1. Music festivals

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Jo: Hi there, Matt.

Matt: Hi, Jo.

Jo: Nice to have you with me today. 

Matt: Nice to be here.

Jo: So, I'm really excited to speak to you because I've never been to a big music festival like Glastonbury. And I know that you've been, so that's what I'd like to ask you about today. I'd like to know a bit about it. So can you tell me, Matt, what are your best memories of Glastonbury?

Matt: OK, well, it was a long time ago because it was my first-ever festival. I was 17 and I haven't been back since. But what I remember fondly about it is that I went with some friends, and we had to plan which bands we wanted to see, because there's so much happening. There are so many different stages where the bands are playing, and they're all playing at the same time. So you have to plan which one … which ones you're going to see and how you're going to get between the stages to see all of the different bands. That was, like, mostly what we were worried about when we were there. That's my biggest memory of it.

Jo: OK. And how many days were you there, Matt?

Matt: We were there five days, so the whole thing from beginning to end, and we camped right in the centre. Actually, if I did it again, I wouldn't have camped right in the centre. I would have found a quieter place on the outskirts. But even over those five days, I don't think we saw all of it. There's just so much going on, 'cause it's not just the music. There's also, sort of, live workshops. So there's live theatre, there's comedy, there's so many different types of food you can eat, all sorts of things to do as well, besides the music.

Jo: Wow, OK. Well, it sounds really fun. And do you still go to festivals nowadays? That one was quite a while ago. Do you still go?

Matt: Yeah, I do. I've kept on going to festivals. They tend to be in the summer. So I usually go every summer to at least one. And this summer I'm really excited because I'm gonna take my children along for their first festival experience to a festival here in Portugal, about an hour away from where I live. So I'm really looking forward to that.

Jo: OK. So I guess that, then, you've got the, the festival experience when, like, you're a young person, teenager, young adult, going with friends, or, you know, a little bit older, going with your family. Is there something about the festival experience that people of all ages can enjoy?

Matt: Oh yeah, there's always, there's something for everybody at a festival, because normally there's such a variety of music that's being played, you're gonna hear something that you like, or you'll discover something new that you didn't even know you liked until you went. And like I said, there's always other things to do. I've got a good friend who does cartoon drawing workshops at festivals in the UK. So, you know, maybe we'll stumble across something like that. One of my kids loves art, and that would, er, that would keep her busy, I'm sure, if we found something like that.

Jo: OK, so it sounds like it's gonna be more than just music and really good fun for your whole family.

Matt: Yeah, I hope so. You should come along, Jo!

Jo: Yeah, maybe I should! OK, thanks for talking to me, Matt. It's been really good to hear all about your festival experiences.

Matt: All right, thanks. Thanks, Jo. Bye.


Glastonbury Festival is the UK's biggest festival. In this video, Matt talks to Jo about his experiences at Glastonbury and other music festivals. 

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  • Have you ever been to a music festival?
  • What did you enjoy about it? 
  • Was there anything you didn't like?
  • Is there a festival that you'd like to go to?

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Submitted by Dan13 on Mon, 24/06/2024 - 12:51


Yes, I went to a lot of festivals.

Submitted by AliSzu on Fri, 14/06/2024 - 14:56


I've never been to any music festival..🤷‍♀️

Hi AliSzu,

I haven't either ... but I'd love to one day. Would you? Do they have any music festivals near to where you live? 
I've been to local festas in the nearby villages that have bands playing but they also celebrate the local food. Which are really lovely. I especially love the ones where you can get up and dance too!
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Submitted by deksadz on Sat, 08/06/2024 - 17:51


Actually, i did not experience any music festival in my life, so .... 🤣😂

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Submitted by victorsolozabal on Tue, 04/06/2024 - 14:02


Yes I have, It wasn't a huge festival like the Glastonbury Festival or Rock in Rio in my country. I enjoyed being with friends on a good night out to listen to good music and see our favorite singer singing live on a stage.

The worst thing as usual at public or private events in Brazil is going to the toilets, sometimes it is also hard to get a drink though. I prefer small festivals, I would not like to to go Lola Paluza or Rock in Rio for example but in my hometown, there is once a year Jazz Festival which I like to go to.

Submitted by mariahmoreira on Tue, 04/06/2024 - 13:57


Yes I have but nothing like Glastonbury or Rock in Rio. I like going with friends and dancing. I hate the toilets. Yes, Rock in Rio

Submitted by isabo on Mon, 03/06/2024 - 15:31


Hi everybody 

In my native city there is a famous festival of blues music. In those days many people come to the historical centre to hear several musicians. There are many activities beyond music: there is street food, craft market, shopping and varied humanity. That’s what I like! 
However I dislike the crowd. When the places are crowded the things are problematic: parking is impossible, the restaurants are full and you have to queue for everything.