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Festival Shops on Glastonbury

Posted by Beth Case Festival Blogger

11th Jul 2017


For me the music at Glastonbury starts on Thursday evening with the tradition of seeing The Smyths (A Smiths tribute band) play the tiny Williams Green tent before the two secret sets officially kick off the festival, this year it was Circa Waves and Everything Everything. I would recommend getting down early to this as the tent fills up extremely fast and leaves lots of people outside struggling to see. If you don’t make it down in time to weave yourself into the crowd, it’s still fun enough to sing and dance to The Smiths most well-known hits outside the tent.


On Friday morning we headed off to The Pyramid stage to watch the fantastic Hacienda Classical re-imagine the songs once played in Manchester’s legendary Hacienda club in the 90’s acid house “summers of love” with a 70-piece orchestra and choir. They were joined on stage by Joy Division and New Order member Peter Hook ad also featured Rowetta and Bez from The Happy Mondays. As well as getting everyone dancing at 11am, they led a touching minute’s silence to those killed and injured in the Manchester and London terror attacks and Grenfell Tower blaze.

We headed back over to see the end of Blossoms Pyramid Stage debut. Another band we saw playing bigger and bigger tents last summer, Blossoms made it clear that they deserved their place on The Pyramid Stage. Once they had finished they popped into our 4th Shop located in the interstage area for a chat and to see what stock we had on offer.    

Blossoms -

Radiohead were an amazing headline slot. There was so much hype around the performance and speculation of if they would play Ok Computer in full to celebrate the albums 20th birthday. The band played a medley of songs from all their albums and even treated the crowd to Creep for the second-to-last song.


Radiohead -

We headed over to The John Peel tent to see everyone’s favourite cynical singer/ song writer Father John Misty. Performing songs from all three of his albums, he was on top form and kept the crowd happy in-between songs with his pessimistic banter. As a huge FJM fan his performance was one of my favourites of the weekend.

Father John Misty -

We stuck around for Real Estates chilled out set and then watched the final performance from King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Seeing them 3 times in 24hrs might seem excessive to most people and it is to me too but each show was more entertaining than the next leaving the John Peel performance to be the best of the festival. The 17 song set was packed with songs that we had already seen and they finally played songs from the album Flying Microtonal Banana after we waited all weekend to hear Rattlesnake.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard -

After, we stayed at our Treasure Trove shop near the Williams Green stage, where we could hear Barry Gibb and Chic play. We also managed to see a bit of Lets Eat Grandma before one of my favourite bands of 2017, Blaenavon played a lovely set. After that it was time to head to the last shift of the festival. What an incredible Glastonbury experience!

Glasto Shop Volunteers

Blog post written by Beth Case

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