DISCLAIMER: I’m hungover and I’m a day behind in my project…so apologies if today’s post is lacking any hint of enthusiasm, sparkle and wit. Someone get me an ice cold Nippy’s?
This weekend is one of my favourite times of the year – it’s Glastonbury weekend.
And I also don’t typically enjoy watching recordings of concerts. Viewed through a camera lens, you lose all occasion and atmosphere, and they bore me (except for Talking Heads Stop Making Sense…that’s a whole different thing, and a story for another day).
But Glastonbury weekend is different.
For the past four years or so, I’ve had a bit of a ritual. A weekend dedicated to this greatest of all festivals. Technology now allows for live streams and BBC provides dedicated channels to ensure non stop, comprehensive coverage. And it’s the best way to spend a weekend.
Whilst the festival might be in the English Summer, here it’s dark and cold. So to haul yourself up and watch hours of performances feels like a valid use of time. Plus the time difference is perfect – as we’re waking, the headliners are heading onstage. By midday it’s all done, and you can get on with your day, or spend the day catching up on the balance. Every year I always discover a few new bands that I end up falling in love with, through this process.
I think it’s the feeling of being part of something big, a real-time witness, from across the world. As much as I love NZ, we’re often so isolated from things like this – so to know I’m experiencing everything at the exact same time as those who are standing there in that field – well it makes the world seem a whole lot smaller, and like we’re all connected.
Get yourself a VPN (Hola works great) and head over to BBC’s Glastonbury channel. You won’t regret it.
Perfect for a slightly jaded, hung over weekend on the couch.