This area is organised by Emily Eavis and it only came into being in 2007 - mind you the area has always been there - as Glastonbury say themselves:
it's always been there
High up on the newly enlarged Festival site, away from the Stone Circle, beyond the farthest edge of the Other Stage field, and looking gracefully down over the old railway line and The Glade, sits the full moon atop The Park.
This extra festival within the festival has even more music, magic and mayhem from the many open air stages, late night bars, cafes, Silent Disco, tipi villages, art installations and, of course, fully operational Ark.
From the Park you can see Glastonbury in full swing - beneath and below you. Here you will find the Ribbon Tower - eastern inspired, twelve metres tall, illuminated from within through the night and providing a panoramic view and map to the entire site...just another mystical magical area that typifies the Glastonbury experience.
Many were tempted to the Park in 2007 and were rewarded with some unique experiences including a sublime performance from Spiritualized playing with strings and a gospel choir, an astounding collaboration from Africa Express , a solo set from Pete Doherty , super furry animal excursions with Gruff Rhys , medieval rave-folk from Circulus , human beatboxer Shlomo and Beta Band spin-offs Aliens...this area was just ready to burst into life and with a little encouragement from Emily all the ingredients came together and the Park got off to the mother of all great starts.
What will you find in the Park Area? well, there's the BBC Introducing stage which will come through the BBC Introducing network of unsigned and new music shows on local and national radio. There's the Stonebridge Bar which will be open for music, booze, socialising and other shenanigans every day from 11am until 3am! This will also bring you DJs and surprise guest players from various bands.
The Stonebridge Bar has an exceptionally well stocked bar with beers, wines and spirits as well as locally sourced real ales and cider. Scrumptious food is available from the Caribbean barbeque right next door. It is situated next to the bonfire, near the entrance to the Stone Circle just below the Tee Pee village. You will be able to look out over the whole of the Festival site from the Stonebridge Bar, so it's just too perfect and you'll find yourself totally relaxed, chilled out and wasting many a long and delicious hour...
The Silent Disco Visual Galaxy, as well as hosting two clubs in one, introduced a plethora of images and a spectacular new interactivity between music and visuals in this area. In 2007 the Silent Disco Twin Club emerged as the biggest challenge of the summer. Two DJs, two separate clubs and dance floors side by side in the same venue! walking around the clubs, a casual passer by will witness two different crowds with two separate parties, each dancing to a different DJ! ..only at Glastonbury....
The Park also has The Rabbit Hole which offers a chance to perform, whether you're in that rabbit suit or not and The Phoenix which is a comfortable and relaxing space, which among other performances shows the work of local film makers. The astonishing The Junk Boat is an interactive space for play, amusement and a place where you'll find green solutions for the future, created entirely from discarded materials.
The Park area has a massive future....
If you are a registered member of Safeconcerts you can submit your article or reviews. You will need to be logged in, and your article will not show until it has been approved.