Thursday, June 21, 2007

Glastonbury 2007 is full.

Apparently most of the 177,000 people that are expected to descend upon Worthy Farm in Somerset this weekend got here already. When Tunetourist staggered through Gate D at 5.30 carrying twice its body weight in tents, sleeping bags and Jaffa Cakes it looked like we were late. Pilton real estate is suddenly more desirable than one of those cute Cornish villages that the locals can no longer afford to live in.

We found a couple of square feet up in the new camping area, “Paines Ground”, where Michael Eavis has expanded the festival this year up into his neighbour’s farm. (Too high for floods up here, see.) And despite a couple of micro-storms – those oddly intense and intensely brief showers that seem to be a unique phenomenon of this part of the country – the weather is pretty good. Though the skies were pregnant earlier, the sun is now out (8PM) and the ground is still fairly firm.

A stroll through the backstage area revealed that the Arctic Monkeys are already onsite in preparation for their headline set tomorrow night on the Pyramid Stage. All four of them were drinking at the bar, in a tight gang, just as it should be. As is customary, the press are hungering for the crime stats already. The official numbers are 18 reported crimes so far and 28 drug offences. Does this mean drug offences are no longer crimes? They do policing different down here.

Tomorrow we’re hoping to bring you news on performances from Los Campesinos, Tokyo Police Club, Super Furry Animals, M.I.A., Arctic Monkeys and maybe more, so check back with us in the afternoon.


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