Glastonbury 2023 : Worthy Farm Takes Centre Stage For Memorable Weekend

Harvey Marwood

By Harvey Marwood

Harvey Marwood

27 Jun 2023

An iconic pilgrimage of music and culture, the world famous Glastonbury Festival 2023 returned for yet another incredible celebration of music, diversity and culture over the past week; an unforgettable set of days by every means possible. Nestled amidst the rolling hills of Somerset, Worthy Farm reopened its gates to capture the hearts and souls of festival goers with an atmosphere and enduring spirit like no other.

Having been established in 1970 by Michael Eavis, the festival has become a global phenomenon within the realms of art and culture; having welcomed in excess of 210,000 people for this years celebration, there is no wonder why Glastonbury is widely regarded as the biggest and best festival in the world. From June 21st to June 25th, Glastonbury took us on a captivating journey filled with unforgettable moments, weaving a tapestry of music, art, and community amongst an immaculately curated lineup that certainly didn’t fail to impress. Here at Mixtape Madness, we packed up our bags and made the trip West to Somerset, and here’s what we took from the incredible few days.

Glastonbury Festival has always been renowned for its diverse and star studded lineups, and 2023 was no exception. This year, the festival featured an impressive array of musical talent that spanned across many different genres, with appeal not only to the predominant genre focus of our publication but a wider range of new and generational talent that certainly didn’t fail to impress. From an iconic “final” UK performance from Elton John, an emotionally charged set from electronic artist Fred again…, popular excellence from girl group FLO as well as the finest UK rap showcases from Central See, Strandz, Digga D, Jeshi, Finn Foxell, Loyle Carner and Krept and Konan, every single corner of the music spectrum was efficiently celebrated.

The festival’s dedication to showcasing emerging artists was also evident, with breakout stars taking to the stage and captivating audiences with their raw energy and untapped potential. With over 100 stages across the whole 900 acres of land, there is something for everyone, almost all the time. A testament to Glastonbury’s commitment to nurturing new talent and providing a platform for artists to shine, not only did the so called ‘smaller’ and less developed artists excel with their showcases on the more lowkey stages, but there was also opportunities for those that fit this bracket to shine on bigger stages to way greater audiences. After all, Glastonbury has to be one of the best places to discover new music.

The festival grounds felt like entering a realm of enchantment and wonder. Despite often being flooded in a sea of people, which at times did become moderately overwhelming but all for a greater good, the air buzzed with excitement as mixed demographics adorned in colourful attire and vibrant costumes, roaming around the vast festival site to see their favourite talent.

Beyond the captivating music, Glastonbury 2023 delighted attendees with its immersive art installations and creative spectacles. The festival’s legendary Shangri-La area, that sits far in the South East corner of the camp, offered a playground of imagination and rebellion. Transformed into a surreal cityscape, artists pushed the boundaries of expression, creating thought-provoking installations that sparked conversations and challenged societal norms through political forms of art. Throughout the whole site, tents and hideaways for activities like yoga, sensory ‘sit-outs’ and mindfulness were all present; offering not only the musical experience that most crave at Glastonbury but an alternative for periods when you could deal with a momentary escape from reality. One of Glastonbury’s defining qualities is its ability to bring people together, fostering a sense of community and shared experience. Campsites transformed into mini-villages, where strangers became friends, and lifelong memories were forged. The variety of themed campsites and interactive spaces created a space for like-minded individuals to connect and celebrate their common passion for music.

In conclusion, Glastonbury 2023 proved once again why it holds an unrivalled place in the hearts of music enthusiasts worldwide. With its always awe inspiring and diverse lineup, tangible atmosphere and sense of community / passion like no other, there’s no place to be like Worthy Farm in Somerset when the gates open for the festival.