24 June 2005
Who's laughing now?!

Glastonbury from the air

For years I wanted to go to the
Glastonbury Festival. There are always great bands, it lasts for several days, and it just seems so much fun to go camping and hang out for the whole time. Lots of beer tents, crafts, even a kids' festival. It always looks so wonderful. Every year I got a bit disappointed that I didn't manage to get tickets on time. At 120 pounds each (about $240), you'd think they'd last longer--but no, they sell out in record time. But after a while, I started to change my mind about wanting to go.

The first couple years I lived here, I thought "what a shame, it's raining again for Glasto". After a while, I realized it was more than that--there was a pattern there. And I came to the obvious conclusion.

Glastonbury is cursed. Seriously. It is the only bit of truly predictable weather in the country. It's like clockwork--no one in their right mind plans a barbeque or outdoor party during the festival weekend. It will rain. Period.

"Is that Glastonbury weekend? Can't have the party then, it'll be raining"

And every year, without fail, it rains. Everywhere. This year, it's been in the high 80s for a week straight (beyond rare); until today. The start of Glastonbury. We woke up to cloudy skies and it's been raining all day.

But NOT as bad as at Glasto itself. They got hit with massive thunderstorms with torrential downpours. The festival goers have gotten a real treat this year. Not only do they get bands, and atmosphere, and a weekend long party--
they get to go swimming too!

glasto tents
One of the tent fields after today's thunderstorms

swimming at glasto
Poor schmuck swimming for car keys

I really don't feel so bad about not going now. Nope, not at all.

posted by Julie at 3:48 PM 12 comments


Anonymous Lou said...

LOL!!!! It's the same way with teh fair where I grew up. I was just home for a visit and it was nothing but thundershowers and flooded baseents. My mom took one look at me and said "well, what do you expect? The fair's in town!"

Fri Jun 24, 04:47:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Bossy♥'s YOU said...

OMG....never fails....i miss out on all the cool festivals...i would have to bring my poncho and my goulishes though..:-)

Fri Jun 24, 07:12:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Jen said...

That's BAD!!!!

Fri Jun 24, 07:20:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Sheri said...

Oh...my...gosh!!! That's awful!

Sat Jun 25, 01:40:00 AM GMT+1  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Those pictures are unbelievable.

Sat Jun 25, 03:17:00 AM GMT+1  
Blogger Sally said...

I have always been the only one of my friends not to go. I don't do festivals. Not after going to Party in the Park, to see The Who, and Eric Clapton. I was waiting at a portaloo door when a big lorry driver type came out saying, "Trust me, luv. You don't wanna go in there!" He was right.

Glastonbury is indeed cursed!

Sat Jun 25, 06:53:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger She said...

it would suck to be those people right now

Sat Jun 25, 10:17:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Miss Sass said...

LMAO!! That's hysterical!! I think you're right... it MUST be cursed. lol

Sun Jun 26, 09:59:00 AM GMT+1  
Blogger Sheri said...

omg - I couldn't stand that...let alone that huge crowd of people... just looking at it... omg where's my Ativan?

Mon Jun 27, 09:31:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger mommyguilt said...

YIKES!! It's been hideously hot (90+) for a week or so, with no rain during that time. Those pictures actually looked a little scary, even with our mini-drought! However, it is SO dry, that perhaps we should start having Glasto here in the Midwest!

Thu Jun 30, 05:13:00 AM GMT+1  
Blogger jac said...

Those two are damn good photographs. Very nice transparency. First time here through Karen's link.

Fri Jul 01, 09:26:00 AM GMT+1  
Blogger Julie said...

jac--I took them off the BBC's website;I hope they're good. :) Thanks for stopping by!

Fri Jul 01, 12:58:00 PM GMT+1  

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