If you’ve never been to Glastonbury, the words Shangri-La probably won’t mean that much to you. However, if you have, you’ll almost certainly be fizzing with excitement at the mere mention of the most special of the festival’s after-hours areas. We headed down on Thursday afternoon to see all of the best bits before the crowds descended on the field of dreams. In 2016, ‘Shangri-Hell’ is run by a corrupt media conglomerate with a Big Brother style press – known as Shangri Hell International Television (SHITV) – attempting to brainwash the residents, while Shangri-Heaven is being redeveloped into luxury real estate, called The Intoleranch. This year there’s the women’s only Sisterhood stage, art from Obey’s Shepherd Fairey, Gaz Mayall’s Rocket Lounge and Restaurant, the ‘exclusive’ Starf*ckerz VIP bar, Flappy Candy Clan Clash Crush Saga Live! and the Shangri Hell International Television Centre. Check it out here.
As always Shangri La holds up a mirror to the masses. This year, the theme is ‘Media Hell’.
A host of artists help contribute to the after-hours area, which is also pretty fun in the daytime too.
Shangri Hell is still here, but this year Shangri Heaven has been taken over by sinister developers. Booo.
Shangri La’s very own ‘X Factor’ style show has a mega billboard in the middle of the field.
The staff are very, very friendly.
For £1 you can buy the all-new Shangri La paper, The Shangri Liar. “The best bullshit you’ve ever heard!” say the sales people. Sold!
Media Hell is a scary place. These guys are particularly freaky.
Cult American street artist Shepard Fairey is one of the many people contributing the distinctly vibey look of the area.
Troll Rehab is a place where internet trolls apologise for all the horrible things they’ve said online over the past year.
This is a troll. He’s sorry for saying this. He didn’t mean it. Honest.
The trolls, in a rare moment of relaxation.
Oi oi! It’s the friendly Payday Loans 4 Kids mascot!
Payday Loans 4 Kids is a store which lends money to children at an extremely high interest rate. Kids desperate for treats could also find it at Banksy’s Dismaland last year.
This is artist Darren Cullen who runs the store. He’s great. And your children now owe him a lot of cash.
Turned out nice, didn’t it?
So many areas in Shangri La, so little time.
More Shepard Fairey artwork surrounding the Shangri Hell stage.
Pop artist Hal Hefner’s artwork brings a whole lot of politics to Shangri La. This guy looks familiar, right?
Could we? I mean, after 24 hours in a field, maybe the sign is right.
Jimmy Cauty – of art renegades the KLF – has bought his ADP (Aftermath Dislocation Principle) piece to Shangri La, following a stint at Dismaland. Look inside the holes in the shipping container to see a riot in minature.
More Shepard Fairey goodness.
Another familiar, sinister looking fellow, courtesy of Hal Hefner.
The entrance to the all new Sisterhood area – a women’s only venue – is cunningly disguised as a nail salon. Shh, ladies.
Talons Salon in all it’s glory.
Inside the Sisterhood. Fellas, this is the only chance you’re gonna have to look inside. So take it all in now, ‘cos you’re barred.
The Sisterhood will be hosting events all weekend – including panel discussions about sexism in the music industry, twerking lessons and then bands and DJs into the wee small hours.
The Sisterhood stage, before the venue official opened on Thursday night.