Mud and Europe. Those were the big talking points of Glastonbury 2016 and at times it seemed that the music played merely a supporting role to the events that were happening in the wider world, with artists from Damon Albarn, Bastille, Billy Bragg, James and Foals all speaking out on the Brexit verdict.
Whether attendees voted Remain, Leave or their tent had been washed away in the mud, such is Glastonbury’s unifying force that there was plenty to lift the spirits.
It’s impossible to catch everything that you want to see at Glastonbury due to the sheer scale of the festival, the number of different stages and the inevitable clashes. We were happy to catch at least some of our scheduled slots with highlights including a return to glory set from Craig David and an undeniably uplifting Sunday night slot from Coldplay, featuring Barry Gibb and Michael Eavis himself.
Working closely with festivals as we do, we’re curious each year to see the incredible appeal Glastonbury has that it sells out in increasingly record time before a single artist is announced. Snobbery over the size of the festival, the difficulty of getting tickets, a dislike of music genres and fans not to taste with your own and annoyance at the amount of walking (25.5km covered in 24 hours was a record from our team!) goes completely out the window when it comes to Glastonbury. And why? Because it’s the original UK festival? Because it manages to get the world’s biggest artists due to their own desire to play Glastonbury? Or because it’s so heavily covered by the mainstream media on TV, Radio and in the press that it’s so unavoidable that you’d rather just be there? We’re not sure, but like the 175,000 other annual attendees, we’ll be there again next year.
The Edition Team