening to Jeremy Corbyn; and finishing off the weekend in the sun at the Pyramid Stage watching Biffy Clyro.
So that's it! Another year, another Glastonbury Festival and (apart from missing Lewis hugely) it was one of the best yet. It's a fallow year next year so I'll see you in 2019, Glastonbury! What the hell are we going to do next year?! X