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★★★★☆

“Great weekend in this underrated festival. ”

Written on: 27/05/2013 by leonglee (1 review written)

My friends and I are real festival veterans but this is the first year we decided to visit Glastonbudget. We had a great time and there are many plus points to the festival.

Good bits:
- Some great cover bands which replicated the real thing extremely closely. Stand outs for me were Mercury, Abba Revival, Whole Lotta DC, This is Nirvana and Green Date. Stand out moment was when This is Nirvana's bass player snapped a string and they had to play several songs with just "Kurt Cobain" and "Dave Grohl" which still sounded amazing. Seriously though, who plays a gig this size without bringing a spare bass guitar or strings?
- Short distances between stages, camping and parking.
- Good number of people who were all just having a great time. We had an 11 year old with us (her first festival) and she found the atmosphere not at all overwhelming.
- Fantastic local ales and a real focus on local bands/produce.
- The weather on Saturday and Sunday.
- VIP toilets and showers.

Bad bits:
- Sound in the Big Top was really dodgy. The mixing was all over the place. For example "Slash"'s guitar way too soft in Guns2Roses. Couldn't hear the rhythm guitarist (I think it was "Gilby Clarke" rather than "Izzy Stradlin") at all. The balance for Jilted Generation and The Dark Side of Pink Floyd also ropey.
- Queues for drinks were longer than they needed to be (apart from the Ale bar). Should have dedicated staff just pulling popular pints during peak times and create more of a production line.
- The drinks token increments are ridiculous - why not just 1.50 per token or even 2 pounds if need be?
- Glastonbudget as a name does still sound a bit naff. This could be a bigger festival than it currently is!

Overall there were more plusses than minuses and will hopefully be back next year. Thoroughly recommended.

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