If you want to understand the Glastonbury music festival, start by thinking of Coachella and then multiply it by 10. Think of Disney’s Magic Kingdom plus Disneyland and then throw in Epcot Center and then add in the Animal Kingdom. The size and scale is something that can’t be explained, because it is simply unbelievable. Conceived by former dairy farmer Michael Eavis, Glastonbury is the mecca of music festivals and also the world's biggest. Where else could you see Kanye in the evening, and the Dalai Lama in the morning, The Who the next night, and then a special appearance by Stephen Hawking, Mark Ronson calling on Mary J. Blige, Grandmaster Flash, and George Clinton to power "Uptown Funk," and Florence Welch DJing her own after party? Glasto. Mix in over 170,000 people from around the world, remove flushing toilets and any sense of a bedtime, and you have 5 days of pure bliss. It's even said that for the stragglers who just can’t get enough, Eavis himself invites them to his house for a cup of tea, and a “it’s time to go, and see you next year” farewell. If Glastonbury is not on your bucket list, you just have not lived.
photo by John Daniel Powers