Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Kinky Does Glastonbury, 2022

 

On Monday 20th June, just after 5.30am, we hit the road, rocking up at Worthy Farm shortly after 9am. Despite an absence of three years, it felt like we'd never been away and we excitedly hugged our festival trading family before cracking on with the task in hand and were all set up (with beers in hand) less than twelve hours later.   

Over the years it's got harder and harder to get tickets for the festival so two of our original Glasto gang, Steve and Cat, work as volunteers whilst Stuart, Kim and Lily (who wasn't even born when I first blogged about Glastonbury HERE) come as our crew - filling their car with stock and, rather than Jon & I playing all weekend, we work hard selling our gear instead.

Glasto 2016 (the muddy one) 

Kim & Lily weren't due to arrive until later in the week but the remaining five of us spent the evening in the Kinky shop, boozing and chatting until the early hours.


Tuesday was spent putting the finishing touches to the shop and catching up with more of our trader friends. There are almost 30,000 workers on site before the festival opens its gates at 8am on Wednesday morning and we made a few sales before rolling down the front and heading up to the Stone Circle with a bagful of beers and watching the Summer Solstice sunset. 



When the public arrived on Wednesday we were ready and waiting. 







After a respectable day of sales we shut up shop and spent the evening with Steve, Cat and Stuart outside the Bread and Roses bar. We were now sharing Worthy Farm with 220,000 people, something that, during the height of the pandemic, we thought would never happen again.


Thursday's dress hadn't seen the light of day since 2018. Several visitors to the shop gasped and asked to buy it, including one of the festival headliners who I didn't recognise until it clicked who she was a couple of days later - we're so useless at spotting celebs!



On Thursday, the band stand is the only venue with live music so, being directly opposite, our area (William's Green) was rammed and there was no way anyone could access our shop even if they wanted to. Not that we were that bothered, we poured ourselves a drink and revelled in the madness.



Kim and Lily arrived just as Dom did. We met Dom and her husband at Truck in 2016 and have bumped into one another at various festivals over the years. 


When we rolled down the shutters and met up with the gang for a few drinks outside we'd covered the pitch fee - I'm always happy when that happens!


On Friday the live music started with Ziggy Marley opening the Pyramid Stage. Although there were loads of bands I wanted to see, working at Glastonbury makes it tricky as, due to both the immense size and busy-ness, it can take up to an hour to get to some of the stages meaning being away from the stall for up three hours. However, I made an effort for Wet Leg, my current favourite, and leaving Jon in charge, headed off to the Park Stage with Stuart, Kim, Lily, Lily's friend Izzy (the daughter of a fellow trader she'd befriended in 2019), teenager Amelie (daughter of our End of the Road trading neighbours Shilpa Silver) and Logan (the teenage son of another trader).


We expected the crowd to be big but not quite as massive as the scene that confronted us when we arrived forty minutes after setting off. Whilst Stuart, Kim & the little ones stayed a safe distance away, me and the teenagers squeezed as far into the crowd as we could. We couldn't see a thing but loved every minute.





Minutes after I'd got back my blogging buddy Vronni's brother Julian Littman arrived to say hello. Just like when he popped in to see us at Cornbury in 2019, there was a couple of fans in the shop and seemed very impressed with our celebrity mate.


Other than singing the latest Bond film song, I know nothing about Friday night headliner Billie Eilish but Lily's a fan and as the Pyramid Stage is so close, it seemed like the easiest option. 


That purple fake fur bucket hat was from trading neighbour Gary's stall, Karma. I'd forgotten how cold Glastonbury gets at night. 


A combination of the cold and a dull set saw Jon and I saying goodnight to the guys halfway through the evening. We were tucked up in bed by 11pm - not very rock and roll!


We had some gusty wind (and a bit of rain) in the early hours of Saturday morning, hence the market clamps anchoring the curtains to the stall. 


Stuart's tee shirt was part of a donation Tim Burgess made to a charity shop in Manchester in 2019, he'd been saving it to embarrass Jon with for three years! 

(If you don't know what I'm talking about read THIS)


Trade-wise, Saturday was slow. Not that I blame anyone, I never used to shop when I went to Glastonbury as a normal festival goer either. We were very grown-up (for once) and didn't drink any alcohol until after 6pm....maybe that's why the day seemed slow!




Ever since the line-up had been announced, all the gang agreed that we had no interest in seeing Paul McCartney, Saturday night's headliner, but the Pyramid Stage was so close and we were intrigued as to who the special guest would be so headed up there.




Whilst I can't say any of us were that bothered about Macca's performance we were beyond excited to see Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen (it's a shame they couldn't have been with him throughout the two and a half hour set rather than just doing two songs each). Whilst Live and Let Die was magnificent, we all agreed that Hey Jude has to be one of the most irritating songs of all time. 








After some more night-time rain, Sunday turned out glorious.


Business was brisk and the day flew by. Stuart kept Jon company for the final hour whilst Kim, Lily and I raced off to catch Years and Years over on the Other Stage. They were fantastic!



The Other Stage was heaving but we managed to reunite with the gang in time for the Pet Shop Boys. A band I've never given much thought to until they made a guest appearance with The Killers back in 2019. Now I love 'em!










Back at Kinky's we'd have chatted all night if we hadn't got long drives ahead of us the following day - none of us wanted our week on Worthy Farm to end. It took Jon and I seven hours to break down the stall on Monday and another five and a half to drive back to Walsall (with an obligatory stop at Gloucester Services for tea).

On Tuesday morning we woke up feeling bruised, battered and rather rough....but that's another story.

See you soon!
 

66 comments:

  1. Glad to see you back. Looks like you had a great time. Im a pet shop boys fan, watched all of diana ross sort of out of duty and respect from my teen years memories singing into my hairbrush mic in the bedroom with girlfriends! Her voice wasn't there so.much but for 78 she did well and had presence but I bet there was a fabulous vibe. Hope your sales went through the roof. Betty x

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    1. Hello Betty! We had an ace time - selling & having fun. Everyone who saw Diana Ross said that they were a bit disappointed, what a shame. We can see and hear the Pyramid Stage from behind our stall but it was busy during her set so we never saw any of it - I'll have to catch up on the i-player. The Pet Shop Boys were magnificent. Try and catch Years & Years on catch-up I you can, glamorous and disco-tastic and so uplifting! xxx

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  2. Glad you had a fab time! Kept looking out for you on the tv ha ha you look great and yep was impressed with the special guests with Paul McCartney. Bet it was such a buzz to be back there after the years off and like you said who could have imagined such crowds. Hope you made a big profit and well done on all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. Shazx hmm hope your not too battered and bruised!x

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    1. Thanks, Shaz! I had to keep pinching myself, it felt like a dream being back, two years ago it seemed like we'd be in isolation forever! We'd been trying to guess who Macca would bring out on stage with him - I'd heard a rumour about Bruce Springsteen but was still amazed to see him (and Dave Grohl!) We've got a trunk of empty coat hangers - I can't wait to start filling them again! xxx

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  3. Youook amazing in that silver grey lurex dress Vix...Flaming hot!!! Love all your dresses... Just stunning

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    1. Thank you so much, you are kind! It was lovely to get my old festival favourites back out again! I feel like a giant disco ball in my silver lurex dress! xxx

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  4. I watched on TV as a dodgy knee stopped play this summer. However, would have loved to have been there and as an aside, Gloucester services are my favourite ones to stop at when heading south.

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    1. Sorry about the dodgy knee, that would have seriously hindered your Glasto experience, you really have to be on top form to survive a week there, don't you? Gloucester Services is such a treat. I had the last vegetarian pie on Monday night, I think all the festival goers had the same idea as we did! xxx

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  5. Love how bundled up you all are at night. As I struggled through almost 100degree heat! AT least my summer theatre is indoors. Thanks for the photos

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    1. It's always so cold there at night, how on earth did I forget? xxx

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  6. Woo hoo, Vix is back! I've been watching bits of Glastonbury as it's been in entertainment news, thinking of you and Jon being there! I bet it felt amazing to see all your old pals and fellow traders there! Who was the headliner who wanted your dress? Was it Billie Eilish? (I have heard of her, and know some of her music).

    I LOVE Wet Leg! We're going to a local festival (I can only handle one day) soon, but it'll mostly be Canadian bands, probably stuff you've never heard of.

    Really happy for you that you made your entry and then some! Woo!

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    1. Yay! I was wondering if you'd be watching some of the footage. I loved Wet Leg, I've been obsessed since hearing Wet Dream and loved the reference to Buffalo 66, one of my favourite ever films!
      I like the sound of your local music festival, nothing beats seeing bands live outdoors.
      The artist was Skin from Skunk Anansie - we recognised her but couldn't think where we knew her from. xxx

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  7. I'm so, so happy it went well and you had a good time. I would have loved to see Billie Eilish. Did you get to see Pigs x7? They're supposed to be great live.

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    1. Thank you - it was fab. Pigs x 7 are fantastic, we've seen them at End of the Road and they've got so much energy and attitude. The guitarist bought a top from us, he's an artist I actually recognised so I had my photo taken with him! xxx

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  8. Thank you Vix. I read it twice. Glad you had a wonderful time. I wouldn't cross the room for Macca.

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    1. Hello Marjorie! Your comment about Macca made me laugh out loud, I once said that if he played our garden I'd shut the curtains! xxx

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  9. Sounds like an adventure, although much too many people for me!

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    1. I've always loved huge crowds, there's something about the energy that makes being in them absolutely electric. During the early days of the pandemic I saw them on the TV and shuddered wondering if I could ever enjoy being with vast numbers of people again and I still do! xxx

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  10. I've been waiting for this post Vix as I knew you'd have a fabulous time. Glad to see you home safe and sound. Do you have any more festivals lined up?

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    1. Morning Cherie! I'm glad you enjoyed the post! We've got another three festivals booked, we'll be at the next one a week today! xxx

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  11. Glad you had a wonderful time!!

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  12. Wow - Kinky Melons certainly did Glasto 😁 I'd love to know who the celeb was who fancied the dress - not long before the next festival!

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    1. Skin from Skunk Anansie! xxx

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    2. Oh my word that is brilliant! She looked amazing in her neon yellow suit and blow up ?wig?

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    3. She's an absolute goddess! We recognised her but couldn't place her! xxx

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  13. Must have been so good to be back!

    I'm very excited to be seeing Wet Leg next week.

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    1. It was like a dream, I loved every minute!
      I don't need to tell you to enjoy Wet Leg, I know you will. xxx

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  14. I can see the happiness of being back there in your faces, you both look like your beaming. What a great blog post. We watched it in the telly, it was so uplifting. I watched Wet Leg, skipped Macca, cringed at Diana and recorded Billie at the same time as watching it. She’s one of my favourites. Came across a band called Caribou who fascinated me and an Irish singer Roisin Murphy, she was a bit wacky but good.
    Hope you’ve enough energy to meet up with Ann & Jos, sorry we can’t make it
    Love to you both xxx

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    1. We had such daft grins on our faces - I was squealing with excitement when I got up at 4.45am on the Monday morning and pretty much continued that way for the next seven days!
      Caribou's "Home" is one of my favourites, I'd have liked to have seen them and I've loved Roisin Murphy since her Moloko Days - we've got similar tastes!
      I'm gutted that we weren't able to meet up with Ann & Jos, sadly we brought more than a trunk full of coat hangers back from Glastonbury! xxx

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  15. What a great post! Loved Macca (die-hard 'screaming Beatles girl' from long ago here!), embarrassed for Diana, loved Crowded House. Glad you got to meet up with all your lovely friends too. Roll on next week! x

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    1. I'm so glad you liked my post! I did think of you when we saw Macca and knew you'd approve. Despite not being a fan he sounded pretty good and certainly had some stamina at 80! Live and Let Die was brilliant. Everyone who saw Crowded House's set said it was amazing - the only frustrating thing about working Glasto is being limited to what you can see!
      Very excited about next week! xxx

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  16. Wow, sounds, and looks, like you had an excellent time!! I think your faces capture the pure enjoyment of being back doing what you love. I am so peased I am not the only one who has no time for Macca. I liked Wings as a band, but can't stand his solo stuff. That must've been wild having Dave Grohl turn up on stage tho'. I really enjoyed the TV coverage. The Beeb have got some good younger presenters in at last. Of course, no one can beat Jo Whiley in my eyes! I enjoyed the Gallagher brother and his band, surprisingly. And his interview was very funny. All in all one of the best Glastos I've ever watched. There seemed to be a vibe that shone thru' the telly, of every one being happy and relieved at being there. Amazing what a pandemic can do!! Zxx

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    1. Oh Z, you're not wrong there. I remember someone commenting on a Glasto blog many years ago about how ridiculously happy we looked - being with 220,000 people who just want to have a lovely time is the greatest experience ever.
      We spent most of Macca's set getting excited by who'd be joining him on stage - Cat actually went to sleep! It was so lovely to see Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen!
      I must watch the footage. I used to love watching it with Edith Bowman and Zane Lowe!
      You're right, End of the Road had the same vibe, I don't think we'll ever take anything for granted ever again! xxx

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  17. just wow!
    it sounds and looks perfect. love the decorations - some are magical...... you & jon glow with happiness in that sunset selfie......
    xxxxx

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    1. It was soooooo good to be back - as you can see from our huge smiles! xxx

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  18. Go you! So pleased to see you back at Glasto, and doing your thing. Another one with no time for Macca, loved George but no time for Paul. Maureen xxx

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    1. Thanks, Maureen. George was a gentle soul, wasn't he? I always preferred the Stones! xxx

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  19. It all sounds overwhelming, where just three years ago I was marveling at wanting to go. Good friends though are always worth. I'm glad it was success for sales too.

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    1. It's an incredible experience but definitely not for anyone who doesn't like crowds! xxx

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  20. Wonderful! So glad you had another good one and got to see some of the acts! Love the photo of you and Jon where you're wearing your purple hat! I can only imagine how busy it must have been with people unable to get inside your shop. xxx

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    1. Thanks, Claire! On Friday The Guardian said that bucket hats were this year's big thing at Glastonbury - I'm in fashion for once in my life! It's hard to describe how busy it gets but usually, if we need to get anywhere we all have to hold hands like infant school kids so that we can stay together. It's a nightmare visiting the loo if you're watching a band, it can take ages to get back - thank goodness for flags! xxx

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  21. Gosh, that sounds like bloody hard work! I loved all your frocks especially the green and white one. Glad Julian got to say hello; what a scruff he is! I'm also glad you thoroughly enjoyed yourselves and had good sales; it sounds like you had an excellent spot.
    xxx

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    1. It's alright once we're all set up - honest! It was lovely to see Julian again, I wished I could have escaped and seen his Goblin Market reading. xxx

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  22. I thought of you Vix and Lord Jon when I saw Glastonbury on the telly-Looks like you had a marvelous time-and your arms are so lovely and toned x

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    1. Hello Flis! I must watch some of the Glasto stuff on TV, I can relive the last week. I'd gone off my arms in recent years, the swimming has made me show them off again! xxx

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  23. Even though it's not my thing, I would love to people watch from afar at Glastonbury. Glad to hear it went well and you got back in the groove again after your two years out. We found that the idea of working with lots of people around was far worse than the reality and it's good to be back. Arilx

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    1. It's a shame you can't come before the gates open to the public and see Arcadia, The Unfairground and all the quirky, recycled, creative and downright mad areas, I know you'd love them.
      We were cautious about End of the Road last September and couldn't get our heads around being around 20,000 but you're right, the thought is far worse than the reality! xxx

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  24. Contemplating the logistics involved in your working Glasto cause sparks to crackle 'round my ears; those involved in staging the event itself, behold a big flash as my circuits fry!
    Very handsome, indeed, that red theatrical curtain effect for Kinky Melon. Well done, Jon! Hope a photo was taken of you standing before it in that stunning silver lurex halter dress.

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    1. The build for Glasto is massive - it starts in January and there's still construction going on until Tuesday - I love tracking the progress online and watching it gradually transform from a dairy farm into a crazy city!
      The wind was a problem for the drapes but so many people posed for photos outside and commented on how much they loved our shop so yes, the boy did good! xxx

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  25. I've really savoured this post. Even watching on the telly, you could feel the special atmosphere this year. The Pet Shop Boys were fab.
    Even though I'm not going to any big ones myself, I'm so so happy festival season is back. The extent of my festies will be the Women Chainmakers on Saturday, but how I love reading your blogs!
    We really must try to meet up over the summer. Can you let me know some dates when you're free? ❤️ Xxx

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    1. It really was magical, everyone was so happy to be back, the love in the air was palpable! Can't wait to see you! xxx

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  26. A brilliant post, it sounds as though you loved almost every minute of being back at Glastonbury. Seeing it on television and the huge sprawl that it's become is amazing. YES ... Hey Jude is THE most annoying and dragged out song EVER!!

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    1. Thank goodness I'm not the only person who loathes Hey, Jude. There's something about that song that really irks me! xxx

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  27. I enjoyed watching the action on tv and iplayer, much to my husband's chagrin. I also enjoyed Years and Years and Pet Shop Boys plus Robert Plant with Alison Krauss which Roy enjoyed more as he's a bit of a country music follower (old school). As attendees we've been to the local Lechlade and Wychwood Festivals from which the highlight must be Bob Geldorf and BoomTown Rats. Looking forward to Cornbury but haven't got my tickets yet!

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    1. Hi Julie! It sounds like our musical tastes are very similar. We did see Robert Plant with Alison Krauss at The Big Chill back in the 2000s but, although I should love him for being a fellow Black Country-ite he kept rambling on between songs and name-dropping and I kind of lost interest. I'd have loved to have seen the Boomtown Rats.
      Don't worry about Cornbury tickets, i think the organisers are having problems with the printer. There was a post on Facebook yesterday telling festival goers that the tickets would be despatched today (Friday) but, if for some reason, they haven't turned up, bring proof of purchase along to the box office when you arrive. Hope this helps and looking forward to seeing you! The weather looks good! xxx

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  28. From your pics and snippets on TV the festival looked amazing. It must have been so liberating to be back with the festival crowd again after such a long period of uncertainty. Your celeb has very good taste! You wear the green dress very well.

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    1. Thank you so much - it was brilliant to be back! xxx

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  29. Hey Vix, great to see you back. I loved hearing about your Glasto week and seeing all your wonderful pictures. Wet Leg are brilliant aren't they!!! I loved Skunk Anansie with Skin in her mad inflatable headgear. They're so much to see, I'm still working my way through iPlayer.

    Great surprise guests in the form of Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen. (I completely agree - 'Hey Jude' is one of the most irritating songs ever - especially when some teenage twats have it on repeat and sing it ALL the way to Glastonbury in the car!).

    Hope you and Lord Jon are nicely rested before your next adventure. Here's Mark & Lard's cover of The Charlatans (post Jon era I believe) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwRv27pxaxU Lulu xXx

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    1. Hi Lulu! hat cover is brilliant, thanks for the link! xxx

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  30. I'm glad to hear that you've had an amazing time at Glastonbury, although you did bring back more than you had bargained for ... I hope you and Jon are well and that you know what hasn't too much effect on your next adventure(s). We were absolutely gutted that we weren't able to meet, but there's always next year, I guess! xxx

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    1. I can't believe we missed out on seeing you both - bloody Covid! xxx

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  31. I'm so glad you got o go again and it was all you expected and more. Much as I used to love a festival I never did Glastonbury, I was way way too much of a music snob back in the day to have gone to somewhere that didn't offer my sort of music (what a muppet!)

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    1. Thanks, G, it was fantastic! Same here - a total indie music snob for years - I know better now! xxx

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  32. Worth the wait. I'm glad you had a wonderful time. X

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