Queuing up (in the Rain) Festival 2016

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This Saturday about 30,000 people headed to the Downs in Bristol for a queuing up endurance challenge…

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We were lucky enough to get hold of two discounted tickets for this historical event through my wife’s work (at least that part was without queuing up :p). £50 for the pair. What a bargain!

After checking out a record fair, we got in the mood for this event by queuing up for the bus to the venue. What is that guy doing with his brolly? Doesn’t he know the event prohibits them (which I thought was a bit mean by the way)?

From the centre of Bristol …

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… to the Downs, which is a vast green area.

Massive Attack Homecoming Gig 2016

After queuing up at the entrance for security checks etc we finally got in!!

Massive Attack Homecoming Gig 2016

We noticed that there were quite a few people drinking out of bottles of wine. It made sense to smuggle in your own drinks (bringing food and drink was also prohibited) as the queues to join the queues at each of the bars were ridiculously long. In fact the queues were so long that they crossed and passed each other even though the bars were at separate parts of the site.

Massive Attack Homecoming Gig 2016

Before Primal Scream came on stage we decided to have something to eat so guess what? We queued up.

Massive Attack Homecoming Gig 2016

After about half an hour’s wait we got to order two burgers and french fries from Smoking Buns. It was a shame we could not get some beers as well at this stall but anyway the burgers were tasty. At this point our queue up challenge ended because we were all queued out and lost the will to go queuing up after drinks…

Nevermind that as it was almost time for Primal Scream! You cannot really see from the photo but they were in front of us. I was excited to see them live for the first time!

Massive Attack Homecoming Gig 2016

It started off fine, then got a bit drizzly but then the proper rain started and then it continued to pour down without a break. We got soaked to the skin and by the time they finished performing with one of their best known hits, “Rocks” ♫, the downpour was so heavy we could not keep our eyes open!

Massive Attack Homecoming Gig 2016

There are no more photos after this because I could not get any clear ones.

Following the gig it was such a relief to get home, have a shower and go to bed warm and dry. I have wanted to go in the past but on reflection, I do not think I could handle a typical rainy Glastonbury festival.

 
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