Glastonbury 2020

So, two years late, Glastonbury happened this year.

While a slow and expensive form of travel, the van made a huge difference to the experience. It wasn’t just down to sleeping in a bed (sort of); there was a lot more space than on the campsites and no need to carry everything from a car park.

This was going to be my last Glastonbury, but I’m already wondering about the chance of a ticket next year.

Unfortunately, the van’s new oil leak became something of an issue as we drove through Bristol.

This resulted in a large amount of smoke and the need to have a lengthy break to let the engine cool down.

Oh, and a wing mirror fell off.

MOT

So the van (the old one, not the everyday van) went in for an MOT and service a week and a bit ago.

A quieter, or less noisy, version of the van came back today. Regrettably, that meant that my bank balance is now £800 lighter.

Thinking positively (I try to do that), it’s running well and should make it to Glastonbury next week.

Less positive is the financial impact of 19 MPG.

Leeds

We made a trip to Leeds the other day, for a gig; Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats.

Unfortunately, the gig was cancelled at short notice due to illness.

With train tickets and a booked hotel, we decided that beer in Leeds was the best option. And at least that meant we didn’t need a dog sitter.

While we didn’t get to a gig, the evening was most pleasant. We even found a bar with a campervan.

The dog had a good time too.

A divine evening

A late decision to go to last night’s Divine Comedy gig proved troublesome when there wasn’t a working card machine at the City Hall. However, all ended well after a dash to a cash machine. And a discount for the hassle.

Unplanned gigs are the best.

Work

After a 12 hour day in the (new) pub, I went to work in the Schooner for another 4 hours.

Back in the new place in five hours.

Idles

Went to see Idles last night; the third time I’ve seen them live. They have to be one of the best live UK bands right now.