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The Top 20 Highlights of Glastonbury 2013

on July 03, 2013, 11:00am
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Glastonbury is about what you make it. There is the potential for every person’s experience to be different, even unique. Firstly, it’s not simply a music festival. Glastonbury is like a series of interconnected villages, boasting spaces that reveal a wealth of creative gems, as much as hosting arenas pulling in vast crowds. So you are as likely to encounter men dressed as women astride giant shopping trolleys as a theatre group staging a reenactment of La Tomatina. En route to some stages, you’ll find louder-than-life circus performers clogging up the walkways, not to mention a troupe of lap-dancing nuns. OK, we made up the lap dancing bit, but there were nuns, and we can only guess about their short habits. Not for nothing then is the UK’s flagship show tagged the “Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts.”

The Glastonbury demographic is ever broadening. There are parents who once came as teenagers and now bring their own children, and thirtysomethings who came as teenagers now with parents in tow. Young people post-exams escaping the shackles of home life (some for the first time) equally made up a goodly proportion of the audience. People come for the culture as much as the music; some just for the experience of being here, and many come back again and again.

Glastonbury Festival 2013. Photo by Adam Gasson / adamgasson.com

Photo by Adam Gasson // threesongsnoflash.net

For those for whom live music is the key, there was a refreshing difference about Glastonbury 2013: mud, or rather the lack of it. Despite copious rain on Thursday, by Friday lunchtime the site was pretty dry. From then on it was cloud cover interrupted by plenty of sun, and suddenly you could move from stage to stage in half the time it took you in 2011.

With over 2,000 acts appearing on 58 stages across Glastonbury’s 500-acre site, the dry terrain meant that music fans could see even more of them, limited only by the laws of physics. Consequence of Sound writers Tony Hardy and Jamie Boyd were among them and bring you their personal Glastonbury highlights.

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Wal
July 3, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Excellent digest. I was there and this is spot on. Really gives you the flavour of the place. The only thing missing for me was OMD on the pyramid celebrating the success of English Electric. Maybe next year, Mr Eavis?

Jan Hartley
July 3, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Absolutely spot on. This was my first Glastonbury and was everything and more than expected. Stand out set for me Kodaline. Emerging talent Bridie Jackson and Port Isla also fantastic. As for the Stones – what can I say – what an experience. Great reviews guys, keep up the good work.

Yasmin Selena Butt
July 4, 2013 at 6:42 am

I’ve got so much to catch up on courtesy of BBC iplayer but completely agree with you on Nick Cave & Foals. I also saw Ed Harcourt & Portishead play great sets on stream. Wish I could have seen Revere, I read they were on before Rufus Wainwright? Peeps on Twitter were very mixed about the Rolling Stones, but I’d like to see any of their detractors drum a 2 hour set at the grand age of 72!