Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Glasto 2015 - The Highlights


Glastonbury, the biggest festival on the planet. Was it good?


You bet it was.


Here's my A-Z of highlights.




A is for Art - 'cos it ain't all about the music.


B is for Blazing Sunshine. Saturday was the hottest day of the year so far.


C is for The Charlatans, who opened the festival on Friday morning, performing The Only One I Know to an ecstatic crowd of thousands and topping up Jon's royalty cheque for another year. Thanks, lads.


D is for The Dalai Lama. The rumours were true, His Holiness appeared on the Pyramid Stage during Patti Smith's amazing set, ensuring there wasn't a dry eye in the house.






E is for the environment and ecology. Greenpeace and sustainable living continue to feature strongly throughout the festival.



F is for our Festival Family. Reunited every twelve months.


G is for George Clinton & Parliament. Together with The Family Stone they brought the funk to Glasto '15.



H is for Hippy.


I is for Idris Elba. The god who plays TV's Luther is also a damn fine DJ.



J is for the John Peel Stage. We went expecting to be bowled over by Slaves but ended up preferring Sleaford Mods, Post-Punk ire at its most foul-mouthed and sweary.


K is for Kanye West. I don't give a toss about anyone else's opinion of him. Late Registration is one of the finest albums of all time and I never tire of hearing Gold Digger.


L is for Long Drops. Not half as bad as the portaloos.


M is for Milk, freshly delivered to the camp site every morning, just in time for a morning mug of tea.


N is for Nattering. Chatting with friends until the early hours.




O is for Open Spaces. Away from the main stage there's beautiful places to chill out.

P is for the Pyramid Stage where we saw The Libertines, Paul Weller, Florence & The Machine, The Who, Motorhead, Pharell and Kanye to name but a few.


Q is for quirky stuff.



R is for right on. 45 years on, Glastonbury still stays true to its left-of-centre political stance.


S is for the Stone Circle. A great place for people watching.


T is for thousands of people. 250,000 to be exact.


U is for Unplanned. Wandering around and getting lost is a joy.


V is for Vintage clothes, naturally!


W is for Walking. The average distance covered by a Glasto festival goer is 5.5 miles a day. We certainly earnt our cider.


X is for X-rated behaviour.



Y is for Yes. For keeping an open mind, exploring different scenes & musical genres.


Z is for zzzzzzzzzzzzzzs. We need to catch up on some sleep. We're off to Camperjam on Thursday.

See you next week!

63 comments:

  1. You certainly packed a lot in there! Loving all the outfits and the x-rated pose ;)

    Enjoy your r&r :)

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  2. Looks superb. Glad that you had a great time. Fabulous photos. It looks scorching. Xx

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  3. Glad you had such a great time! You certainly got the most out of it 😸

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  4. oh my gosh what a celebration, amazing!!!

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  5. FANTASTIC!!
    The Dalai Lama, Idris, and George Clinton - wowza! \
    (After seeing Clinton et al in concert, I think everyone on this planet needs to experience them at least once in their lifetime!)
    This post made me re-think the whole "would I ever attend an outdoor festival?" question!) xooxxx

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  6. The alphabet of Glastonbury , brilliant!

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  7. Looks brilliant ... makes me want to go again! M x

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  8. Looks brill, glad you had fun xx

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  9. Wonderful! I love the letter I, and I cannot lie : > What a brilliant round-up, thank you for this. xox

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  10. Patti Smith and the Dali Lama. Brilliant indeed. What a blast you've had. Thanks for sharing the pix.

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  11. What a great write up Vix. I'm intrigued with all those tin roofs in Y. Whats that about.
    Jon's coat is ace, dont let Mr Dapper see it.
    And you dear lady look as gorgeous and flamboyant as ever. xxxxx

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  12. What a cool way to tell about the festival! Reading was fun as well as seeing all those photographs!

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  13. Overwhelming! Having been behind the scenes at many much smaller events, I can't wrap my turban around the logistics of providing milk on a hot day for 250k souls -- much less calculate the toilet paper requirements. Loaves and fishes, the miracle of coping with crowds transcends time and cultures. Your Glasto alphabet would make a terrific coloring book for adults, especially if one grabbed the orange and pink crayons!

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  14. I was keen to hear your take on Kanye actually, after all the debate that the performance sparked!! I think there's a difference between a good album and a good live act, and not wanting to start a debate on your page, I'll leave it at that for now...

    Love all these photos, and what dedication to do an A to Z!!

    xx

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  15. I've been thinking about you and Jon all weekend - tried to spot you in the crowd (yeah, I know, it was a long shot!) It's no surprise that you had a brilliant time; the weather was kind, the acts were stellar, and you two are festival veterans who know how to make the most of your time there. Love all the photos, chuckling at your X-rated shenanigans, and Jon looking on at the Charlatans (does it feel weird for him, or is he well used to it by now?) And naturally the pair of you look like superstars - of course you do!
    Bet you are knackered but exhilarated by another fabulous Glastonbury experience. Catch up on your sleep, it's going to be a busy summer!
    Love you! xxx

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  16. so you had a blast! :-)))
    love the pictures! from the quiet of my garden it looks fun and exhausting! so much to see and do! i´m glad you had some nice weather! sleep well! xxxxxxx

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  17. Wow! What a party! Seeing all those people together just made me feel claustrophobic!

    Looks like you had an amazing time and lived to tell the story : ) Your energy amazes me.

    I also like Golddigger. It is on my running list. Can't stand the guy though. LOL

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  18. oh my. we couldn't be leading more opposite lives right now. i adore this post and will look at it again and again. love every single photo. i will live vicariously through you if you don't mind. xo

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  19. Wow, what a weekend! I personally love Florence and the Machine :) Looks like you had a great time once again. I can't even fathom 250,000 at a festival.

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  20. Glastonbury looked amazing. I watched it on TV, would much preferred to have been there though. Glad you managed to look as glamorous as ever despite the festival conditions.

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  21. I'm glad you had fun :) you look tired but very happy in that last picture.
    I saw about a minute of it on the telly before flicking to another channel, but then I'm not a fan of George Ezra or whatever his name is! xxx

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  22. Killer post Vix! Love seeing it all through your eyes.... you obviously had an absolute ball :-)

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  23. I loved your A to Zed recap of Glastonbury Festival! 5.5 miles per day puts the size of the venue in perspective! It's funny...I vividly remember making a caravan out of balsa wood and cardboard when I was little. I painted it up, and had cloth curtains lining the windows...so fun seeing the one in your photo!

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  24. Such great post! Adore the Picture with the "X-rated behaviour"

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  25. Bloody, bastard fabulous!! Soooo much to love...hippies, and old school trucks, long drop bogs and George Clinton who is awesome. Not to mention your lovely selves. Love the orange frock shot and the X rated naughtiness!
    And to the miserable buggers who forecast rain and mudslides and the cholera and general doom...lighten up or feck off. It's a glorious summer and I'm glad you had such a great time.
    Loves ya!
    xxxxxx

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  26. Great post but I'm not convinced it's for me! I saw very little of it on telly but I did catch Vintage Trouble who were amazing. Never heard of them til now.
    Was Jon tempted to jump up and jam with his old bandmates?
    Glad to hear you had an incredible time. xxx

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  27. EXCELLENT ... looks like an excellent weekend and an excellent post to wrap it up:0)
    xx

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  28. What a fabulous time had by all it looks like.

    Yes the Dahli Lama is amazing, I saw him a couple of weeks ago in Perth.

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  29. Exciting! I was able to see Patti Smith this February at a small theater in Seattle. She is just so amazing. I've been in awe of her for several decades. Now, if the DL had come out on stage with her when I saw her I could have just died and gone to heaven right then and there. No need to live any further than that thrill. ;)
    You're rockin' that orange number!

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  30. I knew I would enjoy your update. What a fun way to tell the tale.I seriously wonder though how you find your camp site when you venture back for the night-250,000 people!

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  31. Of them all, the N, nattering, and the X, X-rated behaviour, appeal to me the most. I love the photos of you and Jon, in your element. And your sun umbrella is a brilliant accessory. I'm glad you had a great time!

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  32. Looks like a wonderful place..Coffee is on

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  33. It looks brilliant through your eyes. Great pictures too. I've gotten lost a few too many items at festivals, but it always works out. :) x

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  34. Ha! I love the X-rated pose, you're so funny.

    What an awesome time you've both had, I love all the photographs.

    Perfect!

    xx

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  35. Thank you for the close up Vix - It looks amazing through your eyes - glad you had a good time. And the Dalai Lama - wow
    We watched bits on tele - not sure I have the constitution any more for a long weekend with only super loos !!

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  36. It looks and sounds like you had the best time! I'm so with you on Kanye, I love him, would have loved to have been there to see his set. Sleaford Mods are a big hit with my partner. I'd have loved to have seen Patti and the Dalai Lama- what a combo! Anyway I so enjoyed looking through all these! You look fab as usual. XXX

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  37. I know I said it last year and probably the year before, but your posts about Glastonbury are always amoungst my favourite things on the Internet, period. I love this and thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. You both look so happy, and like very cool people indeed, and it's no wonder you have a friend family there who look forward to spending time with you every year. And now, I shall go all the way back to the top and look at the ABCs again. xo

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  38. Nothing about Glastonbury really impels me to want to go but your posts always make it seem a lot more fun than the TV coverage does. Everything here (apart from Kanye West) looks like stuff I'd enjoy. I'd love to have seen Motorhead xxx

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  39. It sounds like you had an amazing time! I personally couldn't do it but I admire those who do. You look fab, as always xx

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  40. Love the fact that Glasto is 45 years old and so are some of your vintage outfits! You still looked the best dressed pair there!

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  41. Very clever round-up! V is for Vix, naturally! I bet the festival was a better place with you there! Just like Bloglandia is a better place with you here! Welcome back! Much love xxxx

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  42. I so enjoyed this alphabetical tour of your adventures at Glasto! I can't believe that you saw Patti Smith, The Dali Lama, AND Idris Elba in the same place - major SQUEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

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  43. You sure know how to do these things right!

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  44. Fabulous pictures and no sign of any mud! Great outfits too.

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  45. You certainly do earn your cider.
    So glad the experience was great, but I'm sure your positive attitude doesn't hurt either.
    You really looked the part with your long hair, earrings and dresses! Glamour in the long drop!
    Sleep tight! Xo Jazzy Jack

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  46. I love the Glasto alphabet more than the normal one they teach! X is my favourite. Thanks for taking me to the concert.

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  47. Looks awesome. I haven't been to Glastonbury since the 1990s and the sheer size of it fair blows my mind. Was Jon in the Charlatans? Gotta love those PRS payments! ;)

    I quoted you in my last blog post Vix, hope you don't mind!

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  48. SO MANY PEOPLE!

    You make it look so much cooler, more inclusive and more fun than all those crappy 'Festival Style' articles featuring rich celebs.

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  49. It looks and sounds amazing thank you for the putting the Dalai Lama video up I would have loved to have seen him its on my wish list to go to Tibet for an audience with him before I die. It looks such a diverse festival one year I will get a day pass. Have fun at your next festival, dee xxx

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  50. It looks so amazing! I am exhausted just thinking of all that walking. Thanks for all the pics and this brilliant ABC format. Loved it! Oh and I want those hippie overalls. xoxo

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  51. How much fun does that look!!!! I love this! I really got a feel for Glastonbury that I haven't seen before!!!! You both look fabulous (Jon has a Tom Baker Doctor Who coat on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
    xxx

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  52. Oooo, I don't like the crowds, but you looked fecking fabularse throughout and am stoked you had such a good 'un!
    Love Helga XXX

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  53. Love your A-Z and glad you had a such a brilliant time.... with such fantastic bands this year you'd be hard pushed not to! I watched some of it on holiday in France and thought of you...the Dalai Lama wow! Didn't know he pitched up. Would have loved to see The Who. Jon looks rather wistful watching The Charlatans, was he?
    xx

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  54. I never think I want to go and then I see your reports and change my mind. It looks incredible.

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  55. The word that comes to mind is vibrant - everything is V for vivid, vibrant Vix (and Jon) at Glastonbury. What a whirl of an amazing time.

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  56. No small task - posting it from A-Z! Glastonbury from my reclining chair is a blast!

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  57. I love how you presented this festival.....so lovely...and the pics are great. I'm sure you and Jon had a wonderful time.

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  58. The Dalai Lama??! Bananas!

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  59. Looks like you had an awesome time!

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  60. wonderful, wonderful! i really would love to get to a Glasto one day! i haven't been to a festival in about 6 years. its nigh on impossible to get tickets for anything now that the kewl kiddies go just for the sake of it, not for the actual music... but im glad youre able to go and show those wannabe Gypsy's how to do festival style like a proper seasoned pro!

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