Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Glasto 2011 - Mud, Cider and Banging Tunes

What with dead Tories in toilets, mud galore, acres of trash, a denser population per square mile than Manila and a "violent anti-U2 protest" if you believed the media coverage you'd be forgiven for thinking Glastonbury 2011 was more of a disaster zone than an arts festival.



Don't believe the hype, the last six days have utterly rocked!



My highlight was Morrissey and I was thrilled that he did loads of the old Smiths stuff. Listening to There Is A Light That Never Goes Out in the pouring rain explains the massive grin I've got on my face. Blazing sunshine and The Smiths would have just seemed wrong.



U2 were amazing. I've never been a fan but they won me over (unlike Coldplay, who remain as dull as ditch water). Pendulum, Pulled Apart By Horses and Queens Of The Stone Age delivered the kind of banging hard-edged rock tunes we love. Paul Simon sent me to sleep and Big Audio Dynamite washed over me. I also adored Tinie Tempah and The Wu Tang Clan.



The new Spirit of '71 stage offered some crazy retro psychedelia including Steve Hillage and Nick Turner, who both played back in 1971.



It's brilliant meeting up with the Glasto gang again....




drinking all day...


 and basking in the sunshine....



What's a little mud when you've got wellies and pear cider? Glastonbury is the only festival I know which allows you to take your own booze into the arenas and don't believe any toilet tales either, there were no loo queues throughout the entire festival and that includes the ones by the Pyramid stage after the headliners.



I didn't spot a single celeb but felt a bit like one myself after being stopped by blog readers.


  
I've returned with a suntan, a heap of muddy clothes and a bad back but I've got ten days to recover until we do it all again.


Peace, love and happiness - kinda sums up our week.

105 comments:

viviane / hippiebohoreloaded. said...

wow, this seems like an amazing festival trip! really lovely pics of you :)

VintageVicki said...

Looks like you've had a wonderful time - whats a bit of mud when you're having fun :)

I loved Morriseys set - I agree he just wouldn't work in the sunshine.

Where are you heading next?

Only 16 days till I get my festival fix :)

misc-maranda said...

you look lovely as always, and sounds like you had a great time! pear cider is my favorite, yummmmmm......

misc-maranda said...

p.s. that pic of you with the hat and the cool shadows is gorgeous!!

Lucy said...

Ugh I hate Morrissey AND U2! How cool that you were recognised by blog readers though!!! xx

Robyn said...

Ha ha, I love that it rained for Morrisey! I bet he was awesome. You look lovely as always, much better than I'd fare I think!

dinoprincesschar said...

Glad to see you had a great time there!

Perdita said...

Sounds great. Glad the weather wasn't TOO bad for you!! But you're so right - a mac, a van and some booze is festival luxury!!

I only watched it on the telly, but Morrissey was ace - and I switched off for Coldplay. I met them once before they were famous and thought they were bland as... to be honest, at least fame hasn't changed them! Miaow!

Comtesse de ferveur said...

Aw, I've been looking forward to this post! Glad you had some sunshine but I completely agree with lashing rain for any Smiths track! You look festival fabulous! xxxxx

La Dama said...

Welcome Vixcita!!!
you look radiant like always amor.
I know I was watching Morrissey on Friday looking for you and Jon in the crowd. I enjoyed watching Morrissey, I hope to go to his concert here in July.you look like you had a blast, all I kept thinking how is Vixcita doing in that damn mud and rain. love your flower crown and hat, rain plastic spotty coat.
hugs

señora Allnut said...

whouuuwhou, such a fabulous party - festival- summer time!!!, and such a delightful thing to be stopped by blog readers, so lovely!!
I'm glad you enjoy everything, the rain and the sun, the mud and the pear cider!
besos & fun

Krista said...

This looks like so much MUCH!!!! You look sexy in that sunshine and content in that rain. Glad you had such a good time. What an adventure! Thanks for sharing pictures!

the nyanzi report said...

wow! such a great environment. good times!

Louise said...

That picture of you in the straw hat with Jon is GORGEOUS! Sounds like you had a fab time, but I really missed your blog posts so I'm glad your back :-) xx

MyStyle said...

Hi my dear-what a totally awesome time you had, nice to see lots of sunshine pics too!! So pleased you had a blast, welcome home too!! xxx

charl said...

yay your'e back!!..
i kept an eye out for you on the telly but didnt spot you!.. i was very jelous when i was watching as we arnt going to any festivals this year so i was so wishing i was there!!
so glad the weather came good for you.. it looked fantastic on the telly with the sun setting when elbow were playing aww !!



you'll have to show us all what you wore each day.. and give us your tips on how to last at a festival especially for that length of time you were there.. we only went to V for 3 days and spent an absolute fortune i was gutted when we got back!!

charl
x

Em x said...

Jealous moi? Yes! I watched the tv coverage and it looked fab as ever. I never saw the appeal of coldplay, they really do nothing for me. Queens of the Stone Age had me moving though. Did you see Beyonce? x

DearHelenHartman said...

Your contentment with your setting and companions shines on your lovely face. Or maybe it's the booze. Either way, it looks good on you! The festival sounded like great fun.

Ivy Black said...

Excellent! I've been looking forward to your Glasto post. I had friends texting every now and then and even heard a bit of Beyonce...just..via a phone! I saw a bit on TV and Coldplay were indeed dull, dull, dull. My son loves Tinie Tempah.
I'm glad the sun shone too.xxxx

Franca said...

You know, i watched morrissey on the telly and i nearly cried during there is a light that never goes out. i don't know why, that song makes me feel all emotional.

I thought it looked great fun despite the mud!

Straight Talking Mama! said...

Ah Vix nice to have you back! So pleased you had a stonking time.

I always wondered if for the long term Glastonbury goers it's all gotten a bit too commercial but you obviously had a great time, so that's good enough for me!

Bonnie said...

Wow, looks like you and Jon had a great time. It also looks like the sun came out for you too. I saw Beyonce on TV last nite on Piers Morgan and funny, I didn't think she would be the type of act that would play Galstonbury. Anyway she said she had a blast.

Enjoy the new pics on your sidebar especially Jimi. One of my fave Hendrix songs is All Along the Watchtower.

Christina @ Fashion's Most Wanted said...

Oh it looks brilliant despite the mud and your pictures look so sunny!

You really are the queen of festivals. I'm not surprised you got recognised. I'm so glad you had a brilliant time. I watched it on TV and the atmosphere was so good I did wish I was there. Love you xx

China In Your hands said...

Welcome back! Sounds like you all had a fabulous time. The photos are great and you have a natural way of looking glam even through all that mud! Its nice to hear someone dispell the myths about the loo ques too as thats something thats always put me off lol.
x

Shybiker said...

Cool! I love your striped tights and pink lipstick. And I'm surprised at your musical reviews. Thanks for the fun info.

August Paddock said...

Looks amazing - I watched lots of the highlights on TV and wished I was there. I was madly dancing Saturday night after discovering Omar Souleyman on the 'red button'. I'm not at all surprised you were spotted by blog readers with your festival chic!

Rebecca said...

The last sentence of this post made sense to me. The rest, I confess, sounded like a foreign language to me. I'm hopelessly old!

You looked the celebrity, as usual! And after reading your last post, I'm wondering if I can find any of that Lipcote on this side of the ocean????

Jo said...

Um. Jealous doesn't even cover it. Your pictures are fab, Vix and your outfits even fabber... if that's a word? Erm, no, no it isn't! I totally had to ignore Glastonbury and not read my mates fb updates or twitters due to extreme envy and regret. Still... there's still time for the Wilderness or Big Chill or Bestival – eek! Where are you off to next then?
I'm off to see Pulp in Hyde Park on Sunday with my very best mates – can't flippin' wait!! X

VainGlorySinner said...

I saw the gloopy mud on the first day from a video on the Gazette website but luckily the sun did shine for you after all!

I was at a car booty on the Sunday and it was sweltering hot! We only managed to get half way around the outside bit before giving up and retreating into the indoor bit.. I can't imagine sitting out in it all day long like you did!

You look great in everything you were wearing.. a vision on sunshine and happiness without the use of narcotics! I love that picture of you in the sun hat!

You're our celebrity Vix! xxx

VainGlorySinner said...

Oh and we were sat in mums back garden on the Sunday night and we could hear the festival even from 7 miles away! xxx

Doma-Nikki said...

Glad you had fun! Love the style of your photos :)

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

Hi Vix, fab post and pics. Oooh, seeing Morrissey (amongst others) at the Hop Farm Fest - I cannae wait!

LUCEWOMAN said...

My biggest pangs of jealousy were felt during Morrissey's set. Only in Britain could you have photographs taken days apart with such different weather. Your pictures sum up the vibe perfectly, so glad you enjoyed yourselves. Lucy x

Tanvi said...

Welcome back!!! :) Looks like you had a great time!!!

♡ from © tanvii.com

Dash said...

Vicki it looks like you had a fantastic time and so much fun.
XXX

daisychain said...

I've been waiting excitedly for your Glasto post! I get sick of reading the same coverage over and over..I wanted a true perspective! xo

jaljen said...

Love stripy socks. And the spotty mac.

Tracy said...

Pero que bella está...

Alice said...

So glad to hear you had a wonderful Glastonbury! I never believe what the media have to say, though that mud did look pretty intense, which will more than likely make it all the more memorable.

I adore your stripy socks, and flower garland, so very pretty Vix. The pink lippy looks fabulous too xxx

Butterfly said...

Looks awesome. I love music festivals but never yet made Glastonbury.. your comments make it much more likely that I will. You looked fab, will draw fashion inspiration for my trip to Latitude. Flower garlands rock & I love that it rained for Morrisey - naturally!! xxx

Smashingbird said...

Welcome back my lovely! I'd have loved to have checked out the Spirit of '71 stage. Your floral head piece is perfection! xxx

Young at Heart said...

so glad you had fun in the sun....you look sooo pretty in the pictures.....happy festival daze!!!x

That's Not My Age said...

Looks fantastic! Coldplay were on last time I went to Glastonbury and I lasted about four songs.

trashsparkle said...

Welcome back - the photos are fab! How on earth did you survive 6 days living out of that tiny suitcase yet have all those amazing clothes? Is the suitcase any relation to Mary Poppins' handbag?;)

I completely surprised myself by being blown away by Beyonce's set - she was on for the duration of my dishwasher cycle so it had to be 90 minutes or so. I was surprised my dad didn't watch her - he's 79 and was raving about Kool & The Gang!

QOTSA looked good and I've seen bits of the rest (but tut tut, I didn't watch Morrissey - will catch what I can on iplayer). As for Coldplay... I taught the kids to call them Cowpat last time they played there :)xx

littleowlski said...

I'm so, so, SO jealous! I can't ever go to Glastonbury unless I either ring in sick or my school gives us the weekend off! Watched a bit on telly, and it looked good. Looking at your photos has made me want to go to a festival right now! You are a bit of a celeb - I bet it was funny being recognised! I had it at a West German pottery exhibition recently, and did feel very odd. Glad you enjoyed it so much, but good to have you back too! Emma :)

Faff said...

I was just thinking I should do a festival at some point, this one looks like the place to be! Love that Smiths song too, my friend and I used to sing it to each other. Glad you had fun despite the weather! :)

Polly said...

I was one of the readers that approached you!! I think I may have grabbed your arm early on Wednesday as you passed me so apologies for that!

Rachel - Firebird said...

Welcome back Vix! We had the coverage on six music all weekend - it sounded amazing!

My favourite performance of 'There is a light' was seeing Morrissey in the Royal Albert Hall, a few years ago now. The acoustics in there gave it a slightly euphoric feel. Amazing

Rose&Bird said...

Fantastic, you look so chilled out. Would have loved to go, but the tickets are way out of my price range x

Vix said...

@Polly - Were you the gorgeous girl down by Cubehenge? Thanks for saying hello! Hope you enjoyed Glasto as much as I did. xxx

Rachael said...

Love love love this post! I managed to grab bits of it on the TV and it looked amazing. As ever x

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Oh, I am so envious you got to attend this spectacular event! And see MORRISSEY. I die. Whenever he comes to my town, he never plays the old Smiths songs (well, except, How Soon is Now, of course). Sigh.

You look so boho chic and relaxed and happy. I want your life. ;)

Samantha Schroeder said...

Your are amazing. Your blog is amazing! Thrilled to have found you. Please take me next time! ;) xo Samantha

Lou said...

Vix I was on constant look out for you all weekend! Maybe see you in 2013?

I agree, it was such a fab weekend; even the rain didn't dull our spirits!

simplyvintage said...

Looks like you had a brilliant time, I was so looking forward to this post and seeing all your wonderful pictures. You look fab in every one of them, even looking glam in the rain:D xxx

The Vintage Knitter said...

Fabulous photos of you and Jon looking very happy admist all the other festival goers. I agree about Coldplay (yawn); however The Wu Tang Clan would have definately got me onto my feet and I think that the Spirit of '71 stage would have been the main attraction for me especially with those two playing.

P.S. Loved your comment about 'Emanuelle'; I'll have to check it out again for the chair shots!

Please may I? said...

Looks like you had a great time Vix.

Your the only person I know that can still look glam even covered in mud!! Get you.

Great to have you back mind!

X x

Maya said...

yes... the media is always doom and gloom. whereas your tales prove it was all... groove and bloom :-) haha

Glad you had a great time!

Missy Vintage said...

fab pictures looks like you all had super time,I have heard some complete horror stories about the loos this year being the worst ever, maybe they were just unlucky with their choice of portaloo! x

Emma said...

Great pics! Looks like you had a Great time!

Make Do Style said...

I kept looking out for you on the telly!! I did laugh (I know so wrong) about dead Tory in the toilet - how bizarre was that!

So glad you had fabulous time. I like Pendulum too. Coldplay looked good on tv and glad you were converted to U2 - they are a great live band.
Did you see Beyonce??xx

Lucy Nation said...

Ha, I love that so many of your readers feel the same way about Coldplay as you do. I mean, seriously, who on earth buys that turgid drivel! I saw QOTSA on TV after Beyonce whom, strangely enough for me, I really enjoyed. As Lauren Laverne asked "Is it OK to like both?"

Vintage Coconut said...

OH! It looks like you had a blast! You look gorgeous in your pics Vix!

Helga! said...

I'M SO GLAD YOU'RE HOME!!!!
I've missed you.
Pleased you had an awesome time,though!!! You looked heavenly throughout!! Yay for tans and fab music and lots of boozing!!!!
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Love you to BITS!
Helga

pip a la chic said...

So jealous of your amazing trip. Wu-Tang! Awesome! We got tickets to see them in August as our wedding present :) that's pretty cool you got stopped by blog readers xxx

Amie K said...

woo! So glad to have you back vix and so glad the necklace arrived safely!

So jealous you saw Morrissey-I've recently discovered the smiths (I know, right-where have I been!?!) and Pulled Apart By Horses are amazing, Adrian's band supported them on one of their tours last year and they blew the roof off the venue, fantastic live band!

Glad you had a wonderful time-no wonder you got stopped, you look so glam in your pics! Love it :)

Much love Amie xxxxxxx

SabinePsynopsis said...

Aaah, the Queen of Festivals is back. I bet you had a great time (I'll take your words and pics as proof) and I said to Sarah - who cannot wait to go - that when she's at Glastonbury she needs to find you!
xxx

Alexandra said...

Glad you had a great time! Great photos xxx

Sangu said...

Wow, I have heard stories about the mud at Glasto! Sounds like you still had a fantastic time, though :-) However did you cope out in the boiling sun all of Sunday, though? It was outrageously hot!

RETRO REVA said...

You are the coolest celeb I know!
I love U2 and too bad Paul was a snoozer :(
I too dig "Queens" and you always look like you had soooo much fun!
Love the photo of the hat where it is beaming spots on your beautiful face!
xXx
Reva

Veshoevius said...

With each new glasto headline I thought of you! You trooper! Looks like you had a grand old time. I went to Glasto once when it was horrifically wet and muddy and was traumatized. I would have loved to see U2 but not even being a dyed in the wool U2 fan was enough to tempt me back!

WendyB said...

Looks like a great time! I can't get over the dead Tory!

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Hooray for Vix!! Glasto would have been nothing without you - I'm not surprised you had readers recognising you in your amazing outfits and head piece. You look so gorgeous, even in the pouring rain you look incredibly happy - so glad the sun shone for you - happy days indeed!!! xoxoxoxoxoxo

Ofelia said...

Such an extraordinarie and uplifting event. Enjoying friends, love, alcohol, mudd, inner hapiness, freaking good new and old music and the beauty of a mass experience that is so closely personal at the same time. Amazing!!!

Miss Claire said...

Oh Vix, it looks like you had an amazing time, as usual! I love the outfit with the bright big spots and pink and orange socks - what a total babe you are. So glad you had fun despite the mud (Isn't that part of the fun?!!). What is the next festival that you're off to?
Xooxoxoxoxox

Francesca Felix said...

oh your blog is fantastic!!!! I want to be at this festival or concert..whatever it is. Looks like so much fun!!love your blog.. following .

xo
francesca
http://www.frankvinyl.com

Misfits Vintage said...

Vix - thanks for fab pics - you look AMAZING! I love you in the chartreuse/purple frock but my fave is the psychedelic mini with the socks! You look AMAZING in everything - and your Jon is such a spunkybum!

Two years and counting and I'll be there! YAY!

Sarah xxx

Cara said...

"Listening to There Is A Light That Never Goes Out in the pouring rain"
ahhh sounds like heaven <3 so glad that you had a brilliant time, you looked amazing as usual xoxo

J xx said...

Love it ! Thanks for sharing your fun with us all :0) xx Glastonbury is on my 'bucket list' so who knows, one day I might get there ! Fantastic picture if you in the spotty dress and bright socks, you look simply divine xxx

Ronnie Rabbit said...

So glad you had a fantastic time, the photo of you in your sunhat is so beautiful. Next year I'll try to do our campout a different week to Glastonbury so you can join us xxxx

Terri said...

Welcome back. Love the photo of you in the raincoat...and in the hat with the sun shining through. You ARE a celebrity.

delia hornbook said...

Glad to see and hear you had a wonderful time it was great looking at your photo's. Sorry to hear your back is bad hope it rights it self soon. Take care, dee xx

Dusk said...

See that's the thing! You are a celebrity!!

Love all the pics hon! welcome back, the wait is always worth it! What a fun time you had but of course! You look gorgeous and relaxed and I love all your outfits but most of all the "basking in the sunshine" ensemble!

LadyBugSays ... said...

Looks like you had a fantastic time! Love your floral headband :)

Penny Dreadful said...

You look so happy Vix, I'm glad you had a brilliant time. When I saw all the rain pictures I thought 'ooh, glad I'm not in a tent in that' but you don't look phased. And you are right, listening to Morrissey in the rain DOES make more sense ;) xx

pastcaring said...

Great to have you back Vix! You sound and look as though you had a brilliant time, glamorous as always, and of course people would recognise you - you ARE a celeb!

Hope the piles of washing have been sorted...

Kitty said...

Gorgeous!! I'd expect people would be stopping to admire you regardless of whether they recognised you or not. are you up for a chat on Friday morning (your time)?

Sara said...

This sounds and looks so amazing - I love many of the bands you wrote about, I want to go to a festival right now!:)

Pop Culture&Fashion Magic

Alice&Sara

Alex said...

Vix, you're back! Hurrah! Blogland always seems so lacking in vintage sparkle when you're not here.

Love, love, love the fact that bloggers kept recognising you at Glasto! Who did you meet there?

You look so beautiful and happy in all of these photos. Festivals are clearly your natural element.

Polly said...

Hi Vix, I dont know about gorgeous but yes, I saw you by stonehenge, stopped you and said 'I love your blog' and then got all shy and ran off while I just heard you and John chuckling behind me!

Yes I had an absolute ball despite the rain - Primal Screm blew my mind and you might be proud to know that just as the Chemical Brothers started, the lazers came on and the whole crowd fell silent so I screamed 'F**k you Coldplay' at the top of my voice and the whole crowd cheered!! xx

Polly said...

Stonehenge? This is what happens after 6 days at Glasto, a birthday party that finished at 5am this morning and a 9am start at work!

Mimi and Tilly said...

I'm made up you had a fab time! Your pics are so great. I love camping beyond all reason, there's just something about falling out of the door to your tent in the morning and being in fresh air that just makes me smile! Em xx

Kestrel said...

Sounds like you had a great time, with a bit of all weathers thrown in :)

Mrs Munster said...

You are like official Ms Glastonbury :) Looking fab even in mud. Good that you had great time.

The Brunette said...

Vix looks like you had a fabulous time and such great photos. xx

Vix said...

Hello everyone! What a welcome back, I'm blown away with all your comments!

Polly - I am so proud of you. Can't wait to see the Chemical Brothers at The Big Chill. x

WeShop said...

Fabulous pics - looks out of this world. Must get round to watching the Moz footage. xx

Jen said...

You always look your most gorgeous in festival photos. It's obviously your spiritual and fashionable home! x

Kezzie said...

You have some amazing outfits and it sounds like you had a blast! Can I ask,were those striped rainbow socks or tights you were wearing in the spotty rain-mac shot with wellies? If so, where did you get them from please? They're great!

grunge-queen said...

Welcome home!! Looks like you had a fab time, and every kid of weather! xoxo

Sarcastic Bastard said...

I worship Morrissey. Seriously. He is my God.

Cat said...

I watched Morrissey's Glastonbury set on BBC4 and wished I was there! We saw him in Inverness the previous Friday (my zillionth time seeing him live!) and he was fab. He seemed grumpy at Glasto, but was dead chatty in Inverness. Love that man.

Julia said...

I wasn't at glasto but Morrissey was the best act there by far! Looks like you had a blast!

Julia @ Retro Jules

vint junky said...

Awwwww vix! You should do the festivals coverage. Someone sponsor this lady now!! You make me want to have been there, even more than i did at the time.
Have to confess, i only really sat down to watch Morrisey, and of course Two Door Cinema club as they're local lads. But i did give a great big grin for you when i heard the sun had hit glasto...Yay.
Gorgeous pics by the way. That straw hat image with jon is beautiful
xxx

vintage_kitten said...

Looked like loads of fun.Love all your outfits and cool socks.Loved your rain jacket.to cute.xxx