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How to throw your own festival at home

We’re just over a week away from what should have been the start of Glastonbury Festival 2020. Excitement would have reached boiling point as music lovers across the world would be preparing to descend on the small Somerset town for 5 days of non-stop partying. Unfortunately, those plans will have to be put on hold for 12 months, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a weekend full of partying and live music. 

The BBC will be broadcasting classic Glastonbury performances across the whole weekend meaning that the show can still go on. With that in mind, why not make the most of the weekend of music on offer and throw your own Glastonbury Festival in the comfort of your own home. Here are our tops tips for throwing a music festival at home.

Turn the back garden into a campsite

It’s time to get the creative juices flowing and turn your back garden into the perfect festival campsite. Curling up in your bed might feel like the best thing to do after a day of partying at home but have the true festival experience and get the tents out! If you want to recreate the full Portobello Farm experience then get your hands on a Bell Tent to create the ultimate luxury campsite. 

Now that the accommodation is sorted it’s time to decorate! The quickest way to turn your garden into a magical festival wonderland is by choosing the right lighting. Fairy lights and festoons will provide the perfect backdrop to an idyllic setting where you can enjoy the music late into the night. 

Glastonbury is famous for the flags at the pyramid stage so bring that tradition to your home festival. If that seems like a step too far then go wild with bunting, the ultimate festival decoration.

Dine al fresco

The food on offer at Glastonbury is one of the most underrated aspects of the whole festival. Add to that the delicious choices on offer at The Tack Room and you can have a weekend of culinary delights, and your home festival should be no different!

For an easy guaranteed winner that will please the whole family fire up the BBQ. However, if you want to be a bit more adventurous why not make your own pizzas or explore different corners of the world with a menu that spreads across the globe. 

Don’t forget the drinks! Sipping on a glass of fizz or a fruity cocktail while listening to your favourite band is one of the best feelings at a festival, and your home festival should be no different. Make sure the beers are cold, the bubbly is chilled, and the cocktails are mixed. For the kids, or those that don’t want an alcoholic drink, alcohol-free versions of your favourite cocktails are always a huge success.

Dust down the festival wardrobe

Throughout lockdown, you’ve probably become used to wearing trackies and comfy clothes around the house. Well, it’s time to dust down your festival wardrobe and get dressed up for the ultimate home festival. This is your excuse to get all glammed up, so go all out! 

It’s all about the accessories and having fun. We’re talking feathers, glitter, face paint, sequins, everything you could ever want! If you’re looking to take it to the next level, set a theme or dress code and get everyone in fancy dress. 

Invite your friends (over video call)

Our personal favourite thing about going to a festival is spending time with your best friends and making new friends while you’re there. Unfortunately, due to current events, you won’t be able to party physically with your friends, but you can have just as much fun virtually. Video conference calls have become the norm and are a great way to stay in touch with loved ones, so use one of the many tools available and have a virtual festival with all your friends.

Crank up the music

A music festival would be nothing without the music, obviously! So get the tunes sorted and turn up the volume. With Glastonbury Festival being cancelled this year the BBC has stepped in to fill the void left by showing highlights from previous years. With full performances from Adele, David Bowie, Coldplay and much more there will be something for everyone.

The full four days from Thursday 25th to Monday 29th June will be filled with music spread across BBC Two, BBC Four and BBC iPlayer so you can party all weekend long. Find more about the BBC’s Glastonbury Experience here

It’s time to party

Although Glastonbury has been cancelled this year that doesn’t mean you can still enjoy a festival. With a bit of creativity, you can turn your back garden or living room (depending on the weather) into the ultimate festival campsite. Spend the weekend partying and imagine you are right at the front of the Pyramid Stage watching your favourite act.

What better way to get excited for next year’s festival and Glastonbury’s 50th Anniversary! The countdown is on, there are only 371 days to go.

The Portobello Team



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