With Glasto around the corner, people up and down the country are busy prepping their festival essentials, praying for sunshine and googling ‘how to build a tent’. We asked the festival veterans among us for their top tips on how to survive Glastonbury. Here’s what they had to say:
What one thing could you not live without at Glasto?
LISA: I couldn’t manage without spray mist. It is essentially water in an aerosol can. It costs 99p from B&M and is a lifesaver when you wake up in a hot and sticky tent. Instantly refreshed and ready to take on the next day.
GEORGE: Probably the Hayfever medicine I pick up from the Greenfields every year. Works a charm.
NATHAN: Sports rehydration salts, they save me every morning, every year.
APHRA: Honey Jack Daniels. Mixed with chai it’s the perfect sunrise drink!
What makes your packing list every year?
LISA: Over the years I have got my own fool-proof packing list, including copious amounts of glitter, face paint and sparkly outfits to brighten up even the wettest and muddiest days.
GEORGE: A sense of adventure. Glastonbury is a big festival with a huge variety of things to do and acts to see. You can have a completely different experience each time you go if you choose to explore!
APHRA: Glitter, sparkly outfits, fairy lights, gold stars, comfy socks, toilet roll, shin cup noodles and all the booze…
Any tips on constructing a tent?
LISA: This year I have bought a new ‘inflatable tent’ which doesn’t need poles. Hopefully it is a genius idea, but I’m also packing duct tape in case of an emergency puncture.
NATHAN: Yeah, get a pop up one. Life saver!
GEORGE: Get as many people as possible to pitch in! 😉
APHRA: Get someone else to do it 😉 or better yet bring a caravan! Luxury all the way.
How much money should you take?
LISA: I always take a little more to make the most of all the street food and a couple of cold ones from the Brothers Bar. Around £150-£200 will give you plenty to sample all of the amazing flavours and treat yourself to a cold pint.
GEORGE: If you buy your booze in advance, £100 should be enough to see you through.
NATHAN: I manage to do the whole thing with about £150.
APHRA: I try to take as little as poss – but just enough to grab some sparkly bargains on Monday when the stalls drop all their prices!
What shoes should you take with you?
LISA: Always need to take your wellies because you can never trust the weather forecast. Also a sturdy pair of trainers for trekking the site and dancing the night away when it’s dry.
GEORGE: Obviously not your favourite pair as they most likely get ruined. Oh and if it’s wet, I’d pack boots not wellies. I’ve seen enough wellies get lost in mud pits to last a life time!
APHRA: I take my pair of trusty Motorbike boots. They’re breathable but waterproof and you can get them off without having to do the late night welly dance.
What’s the longest you’ve gone without a shower at glasto?
LISA: Tuesday evening (the night before) until Monday morning (when I get home) so… the whole time! Gross. But there’s too much fun to be had to get clean.
GEORGE: I’ll dash a bit of water over myself everyday but I don’t shower at Glastonbury. That’s cheating!
NATHAN: Proper showers are cheating. A bottle of water and shampoo will get you by.
APHRA: I go for dry shampoo and wet wipe washes! There’s something about going a little bit feral that makes the experience even better!
What’s the one luxury you like to take with you?
LISA: I have two…
- Air bed. Whatever time you make it back to your campsite, I just want to treat myself to a comfortable sleep.
- After that comfy sleep, there’s nothing better than a campsite circle of camping chairs to catch up on what everyone did last night with a cuppa.
NATHAN: Agreed, an airbed. It’s also an excellent life-raft if the unthinkable happens…
GEORGE: Hmm, maybe a couple of favourite beers for the last day!
APHRA: A duvet! I love clambering into that fluffy cloud when I can’t take the pace anymore.
What can you expect from Glasto?
NATHAN: A mix of pure joy and utter exhaustion.
LISA: Plenty of new experiences. Amazing live music. Loads of friendly people. Probably some mud and some really ropey toilets. But definitely the most fun you have ever had. This is my 10th consecutive visit!
GEORGE: A festival that truly has something for everyone and atmosphere like no where else on earth.
APHRA: Achey feet, a happy heart and probably a total lack of voice!
What’s your best Glasto memory?
LISA: Wow, so many. But perhaps my number one memory is watching Blur reform on the Pyramid Stage in 2009 and my friend and I danced and cried through the set with these people dressed as milk cartons – best day ever!!
GEORGE: It’s really tough to choose, watching Tame Impala in the sun last year was pretty incredible.
APHRA: Watching a guy push a full size piano onto the stone circle at 6am Monday morning, after all the music had stopped – with everybody gathered round singing together was pretty special.
Favourite 2017 headliner?
LISA: The National. My all time favourite band, closely followed by The Foo Fighters.
GEORGE: If you’re not at Radiohead this year then you’re doing it wrong.
NATHAN: Radiohead, hands down.
What’s a ‘must-do’ at Glasto?
LISA: Explore as much as you can. It’s impossible to see everything, but the festival is so much more than the music.
GEORGE: After dark it’s all about Shangri-la. The whole area is a massive world of its own! Also watching the sun rise at the stone circle is pretty special.
NATHAN: Yeah, sit up at the Glastonbury sign at dusk/dawn. Either one is an amazing sight.
APHRA: Go and bug the angels to let you into Heaven in Shangri-La until they give you the golden wristband that gives you access to incredible secret gigs and an actual porcelain throne (toilet). You have no idea how amazing that is on Sunday night after 4 days visiting the long drops!
Any last words?
To anyone that has ever had even the tiniest inkling to go, GO!!! Add it to your bucket list and hope to see you there in 2019!