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eric the beard
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Wed Jul 02, 2014 2:54 pm

had a really great time this year

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
blondie - 4 or 5 songs, sound wasn't great where we were stood and the crowd started getting a bit packed so we squeezed our way out.

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???

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Wed Jul 02, 2014 3:00 pm

Excellent stuff eric

i take it the wedding went well

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Wed Jul 02, 2014 3:00 pm

John Grant is brilliant live

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Wed Jul 02, 2014 3:06 pm

mojo wrote:Excellent stuff eric

i take it the wedding went well
yeah it was perfect thanks. really was an amazing 3 day weekend, everybody was in such good form

only slight black mark....the best men's speech.....can you take a guess as to which story they told the 200 fucking guests on my wedding day???
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Wed Jul 02, 2014 3:07 pm

eric the beard wrote:
mojo wrote:Excellent stuff eric

i take it the wedding went well
yeah it was perfect thanks. really was an amazing 3 day weekend, everybody was in such good form

only slight black spot....the best men's speech.....can you take a guess as to which story they told the 200 fucking guests on my wedding day???
Ahahahahaha!

Traffic island?!

Please please please
Get the eggs, get the flan in the face, the flan in the face, flan in the face, dance you fucker, dance you fucker, don't you dare, don't you dare, don't you, flan in the face

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Wed Jul 02, 2014 3:08 pm

haha people deserve to know the traffic island story

give the crowd what they want

did you get deadly weather for it, was quite nice here round that time?

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Wed Jul 02, 2014 3:08 pm

you got it casino.

they told a load of embarrassing drink-related stories and they went on for much much too long.

it got to the stage where everbody was yawning and just looking for them to finish.

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Wed Jul 02, 2014 3:10 pm

mojo wrote:haha people deserve to know the traffic island story

give the crowd what they want

did you get deadly weather for it, was quite nice here round that time?
yeah, it rained a wee bit on the Friday afternoon but the BBQ at the pub was sheltered so nobody even noticed. then on the day itself it was a gorgeous day, and the day afterwards was even better.

we got really lucky, it had been giving rain (and fog :? ) all week on the forecast but it turned out lovely.

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Wed Jul 02, 2014 5:15 pm

Congrats Eric, I was in the pylon field and was camped right beside the John peel tent but with a fuck of wall in between us.

Name isn't Barry unfortunately. Looks like we didn't cross paths.

And which part of the rabbit hole did you spend most your time in? The main tent or the hidden part. I went looking for the latter on Sunday and still couldn't find it.

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Wed Jul 02, 2014 5:18 pm

eric looking to interact with boardies in real life, looks like he's itching to get out of his anonymity.

Maybe his wife has told him to go outside and play with his mates
Get the eggs, get the flan in the face, the flan in the face, flan in the face, dance you fucker, dance you fucker, don't you dare, don't you dare, don't you, flan in the face

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Thu Jul 03, 2014 8:49 am

I enjoyed glasto but I'm not sure I'd rush back, we ended up wasting so much time wandering between stages and trying to meet up with our friends it was a bit of a pain in the arse. I think a smaller festival would suit me far more, I don't love music or drugs enough to warrant glastonbury really. I'm glad I got to go and experience it for definite though. If I went again I reckon I'd have to be more selfish and less bothered about trying to meet up with people.

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Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:16 am

your pics looked ace! although muddy in places

i love a small festival. minimal walking and more friendly vibes

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Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:32 am

yeah the mud was tricky in parts, I am still amazed that I didn't fall over cause my wellies have barely any grip and at times it was like ice skating along! it was only really slippy for one of the days though, the sun dried it out pretty quickly

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Thu Jul 03, 2014 10:11 am

sure that was grand

did you posh camp?

how much did that cost you along with your ticket?

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Thu Jul 03, 2014 10:43 am

wikky posh camped?

CHEAT

disappointed that it wasn't NG that I saw

there was an irish lad with a beard called barry that ate in the breakfast club van every morning and I was getting a NG vibe from him

he kept staring at me on one particular day but maybe he just liked my Daniel Johnson t-shirt (or maybe he fancied me)

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Thu Jul 03, 2014 11:24 am

oh yeah I posh camped in worthy view, pros were no hassle getting a spot beside your mates regardless of when you arrived since they pitch groups together,much quieter than a typical camp and close by to toilets and showers.
Cons were that I thought the tent was fairly crap like it had no little pockets inside and it was pitched badly so that the inside leaked a bit until Jamie repositioned it. Also, they had massive fuck ups with the showers losing power and water pressure...so I only managed one shower over the time, not a huge problem for me but I heard a lot of women complaining that the main reason they paid to camp there was the showers so they were really pissed off.

I reckon all in for tickets, camping, flights & trains and a night in london at the end it cost us maybe €1000 a head...I'm not sure if I feel like it was worth that at all to be honest. I reckon I'd rather head to a european festival with guaranteed sunshine for that price.

There was a cool view from our area though:
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Thu Jul 03, 2014 11:52 am

shame about yer ones head in the way

so whereabouts are the posh campsites then? is that further up the hill by the pyramid?

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Thu Jul 03, 2014 11:56 am

our one was up behind the stone circle and tipi fields, right at the top of the pennards hill....a hefty walk!

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Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:01 pm

jesus that is a trek alright

so wikky what did you do regarding phone battery

were you one of those clever people who bought a portable charger before arriving

the pandemonium caused when those ran out in the EE shop onsite was hilarious and also heart breaking

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Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:01 pm

Was that Tangerine Fields you were camped with piepie?

You should send them an email complaining about the showers losing the power and pressure. They're reliant on other companies to sort that for them so the more complaints they get in the better ammunition they have for claims or demanding a better service from them.

No excuse for a poorly pitched, bad quality tent. Fair play for sorting it yourselves though, they get some real dumb shit helpless cases staying there sometimes.

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