A field where Blur reunited in 2009, pregnant Beyoncé closed The Pyramid Stage in 2011 with a Destiny’s Child medley, David Bowie performed ‘Changes’ for the first time in 1971 and Johnny Cash revived his career in 1994 – Glastonbury Festival is a magical place where anything feels possible.
Realising Glastonbury is the best festival in the world, makes returning to ‘normal’ life hard. You can’t listen to music because it’s not the same, you keep finding forgotten memories on your camera roll, and your contagious smile from all the positive energy and love soon disappears when you remember ‘Brexit’ is a legit word now.
Looking back on Glastonbury 2017, you realise it’s about more than the music. It’s a spiritual place, a second home to many, where love wins, positivity matters, everyone’s equal and anything goes.
Big up the hundreds of thousands of you who gathered at The Pyramid Stage to see Jeremy Corbyn talk. The man-of-the-moment gave a speech which praised the festival and gave a not-so-subtle jab at Donald Trump, before welcoming the politically-charged hip hop duo Run The Jewels on stage.
Musical highlights included Lorde, The National, Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Glass Animals, Haim, The Courteeners, The Killers, Josh Barry, Keir, Ed Sheeran, Dusky, Patrick Topping, Run The Jewels, Tove Lo, Charli XCX, Stormzy, BBK, Kano, Maggie Rogers, Sigrid, Chic and Biffy Clyro to name just a few.
Beyond the stage is where revellers get lost in Shangri-La, lose hours down The Rabbit Hole, dance in the rain at Block 9, find peace and love in The Green Fields, make new friends at The Stone Circle and feel truly alive in the moment.
Lots of love to Michael and Emily Eavis and the team for once again putting on the best show in the world, and creating a place where everyone feels safe. Bring on 2019.