Glastonbury is fully open to the public, and tonight was the charities opening party behind the Pyramid Stage, hosted by the three charity partners - Oxfam, Greenpeace and Wateraid.
We listened to talks by a representative from Greenpeace, and Liz Sullivan, who runs the Green Fields area, and was speaking on behalf of Michael Eavis. In his statement, he said that the charitable arm of Glastonbury was the one that brought him the most pride. All three charities said that, without the support of the festival, they wouldn't have reached the profiles that they enjoy today.
Guests to the party enjoyed free wine and barbecue food, and music from a band from the Solomon Islands - Narasirato, who embodied the spirit of the festival when they sang closing number 'My Culture is Life'. Then we were left guessing over the identity of the mystery royal guest - who turned out to be West London's own King Charles. Apt, seeing as Prince Charles is one of the Wateraid patrons, and this might be the only King Charles they ever get.
Music has started, but it has to be sought out. My band haven't arrived yet, but I went and met up with Adam and Joe for a radio session for 6 Music. I told them about the Wateraid tattoo campaign, and that my rocket tattoo was apparently proving more popular with men. Joe said, "Ah, phallic symbols and rocket fantasies." Adam misheard him and said, "Is that our new name?" Joe said, "Yes, you're 'phallic symbols'."
You heard it here first.
I'm using the last dregs of Internet here in the press area, so you'll have to forgive me if this is not spell-checked, well-written, or interesting.
I'm about to go to the Leftfield Stage to seek out some more live entertainment. Apparently Ke$ha was the secret guest at Dance Village today. I've got my personal Friday schedule below, with my particular picks.
I just tried to hook up to wifi and look what at the name of *some* of the networks...