Nightlife and Bars
Glastonbury festival is unique in the what happens offstage is as important as the performances. The night life (also known as the naughty corner/areas) is second to non, it will rival the night life of any major city and surpass it on many levels. There are a number of different areas that have dedicated areas for nightlife. From the norm such as a DJ in a bar to the weird and wonderful such as tribal dancers in a lost civilisation.
The Festival’s legendary after-hours area – Shangri-La. Exploration and discovery is an important aspect of Shangri-la. A maze of covered alleys is riddled with nano-venues, performers and installations, artworks and hidden doors.
The area has a theme that will normally lasts about 3 years, slightly changing and expanding each chapter in the story. The current festival is half way through the Shangri-la Afterlife series – with 2013 being One Man’s Heaven is Another Man’s Hell. In 2013, we were invited to become inhabitants of a bizarre and brilliant film-set world, a fantastical wonderland designed and built by over 1,500 crew and artists.
2008– Free for all
2009 – Beginning of a new order – the rule of the Shangri-la Administration, a corrupt dictatorship who built a city devoted to the pursuit of 24hr pleasure.
2010 – Rebellion – the overthrow of the Administration by the Rebels of the Badland Alleys.
2011 – Virus/End of the world – the “lucky ones” were preparing to leave for a new colony, the hub was being shipped off and the alleyways and their inhabitants left to die in the virus-riddled slums.
2012 – no show – During this time, the new colonists where horribly betrayed by the very aliens that they sought to befriend (yes). Everyone that stayed in Shangri-la died of the virus. Everything that was once there has now gone.
2013 – sees the beginning of the Afterlife series. The afterlife has all kinds of interesting places it can go. Anywhere in fact, the afterlife is our oyster and there are literally no limits to what it can be. There is however, a classic place to start; Heaven, Hell and Purgatory are concepts deeply embedded in the collective consciousness of our Glastonbury audience and is also a fantastic wealth of inspiration.
2014 – This year will see a new chapter in the the Afterlife series.
Open from sunset to sunrise. Expect heavyweight soundsystems, underground nightclubs, bars, huge art installations and some extremely alternative performance.
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.
Best way to describe this area is probably a nightmare party at the end of the world (in a good way)! A broken, psychedelic circus and horror go-go show beyond your darkest dreams
Ths is where you will find Bez’s Acid House. Year after year Bez and his boys mash it up with the smoke and the strobes taking us back to the days when the eyes rolled, the white gloves stacked shelves and the acid flowed like water. Always a stunning line up that only Bez could put together, A vast network of fist pumping DJ’s from 89-93 will be dropping the chunes from 12-6am
One of our wonderful south east corner areas – channelling the Latin spirit of the Mayans. And how better to do that than with a giant tomato fight? You can be part of The Common’s epic Tomatina (aka ‘the fight of the tomatoes’) in The Temple on the Sunday evening.
Where the clocks stop and the good times roll until the early hours. Food, booze and DJ’s! Right next to the pyramid stage.
There are a few different types of bars at Glastonbury, the typical festival bar and the larger bars with a theme that are in tents/purposely built – exhibition bars. There is a diversity of choice both in themes and atmospheres as well as the drinks on offer. Most are open from Wednesday afternoon depending on the area. Some areas are closed until Thursday evening so will be unreachable
Often found near the main stages (Pyramid,Other etc) these are the run of mill bars that you will find at most U.K festivals. Run by the Workers’ Beer Company (WBC). These bars are sometimes the more accessible a specially when near the main stages, but are often the most expensive
- Tuborg Lager £4.30 a Pint
- Gaymers Cider £4.50 a Pint
- Real Ale from £4.00 a Pint
- Smirnoff Ice £4.50
- Spirits with a Mixer £4.50
- Wine £5.00 a Glass
There are several wine bars dotted around the site. Keep an eye out for the big green inflatable bottles.
£2:50 125ml glass
£5:00 250ml glass
Situated just off the main market area near to the southern entrance to the Pyramid Field. The Somerset Cider Bus at the Glastonbury Festival has over the years become almost as famous as the iconic Pyramid Stage. Cider maker Mr Temperley has been selling his Somerset Cider at Glastonbury festival since the very first event in 1970, and now his bright blue cider bus has become one of the landmarks of the event.
Cider £3.60 a pint
Hot and Spicy (mulled) cider £4.00 a pint
In 1995, Michael Eavis offered the Brothers space for a bar at the Glastonbury Festival, near the Jazz World Stage. Now located in the West Holts Field. Some of the flavours available are Pear, Strawberry, Lemon, Cranberry, Tutti-Frutti and Toffee Apple, please note they can differ slightly every festival year.
£3.60 a pint or 3 pints for £10
Rock the Kasbah
With its Moroccan theme Rock the Kasbah provides a little something extra for the festival goer. Making use of fabulous scenery as well as rich colours and fabrics we transport you to a new destination as you relax on the cushioned seating underneath a star lit ceiling.
Located on the main walkway ‘Butts Lane’, Open from 10am until 2am (sometimes later). ‘Rock the Kasbah’ will see revellers enter through Moroccan gates into a truly Kasbah-like space withauthentic music and seating for up to 250, including cushions and bean bags. After the main stages come to a close around 12am its a great place to start the night.
Also located on the main walkway ‘Butts Lane’, Chameleon Bar will be brighten up the festival even if the sun does refuse to shine (which of course we hope it won’t). With its multicoloured ceiling and funky furniture the atmosphere is easily adaptable from the fun chill out areas for day use into a buzzing bar for the evening with our resident DJ playing tunes until 3am.
The Bimble Inn is a unique structure made from canvas and wood fusing ancient tipi design with modern ideas. Focusing on green energy, every part of The Bimble Inn is designed to operate with the lowest possible power and as efficiently as possible. The Entire venue consumes less power than a kettle. The inside is beautifully decorated with drapes of colour and lit by strands of LED fairy lights at night.
The Inn can be found at The Park and offers a full cocktail bar with organic ales, local cider and stowford press on tap.
Located in The Park. This isn’t just another dance tent, but a place where you’ll see a whole bunch of DJs playing a whole lot of different music. This is where you will find Baggy Mondays (banging out Madchester tunes) as well as the legendary Hip Hop Karaoke sessions. Open from Wednesday night (although without music), with the DJs spinning tunes until 3am from Thursday onwards.
Deluxe Diner & Rocket Lounge
The Deluxe Diner and Rocket Lounge are set in the heart of Shangri-la.
For some of the best food and refreshments onsite by day and once the sun goes down, join Rach Speakeasy and her all star team spinning everything from jive and rock and roll to disco and funk.
There are 2 silent disco’s at Glastonbury – one in The Park area and the other can be found at Silverhayes (the old dance village). Rather than using a speaker system, music is broadcast through wireless headphones to a couple of hundred people. Often two or more DJs “compete” for listeners. The channels can be changed on your headphones to listen to the different DJ’s, often the channels play completely different genres/music/songs. Those without the headphones hear no music, giving the effect of a room full of people dancing and singing to nothing.