I was hired on a dream assignment – to shoot Glastonbury Festival. But not to shoot music or stage performances, but atmosphere around the festival. The dream lasted until around the third hour of fighting, yes FIGHTING with the mud. I was shooting for the great guys over at Festival Annual.
Glastonbury is conceivably the largest rock music festival on earth. 175,000 people went this year. It’s the largest single purpose site I’ve ever seen for anything. Considering that many cities in UK are smaller than 175,000 people, it’s quite something. Glastonbury is a messy, wonderful temporary city. Everyone is there to have a good time. And the atmosphere is amazing.
But Glastonbury really is so much more than a music festival. It is a celebration of culture savoured like no other.
Like this little disco tent with funky light, you find these little places all over the site.
And people just hanging out on a hill overlooking the site at sunset
The site is entirely eclectic, from chill-out areas.
Charming camp sites…
Kid’s play areas
…and even a dry cinema for the small and big kids.
Of course one of the big challenges is the mud. The ground at Glastonbury is made of clay, which turns into a very sticky mud that literally pulls the shoes off people’s feet.
Resulting in lovely scenes like the ‘Wellie Graveyard), the place protective footwear goes to die.
Just a bit of toilet atmosphere…
Glastonbury also has some very established night life. Because of the distance from any large urban population, curfews aren’t quite the same.
The party lasts all night.
Even in some of the clubs, like ‘Fish and Tits’ in the Shangri-La area. Pole dancers and all sorts.
Or Downlow NYC, a retro gay club which is part of the ‘party area’, Block 9.
But Glastonbury wouldn’t be Glasto without all the performance art. The ‘Spider’ show at the Arcadia field attracts a lot of attention.
The Pyramid stage during U2′s set.
To see more, head over to the Festival Annual Facebook page. My images will be part of their annual book documenting festival culture. It will be out in the Autumn.