festival 2005 - been and gone!
Another brilliant festival - even the torrents of
rain didn't stop the fun.
could only happen with the British
climate - there we were all basking in the glorious
heat, clad in bikinis and shorts happily putting up
our tents - we'd all planned ahead and brought suncream
- as we settled down to what promised to be the best
summer festival ever......cut to Friday and we'd have
all sold our souls for a pair of wellies! The arrivees
on Friday didn't get the chance to get dirtier as the
weekend went on - they arrived lagged!
However, the magic of Glastonbury worked its spell and
most of us kept smiling despite the sinking, sticky
mud at its worst round the stages and market place.
The people were as ever - chilled, happy and out to
enjoy life that weekend whatever.....as ever there was
great music and good company..
2005 - Coldplay, Killers and the White Stripes headline
last appeared in 2002 and were amazing,
but in 2005 they pulled out all the stops and performed a
fantastic 90 minute set - Chris Martin seems such a nice bloke
and really knows how to connect with the Glasto crowd - makes
you just long to share a cup of chamomile tea with him...Loved
his quip, " Crazy frog where
are you now?" !! The first record
of their encore was the absent Kylie's ’Can’t
Get You Out Of My Head’, which seemed a nice touch.
Michael Eavis has offered Kylie a headline spot at the 2007
surpassed all my expectations
and stormed Pyramid stage and had the crowd singing themselves
hoarse with such rousing numbers as, ’Mr Brightside’, ’Somebody
Told Me’ and ’All These Things That I’ve Done’. They
have truly arrived as a headline band this year - they set
the festival alight last year in the New Bands Tent.
Can't stop playing their cd since I've been
The White Stripes
a great set with a mix of their old hits and new material
- where was Kate Moss when they played
’I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself’?!!
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festival favourites - Kaiser Chiefs
lead singer Ricky Wilson gave such a fantastic, energetic
set - the audience was totally wowed
the recent hits, ’I Predict A Riot’, ’Oh
My God’ and ’Everyday I Love You Less and Less’.
Ricky threw himself into his performance...and the crowd!
along with a giant inflatable dinosaur - I wanted it to go
on and on...Ricky stayed around for the rest of the festival
loving the unique Glasto atmosphere.
Other highlights - where do you start? It was great to hear
Manson back again - her powerful vocals reaching the corners
of the festival site. The sun shone on old Beachboy
Brian Wilson on Sunday - the voice was frailer but the spirit
of his music lived again - surfing the crowd became a reality
for one girl as she stood on a malibu board held high.
Goldie Lookin' Chain
John Butler Trio
Bellydance Superstars and the Desert Roses
Echo And The Bunnymen
Cooper Temple Clause
Hot Hot Heat
Red hand Band
Harley & Cockney Rebel
The Beautiful South
Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club
London Community Gospel Choir
The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain
Chas ‘n’ Dave
Mike Whellans:The One Man Blues Band
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Tiny Tin Lady
I Am Kloot
The Backbeat Beatles
festival tickets 2005
tickets went on sale on Sunday April 3rd and were sold out
in just over 3 hours. Michael Eavis had more than twice
the number of operators this year selling tickets online
and by telephone, which worked much better than last year's
fiasco. The reality is that there are not enough tickets
to go round - too many of us want to go to the best festival
of the year!
Ticket holders now require photo ID. The tickets are sold
with identity cards which have a photograph of the carrier
and include their name and address. No other sites or agencies
are allocated tickets, they are only available from the
to keep the locals happy 'noise stewards' will be employed
for this year's festival. They will monitor noise levels
in the village, so swift action can be taken to quieten
things down if needed back at the site. The Glade Stage
is being moved to the new dance area as part of the noise
reduction plans. Also the dance tent will be given special
'silent disco' headsets, so the fun can continue into the
well as raising funds for Oxfam, Greenpeace, Water Aid,
Make Trade Fair, and Forest Futures there are plans this
year to donate money to victims of the Asian tsunami.
The New Stage was re-named the John Peel Stage,
in memory of the Radio One DJ. He was the voice of Glastonbury
for many listeners and viewers of the BBC's festival coverage,
and will be greatly missed.
Peel's favourites, The Undertones, played
a tribute to him. Winners of the Glastonbury Unsigned Performers
Competition, The Mad Staring Eyes
played a brilliant set. Every
fifth year since 1987 has been taken off. After discovering
a spring on the farm there are plans to build a reservoir,
which will provide water for his huge influx of visitors.
Eavis commented:" We don't do it because we have to
do it and its not tied to commercial interests."
Glastonbury - a brilliant new film by
Julien Temple covering the history of UK's best-loved
DVD July 2006