The sheer scale of Glastonbury is incredible. Within a few hours of arriving on site you can find yourself totally lost in the spectacle: there’s always stuff that’s new to see, and acts and stages you won’t have found. Checking out new music on the web is wicked, but having the chance to do so in person is really a whole different experience.
This year I was lucky enough to play a couple of sets in the Shangri-La area on the bottom south east corner of the festival. On Thursday night Deekline and I took over the Heaven stage there (check the pics on this page). It’s a big, white, open air setup and there most have been several thousand people for our set. Not far off is the Hell stage, which obviously has more of an evil theme, I played on that stage last year and there are these wicked little hexagonal mini-clubs for about 200 people dotted about as well.
I played a few older ones like my remix of The Prodigy’s Outta Space and some minimal jump up stuff. You have to mix pretty quickly with those: there’s more highs and lows than with the jungle stuff. My toddler daughter Amberlilly was on stage for some of my set (before finally falling asleep to the b-lines!) which was a great moment.
On the Friday I got to play a solo set at one of the mini-clubs called Pluto. That was more of an intimate vibe where you were much closer to the crowd, completely different to Heaven, but everyone was having a great time and I really enjoyed getting closer to the people.
I’d like to say thanks to Chris Toff and Sharkey for sorting out the set times and all our area passes, which is exhausting with a festival of this scale.
I also want to say a huge thank you to My Mrs for taking photo’s which wasn’t easy whilst looking after a toddler, a massive thank you to Jillian for helping with Amberlilly for the rest of the weekend and the awesome, big respect to Ben my old friend and the designated driver for all the trips back and forth to the festival. A huge thank you for the great hospitality of Manor Guest House owner’s Chamilla & Chris & their daughter Posie, who could tell you a few stories of their years living around the corner from Glastonbury.