Phil’s Glasto Review.
Finally home & at a laptop! Will do 3 parts for y’all - the Old Fart’s Review & Advice
Glasto 2016 was dictated by the fucking Mud. KRG - Thank God you did not go! My knee had been the size of a balloon a week before and I was restricted. We then had a team member strain his Meniscus on a late night hike back from the Park.
So what did that mean? Normally we love the randomness of wandering through the fields & dropping in on unexpected bands on the smaller stages. This year we learnt very early on that was not going to be fesible. - Maybe old age?
We learnt that instead of hopping between Pyramid & Other Stage we simply couldn’t face the ankle deep gloop. This dramtically changed our Glasto, different for sure but in fact it had no effect on our enjoyment. Because we didn’t move around we saw FAR more gigs than we would do usually and some were unexpectedly good.
Thursday - We arrived at my mates gaff - 7 bedroom Mansion that he rebuilt over the last year, a 3m 26 s drive from Gate B (ie closer than the Campervan Park) Boys put up the Awning on the VW & me & Mrs D_P had luxury Balinese 4 poster bed & en Suite! Late afternoon we drove to the gate & wandered around, Cider Bis, Brothers in West Holts, watched some bands in the Tents & on the Bandstand, had some munchies & got back to bae in time to empty a couple of bottles of POlish Vidka around a Campfire.
Friday - straight to the Other Stage where James were delayed 20 minutes (luckily for us - bit slow after the Vodka!) If EVER a band deserved to be abused by Football Fans it is James - One Song - You’ve only got one song… Yes I know they are still going but the other stuff is very bland and not the Anthemic launch music of say the Kaiser Chiefs a couple of years ago. In fact we got bored after 30 minutes & headed up to The Park (at this point the mud wasn’t that restrictive)
First Rip Off - The Ale tent supplied Steel Pint Pots for a 5 quid deposit, then 4.50 for Otter Ale. We went to the Park & watched Night Beats a US based Rock Band which we had never heard of but really enjoyed while sitting in the Sun
At this point we tried to take the Beer Mugs back - nope cannot get the money back have to find a Water Aid Tent - yep that never happened - 9.50 a pint - farking Dubai Prices! A long trudge back to the Pyramid to set up camp to watch Two Door Cinema Club then Jess Glynne.
Tbh honest 2DCC just came over as warm fuzzy Indie, JG? Warm fuzzy Girly Pop - we disliked the first and actually really enjoyed Jess, good tunes & a sing a long to get us ready for ZZ Top…
Oh. What a disappointment they were. Almost Jamesesque in their blandness. Most damming thing I can say? We sat in our chairs all through as did most people around us.
Foals perked us up. Can see why they are popular, they do seem to be very close to making that “Big Thing” breakthrough to Festival Legends. For us Jess was better but Foals weren’t far behind.
Muse. Well, Last time I watched them I was filming from the back of the staqge while they played their Encore so I was REALLY looking forward to seeing them infront of a big crowd. Easliy the highlight of the day, BUT.
Now that is the thing. 1) They were painfully loud. We stood in our regular spot and Mrs D-P developed a headache and mentioned it being TOO loud, it wasn’t long before I had to concur. 2) Their new stuff is actually bland shit. Yeah a couple of good ones in there but in a 90+ minute set there were periods when the mind wandered and yes, too loud, bored now, let’s fuck off home.
The other 2 lads in our team had headed back to The Park to see Richard Hawley. It took them almost 2 hours to get back after the gig, a nightmare fight through Mud & Crowds. They thought he had been superb - Power Ballads they called it. Think they’d have preferred to stay and see Muse to avoid that nightmare and we’d have preferred to have had more songs we knew.
Back to Base camp, drama and tales from all around including our host & his guests, two more Vodka bottles destroyed with Polish Cabanos & Pickles. Time for Bed