I’m planning to do a live blog again this year for Glastonbudget, so this post will be updated throughout the weekend.
Similar to the last couple of years, my plan is to have some photos uploaded after each day, so long as technology doesn’t let me down. So keep your eye on this post for photos later on.
I woke up a bit later than I wanted to, but that was mainly due to me looking at the weather forecast and thinking I somhould have an extra hour in bet rather than go out in the rain.
Arrived on site in time to catch the opening act on the main stage, ABBArevival, who I’ve seen before, but they’re always a crowd favourite. Good set, great sing along band for the crowd who had turned up early, fantastic way to start of this years Glastonbudget.
Saw Metalworks on at the Big Top before then heading to the Icon stage where I either missed the first band or they didn’t turn up as I was there 20 minutes after they were meant to start and nobody was playing. Stayed around there to catch a few song from No More Heroes and then it was back to the main stage for a Eurythmics tribute act.
Time for a bit of food, that wood fire pizza tasted good.
Another quick walk round and saw a couple of songs from the band on the Icon stage and I’m now making my way to the main stage for Tragedy.
Seen these last year but in the Big Top, so will be good to see them on the main stage, and we’ve got Jamie Borland on the lights so should look epic.
Wow, amazing performance, put on a great set, stayed around there to see the whole lot. Took way too many photos but they are very active on stage. A short walk down to the LoCo stage to catch a few tracks by James Cull and we’ll see what’s up next.
Walked past and took a few photos of a ska band on the Icon stage and then went into the Big Top to see Guns2Roses for a few tracks and then back to the main stage for Letz Zep.
After that ther was a bit of a wait and I chatted to a few photographers who are here either just today or the whole weekend, then I made my was up to the main stage for the AC/DC tribute. Not a massive fan of the original band, but stayed round for a few songs as the Michael Jackson tribute was on at around the same time.
The plan was to catch the start, the head over to the Icon stage about 5 minutes later and see a few songs from Elysian. However, as it was running late in the Big Top, I quickly went to see Elysian first. The Icon stage lighting isn’t the best now it’s got dark, very nice light on the middle of the stage, but not much elsewhere, so managed to grab a few photos before going back to the Big Top.
The Michael Jackson tribute was one of the highlights for me last year, so I want to see most of the set this year. With a few outfit changes there’s plenty of opportunity to get a variety of photos from their set, but my main aim is to just enjoy myself for this performance.
And that’s it for the Friday of Glastonbudget 2018. Seen some fantastic acts, caught up with a few people I’ve not seen for a while and now it’s time to head home and try to get a few photos sorted from today before I do it all again tomorrow.
Having a few issues with file transfer speeds, but managed to get it sorted out I think. Photos from Friday are now up. Highlights for me were definitely the tributes to ABBA and Michael Jackson, and also Tragedy, so there will probably be quite a few from their performances in there.
Don’t think I’ll be there from the start today, but aiming to be at the site for around 1pm, see you all there.
Arrived around the time I planned, to catch FuFu Sailors on the main stage, but as I was a little early I wandered down to the Bip Top to see a couple of tracks from Shine before walking back to the main stage. Now time for a pint 🍺
The next act for the main stage was the amazing Absolute Bowie. Seen them before at Glastonbudget and another cracking set, looks and sounds like the man himself, stayed for most of the set before taking a wander down to the Big Top to see a Rod Stewart tribute.
It was time for a bit of food so as I was out in the main arena I grabbed something to keep me going for a bit and heard Kins Of Leon starting up. Took a few photos of them as I passed by on my way to the Icon stage where Dig Lazarus were starting at 4pm.
Stayed around for the whole set by Dig Lazarus, on top form, playing in the now sunny fields at Glastonbudget. Saw them a while ago playing at The Soundhouse but that was the first time for quite a while, so nice to see them on stage again.
A short walk to the Big Top to catch a few teach by Stereotonics and then I headed to see a band on the LoCo stage but they had just finished as I arrived, so it was quite a short set. The programme states the bands start times, wish it would say the set times as well.
Time for another beer and quick chill inside the VIP bar to way out the sun for a bit. I can hear Antarctic Monkeys on the main star, so I’ll head on over there to take a few photos soon.
Dont know many of their songs so I didn’t stay for too long and I took a walk back to the Big Top where Metalica Reloaded were on stage. Again, not a massive fan of the original band so don’t know many of the songs, but sounded good and I took a few photos of them while I was there before chilling on the grass in the shade for a bit.
The next band I’ve seen a few times now at previous Glastonbudgets, they are Oasish. I know more of their songs so I stayed around that area for quite a bit until I had to go back to the Big Top to see the U2 tribute act.
The next band I want to see is The Whiskey Rebellion and on the way to see them I stopped by the Icon stage to see a few tracks from Bella Diem. Another band I’ve seen at previous Glastonbudgets, nice to see them back again.
Another fantastic performance from The Whiskey Rebellion. Seen them quite a few times recently and they never disappoint. I’d told a few other photographer friends that were there to go along and see them, they did and they were impressed. I didn’t take too many photos as it was on the LoCo stage and the lighting isn’t the best in there. Managed to take a few photos during the first couple of songs then I sat down and enjoyed the rest of the set.
Afer their set finished it was time to decide what to do next and I thought as Four Fighters were just about to start I’d head over to the Big Top. After seeing most of their set I wandered up to the Main Stage and caught the second half of the last song by Mused, so not too many photos taken there.
Only a few acts left to go for me now, it’s getting a bit chilly so went to the car and grabbed a jacket. As I was there I decided to take out another lens I’d brought with me but it didn’t quite fit in my bag properly with all the other lenses, so exchanging one I took out my 14mm to give it a go and see how the photos come out.
On the main stage I was waiting for the Pink Floyd tribute and they were running a bit late so I thought I’d go down to the Big Top and then work my way back to the main stage to finish up. On the way down there I heard music coming from the Icon stage and got a few photos of Woolley Taylor before then going on to the Big Top and the Madness tribute were headlining the Saturday night.
The Pink Floyd tribute act had now started and I took a few photos before moving back a bit to get some photos with the crowd in them as well. I’m not a big Pink Floyd fan, I know some of their songs, but it had been a long day and I need to be back early tomorrow, so I left before the end of their set.
A fantastic second day of Glastonbudget 2018. The weather was nice after the previous day of rain/drizzle throughout the day, and I got to see some amazing music acts, both tribute bands and original bands. Bring on tomorrow!
Time to go back home and hopefully get some photos sorted before having a bit of sleep and doing it all again tomorrow.
It’s now the morning of the third day of Glastonbudget 2018 and I think it’s going to be a long one. Didn’t sleep too well last night, even though I drifted off not long after getting home last night, but then I kept waking up and couldn’t sleep properly.
I had a few technical issues last night with my photos but managed to overcome them to get some processed and uploaded to this blog before I head back to the site. I’m aiming to be there for the start, so around midday, but let’s see if that happens. Lots of bands I want to see today, so can’t wait to be back in Wymeswold later on.
Arrived in time to catch the first band of the day, Traps opening up the Big Top for Sunday and then walked past the main stage to see a few tracks from the Hoo Haas on my way to the VIP tent to grab a beer to start the day.
Ive slacked on this a bit today, so unless I get the chance in a bit to catch up, I’ll just write the rest of the blog for Sunday later on after I get home, probably sometime tomorrow.
After saying that last part, I now have a bit of downtime, so may as well update this blog.
I was back down in the Big Top to catch SKAM, really good local band and I knew the lighting would be good as again Jamie was doing that (not that the lighting has been bad otherwise, it’s actually been really good in that tent). Great set, managed to get a decent crowd for an early Sunday afternoon set.
I took a walk up to the Main Stage and was chatting to another photographer as the Dolly Parton tribute came over to speak to us, and she let us know about a couple things happening in the set so we were prepared. She wasn’t on for a bit so I went to see The Smyths for a couple of songs and was back in time for Dolly to start.
Similar to some other acts that take place at Glastonbudget, while I probably wouldn’t normally listen to the artists when I’m at home, I really enjoy the tribute act when I see them performing live. The Dolly Parton tribute was one of those acts. I wanted to see her but ended up staying around for the whole set and it was amazing. Part way through she had Kenny Rogers on stage to sing one solo song and then their glamour duet, and the crowd loved it. Great set, definitely a highlight of the weekend.
A short walk to the Big Top and I saw a few tracks from UB40 Experience before I was back at the Main Stage for Who’s Who. I wasn’t there that long as I ventures to the Icon stage for the first time to catch Jonezy.
Jomezy has been away from the music scene for a bit but he’s back with a bang. Same energy on stage, making use of every part he can and running around, a bit of a challenge but really fun to photograph.
And this was where I wrote about not updating the blog before. I managed to grab a bit of food and have a drink while relaxing for a bit in the media tent, so thought I’d write a few words. The sun is still out, let’s see if the rain stays away, and now I’m waiting to hear music on the Main Stage and I’ll head out to see Vantastic.
Ive got a bit of downtime now so let’s catch up with what I’ve been doing. I saw a few tracks from Vantastic and then chilled out around the Icon stage for a bit waiting for the next band to come on. Can’t remember their name but I’ll try to add it in here later on.
Happy Mondaze were next up in the Big Top and they were really fun to photograph. The rest of the band members weren’t doing that much exciting, but the Bez character was moving around a lot and I think I got some good images with him in.
A quick walk up to the main stage and I saw a couple of tracks from The Cureheads but I was wanting to grab a few things from my car so I didn’t stay there too long. I’m currently sat in my car chilling out for a bit before heading back to see Kazabian in the Big Top. Not too long left now and the rain is still staying away.
After a quick break, I took a walk down to the Big Top where there was quite a big crowd to see Kazabian playing in a few minutes. Chatted with a few people in the front row that I knew who were only there for the one day and Kazabian were about to start. Seen them here a couple of times before and they always draw a good crowd with Kasabian being a Leicester band.
As I was walking up to the Main Stage for T-Rextasy, although it was about 5 inutes until their start time, I could hear music and they had gone on early. Couldn’t stay up there too long as there was a local band about to play on the Icon stage I wanted to see.
Only seen them a couple of times, the first being last year at Glastonbudget, but Kynch are a really good band, playing original songs on the Icon Stage. I have their EP after I saw them last time, good to recognise some of the songs they were playing.
Up next for me was one of the highlights of the entire weekend, Green Date. They were at Glastonbudget a couple years ago in 2016 on the main stage, but in the Big Top this year and they were awesome. I’m a fan of Green Day so wanted to stay for their whole set, as I did back in 2016 and as well as really enjoying it, I got some photos I’m really happy with, always happy when I can capture people jumping on stage, and later on a couple of water throws by the lead singer.
So after that amazing set, I was up to the Main Stage to see the headliners for that stage, Not The Rolling Stones. Another band who I know a few of their songs, but I’m not a major fan of theirs so while I stayed to see a few songs, I wasn’t there for the whole set. Grabbed a few photos from close to the stage and then went out into the crowd to get some photos from further away.
Back in the Big Top and finishing off Glastonbudget for 2018 (apart from the VIP acoustic stage) were The Fillers. Fantastic way to close the whole weekend, the tent was rammed and everyone was singing along to classic songs from The Killers. Another band who I stayed for their whole set and they finished with confetti cannons going off before coming back to sing Mr Brightside to finish their set.
What a wonderful festival. Great music right from when I arrived to see ABBArevival until The Fillers smashed it to end the weekend. The weather stayed pretty good, with no rain in sight, a bit cloudy and windy at times, but there was also a lot of sunshine throughout the three days. I met up with quite a few people I know, some I’ve not seen for a while and had a great time. Really looking forward to Glastonbudget 2019 already.
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