Presence, Glastonbury

by Tom Kerswill on July 4th, 2005
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So, the Presence festival at Dartington was really fantastic. Some great performances, both musical and theatrical. And the “Presence Party” held in the Hex, which featured lots of live bands and DJs, and which continued in the early hours at Foxhole.

The next day I was woken by a call at 10.30am, saying there were two passes to Glastonbury available. So I called by at Presence briefly, said goodbye to everyone, and headed to the festival. Radio 1 coverage really got me in the mood on my way up. By 4 I was on site. First I went to the Roots Tent (part of the new dance village) to see DubDella – really fat dub. Perfect for 5.00 on a Sunday afternoon 😉 After that, Rufus Wainwright did an inspired little set on the other stage.

Headed to the acoustic tent after that, to see Tori Amos… though not before a pint of hot spiced cider, which *always* gets me in the mood for Glastonbury. Tori Amos was really fantastic. And afterwards I saw loads of people I knew, all quite randomly. Then it was time for Basement Jaxx. We got there just as it was beginning. I had so much energy for crazy dancing. Randomly in the crowd we met up with two separate sets of mates. First Alex, Pip and co. Secondly Tash, Dan and Neva. Basement Jaxx were really fantastic. The crowd was good too – lots of room for dancing.

After that I met up with my mate Hanah, who I hadn’t seen for ages, and met a load of her friends – just in time for more Burrow Hill Cider. Then a brief trip to Lost Vagueness. Finally, the stone circle, where I met so many friends I lost count. Then the sunrise.

Glastonbury Sunrise

Originally uploaded by tomkerswill.

Glastonbury sunrise… this one was taken at the stone circle on Monday morning. Click on the photo for a page with loads more pictures.

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