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Friday Night Rituals: Glastonbury

Getting ready for GlastonburyWith Jo Whiley

We kick off our Friday Night Rituals series with Jo Whiley, as she spends her evening prepping for the biggest festival of the year.

The ritualistic build up to a festival requires meticulous planning weeks in advance. So, in the few days and indeed the evening before your festival departure date arrives, you have everything to hand to throw into your rucksack (for those travelling light) or wheelie bag (for those who can’t). In the days and weeks leading up to the festival season I will have scoured shops and websites for the perfect raincoat, sunglasses, welly boots, trainers, warm, cosy jumper, socks, AND an umbrella. Literally ready for anything the great British outdoors throws at me!

The night before heading off to a festival weekend – the greatest festival in the world, Glastonbury, being at the forefront of my mind right now – I’ll be trying to squeeze as much of my wardrobe as possible into my Orla Kiely wheelie bag. I need wheels to transport my stuff – I don’t want to be at a festival with sore arms and shoulders. I decant my lotions and potions into tiny pots, throw in all the essentials (not forgetting dry shampoo and myriad hair bands). I look pretty bad in most hats so hair up-dos and pigtails are my saving grace on days two/three/four. Usually at the last minute I remember to throw in solar-powered fairy lights and power packs for our phones etc. I ALWAYS end up doing a manic last-minute downloading of films on my iPad to keep Coco, my daughter, entertained when things get desperate. After all of this I am pretty much good to go!

The Friday night of Glastonbury is always pretty special as there’s a magical air of anticipation for what’s to come. My experience tends to be different to the rest of my family. They set up camp in one of the family fields and completely immerse themselves in the festival – getting dressed up, running to see if their favourite stalls are in the same place (vodka, churros, chilli and diablos all figure prominently) as well as bands. My night will be spent firstly in make-up getting ready to launch the BBC TV coverage which kicks off on the One Show. I’ll be looking forward to seeing Tame Impala, Stormzy, Lauryn Hill, George Ezra, Snow Patrol, Rosalia and Sam Fender from the Friday night line-up.

If you watch any of the TV coverage, just know that underneath any pretty dress I’m wearing, there’ll be a hot water bottle strapped to me – it gets pretty chilly after midnight in those fields! Occasionally we’ll get a break so we can try to squeeze in a few of the bands we want to see, but quite often I end up watching on a tiny TV monitor halfway up a hill and listening to the roar of the crowd from a distance. Oh, the irony! The evening will end up around 2AM when I’ll scuttle off to get my beauty sleep and a hot shower before returning the next day to do it all over again!


White Varsity Star T-Shirt
Black Animal Print Crop Jacket
Khaki Tie Dye Kimono
Nelly Tan Suede Tote Bag
Black Shirred Bandeau Jumpsuit
Gold Plated Celestial Bracelet


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