A few weeks back I took the plunge and visited an overseas festival. The Exit Festial in Novi Sad , Serbia to be precise. Not being one for festivals normally, this was a big ask. A visit in my young life to Glastonbury 1990 made sure I have subsequently carried many an issue with the festival experience.
This time last month, I was halfway through three weeks working at Glastonbury Festival. This meant that I was able to see the 'Early' week, final build up of all the stages and areas, as well as the Show Week in which the market vendors and last staging equipment poured in, joined by 175,000 others from Wednesday onwards.
Not much tends to exceed expectations, especially when you're talking about the most well-loved festival on the planet, Glastonbury. But come Monday, I walked away from Worthy Farm with my mind blown at just how peaceful and well organised this festival was... yet Glastonbury seemed to break all the rules that most festivals push so hard. So what is it that Glastonbury does so well?
Glastonbury Festival's 900 acre site is jam-packed with plenty of potential "wow" moments and awe-inspiring acts. However, while many of these special seconds are shared with thousands of other people - and uploaded to YouTube by the Monday after - there are plenty of wonderful moments which are shared by just a few hundred of the 180,000 people in attendance...