When Boris Johnson was approached by nudists at Glastonbury Festival

Did you know that Prime Minister Boris Johnson performed at the Glastonbury Festival?

While “boondoggling off the BBC”, Bojo previously performed in the festival’s Poetry tent in June 2000 to a sizeable crowd. The blonde-haired politician also browsed a tent selling “red-eyed bangs” and got a henna tattoo on his arm.

He also revealed how he used to walk around naked “at home on the farm”, when mingling with nudists at the Pilton event. His antics were captured by the BBC as he was given a tour of the site by left-wing activist Billy Bragg.

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And it didn’t start well for Mr Johnson, who was editor of The Spectator at the time, as he missed his stop at Castle Cary station. He later said this was due to him being “in a trance” on the first class section of the train.

Speaking on the phone to the last to arrive after leaving him waiting on the Castle Cary platform, Billy Bragg said: “He’s laughing! He’s laughing like a little boy – ‘ho, ho, ho, I forgot to go down’.” After getting off the train at Taunton and returning to Castle Cary, Boris said: “I’m sorry I’m late, I think I must have been in a trance.



Boris Johnson and Billy Bragg on the platform at Castle Cary station after Boris missed his stop because he was ‘in a trance’

“My trance-like state was induced by deep meditation on an important Daily Telegraph leader.” Mr Johnson was then transported in a 4×4 to the Pilton festival site by Billy Bragg, where he was immediately reprimanded by festival organizer Michael Eavis for mispronouncing the name of the event.



Festival organizer Michael Eavis told Boris Johnson: "This is Glastonbury - Gla(r)stonbury is the hunting, shooting and fishing brigade."
Festival organizer Michael Eavis told Boris Johnson: “It’s Glastonbury – Gla(r)stonbury is the hunting, shooting and fishing brigade.”

Mr Eavis said: ‘It’s Glastonbury – Gla(r)stonbury is the hunting, shooting and fishing brigade.’ After a boogie and a quick read of a stall selling “bongs, pipes and red-eye skins”, Boris decided to get a henna tattoo on his arm in preparation for his performance.

He said his tattoo represented “respect” in Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language. Mr Johnson was then taken to the Poetry tent by Billy Bragg, where he performed the Iliad, an ancient Greek epic poem.



After a boogie and a quick read of a stall selling "blowjobs, bongs and red eye skins"Boris decided to get a henna tattoo done on his arm representing "the respect" in Sanskrit
After a boogie and a quick read of a stall selling “pipes, bongs and red-eye peels”, Boris decided to get a henna tattoo on his arm representing “respect” in Sanskrit.

During his performance, he said, “What could be more fitting, at the Gla(r)stonbury festival, than the first and greatest poem in Western literature, and it is called the Illiad.” Shortly after he finished reciting poems, Mr Johnson was visiting the site again and soon mingled with naturists walking around the festival grounds.



Boris Johnson performs in the poetry tent, including a rendition of The Iliad, an ancient Greek epic poem
Boris Johnson performs in the poetry tent, including a rendition of The Iliad, an ancient Greek epic poem

“Oh my God, oh my God,” he said, “I’m surrounded by nudists now. I fully support your right to be naked, I’m right behind that.”

He then revealed that he used to walk around naked “at his farmhouse” when he grew up in the Exmoor countryside. Later, having tea at the Tiny Tea Tent in the festival’s Green Fields, Boris said: “It’s fantastic, I feel at home here.

“I think these people represent a strong libertarian ideology, in fact I would say there are a lot of natural conservatives here, people who take charge of their lives. They got here on their own, they paid £87 , they pitched their own tent – isn’t that a metaphor for what conservatism is?”

Billy Bragg then took the curator to the festival’s Stone Circle – or ‘sacred space’ – where Boris called the Glastonbury Festival a ‘capitalist supervagance’. Mr Johnson said: “I just saw someone selling mushrooms – it’s capitalism, it’s business – what you see is the triumph of right-wing ideology!



Boris Johnson argues Glastonbury Festival is "the triumph of right-wing ideology" at the stone circle
Boris Johnson claims Glastonbury Festival is ‘triumph of right-wing ideology’ at Stone Circle

“Let’s just look at the economy here, we have 120,000 people, they’re paying £87 per person for three days – that’s around £8m. That’s a lot of money by anyone’s standards, it’s a capitalist extravagance! A feast of humbug and hypocrisy in which leftists like Billy Bragg pretend to do it for the good of the people.”

Wonder if the new premier will return to Worthy Farm for the festival’s 50th anniversary? Maybe not.

Jan G. Gilbert