Preview: Wednesday at Glastonbury Festival

Photo: Andrew Allcock

What should you expect from the opening day of Glastonbury Festival, particularly as someone interested in checking out the arts options across the Theatre & Circus fields?

The great thing about the festival is that although the main music offerings being from Friday, there are still things to get your teeth stuck into – once you’ve got your tent pitched in your prime location beside your mates.

Check out just a few of the options below:

Catch the hilarious Paul Currie on The Pavement

How do you describe Currie to someone who hasn’t experienced his show? It’s very hard. Billy Kidd described him as ‘one of the best alternative comedians/clowns/street performers that I have ever seen.’ Currie’s Twitter bio describes himself as; ‘Experimental Fusionist. Outsider Comedy Artist. Shaman Hallion. Avant Brut Clown. Absurdist Laughter Chef. Professional Dickhead. Chaos Witch.’ Pick that apart but we’d probably distil it down into ‘comedian and clownarchist’ if we had to apply a label, which it doesn’t feel fair to do. Read our interview with Currie here.

Enjoy the Walkabouts

Where at Glastonbury might you find disorientated polar explorers, a flock of giant seagulls (watch out for our interview) trying to steal your chips or a Hollywood director roping you in as cast and crew in his latest blockbuster?

The answer is the Theatre and Circus fields where Glastonbury’s famous walkabout acts immerse visitors in an interactive theatrical spectacle from 11am until the wee small hours.  The line-up has a huge variety of acts roaming the fields from Wednesday with more than ever out and about at night.

Take a dance class

What do you fancy; salsa or tango? Group dance classes run from Wednesday in the Theatre and Circus fields – no need to sign up, just show up and move like you didn’t know you could!

Watch the opening fireworks

It’s becoming more and more of a must-not-miss at the festival. Climb the south hill at the festival up t to the Glastonbury sign that looks down over the festival from above the Park and watch the opening fireworks. It gets busy though and other viewpoints are available – why not watch from the Other Stage field as the fireworks rise high above you.