Farmer organizes rival Glastonbury Festival in Somerset

This weekend is Glastonbury weekend, or it should have been had Covid not happened.

Usually at this time of year, the people of Somerset sort through their camping gear and pack food and alcohol for the biggest musical event in the world.

June just isn’t the same in Somerset without Glasto and we’re all having withdrawal symptoms.

Many feel uncomfortable and make their own arrangements for the weekend, hosting parties and gatherings in their gardens or in parks, but one farmer in Somerset goes further.

With enough land around him, he plans a mini-festival for friends and family.

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The farmer, who is unwilling to reveal his identity for fear of intruders, told Somerset Live: “Everyone seemed so depressed that Glastonbury weren’t coming, I decided to do something about it.

“There is more than one farmer in Somerset who loves music, I love music myself, I have the space, I have the barns so I decided why not,” he said. -he declares.

Police and authorities need not worry at all, he said. It will be a small exclusive, Covid friendly event, and most of his friends are in their 60s, double vaccinated and ready to party. People can expect more Abba than Foo Fighters.

He will use some of his barns for impromptu music sessions while some of his friends will play guitar and other instruments. His guests are camping on his land for the weekend and there will be food and drink throughout the mini festival he has called Glastofest.

One of his farming neighbors provides haystacks and the local ciders will flow. Her guests will dress up for the occasion with lots of sparkly makeup, vintage clothes and cowboy boots.

Sounds like a fun weekend for those 40-something revelers and it will hopefully help banish the ‘no Glastonbury this year’ blues.

Many other people around Somerset are also hosting garden and camping parties, with some setting up Glasto-style signs and maps, catering vans and cider.

Jan G. Gilbert