“The first year I went to Glastonbury I knew I had found my spiritual home” – Gemma Bell

“The first year I went to Glastonbury I knew I had found my spiritual home, and I fully intend to keep going until I’m old and grey. It’s hard to think of a particular stand out year, but the collection of beautiful memories will stay with me forever.

One special moment was 2010. My Dad had just been diagnosed with cancer mere days before. Seeing him there was the first time I had seen him with his very visible throat tumour. He was going into surgery as soon as he got back from Glastonbury, so to us, we didn’t know if this would be our last time together as a family. We danced and cried to Stevie Wonder and Mumford and sons, and that’s something that will stay with me forever. Thankfully he is still here to party with us, which he will be doing next year!

Another memory I hold dear is bumping into Michael Eavis at about 3am in The Common. I ran up to him and threw my arms round his neck and just said “I love you I love you I love you”. He said, “oh that’s nice who’s this” I shouted “it’s MEEE, just MEEEE!” He probably thought I was bonkers but I’m glad I got to meet him.

It’s a close call, but I think witnessing Chic headline West Holts in 2013 was one of the most memorable sets. I wasn’t aware of the magnitude of Nile Rogers at the time, and what he had written and produced, so hearing all those amazing classics straight from the source was incredible! I cried with joy and danced my socks off right down the front!

You can generally find me at Maceos, the crew bar for Block9 is my regular haunt and I have countless fond memories within those walls, from drag queens dangling from the rafters to bumping/falling into Suggs from Madness at some ungodly hour in the morning!

There is no other place like it and I can’t wait to get back next year!”

Name: Gemma Bell
First Glasto: 2008 
Attended: 11 (as of 2020)
Favourite Area: Block 9 
Favourite Stage: West Holts 
Favourite Performance: Chic headlining West Holts
Favourite Food Stall: The one with spit roast chickens, all shoved into a giant pitta with stuffing!

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