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WANDERLUST; Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary & Performing Arts (I)

Posted in england, europe, festival, music, travel with tags , , , , , , , on January 3, 2012 by Chloe Partikas

Jacqui and I purchased our tickets during a highly competitive and stressful 2 hours in October last year. Luck was on our side. According to the Guardian, the 137,500 tickets sold out in 4 hours. From memory, after the 3rd hour twitter was abuzz with talk that all the tickets had already gone.

Glastonbury is not for the faint hearted. Even getting to the festival was hard work!

On Wednesday June 22, 2011 we put on our wristbands and caught the train from London to Castle Cary, waited in line at Castle Cary for about 1.5 hours, got the bus to the festival, then waited in line for another 2 hours, then it took us an hour to walk from the entrance to the other side of the festival where our campsite was.

The moment I met the Glastonbury mud. It really is a hybrid breed of super mud.

We undertook this journey whilst attempting to not put our many bags in the mud, needless to say – after about half an hour in the line waiting to get into the festival site we gave in and just sat on our bags in the mud.

Upon arriving at our camp site – Tangarine Fields – we decided to have a nap. 14 hours later we woke and it was Thursday morning.

The camp site was outside the actually festival site, but only a short walk away.

The positives of camping in the Tangarine Fields area were that our tent was already set up when we got there, the camp site was very clean and orderly, we had nice toilets, a cafe and hot showers. There also wasn’t such a high risk that valuables would be stolen from our tent whilst we were out adventuring for the day.

The only negatives were that we missed out on some of the festival atmosphere and couldn’t bring friends that we made back to our camp site.

On Thursday we explored the whole Glastonbury site. As you can see, it is quite large. We camped just outside gate B, in the north east.

I’ll tell you about the different areas in the next post.


Splendour In The Grass 2010.

Posted in event, festival, music on August 5, 2010 by Chloe Partikas

For it’s 10th birthday Splendour In The Grass music festival shifted from Byron Bay to Woodfordia.

The organisers wanted to do something big, to share the SITG spirit with as many music lovers as possible, so shifting from Byron to Woodfordia allowed for double the tickets – from about 15’000 to 30’000.

Woodfordia is a thoughtfully laid out site purpose built for festivals, in particular the Woodford Folk Festival held over New Years each year. The Amphitheatre (main stage) holds about 20’000 people, and the music sounded so great wherever you were. Images of standing right at the back of the Amphiteatre and looking down at everyone dancing during Pixies ‘Where Is My Mind’ will stay with me for the rest of my life.

SITG is the biggest multi day festival I have ever attended. From what I’ve heard, 40% of the tickets were event only the rest included camping. We had event only tickets and stayed with friends in Caboolture, about 40 minutes drive away. It was so great to have a shower each morning and a bed to sleep in, but I did miss being able to duck back to the tent for mid afternoon naps!


I saw Foals in Melbourne a few days prior, and only caught the end of their set at SITG. Luckily they changed their set list for the festival and the three songs I heard were some of favourites, including ‘Electric Bloom’ and ‘Olympic Airways’.

I don’t know much of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club‘s music, but they put on a hell of a good show! They’re how a rock band should be.

Hot Chip were enjoyable although the Mix Up tent at SITG was dissapointing. I saw them at Big Day Out last year and it was pure magic. I always stand in the same position when seeing a band I love – right at the front barrier, and a little to the left to avoid the mosh. I am short, so it is the best place for me, plus I love beingso close to the artists.

Standing in this position in The Mix up tent meant I was right in front of the speakers. The music was definitely above legal limits; it was so loud that anyone standing there felt that the music was pressing on their throat and chest. I have never had so much fear of my eardrums bursting and I couldn’t breathe properly, so after threesongs we went further back in the tent.

Needing to move further back killed some of my excitement; I pay to be close to bands – otherwise I could just watch a DVD in my loungeroom and not have to put up with the crowds!

LCD Soundsystem was a great dance session. We all jumped around and got really sweaty, exactly how it should have been. The only dissapointment was that they didn’t play ‘Dance Yourself Clean’.

Scissor Sisters, oh my, something special. Ana Matronic is SUCH a babe. She has lost 12 kg’s in the last few years and is looking steamin’ hot. Scissor Sisters were my band of 2005. I discovered them after listening to CD’s lying around at my cousins, and they showed me the power of disco.

Scissor Sisters

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19th Birthday Week.- Falls Festival and 3rd Class.

Posted in Birthday, event, festival, music with tags , , , , on January 10, 2009 by Chloe Partikas

I know this blog is a few days late but oh well.

First of all, thanks heapppsss to everyone who I saw during my birthday week.
I had the best birthday week ever.

Falls was great, even though it rained a lot it was mostly at night. The cold weather had a few benefits though; the toilets didn’t smell as bad as they have other years, or so i’m told, because it wasn’t so hot.

Oh and monday night the top came off our tent, the waterproof part, so i woke at 6am to dripping on my face and had to wake one of the other girls to help me put it on. And also the marquee had collapsed and the poles of the marquee were scraping across the windows of the people’s car next to us, because it was really windy.

I saw Augie March, British India, Tame Impala, Tegan and Sara, Faker, The Kooks, Gameboy Gamegirl, Grafton Primary, Seagull, Cut Off Your Hands, Architecture In Helsinki, Santogold, The Grates, Gomez and Franz Ferdinand (Also amazing 🙂 :)) And yes I had to look at the program to remember them all haha. The only regret I have is not seeing Soko, but I was on the other side of Falls at the time and time got away from me.

Then we came back (birthday day), I didnt sleep, and went to 3rd closing party and was there from 10:30 pm thursday to 9am monday. supposedly people were still there at 5pm friday!

Lomo and Polaroid photo props to Tess and Dani.

Caitlin, Me and Dani setting up…(Note how energetic we look)

Me and Caitlin:


The Grates:

Me, Alex, and Miranda:

Dani, Kate and I on the onlysunny day of Falls (NY Eve):

Tess and I on NY Eve:

Train into 3rd closing party:

6am Friday…Still at 3rd watching the sun come up:

Sadie at Jon’s farewell BBQ in Edinburgh Gardens: