We asked Glasto virgins what they expect from the festival
‘I mean it’s good vibes or no vibes really’
For anyone who’s ever been to a festival Glastonbury is like the ultimate goal. Glastonbury attendees will tell about how amazing it is and how you will never experience anything like it in your life. The mystical and magic festival is one of the most infamous around and is home to some of the biggest stages, the best acts and the most amazing times.
However all this comes at a cost, registering for you tickets, waking up at the crack of dawn in order to switch on every internet enabled device in your home so you can get tickets, then when you fail to get through go through it all again on the resale. If you are one of the lucky people that gets through then you have been blessed by God and should be extremely grateful. You are a chosen one.
This year is my first year going to Glastonbury and I literally do not not know what to expect. I have been to Leeds festival before but that’s totally different to the magic Glastonbury, right? So what should I take? What should I expect? How much money should I bring? So many questions and so little answers. I decided to ask a few other Glasto virgins about that perceptions of the festival and a few other questions about the preparation for it.
Rhiannah Hyland, 20, The University of Law Manchester
“Money wise I’ve saved around £50 a day for food, maybe a few soft drinks to add to alcohol I’m already taking. I’ve heard there are cash points around the site. So I will take my card as a back up but I have bought about two crates of cider and have big bottle of vodka and two bottles of Caribbean rum, I’m just going to get soft drink there. I think I’m going to be pretty drunk for the majority of the weekend.
“The line-up is pretty standard this year, I’m looking forward to seeing Coldplay but other than that I am just going for the atmosphere, if it’s as amazing as what I’ve heard people say then it doesn’t matter who is performing I have no idea as to the atmosphere, I get asked am I going festivals all the time, when I tell people I’m going to Glastonbury, everyone just gives me a look of envy and all those who have been just tell tales of how awesome it was, some guy in Tesco even stopped me the other day and told me he went and fence jumped just to see the rolling stones perform a few years ago.”
Ellie Rice, 19, Liverpool
“I’ve been told it’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced so I’m really expecting huge things now. I’m hoping it’s pretty chilled out and generally happy and excited. I’ve been to V Festival and Reading and I’m expecting to be a bit like both in some ways – they’re obviously quite mainstream so I guess it’ll be similar around the Pyramid stage but I have no idea about the other areas; I hear there’s a rabbit hole? I’m so excited to see Catfish and The Bottlemen – I’m a huge fan and I’ve had The Ride on repeat since it came out, other than that we want to go see Jeremy Corbyn when he talks, LCD Soundsystem, Shura, Tom Odell, Coldplay, ELO – everyone really, the lineup is sick.
“We’re probably going to take spirit and mixer and some wine boxes, I don’t plan on getting too drunk every night because I’m a bit of a nightmare on a hangover and I’d rather enjoy it without a pounding head; that and the price of drink in festivals in ridiculous when you’re a poor student. I actually have no idea, I haven’t even thought about it yet. Just more of everything compared to what I took to V and Reading- snacks, glitter, booze.”
Lucy Kehoe, 20, Liverpool
“I’m expecting it to be quite friendly and fun – I’ve heard it’s very middle class and family-orientated so I’m not worried about it being scary or anything. I’ve never been to a festival before so this is my first. I don’t know who I’ll see, I’m pretty easy and happy to just walk around and enjoy the atmosphere and find – I’d quite like to see Ben UFO, and Mungo’s HiFi Though. I’d also like to see Adele just because I think it will be a once in a lifetime opportunity and I reckon the atmosphere will be pretty good.
“I’m not planning to get particularly fucked – just enough to enjoy myself really. I’m probably going to take a big box of tinnies. I’m planning on taking about £100 (that’s all I’ve got) because we’ve also taking food with us and I don’t really want to spend too much. I feel like you have to be a bit more fashion aware at Glastonbury – it’s got such a reputation for its style so I feel like I’m thinking about more clothes than maybe I would normally?”
Daisy Bernard, Journalist, Manchester grad
“I think atmosphere will be pretty chilled. It’s a lot longer/bigger than other festivals I’ve been to. I can imagine it will be way harder to meet up with people and there’ll be a lot more walking. I’ll probably spend a lot more money too – thats why I will probably take some vodka and mixers, I still need to check if there is a limit though. I haven’t really thought about money yet, I will probably take whatever I have left in my bank account before payday.