The Tipi Field
It doesn’t look like much, but the Tipi Field, at the top of the site, is the best way to connect with Glastonbury’s ancient tribal history. Venture inside one of the warm, cosy structures and you could find a campfire, a makeshift bakery, a tiny tipi raves, or even a seedy sauna. Enter at your own risk.
The Crows Nest
Situated at the top of the festival site, The Crows Nest doesn’t seem like much – just an unsuspecting tent that looks out from on top of a very tall hill – but over the weekend, it becomes home to some of the best and most intimate performances on site. Having hosted secret sets from Metronomy and Stornoway last year, it’s the perfect chance for fans to get cosy with indie stars.
The Glastonbury Free Press
The Glastonbury Free Press isn’t secret, but it is new to the festival this year. Having got their hands on a giant 1954 Heidelberg Cylinder printing press – essentially five tonnes of clicking gears and old school charm – the organisers will be producing Glastonbury’s own newspapers using only vintage machinery, from a site at the heart of the Circus Field. Head along, pick up a paper hot off the press, and watch the old beast do its thing.
Block 9: Genosys
Building set designs that boggle the mind and muddle the senses, the Block 9 crew have, in previous years, given punters everything from a 50-foot decaying tower block with a blazing tube train bursting from the fifth floor (pictured), to a ghetto underworld version of New York City, where moustaches were required to gain entry. This year the team are attempting a new build they’re calling Genosys. With the plans still under wraps, all we know is that they’re bringing the Chicago house scene to Somerset. A great idea if ever we heard one.
The Underground Piano Bar
Said to be Michael Eavis’s own favourite spot, The Underground Piano Bar has a reputation for being the most beautiful space on site. You just have to find it. The infamous speakeasy is dug into the ground every year somewhere near the Stone Circle (we’re told), but the exact location is known only to a few. Fair enough, given there’s only space for 30 lucky people inside.
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Enfolded within Camden Market, this building may have been a horse hospital at one point in its lifetime, but it certainly ain't an animal refuge any more. The cobbled floors remain, as do the stables, but they've been spruced up and turned into booths. The roof terrace has also been revamped with bright colours and twee bunting. The main space is usually decked with artwork on the walls and also has a stage for live bands. There's a cabaret room on the other side of the venue and, of course, a bar serving up the usual tipples. Club nights here usually feature indie-electro, synth-pop, R&B, hip hop and funk.
Venue says: “From Drizzy to Dizzee, we play you the best in hip hop, trap and grime every Wednesday at Proud Camden.”