The gates to the greatest music festival in the world open in just 8 days' time. Almost a thousand acres of farm land will be transformed into an extraordinary universe of dystopian apartment blocks, mind-blowingly massive statues, secret areas, flags, costumes, glitter, towers, tents, tunnels and stage upon stage of amazing music. The sheer scope and size of Glastonbury festival in all its creative, strange, life-enhancing glory is breath-taking each year, even for old-timers. At this point mid-June, festival-goers might have an eye on the line-up for schedule-planning or ready to dig out that inflatable mattress, but preparations on Worthy Farm have been taking place for months. NME popped down to visit the Eavises last week (June 9) to see what the site looks like before 175,000 people descend on the site for a long weekend of midsummer madness.
Bits of Bez's Acid House, waiting for Bez
The new compost toilets, which will be springing up all over the festival. The waste is recycled as compost, and – promise the Eavises – they don’t smell.
As per recent years, there will be entertainment at Williams Green on Thursday night.
Volunteers paint the familiar Glastonbury bins.
The Pyramid Stage, where Arcade Fire, Metallica and Kasabian will headline
The Other Stage
The Park Tower has a new hat. Threading the multicoloured ribbons is one of the last jobs completed before the gates open.
The view from Worthy View campsite
Michael and Emily Eavis at Worthy Farm