For someone my age (30), it may seem like a naive overstatement to claim that Glastonbury festival has become indented into my DNA and is more important than any birthday or Christmas - but that’s how it feels to me, and that’s why for the past 10 years i’ve travelled to Worthy farm with the aim to both enjoy myself, but also to contribute and give something back. This year marked the 13th consecutive year i’ve been to the festival - not far off half my life - and the 14th year in total if you count the life changing experience I had aged 9 in 1994 when my parents surprised me by bundling me into the car last minute…
“Life changing” sounds a bit heavy, man. But, in some degree it does always seem to do that for me - very often for the better of course, but also sometimes it can be challenging. That said, I always respect the times when things don’t go so to plan, and with so much care and effort put into it, I guess it is inevitable that such times can and do happen. Fortunately, this year was largely an incredible high of positivity.
Once again my week (yes, week) was navigated around great friends, family and DJ sets - with live performances coming almost in third place to food, which seems very odd to say, i’m sure it’s particularly odd for any music lover reading this that couldn’t attend. But, it’s true. And without actually reviewing the festival (no one really wants to read that, and I don't really want to write it), I just wanted to shine a light on the special people and areas that made Glastonbury 2015 for me.
CARL GOSLING, DANNY MITCHELL & JEFF BARRETT OF HEAVENLY / THE SOCIAL
First of all to Carl - thank you. Of all the Heavenly guys, it was Danny that I had the pleasure of hanging out with the most, bumping into him in the wee hours and smuggling him back to sit outside our tent to enjoy the view, chat, etc. A nice moment. Also, Jeff played an absolute blinding set at The Crow’s Nest on Thursday night too - and yes, my friend, I do believe in magic.
I have such respect for everything these guys and their extended network continue to build and deliver each and every year - they deserve all the accolades and more. It’s a pleasure to know you guys.