Bring Glastonbury to your garden

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There’s something unique about attending a festival – the roar of the crowd, the sun on your back, the singalong vibe.

However, that also needs to be balanced against the rain, mud, sleeping in a tent, paying over the odds for beer and the cost of the ticket.

If you’re not a fan of the muddy conditions, intense atmosphere and high prices, but still want to enjoy the music and your own festival atmosphere, then why not bring Glastonbury to your garden with these handy tips?

Arena

Unless you live in a mansion with sprawling grounds, chances are you do not have room to fill your garden with hundreds of people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create the perfect home-grown arena.

Create a ‘stage’ using a pop-up gazebo that can be picked up for a small cost from your local garden centre, and use this to house any electronic equipment. Next, run an extension cable from the house to the gazebo - choose a heavy duty waterproof option and run it around the garden so it is not under anyone’s feet.

Now comes the decoration – a homemade flag is a must at Glastonbury and you could get the whole family involved to make their own versions. Bunting is another colourful yet inexpensive decoration to complete the look and finish off the ‘stage’.

Equipment

To create the best possible atmosphere, you’ll need the right equipment, and there are several options. If you’re really keen to recreate Glastonbury then one option is to bring the TV onto the ‘stage’ and have it playing live at the same time as the revellers are enjoying it in Somerset.

Alternatively, most of the festival is generally broadcast on the radio, so wiring up some outdoor speakers and playing the music this way could provide the perfect audial experience.

Of course, the luxury of not travelling to the festival is that the setlist is not determined, so you can choose option three and play whatever music you like. No festival is complete without a diverse musical line-up, and this should be key to proceedings.

Invite friends and family to select their favourite tracks or albums through iTunes or Spotify, and then connect a speaker to create a constant stream of music that satisfies all tastes. Then all you need is some comfy seating - you certainly won't find rattan sofas at a festival.

An important note - and one that even festival organisers must adhere to – is to respect your neighbours when hosting any kind of outdoor event. Take a sensible approach to noise levels to avoid disruption and – better still – invite all the neighbours round so they can take part.

Food and drink

The notoriously expensive food and drink vans at festivals results in most people taking lukewarm cans of cider or lager that don’t exactly tickle the tastebuds. The alternative, of course is to pay £10 for a hotdog and a drink in a plastic up that lasts less than half an hour.

However, the luxury of hosting your own festival is the ability to eat or drink whatever you want, at a temperature you prefer. Prosecco on ice? Check. Real ale? Check. Homemade non-alcoholic fruit punch? Check. If the weather is particularly hot, you can serve up ice-based drinks to cool everyone down, without the 45-minute queue.

On the food front, the most obvious suggestion would be a barbecue, but if you’re keen to avoid the hassle, another option is to serve up a buffet of meats, breads, salads and other snacks that people can pick at through the day. If you really want to up the quirky factor, order in a load of pizzas and avoid the washing up entirely.

Contingencies

In the event of a washout, the contingency plan at a festival is either to stick it out in the rain and mud and get soaked or trudge back to your soggy tent and drag the mud inside.

When you’re hosting the event at home, it simply involves hiding under the gazebo, or making the 10-second walk to the warm, dry house. No hassle, no need for wellies, and no need for a break in proceedings - simply turn on the TV or bring the radio inside.

Of course, Glastonbury is not the only festival taking place in the UK this summer. Whether you prefer V Festival, Reading, Leeds, Isle of Wight, Download, Bestival or anything else, recreating it at home means you can attend all of them, with added comfort and practically none of the cost.

 

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