Glastonbury 2014: The Lone Ranger Blog, Day Two

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10:42pm

THAT'S it from me for today: tomorrow the real festival starts, and there's still thousands of people cramming themselves into the outsize Glastonbury sardine tin. 

Today I munched my first ostrich burger, have plied myself with far too many sugary goods to keep alert, and, after eating hundreds of pretzels, tried to counteract it by downing beetroot juice. (Which, I was reliably informed, is better for brightness than caffeine)

I stumbled across an old friend completely by chance, and spoke to a woman with cuddly toys for a coat, and a top hat-wearing gent with a small horse in place of a parrot.

I couldn't tell you how many miles I've walked.

So, to quote Ed Harcourt, t'il tomorrow then...

10:31pm

THE Woo Hoo Revue's acoustic guitar man, Danni McKenzie:

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10:25pm

TONIGHT I've been out bustling by The Bandstand, where these awesomely chaotic folk stompers from Melbourne were rustling up a storm.

They're called the Woo Hoo Revue, a rhythmic brass and sexily swinging gypsy-jazz type affair, with a frontman carrying a green shock of hair like The Joker (with none of the sinister overtones).

"Glastonbury is the stuff of legend for us!" he cries, "And this is the first time we've not been playing on Australian soil."

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8:17pm

A GLASTONBURY programme takes a mud bath:

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5:10pm

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4:39pm

Come and have a go...

4:35pm

AND the Pyramid Stage is still cordoned off; men in fluoro still milling about, looking busy (I'm sure they are busy too). 

To think we'll all be stood riveted in the bog watching Elbow, Arcade Fire and Co. before it tomorrow night, again, my brain can't process the transformation...

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4:28pm

JUST to give you an idea of how busy this place is, his was he walk down from Green Fields into The Glade. And there's more folk to come yet:

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4:24pm

FREYA says: "Toilets are a bit of an issue in Glasto as you know, but what a lot of people don't remember is that there 2.5 billion people who don't have a toilet, and that's obviously a massive problem with spreading diseases.

"So we've set up a twinning device, where we pay to have a toilet at home twinned with one in third world countries.

"This compost loo is twinned with a latrine in Russey Chou, Cambodia."

4:16pm

I ALSO spoke to Freya Crafer, who mans the compost toilets in Green Kids.

She calls herself a "Loo Keeper" (punny, I know), and very proud she is too:

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4:14pm

THE bass is fizzing in from all sides...

4:12pm

VISHAL Patel, Bea Courage, Leah Lunora and Tim Cutting:

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4:11pm

NATALIE and Kate Barugh sat in the flowery enclave in Green Fields:

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3:54pm

THIS is still one of the top trending Glasto tweets:

3:45pm

3:42pm

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THE story behind YOKO ONO'S wish installation begins with an oak tree, says Sian Thomas.

"This is the home of The Oak Tree Project. It started three years ago, designed to collect stories from people.

"We rapidly realised there were people that had wedded under here; there had been memorial services, children conceived. It all happened under this tree.

"And then acorns from the tree were also collected, and given out to plant all over the world.

"YOKO really liked that, and asked us to get involved in her peace project.

"You can write a wish for yourself, but you also have to write one for the world to hang on the tree.

"Then on Sunday We'll give them all to YOKO, and she'll take them to the John Lennon Memorial in Iceland to lay there."

3:41pm

BACK to drier times, earlier in Green Kids, which is an incredible space, by the way, like the inside of several children's books splurged out, I found Yoko's wish trees:

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3:36pm

*Oh lord, it really is THROWING it down outside.

Have just checked the Met Office Glastonbury forecast's latest, and it's predicting rain until 6pmish, with ominous black clouds thereafter.

But Friday (oh FRIDAY) has now been christened "heavy shower day", starting from 4am persisting until 11pm.

3:28pm

The Green Fields occupy around a third of the Glastonbury site, to the south of the plot, in between the centre point of the Pyramid and Other Stages and The Stone Circle.

The fields here turn curiosity shoppe for the green and ethically-minded individual.

Wall-to-wall there's healing and alternative therapies, reiki, crafts, willow work (here, life-sized cows fashioned from it); a banjo-shaped stage for impromptu acoustic performance; the rallying cry of Greenpeace, campaigners, free legal aid, lithe women attempting circus skills, people dotted about under a cluster of hand-painted flags... Far more to witness than my eyes and brain can compute.

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3:15pm

ANYWAY. As the rain waterfalls out from the split clouds above, I'll give you a flavour of some of the things I've seen today...

3:08pm

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3:07pm

Rain!

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3:03pm

THE wet stuff has landed; the heavens have opened; the rain is here on Worthy Farm.

To Poseidon's due (I presume he must be in charge of the rain as well as the sea) a cheer rose up from the site as the rain began to fall.

Also overheard: "But the forecast said 4pm, if I'd known I wouldn't have left it in my tent!"

"Can I not cut The Guardian logo out of the poncho?" "No you can't!"

But the macs are on whatever their chic, and The Left Field, stalls, anything with a shadow of an overhang, had festivalites flocking:

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1:15pm

RUMOUR ALERT, RUMOUR ALERT

The word on the Glasto grapevine is that English folk rock band MUMFORD & SONS are the weekend's TBA act.

The rumour is that they will be performing at 9pm on Saturday evening in the Avalon Cafe, before sticking around to perform with the other acts.

Band member Ted Dwane attended Millfield School, Street - just down the road. 

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11:27am

 

11:27am

A SERIOUS update from Glasto's police team:

11:14am

HAVE made it to the press tent, located in its own 'interstage' area out the back of the Pyramid Stage.

it's choc-full of chip-board tables and sockets, photographers with massive lenses uploading their shots so far - the guy next to me raving about his £8 massive Full English and hoping to get a "fro-yo on he go".

While I'm waiting for a charge boost to the iPad mini I'm blogging on, I'm reading the first free edition of the on-site publication, The Glastonbury Free Press.

Leading the front page? Only YOKO ONO, who's performing on the Park Stage at 6pm on Sunday, and has an installation of 'wish trees' in the Green Kids Field.

"I would like everyone who comes to the Festival to keep their minds open to new things and also think of a day when we will have world peace," she writes.

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10:11am

I HEAR music, and am finally prepped, so I'm off to The Green Fields, home of The Field Of Avalon and the Stone Circle... See you when I see you.

10:09am

TAUNTON finger-picking guitar-playing dynamo, DARREN HODGE, is playing Glasto on Friday.
 
The Bridgwater College student has another sizeable summer lined up after reaching the short list of the BBC's Young Folk Awards competition this year:
 

 

9:27am

THE Hare Krishna tent, taken last night.

9:21am

I CHATTED to husband-and-wife river and water team Jo Warwick-Dugdale and Dougie Dugdale as they were testing water from the tributaries of the Whitelake River on Worthy.

"We report to the infrastructure office as overseers to the Environment Agency.

"Glastonbury is obligated to test their main river, the Whitelake, and it's tributaries for pollutants, and they mostly come from urine.

"We test for ammonia, which is in urine, and saturated oxygen, which is a direct test for the impact on wildlife.

"It's really important for the festival's continuance that this is done properly - not the most exciting work perhaps, but without it the festival doesn't get its licence.

"At the moment it's not too bad - some of the levels are a little further along than what we'd expect at this time into the festival."

9:11am

CHECK it out: the reason why the police helicopter was hovering over camp like a hawk last night 

 

9:10am

RIVER and water testers, husband and wife team Jo Warwick-Dugdale and Dougie Dugdale enjoying this morning's glorious sunshine.

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9:09am

THE scene on the way to The Glade on Wednesday night.

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8:48am

MORNING all, how are we?

You may be surprised to be hearing from me at this time on what is a much cooler Glastonbury morning, but the sky is blue shot with cloud; the birds are singing, and there is of course a lot more Glastonbury to see today.

The beauty of it is, I don't know what until I start the wander down from my pitch at the north of the site.

After a foray into the Glade area of the festival last night I have acquired a wax jacket (bought, I hasten to add) which doubled up as a blanket last night for the early morning chill.

Dinner was a spiced, turmeric-infused chickpea flat bread, at £5. A lot of the food on offer seems to start from £7, with everything from hog roast, to London Borough Market-style artisan hot plates, Mexican churros for dipping in chocolate, and nutritious and vegetarian Hindi cuisine.

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