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A week or so on, and what do I think about my Glastonbury conundrum ?
I really enjoyed the few days at Worthy Farm, especially the "quieter" pre-music Wednesday and Thursday. Strolling around the festival site and seeing what is on offer was really good, perhaps even among my favourite times there.
As always there was a huge variety of acts on the music bill, so it would have been hard for me not to have found more than enough to keep me happy.
Did I enjoy the few days ? "Well yes..."
There were, in my memory at least, too many people. There were more punters milling around than I had seen before.
Whether this was due to the good weather meaning that people weren't sheltering in tents from the rain, I don't know - but the pathways and infrastructure were under massive pressure.
Both the Avalon and John Peel Stages were closed at some point as they were seriously overcrowded. The closure of the John Peel area in particular, caused massive navigation and crowd circulation problems as it is on one of the main routes around that section of the festival site.
When I was bimbling around, I found that very often my progress would suddenly stop. All I can think is that this was caused by crowd numbers as audiences moved on after performances finished on the Pyramid, Other or West Holts Stages.
This pressure of people did bother me, as the risks if there are either medical, trampling or even worse incidents can only be imagined.
2017 was a good Glastonbury for me, but I can't help but think that my days at these huge events are done.
Maybe I am getting old, maybe the trudging from place to place and carrying my kit is physically too demanding for me, maybe my life focus is changing - I am not absolutely sure of the reasons why.
I am still surprised at this and, right now if I ask myself about going again, I feel a little apathetic to the idea.
On every previous occasion, my reaction has been "Yes, definitely".
If I am not going to go to a festival again, this was a fitting place to end.
Glastonbury 2017, I thank you.
Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Arts is very, very special and I will always look back on the times I have been with a smile on my face and joy in my heart.