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How Glastonbury Can Learn From Bestival!

We love Glastonbury, but nothing is ever perfect!

Source: Promo

Source: Promo

Glastonbury is by far the best festival in the UK. The 5 days you spend on the fields of Worthy Farm help you escape reality. After visiting this year’s Bestival though, we felt that this late in the summer festival on the Isle of Wight could give the almighty Glastonbury a bit of a run for their money.

Source: Josh Pratt

Source: Josh Pratt

The first thing you notice is the attention to detail within the Bestival arena. There’s art everywhere you look, from a huge robot standing in a field to the small themed areas. Our favourite little location was Caravanserai where they had cut caravans in half to make seating areas and made a bridge that you could walk over from two more caravans. It might seem like a gimmick, but when you’re in the spirit of the festival these gimmicks add to the experience. You could argue that Glastonbury has similar areas like Shangri-La, but the detail of the art doesn’t spread over the whole festival. For an arts festival like Glastonbury, it shouldn’t be hard for them to keep up continuity.

Source: Tom Martin / Bestival

Source: Tom Martin / Bestival

It’s no secret that Glastonbury’s sound systems aren’t the best. People every year moan about the poor sound quality. Even we were disappointed this year when we were trying to watch Lionel Ritchie and could barely hear him; we spent most of his set listening to a drunk idiot next to us – rant over. Bestival seems to have conquered this problem. Every stage or tent had great sound quality and was roaring with bass. The main stage’s sound puts Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage to shame. Understandably Glastonbury is much larger, but even when you’re at the very front it doesn’t match Bestival’s continuity of sound throughout the crowd.

Source: Josh Pratt

Source: Josh Pratt

For more of an idea to Bestival’s attention to detail, you don’t need to look much further than their stage design. The picture above is The Port Stage where a literal ship has had its side cut out and replaced with a DJ stage. On the top deck, dancers perform and sometimes are even craned over your heads while you’re partying through the night. Glastonbury has creative stages in The Common and Shangri-La areas, but when it comes to their main stages they are extremely basic and boring, unlike The Port which is one of Bestival’s biggest stage. The closest Glastonbury comes to a creative stage is the boat outside the WOW Stage, but even this doesn’t live up to The Port, and it’s only open during the day.

This is definitly not a rant aimed at Glastonbury because it’s undoubtedly the best festival in the UK and maybe even the world, but more of a compliment to Bestival. After all these year of comparing Bestival to Glastonbury, maybe it’s time to start to see how Glastonbury compares to other festivals.   Maybe, it’s time for the Eavis family to take a step back and learn from other festivals to heighten the Glastonbury experience even more.

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