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I have NEVER been to a festival with bad weather, I'm like the good luck nugget that will ensure Glasto sees wall to wall sunshine (or at the very worst a bit of overcast weather with the odd refreshing shower)
cheer yourselves up by checking the bbc's monthly outlook out - looks ACE
Persistent rain ruined Glastonbury 07 for me. My first one. I was encouraged to take the plunge again for 08 and luckily, it was roasting.
If the rain comes again, I will be relieved I didn't go but gutted for the Glastonburiers.
i went in 97 and 98 and I recall 98 being far far worse than 97. 98 was when blur headlined on the Saturday night.
'98 was worse than '97 for me. But I honestly think '07 was the worst ever. Just totally persistent, non-stop miserable rain. An unreasonable amount of rain. And it actually got *worse* as the weekend went on.
2007 pretty much put me off ever wanting to go again.
Of course it would have been better without the rain but we all still had a great time. Fingers crossed this years weather is like last years :)
Completely sodden the whole weekend. Still had fun but wouldn't be fussed about doing it again in a hurry.
this. i wouldn't be going ever again if i wasn't playing
At least in 05 when it was horrendously muddy it wasn't consistently raining. 07 was just too much.
I miss it a bit now though.
and I STILL went a third year. Luckily that year was nice and hot. I actually got sunstroke at one stage. :D
due to personal reasons i cant attend this year,my mate wont shut up about goin and as much as i hope him and his mrs have an amaxing time....i also hope they have a total miserable time cos the weathers awful.
Im such a good friend
Last year was amazing though
with the scuba divers at the bottom of Pennards etc. We woke up to find tents a few feet away from us completely washed away. All our stuff (phones etc) was underwater and our mate had a river going through his tent, but that was quite lucky compared to people around us whose clothes, wallets and car keys were somewhere under 6 feet of mud and effluent at the bottom of the hill.
'07 was pretty poor as it hardly stopped all weekend but it never felt life threatening like the previous year, just horribly cold and muddy. Mind you, the combination of two really shit wet years like that has put me off going for a while.
'06 was a fallow year!
but yeah, friday morning of 05 was ridiculous. i had to carry my tent from pennards to john peel, and we didn't take it down.
the weather was amazing all weekend. We were camped at the top of pennards and stood at the bottom that morning with a gobsmacked look on our faces. Poor buggers, but then why camp at the bottom of a hill?
and had camped with friends. it was my first time at glasto and the weather was LOVELY on the wednesday and thursday, seriously the best ever. BUT THEN....
It was my first too and I was trecking through the mud to find some after sun as I had burnt myself on the Thursday, what a difference 12 hours made
but by the monday morning, it was dry again. in 2007 it was still raining on the way home
I'll wait a bit closer to guess which way.
The better news is - THEY'RE SHOWING THE SECOND LIONS TEST!
My friend wrote a quick email to the festival to find out and got a snooty response back saying he was shit out of luck
at the cinema stage?
I just found the email my friend got back from Glastonbury when he asked about it:
'No. The demand is not there, nor the inclination to pay a small fortune to Sky for right to screen it.
In peace, Infoman'
Terse, yet hippie-ish. The worst of all possible worlds.
it cant be as bad as bestival last year. if it is i will almost certainly cry.
i was at glasto '05, that was horrific in parts, but not as consistently terrible.. not where we were anyway.. plus the first two days of glasto that year were possibly the best iv ever had.. THEN the heavens opened.. bestival last year was just a fucking misery from the get go
baring in mind i was camped in a fairly close location at bestival, the only bad bit was the stretch that went past family camping. the 24 hour fild was wet and muddy, but it was mainly slush, and the main arena had woodchip and hard surface.
Glastonbury being as it is so much bigger, suffers from stages surrounded by lakes lakes blocking roads at the bottom of hills and was just generally more tiring.
bestival last year was totally ruined for me, i fell over in the mud loads and pretty much had to wear mud-encrusted clothes for the whole weekend. on friday i pretty much did not dry off at all.
that experience means i'm not going to bestival this year, even tho 1) i grew up on the island and my parents live there still, and 2) it's got the best lineup of any festival in the uk this year. damn.
except for the and of june monsoon.
when you're there it's all good fun, getting covered in mud/shit/whatever and coming out the other end feeling like a vietnam vet, giggling the whole way home at the sheer fun and ridiculousness the weekend has provided is all part of the experience. in short, rain does not interefere with fun, but then again this is Glasto and the gazebo mob probably don't like getting their Sunday Times all soggy, toughen up a bit and have some fun!
And 04 and 05 were two of the most fun festivals I've ever been to, but by contrast 07 was just awful. It certainly adds to the experience (and hence we all have fantastic horror stories about 05 to share), but there's no way that standing watching a band knee deep in mud, soaked through and freezing cold is as much fun as when it is gloriously sunny, and you can dance around and lie on the grass and not worry that every step you take could end up with falling face first into mud.
sunny festivals are always much less chaotic (not to mention comfortable) but there is something about being in a field with all your mates, drenched and filthy and not really giving a shit because you're all having such a laugh. Sorry to have another jab at the gazebo mob but honestly, people like us go to festivals for the music and these people really don't seem to get that, the amount of people I saw at Latitude, Glasto and even Reading to an extent last year that were clearly there so they could exchange their oh so delightfully bohemian tales of festival life at a dinner party over the after eights was a bit annoying. The feeling of community is one of the best parts of a festival and when you're in a field where everyones winging about the rain because little Tarquin's cashmere cardigan is soggy just doesn't really fit in with the vibe.
It's a camping-based music festival - both elements of that formula are infinitely more pleasurable if it's hot.
Sure, if you're seeing bands you love you're going to have a great time regardless, but in the floods you lose the ability to just drift around and stumble across things you'd otherwise not see.
You could argue that you wanting to brag about having been standing in a bit of mud to watch a band is as silly as the 'gazebo mob' wanting to chat about their experiences there.
it's nothing about bragging, it's about having a good time no matter what and not prattling on about the weather ruining the fun like everyone always does. For fucks sake, you've bought a very expensive ticket to a generally great festival and all anyone ever says afterwards is "oh the weather was terrible", of course trudging through the mud makes it a little more difficult to get from A to B but honestly, it really really isn't as bad as you're making out, I was at glasto 07, sure it was messy, smelly, vaguely inconvenient to get places and the nights were a little rough (then again they always are in a tent) but still, it was fucking fun! on the coach back to London me and my friends couldn't stop laughing and going over the fun stories of the weekend but pretty much everyone else on there didn't stop moaning about the weather. Are we all so steretypically English?
being positive and all, but I disagree that the rain doesn't detract from things.
1) This regular yearly monsoon - what happens to it in the years when it's dry and very hot?
2) It's very definite given not even the Met Office can accurately predict weather patterns more than about three days in advance.
so much as make it hit at a different time.
what monsoon? Has someone suddenly sprung a fucking monsoon on us without anyone noticing? March winds - check. April showers - check. June monsoons - never heard of them.
It's pissed down at Glastonbury a whole 6 times since it started, and both July and August are statistically wetter.
it only rained badly in 1982 1997 and 1998 out of the first 3 decades of the fest. literally 3 bad years between 1970 and 1999. I know some years it wasn't on but still.
The muddy reputation only really kicked in after the 97/98 double whammy.
It was an absolute scorcher with not a single drop of rain the first 3 times i went in the 1990's.
So u know... chins up eh?
That shit looks scary....
(I think Metcheck.com is fucked)
It's not just that it's a bit cold and miserable when it rains but it completely fucks up your plans to see bands because it takes so long to get from one staqe to another, it can easily be an hour trudging from one place to another in the mud and as a result you miss out on loads of things you wanted to see. Half the things I wanted to see in 07 went out the window purely down to logistics.
Secondly a lot of the magical bizarre stuff that makes Glasto different and special is lost, and in the rain and mud it becomes just another generic music festival, like Reading but on a bigger scale. You get to laugh at people falling over in the mud but that's about it, the majority of the theater and spectacle is lost and for me that's a huge part of why I love Glasto so much.
I'm not saying I didn't have a brilliant time in 05 and 07 because I did, but it's a lot harder work. And a bit of mud is one thing but it's different when everything you have is literally submerged underwater.
A couple of mud years are a Glasto right of passage and part of the experience but whilst the first one or two are ok as there's the novelty factor after a while it's just boring.
This shouldn't really come as any surprise! Glastonbury = Rain!
sometime next week. This is just a climate forecast / explanation for why it frequently rains, hard in the last two weeks of June.