We are spoilt at Glastonbury because not only does it offer a wide range of fantastic music but it also has a huge selection of alternative things to see and do. I always head down to the Theatre & Circus fields, it has a magical feel and I can guarantee you will have a good time!
The Theatre & Circus fields are away from the main stages and they are situated on some of the most historic and beautiful farmland in Somerset. The variety of acts on offer is simply amazing, ranging from hilarious comedy to drama, thought provoking to breathtaking stunts: you can interact with others or just sit and watch. At the last festival in 2011 I spent Sunday afternoon in the fields to do some recording for Worthy FM.
It was a lovely sunny day and there were plenty of people about, but because it covers three fields it never feels claustrophobic and there is always a lovely ambience. As I strolled through the area I noticed a wide range of colourful characters. There were cleaners vacuuming the grass, horses dressed in dinner suits, beautiful bees and Zebras on stilts, ladybirds with moustaches; it was all very surreal but enchanting, until I found myself surrounded by some menacing Trolls. Fortunately they turned out to be great characters and were only looking for hugs!
It was getting hot so I went in search of shelter, opting for the circus big top. The entertainment in there was simply spell binding, incredible trapeze artists, jugglers, contortionists, I lost all sense of time and emerged several hours later. Just over from the circus tent I heard some interesting noises coming from an area called the Sonic Forest.
In the ground there were sixteen 12 foot red metal poles with random holes placed in them, and by placing your hands over these holes your were able to make different sounds. Quite how it worked I have no idea but there were plenty of people of all ages enjoying the experience.
As I left the forest I was attracted by some singing. In front of me were twelve immaculately dressed men wearing Victorian suits, complete with top hats, and ladies were wearing long dresses with pink umbrellas protecting them from the sun. They surrounded me and asked me if I would like to be sung to. I agreed and the next thing I knew I had been blindfolded and the singing started. I have to say that it was a brilliant, moving experience and one that I would recommend.
There is so much more I could tell you, the drummers making superb music with wheelie bins, the poetry, outside music workshops playing drainpipes, bucking broncos… it’s a truly wonderful area and well worth a visit. Enjoy.