Launch in the Mix 02: GlastHOMEbury
This weekend marks what should have been the 50th anniversary of Glastonbury, but thanks to Rona taking over our summer line-up, we’ve had to trade in our wellies and glitter for puzzles and park pints. Our tents and wavy shirts will have to collect dust until it’s their time to shine again.
While we won’t be caravanning to Worthy Farm to boogie in the sunshine, the fest and its fans have staged a reunion of their own with GlastHOMEbury, bringing the spirit of the fest into our gardens, sans drunken singalongs in mud and spilled cider.
The Beeb will be broadcasting the best bits of Glasto past all weekend (hopefully no footage of us belting to Kylie Minogue in gold hot pants grace your screens) while fans recreate the fest at home and fundraise for charities helping the country through COVID. Think of it as a more wholesome Shangri-La that leaves you helping others instead of with a major hangover and sore dancing feet.
While festivals and live events returning to their former glory this summer is about as likely as an Oasis reunion, many have been doing what they can to make our lockdowns a bit more Glasto and a bit less Fyre.
Secret Cinemas taking their headline act to Gottwood for a drive in version of their theatrics. London Pride has pitched its tent of rainbow hued activism and celebration online as a community hub supporting LGBTQ causes. And techno favourite Tomorrowland will stream its beats later on this summer, should you want to fashion a neon light show in your living room.
We may not recreate the Pyramid Stage for a welly waddle in our living rooms for GlastHOMEbury, but festivals and entertainment are making the best of a muddy washout. We’ll be back (hopefully) in 2021, feet firmly planted in the glitter strewn fields, singing along in the summer sunshine.