GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL’S VISUAL DELIGHTS

What I knew about Glastonbury Festival was that it has a huge number of fields where people camp, get muddy, wear very cool quirky clothes and watch epic performances on different stages dotted around the site. I mean, this is what is widely publicised on tv and in magazines after all.

What I didn’t realise until I got there was just how much more to this magical festival there is. Being a lover of design, decor and art, my mind was completely blown by just how many spectacular sites there were. I couldn’t get enough of it. And so for those who are interested in this side of Glastonbury, here are some of my fav visual delights from the world-famous festival…

The Healing Field is full of inspiration, reflection and ways to put life into perspective.

‘Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful of your life’

‘To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest achievement’

I loved reading the hopes and wishes that others had tied to a fence with multi-coloured ribbon whilst making my own.

And just look at how beautiful some of the tents are? Complete with little welcoming touches like the painted door, oriental umbrella, flower pots, lanterns and bunting. The experience I had with the healer in this tent is one I shall never forget; I had never done anything like this before and was honestly pretty nervous about it, but when she said I’d leave at the end emotional (I sobbed uncontrollably) but lighter and with a huge smile on my face she wasn’t wrong.

The fashion is widely covered at Glastonbury but I didn’t expect the array of different shops. Sequin jackets and vintage clothing galore, art and sculptures, toys, accessories and jewellery, dream catchers, furniture, it’s all there.

This feather headdress looks sooooo good on my friend Jen, don’t you think?

I can’t imagine rocking up like this on the school run, so it was rather exciting and incredibly girly to visit a tent and choose the colours and textures for our adorned faces to get into the festival spirit.

Performances span far wider than the music on the main stages. Circus, cabaret, comedy, dance and other forms of performing art are there on a huge scale.

Sitting on patterned cushions in a Raj style tent under a beautifully decorated ceiling complete with fairy lights and lanterns, whilst sharing a shisha pipe with old friends and new as you watch the world go by. Need I say more?

The entrance to one of the parks; isn’t the craftsmanship and scale of the decorations spectacular? It’s simply magical.

Just one small area inside one relatively small hospitality tent and yet look at the detail in these suspended floral decorations, hot air balloons and rainbow coloured bunting? Just thinking about how long it must take to not only set up this festival from a practical perspective, but to decorate every area with details like this completely blows my mind.

The crowds, the colours, the tents, the mahoosive scale of Glasto, soak in the wonder of it all…

The Hollywood or Glastonbury sign? I know which one I’d visit again…

Not once did I think, ‘oh yeah, I’m going to Glastonbury Festival, I bet I’ll see a field swarmed with doppelgängers in a miniature Glasto site made by festival goers and riding past it a man juggling whilst on a giant bike with bubbles floating from its back’ but we did, and that’s why I blooming love it!

The eclectic crowds and giant flags blowing in the wind.

My final visual delight has to be the mud, mud, glorious mud. Love it or loathe it, it’s part of the history of what makes Glastonbury so memorable.

The atmosphere is indescribable and now I’ve been, I completely get why people are desperate to go year on year for their Glasto-fix.

Glastonbury Festival, you absolutely and unexpectedly have my heart. You are mad, you are wonderful, you are magical, you are an adventure and a spectacle of visual delights that blew my mind; I hope we meet again.

Until next time,

OSK

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