Posted by: Jim Hutchins25 JUN 2011
Actually,it was sunny this morning. So sunny that I put sun lotion on!
Sofar the weather has followed Met Office predictions so I did take waterproofstuff out with me. I had no work this morning so this morning was dedicated toshopping! The markets at Glastonbury have everything you can think of and lotsof things you wouldn’t think of in a million years! (Or perhaps I’ve misjudgedyou!) Before the rains came back I browsed leisurely but also did constructivethings like buying T-shirts and sending postcards. I quite fancied the “Rehabis for Quitters” or the “Does this body make me look FAT?” ones but settled forthe official Glastonbury 2011 ones. (Very good value at £10 for kids and £14for adults!) The ground was still muddy and sticky so Medicine Man Pharmacy wasstill doing good trade in blister plasters but they were in VERY short supply.At least now the sun lotions were selling. The pharmacy had a busy morning. Isaw James working with five assistants at one point. Every assistant wasserving but there was still a queue. Once the main acts start though, it’s avery different story. One or two staff can deal with the customers who wanderby.
Lastyear the festival kicked off with Rolf Harris on the Pyramid Stage. He filledthe auditorium, fired up the crowd and the Festival really took off. This yearwas very different. Despite the sun, the Pyramid started with a poor crowd forThe Master Musicians of Jojouka. No? I hadn’t heard of them either. Theaudience ebbed and flowed throughout the day but didn’t at any point threatento reach capacity, even when headliners, U2, took to the stage. It looked busyfrom the edges but when I met up with family and friends, about half way up thefield, the crowd was sparse with lots of gaps. I enjoyed the music and thevisuals but it wasn’t up there with my favourite performances.
Earlierin the evening I wandered again. I love the sights you come across around thesite and was fascinated during the heaviest rain to find three ladies inballgowns, swimming past the marketplace bandstand. I popped back to thepharmacy and covered, while James headed out to bring tomorrows pharmacist, Brian,onto the site. Afterwards I considered Morrissey but went to Mumford & Sonswith my daughter, Micki, and her friend, Dee. This is Dee’s first Glastonburyand she WILL be reminded of the time she asked where the ‘Triangular Stage’was? We took her to the ‘Triangular Stage’ for U2 but before the end theyheaded off to see Fat Boy Slim. I decided my old bones had had enough of therain and the cold and wandered back to my tent.
Allin all a damp start to the festival. Never mind. We’re due sunshine tomorrow!
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