Glastonbury In Your Teens Vs. Glastonbury In Your Thirties

“Is this chai organic?”

1. You can’t afford a ticket in your teens, so you dodge the fare on a train to Somerset and hope to run into a friendly ticket tout, or stout ladder.

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In your thirties, however, you buy a family ticket three months in advance, throw your children into your rented Winnebago, and tool across the country for an adventure.

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2. Your teenage festival costume involves tiny skirts, floral crowns and neon boots. This is Glastonbury, after all. You want to look the part.

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In your thirties you layer on fleeces and waterproof trousers. This is Glastonbury after all. You don’t know what might be lurking in the mud.

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3. Talking of mud, in your teens you just embrace it and have fun. What an amazing festival experience! So real, you know?

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In your thirties, the endless vista of constant sucking mud between you and the coffee stall will be the thing that breaks you.

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4. In your teens, you wrestle your way to the front of each stage.

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In your thirties, you sit at the back – on a foldable chair where possible.

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5. Seeing your favourite old school band reformed is nothing short of a spiritual experience in your teens. Look at them all right in front of you!

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In your thirties, you know they’ve reformed for tax reasons, and are trudging joylessly through a 20-year-old set without cracking a single smile.

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6. In your teens you’re pretty much up for anything. Legal highs? Sure! Funny cigarettes from waistcoated men on unicycles? Bring it on. It’s all part of the experience!

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In your thirties you’ll indulge in a little craft beer, but you really rejoice when you finally find a decent chai tent. At Glastonbury, too! How civilised.

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7. At some point you’ll need to eat something. In your teens this means bulk-buying the cheapest thing you can find, and living off it for three days.

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In your thirties this means finding the most organic food truck on site, and patronising it loyally all weekend.

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8. Then you’ll need to visit the teetering piles of human faeces that are Glastonbury’s toilets. Unless you live through a war, this will be the most traumatic thing you will ever experience.

This is how bad the toilets smell #glastonbury

— Ami (@AmiliaMatthews)

In your thirties, you will remember being traumatised by the toilets in your teens, and assume that you were overreacting. You will soon learn how wrong you were.

Favourite #graffiti ever. #Glastonbury toilets 2007

— Emily (@mrserrrrr)

9. In your teens, you’ll go straight to a sound system after the bands have finished. By dawn you’ll have made at least ten friends with names like “Fingers” and “Buckethead”.

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In your thirties you go straight to bed so you’re fresh for morning yoga in the Healing Fields. Everyone you meet there is called Jenny.

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10. In your teens you may have a tent, but it’s easier just to pass out where you land. The dream is to befriend someone with a yurt so you can crash on their bed.

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In your thirties your back has had it with all this sleeping-on-the-floor bullshit. You rent a podpad and sleep on an air mattress. You are not a barbarian.

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11. In your teens you will find yourself dancing at the stone circle at dawn. You will feel indescribably liberated and at one with nature.

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In your thirties you will stumble blearily into the stone circle and wonder who the hell is going to clear up all this mess.

Glastonbury: The morning after

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12. In your teens, you won’t want to let go when Monday rolls around. Glastonbury has freed you, changed you, widened your horizons. You will wear your wristband until it falls off.

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In your thirties, the minute it’s all over and you have access to hot water, electricity, and ceilings again, you will almost orgasm with gratitude.


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