We’ve been without Glastonbury for two years, so to get you in the mood for the return of the greatest music festival on earth we’ve rounded up some of the best shots from 2011 to remind you what it’ll be like. The main thing to remember: there will be mud.
This year, The Park Stage will see headline slots from The Horrors, Fuck Buttons and Cat Power.
Back in 2011, Primal Scream headlined the Other Stage playing ‘Screamadelica’ in full. This year, they’re on the Pyramid Stage just before The Rolling Stones on Saturday night.
Even though it’s a massive site, it’s hard to get lost at night with bright lights like these.
Glastonbury promises days packed with music, boozing and tanning (or swimming in mud).
There’s never a lack of seating at Glasto. If you don’t want to sit in the mud, you can always perch on a tree stump.
We bet these girls wish they had a tipi right about now…
It wouldn’t be Glastonbury without mud (and wellies).
How many times do you think this guy’s bags got stuck in the mud? Wheels probably weren’t the best option…
Eccentric headwear is optional, but encouraged.
Mumford & Sons’ triumphant set on the Other Stage in 2011 set the London four-piece up for a headlining slot on the Sunday night at this year’s festival.
What a show-off…
Most punters hate mud during festival season. This guy, however, seems to love it a bit too much…
What’s that strange glowing yellow orb in the sky?
This sure beats taking a mid-day nap in a tent.
The Vaccines stormed the Other Stage in 2011, and this year the new princes of indie, sing-a-long rock have been rewarded with a slot on the Pyramid Stage on Friday.
Good luck finding your tent at night – it’s looking a bit crowded.
Glastonbury Festival is a great place to spot some, erm, interesting attire.
Next week’s issue of NME will be the ultimate Glasto preview, featuring all the best interviews and stories ahead of the weekend of the year.
Don’t you hate trying to piece together a tent when you get to a festival site, when all you really want to do is crack open a cider? That’s just what these lucky tipi-dwellers got to do upon arrival.
A bit of colour can go a long way in a big muddy field at Glastonbury.
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While it’s probably not the most practical festival attire (that mask must get pretty toasty under the sun), it’s probably not the strangest outfit that will pop up over the weekend.
These onesies, however, look like the comfiest option. Although white might not have been the best colour choice if they want to stay clean…
That doesn’t mean that the field wasn’t muddy yet, though!
Tickets to Glastonbury Festival are always difficult to get hold of, but it’s not hard to see why.
Radiohead’s “surprise gig” on the Park Stage in 2011 was pretty surprising content wise, although they did bust out ‘Street Spirit (Fade Out)’ at the end.
Festival founder Michael Eavis currently runs the campaign “Love The Farm… Leave No Trace” at Glastonbury, as he is very conscious of the environmental issues of the festival site.
We don’t mean to be grumpy, but please leave your vuvuzela at home.
If you’ve been to Glasto, then you know how thick the mud at Worthy Farm can get. This is where defeated wellies go to die.
This year, the Pyramid Stage will see the likes of Arctic Monkeys, The Rolling Stones and Mumford & Sons perform alongside acts from the war-torn African nation of Mali.
Friendly Fires wowed the Other Stage in 2011, bring with them both ‘Hawaiian Air’ and a particularly natty hawaiian shirt.
It might look a bit grim from this angle, but once the music kicks off, this muddy field becomes the haven for any music fan.
Slipping and sliding is inevitable. Look and this picture and remember: pack your wellies!
Two revellers head for an early pitch on relatively stable ground.
One man sporting what looks to be the perpetual Glastonbury festival fashion.
Dry and clean Glastonbury fans heading to the train in London in 2011. National Rail’s website has the latest info on getting to the site.
While we’d prefer a stack of cider, you can’t fault their forward planning. Glastonbury is one of the few festivals that doesn’t have its hands tied by mega-brewer sponsors, allowing anyone to bring in anything (legal) they can carry.
Ponchos, jackets and wellies sell out quick in Pilton. Get yours in before you leave.
The Chemical Brothers on the Other Stage in 2011 provided all the dance-floor hits from ‘Hey Boy, Hey Girl’ to ‘Block Rockin’ Beats’.
Michael Eavis stops by in his van during a check on the site.
Yep, that’ll be mud. Lots of it. Two girls wallowing knee deep in fresh Pilton mud back in 2011.
A crashed plane lies in wait in the Unfairground. The southern section of the site is home to most of the late night insanity.
We’re not entirely sure what the beheaded stoner in the flat cap impaled on the fence signifies.
Drink it in, a grassy Glasto. With the forecast set for showers it won’t stay green and pleasant for long.
Morrissey earned rave reviews in 2011, playing Smiths classics including ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’ and ‘Shoplifters Of the World Unite’.
The Vale Of Avalon braces itself for the onslaught of 180,000+ punters, numerous workers and bands.
Oil can rubbish bins piled up in a section of the backstage area. Some people actually sort through those in return for a ticket, you know.
A giant spider made of scrap takes form in the fields, like an acid-fried vision from a Jeff Wayne wet dream.
Biffy Clyro’s 2011 Pyramid Stage show was as crowd-pleasing as ever from the lads from Kilmarnock, surely helping them secure that Reading and Leeds headline slot this year?
Miles and miles of portabogs are lined up on Worthy Farm awaiting just under 200,000 bottoms and their effluent.
Shangri-La lies in pieces on the grass. Chances are you won’t recognise this structure come Friday.
Michael Eavis prepares to invite 180,000 people into his back yard.
A dragon’s head lies in wait in a forest. There’ll be a few hippies asleep under there come Monday no doubt.
Glastonbury is an incredible opportunity to see some true musical legends. In 2011, B.B. King played the Pyramid Stage and the “King Of The Blues” proved he still had it with ‘Rock Me Baby’ and ‘I Need You’.
Mr Eavis talks to some of the artists on site about their installations. Drop by the Shangri-La region after dark if you want your mind blown.
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White Lies won a huge number of new fans with their 2011 set.
Down in Shangri-La you’ll find The Decontamination Unit and The Skywalk, where a virus is passed from person to person. “Symptoms include loss of moral inhibition, nymphomania and other dubious delights” apparently. You don’t get that at V.
The late night areas get full by 11pm so make sure you get there early at least one evening. Full details are on the Glastonbury website.