Hi folks, I have just returned from the Glastonbury festival (well last monday) and I am still high as a kite with the experience. This was my 8th Glastonbury and the 3rd in which I performed. My group, Rocketgoldstar (web site), played twice this year on Thursday night and on Saturday afternoon. Thursday night was exhilarating as the marquee was packed and we recieved an enormous amount of support. It was a life affirming moment for us! After we left the stage, the cheers and requests for an encore reched the point where we had to go back out on stage only to be told we were not allowed to do another. This was okay as we had all the ego boosting of returning to a screaming crowd but without any of the anticlimax of a substandard encore! The festival for me was fantastic this year. The organising was second to none and the whole vibe was perfect. The weather (bar a few showers) was beautiful and the whole mood seemed really relaxed and friendly. This was a make or break time for the festival as previous years had gotten out of control with loads of gatecrashers, drug dealers and thieves descending on the gorgeous Somerset site. The improved security and fence seemed to work and I believe that many people were put off from traveling down to the festival. This was both a good and bad thing as the place was most definitely more relaxed but maybe seemed to have lost an edge that it once had. The festival used to be a meeting place for Travelers and Crusties and there was definitely less of them this year. Musical highlights for me were many. Radiohead (Saturday night headliners) were superb. Colin Greenwood is a tremendous bass player. Understated yet powerful when its needed. I enjoyed most of Yo La Tengo, Sigur Ros and REM. Beth Gibbons on Sunday was also fantastic as were Prog rock maestros Yes. One of the highlights was seeing the 23 piece USA band The Polyphonic Spree. They were sensational! Buena Vista Social Club were amazing too last thing on Sunday night. A really nice way to end the festival. All in all a fabulous festival that I can't wait to go back (and hopefully play)next year. Hey,all you adventurous Americans, why not take the plunge and come over for next year? You will be most welcome!