Glastonbury 2009 blog: covering the comedy and avoiding the mud
Tim Clark25 June 2009
So here we go again. Glastonbury 2009 has (un)officially kicked off and it is a day earlier than last year.
Seemingly desperate to escape the 9-5 the fesitval site was mostly filled up by yesterday and currently Maximo Park are warming up for the other acts which follow tomorrow when the festival opens. Anyone who has to spend any time under canvas could surely apply for help under the human rights convention – it is boiling here.
But, as always, Glastonbury is threatened by the weather. It has to be the only festival in the world which includes ski gear as a clothing option. We’ve been told that the thunderstorms will hit tomorrow. Me and Photo Alex have brought what seems like an endless fashion parade of ill-thoght out clothing to prepare for the worst. We are camped on a flood plain afterall.
We are back this year to see if we can discover some comedy nirvana somewhere between the cabaret tent and the Shangri La and bring you coverage you won’t find adorning the insides of the other magazines.
I have to admit, I was a little worried about Glastonbury this year. All the announcements that were sent our way the comedy seemed to be distinctly lacking much comedy and what is billed as ‘the Glastonbury festival of performing arts’ looked like it had deliberately culled half of the ‘arts’ genre from its bill.
The Comedy tent has merged with theatre and the Leftfield tent is facing a lacklustre career helping village fete but we can say that some of the traditional Stalwarts are back, including Arthur Smith, Marcus Brigstocke, Phil Nichol, Brendan Burns, Josie Long (and the legendary Rolf Harris) amongst others but the stars of the weekend still remain to be discovered.
So, keep tuned for the weather reports from the Westcountry and we’ll do our best to find the rest with regular updates on our twitter feed. And, if you have any questions, requests to put tosome of the finest comedy minds in the UK then send them in (email's at the bottom), otherwise enjoy the coverage from Last Year's Festival!
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