saw plenty of music, and practically everybody I wanted to see, but the music was secondary and we really enjoyed being out and about and exploring much much more
crammed loads in during the 5 days but also chilled out loads too. met some lovely people. we were back in our tent before 1am every night tho - sign of the times!
our camp site was really relaxed, got plenty of kip during the night. getting set up was so easy too, we got dropped off at the gate and had got inside, picked a spot and started putting the tent up in about 10 minutes
music-wise, we saw
war on drugs - decent short set and the crowd was fine, plenty of space for people to spread out.
rodrigo y gabriela - sat up on the grass in the sun and watched this on the screens. not really my thing but everybody seemed to be enjoying just lying about and listening to it.
watched about 6 de la soul songs then had to make way over to haim on the OS. they were same as always, good craic and up for it.
haim finished and you could see that fucking storm lurking in the background so we managed to get back to our tents before it properly kicked in. it was mental. I was peering out and it really did feel like the world was ending - second electrical storm I've seen in a week (there was a crazy one in the early hours of the morning in Mallorca while we were there).
chrvches - brilliant. first time seeing them and they were really were on top form.
arcade fire - for us they were the best act of the weekend. the older stuff went down so well but there was just such a good atmosphere throughout. they are one of my favourite ever bands so perhaps i'm biased but I really could find no fault with the performance.
manics - good set but the crowd were a bit static and the mud probably didn't help. very hard to move about in it. i'm not really a big fan of the other stage in general, cant put my finger on it but it's just not for me.
john grant - got down in the very front row for this. it was amazing and the first time we've seen him. I had a bit of a strange moment when charlotte church lit my cigar for me. I haven't watched the BBC footage yet but the cameras were hovering in and around us for the entire set so perhaps it's been caught on camera
bryan ferry - we were a bit disappointed. it seemed an easy decision to plump for this instead of metallica (who i'd seen before) but I wish i'd done the opposite now. it was all just a bit too tame for my liking and probably would have been better for a sunday night closing act to be honest.
dolly parton - good fun. ridiculous amount of people at it.
st vincent - brilliant but we had to shoot off after 8 or 9 songs. the park is definitely my favourite stage, and area of the festival though.
disclosure - not my thing but my missus dragged me along. I think she was trying to be trendy. loads of fucked people at it, lying everywhere. so quite amusing for that reason. I managed to persuade her to leave so I could catch some massive attack, who were very enjoyable (wish i'd seen the whole thing).
so yeah the music was all great....seen loads of other stuff too, a mish mash of sets here and there over our entire time there but those acts mentioned were the main ones.
really liked the rabbit hole, spent a few hours there on the thursday afternoon (when the rain first reared it's head)
but we covered a lot of ground and it never felt knackering, there was always something happening somewhere. hopefully with any luck we'll get to go back again in the next few years.
the queues for the charger tent were silly though. people must have been waiting 2-3 hours minimum at times - who wants to do that?
I struck a deal with a bloke running a wine van and he let me charge my phone for a couple of hours a day in his van, I just kept him sweet by buying a few bottles of his overpriced plonk.
oh...and nevergreen, where were you camped? would your real name happen to be barry???