I’m going to be doing another somewhat live blog post this year, basically updating when I’ve got time as to what I’m doing and who I’ve seen. I didn’t plan ahead so if you’re reading this post before the Saturday then there are no photos, not even a header, sorry about that, but hopefully that should be rectified when I get some photos up after the first day.
This is I think my fifth year in a row at Glastonbudget and it’s one of the local festivals I really look forward to each year and even book time off work for if I have to, as I have this year. I’ve only just arrived on site, had a look around to figure out where I can and can’t get to, and I’m awaiting the first band of the main stage. Weather is lovely and early forecasts suggest it may stay like that all weekend, let’s hope so.
ive found a bit of time to update this, things get busy round here, so I’ll go over a few bands I’ve seen so far.
First band on the main stage was ABBA Revival who I’ve seen a few times at Glastonbudgets before, but this was a slightly different lineup. Always a popular act and never easy to open up the main stage on a Friday afternoon, but they had a decent crowd who were all enjoying themselves and singing along.
Passing by the Icon stage there was meant to be a band on but there wasn’t anyone playing so I went straight to the Big Top and caught a few tracks from G And The Sound Tribe.
Passing by the Icon stage again and this time there was a band setting up about to play so I caught a few songs from them but they weren’t the advertised band so I’m not exactly sure who they were, they sounded decent though.
Ded Hot Chilli Peppers next up in the Big Top then Antarctic Monkeys were next for me on the main stage and it was about time to go and grab some food. The pizzas at Glastonbudget are delicious so I had to grab one of those and have a bit of a chill out sitting on the grass before heading back to the Icon Stage where Kynch were about to go on.
Speaking of the different stages, this year it’s a bit different from when I’ve been before in that where the Icon stage is, there is no longer a door in the fencing so to get around to a few of the stages it’s a bit tricky and needs some planning, but I’ve got my programme so I just need to think ahead a bit more and work out where I need to be and when.
Another chance to have a bit of a sit down as I’m having a drink watching Totally Tina, but we’ll get to that later.
After seeing Kynch on the Icon stage there were two bands on at the same time, one in the Big Top and one on the main stage. I decided to go to the Big Top first and we had The Machine Rages On. Up to the main stage to catch Kins of Leon and I was just about to head out into the main arena when I remembered about the lack of entrances to backstage, so I decided to stay round that area and saw Ohana on the Icon stage.
Going out into the main arena I ventured over to the Loco Stage for the first time (might be my last time for today) as I had to see Siobhan Mazzei and her band performing. They smashed it as always and I stayed around there for a decent amount of time as there wasn’t much else on and I wanted to try and see most of their set.
A quick stop over at the Icon Stage to see Fat Lip but 5 minutes later there were again a couple of bands on at the same time, Totally Tina on the main stage who I went to see first. My plan was to catch a few songs then head down to the Big Top to see Blink-2 before heading back to the main stage as I know Totally Tina has a lot of costume changes in her set.
And that’s where we are now, I’m watching Totally Tina, catching up with this blog, all up to date with a few more bands to see today before I head home and do it all again tomorrow.
I’m now back home and there were only a few other bands I saw after the last update but they were some crackers. First up I headed to the Icon Stage to see We Be Beasts, then with the start times my plan was to catch 10 minutes of Mercury on the Main stage, head down to see around 20-30 mins of Jilted Generation in the Big Top before heading back to see the rest of Mercury’s set via the Icon stage to take a few photos of Rise Of The Tomahawk.
There were a few technical issues which meant that both the Main Stage and Big Top we’re running a bit late, but I did get to see a decent amount of both their sets. Jilted Generation are fantastic to watch but very tricky to photograph, and Mercury were awesome, great to see them back after they weren’t there last year.
A fantastic first day to Glastonbudget 2019 and there are so many great bands still to come over the weekend.
I’m back for day two, although I had initially planned to get here earlier, I woke up with a massive headache so thought it better to have some tablets and get a couple extra hours sleep.
I wanted to get here in time to see Bruno Marz in the Big Top and on my way down I passed Fufu Sailors on the main stage who I’ve seen here a few times before and always put in a good set to get the crowd going, even if it is a Saturday morning. The sun is shining, let’s hope it stays that way and we have another fantastic day at Glastonbudget.
Today is going to a bit more of a chill out day I think, taking my time and watching a few more bands rather than rushing around from stage to stage. I’ve just passed by One Step Behind on the Main Stage and though it was time to grab some food and chill out on the grass for a bit. Next I’ll be going down to the Big Top to see Alive And Kicking.
Walking up to the main stage about to see Kazabian and I heard someone on the Icon stage so I popped over there for about 10 minutes, the band was Beneath The Embers.
I saw or at least heard most of the Kazabian set as after I took a few photos I sat out in the main arena for a bit then headed down to the Big Top to see The Police Academy for a few songs and it was back to the main stage for me.
The next act was one that I was probably most looking forward to this weekend, Vicky Jackson as Pink. I managed to see pretty much the whole set apart from around ten minutes as I quickly headed to see Alternative Pet Shop Boys in the Big Top, then took a few photos of Kaway on the Icon Stage as I walking back to the main stage.
A quick break to grab some food and a drink and as soon as I heard Billy Idol UK Tribute start up on the main stage I was back out there to take a few more photos.
As I was walking over to the stage I felt a few drops of water falling from above, not too much but we don’t want rain. It didn’t stop me taking photos, but I didn’t bother changing lenses at any point while it’s even slightly raining.
The Big Top was next up and it had the benefit of stopping any rain, and I stayed there for a bit to see Seriously Collins. Walking back to my car to grab my hoodie as it gets pretty cold after the sun goes down, and if the rain starts up again then I’ll be prepared, I caught a couple of tracks from Chimp On A Bike.
I made my way over to the Loco stage for my one and only time today to catch Elysian before heading back to the main stage for their penultimate act of the day Whole Lotta DC.
A quick trip down to the Big Top to see the first few songs from Ultimate Tribute To Erasure then passing by the Icon stage I took a few photos of The Vees who were just about to start as I walked by.
Only a couple of acts left now, I’ll catch Fillers on the Main stage, then head down to the Big Top and see a few songs from Newrythmics and on the way back to my car there should be The Hoo Haaas playing on the Icon stage, so I may stop by there for a couple of tracks.
It’s been another fun day, definite highlight was Vicky Jackson as Pink, and I’m going to again try and get some photos from today uploaded here before I come back tomorrow for the third and final day of Glastonbudget 2019
I arrived at the Glastonbudget site a bit later than I’d planned to, at about 1.50 and was just in time to catch Skam in the Big Top. I ended up staying for their whole set as the rain started to come down and while I was under cover, I was staying there.
I looked on an app which told me the rain should stop in half an hour so I then managed to catch a couple of tracks from Jonezy on the Icon stage before heading up to see Fleetwood Bac on the Main Stage.
A quick trip to the Icon stage to see Strizzy Strauss then I had a bit of a break to grab a drink and I was just chilling out in the VIP bar, listening to Fleetwood Bac before heading back to the Big Top where Stereotonics were up next.
Tequila Sunrise were on the Icon stage as I passed by on my way from the Big Top and I was heading to see The Kinx on the main stage. I’m not a massive fan of The Kinks, so I again took a quick break to grab a drink and chat with some people I knew before I went to see The Moderators.
The next act was one that I stayed around to see most of the set, Mike Andrew as Robbie. Massive Robbie Williams fan, more the earlier stuff compared to his latest releases, but still enjoy them. However, I did take a quick trip to the Bip Top and caught a few songs from Dizzy Lizzy , stopping by the Icon stage on the way back to see the rest of the Robbie set to see local band No More Heroes.
The crowd were gathering early for the net band, really popular and get the crowd going, Oasish. Although I really like Oasis, I couldn’t stay around there too long as I wanted to make another one and only trip of the day to the Loco stage where The Whiskey Rebellion were about to go on. Another fantastic local band that I’ve seen on a number of occasions and they has the tent packed out. I stopped for most of their set but as the next place I wanted to be was the Big Top to see Guns2Roses, and this year I had to go the long way round to get there, I unfortunately had to leave before their set was over.
Inevitably we came to the final couple of acts for the weekend, Gordon Davis as Elvis on the Main Stage and The Darkside of Pink Floyd in the Big Top.
Another fantastic day, and wonderful weekend at Glastonbudget 2019. The weather was really nice apart from about half an hour of rain earlier on the Sunday, and even that didn’t put off any of the festival goers. Great music from the tribute acts and the local bands performing, an amazing way to spend a weekend, let’s do it all again in 2020.
Courtesy of Glastonbudget 2019