Missing: The Spirit Of Glastonbury. Last seen: somewhere in the mid-'90s, cradling a pint of scrumpy and shunning all things branded and corporate. In 2007, in amid the Orange mobile phone recharging tents and frenzied multi-media jostling, the newbie Glastonbury-goer would be forgiven for imagining that they were at any other rock festival, so hard it is now to locate vestiges of Glastonbury's unique hippie heritage.
Meanwhile, the world must look askance at the 170-odd thousand UK music fans who insist on spending three days a year in a flooded tent with drug hangovers. The States has Coachella (sunny, delightful), Spain has Benecassim (sunnier, more delightful still). Moreover, inconvenience-wise, this year topped them all - not because the weather was worse than ever (1997 and 2005 were - if you can believe it - wetter) but because the organisers' enthusiasm to sell 30,000 more tickets placed extra strains on infrastructure. Absorbable in good weather whenRead More »from Spirit In The Night - Mojo