Perched high above the site, above Arcadia’s fiercesom, fire-breathing spider and looking out towards the Tor, The Park is a kaleidoscopic wonderland of genre-defying, synapse-sparking dionysian pleasurement.
Sparkling at its center, is the The Park Stage: a vibrant home of eclectic fabulousness. Nice ’n’ neat and seemingly founded in something of a natural amphitheatre, it is the perfect place to lose yourself in aural majesty. Impeccably curated, anything goes here: it’s where funk and soul, psych and punk, electro and pop merge to glorious effect and you’ll find, among esteemed others: Four Tet and Jessie Ware; Wet Let and The Avalanches; Arlo Parks and Squid.
Across the way, at the anthem-spinning juggernaut that is the The Stonebridge Bar, there’s promises of back-to-back debauched beats dealt by the likes of Annie Mac, Eats Everything and INJA.
To rest your ears but feast your eyes, take in breathtaking views of the Glastonbury Festival site from the heady heights of the iconic Ribbon Tower. From way up there you’ll spot HMS Sweet Charity – yes, an actual ship – moored aground but floating metaphorically on rum cocktails, soul-soothing melodies and good-times galore.
Further up on the hill – right up at the top of The Park – The Bimble Inn welcomes all weary travellers who have rambled this far, rewarding them with an array of the finest beverages – including Guinness on tap – and choice chunes to match. Those who venture up to the Park’s vertiginous summit, are warmly welcomed by Tricketts Bar and some spectacular sprawling views of the Festival beneath.
Thirst well-sated, head to The Crow’s Nest and quench your desire for knowledge at the Free University of Glastonbury with intellect-tickling talks from Jarvis Cocker, Jess Phillips MP, Professor Alice Roberts and Coldwar Steve.
With your marbles well-and-truly polished, try not to lose them again down The Rabbit Hole. This is where the Mad Hatter is unleashed, absurdity reigns and nothing is what it seems. But amidst the mayhem, you’ll be treated to a top-notch spread of wonderous tunes courtesy of Nick Mulvey, Jesse Malin, Beans On Toast, Rob Da Bank and The Rabbit Hole’s very own Funkingham Palace, among many more.
At The Big Easy Jam, the spotlight is on you as you pick up an instrument and join in this weekend-long free-for-all jam session. From improv-jazz to alt-rock, procussive wig-outs to show-tune sing-alongs, there’s no knowing where this raucous rainbow road will take you.
For further sensory stimulation The Spinney – new this year, at the base of The Park – will inspire and revitalise, with its laidback soundtrack and evocative sculptures by Bristol-based ceramics master Dorcas Casey. While the always-spectacular Sandalism returns to impress with their sand-based creations. Evoke your inner smithy at The Forge, where metal is melted and new joyful trinkets formed.