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Bilbao, a sweet little city
Bilbao, a sweet little city

We didn’t know much about Bilbao before we went there, but we found it to be a quaint little place with a lot to offer, especially its huge festival Bilbao BBK which takes place every July way up in the hills above the city. DLTM were also really impressed with the Guggenheim Museum with its awe-inspiring architecture and artwork, including some absolutely stunning outdoor pieces.

Spending a weekend there was definitely one of our 2017 highlights, (mostly) great weather, good company and a real all-round experience of the city from an all-day-long bike tour, to the art and raving into the early hours at Bilbao BBK. Here are a few postcards from the time we spent there…

The stunning Guggenheim Museum
The stunning Guggenheim Museum
Jessy Lanza on stage at Bilbao BBK
Jessy Lanza on stage at Bilbao BBK
Street art in San Francisco, a part of town that's currently being gentrified
Street art in San Francisco, a part of town that’s currently being gentrified
The streets of San Francisco
The streets of San Francisco
The city's football stadium is juxtaposed with residential buildings in this shot
The city’s football stadium is juxtaposed with residential buildings in this shot
One of the many amazing exhibits at the Guggenheim
One of the many amazing exhibits at the Guggenheim
A troupe of odd figures at the museum shop
A troupe of odd figures at the museum shop
Art on the streets as one of the city's neighbourhoods is gentrified
Art on the streets as one of the city’s neighbourhoods is gentrified
The Killers had a huge audience during their show
The Killers had a huge audience during their show
An imposing set of immersive sculptures inside the Guggenheim
An imposing set of immersive sculptures inside the Guggenheim
A cloudy view across part of Bilbao
A cloudy view across part of Bilbao
Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream keeps spirits high during a downpour
Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream keeps spirits high during a downpour
More art, this one by world-famous artist Aryz
More art, this one by world-famous artist Aryz
Deep in the forest rave area at Bilbao BBK
Deep in the forest rave area at Bilbao BBK
'Puppy' by Jeff Koons at the Guggenheim Museum
‘Puppy’ by Jeff Koons at the Guggenheim Museum

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Sunset over our campsite
Sunset over our campsite

A sign of a good time is when you have no record of it; no memory, no photos or video, just a feeling… Intuition tells you it was a great night, or day (or both) yet somehow you have nothing to show for it. Now, DLTM can’t pretend that was 100% true of Glastonbury since we were sober the whole time, but we left with only a handful of photos after having an absolutely brilliant time at the last Glasto for couple of years.

The all-important weather was impeccable, we spent good quality time with a ton of friends and heard some amazing music. All in all enough fun was had to sustain us for the next two years, so here are a few highlights followed by some photos…

1: Ed Sheeran on the Pyramid Stage
This guy is like marmite, loved and not so loved in equal measure. For us, he’s a star who we’ve been following since very early on in his career. Yes, we’re not keen on every single thing he does but to stand there on his own for the duration of his set and command such a massive crowd while simply playing an acoustic guitar takes guts, and perhaps a little talent? We lay on the grass and took it all in from start to end, class.

2: Steffi and Virginia at Genosys
The polar opposite to some of Ed’s saccharin pop music, Steffi and Virginia delivered techno wizadry to the Genosys stage at Block9 during an early hours set that was absolute magic. At that time of the day you’e either been up for a long time or maybe just woken up, whatever the case may be you need some energy from the music and these two brought it in abundance. Closing with Rhythm On The Loose’s ‘Break Of Dawn’ was inspired, too.

3. Chic on the Pyramid Stage
As anyone who knows anything about music will tell you, Nile Rodgers is a LEGEND, yes in capitals because he truly is. He stepped out on stage, sent some love to the victims of the Grenfell disaster (who he said he went and did some volunteer work for), and then took the festival by storm with a killer performance, including a medley of number ones that was literally out of this world. Incredible, even more so because he managed to won his battle with cancer and is still performing and recording those basslines from heaven.

4. Maceo’s at Block9
For the lucky ones among us there are parts of Glastonbury that are a little bit exclusive – only for workers and those in the know. It may sound a bit elitist but people who work at festivals need to have a space to themselves away from the public where they can let loose. Maceo’s is one of those places, an after party spot where things get really loose and all manner of weird, flamboyant creatures gravitate to party all day. It’s always a treat to spend time there and this year was no different.

5. Craig David on the Pyramid Stage
For people who think they’re too cool for school Craig David is a total cheeseball and for the rest of us he is too, but he’s a supreme talent as well and adorably sweet and well meaning, whih is no bad thing. He’s a great entertainer and he has made some all-time lassi tunes. Watching him do his thing on the main stage was heartwarming, since he’s had quite a comeback in recent years, and a right old laugh – bouncing away and singing along to his garage hits was a definite highlight, among many others…

Foo Fighters on the Pyramid Stage
Foo Fighters on the Pyramid Stage
Glastonbury's famous flags
Glastonbury’s famous flags
Our mate Henri spinning down the Rabbit Hole
Our mate Henri spinning down the Rabbit Hole
The Arcadia spider by day
The Arcadia spider by day
Another friend, Mullally, making his debut at the festival
Another friend, Mullally, making his debut at the festival

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The endless beauty of the mountains in Bulgaria
The endless beauty of the mountains in Bulgaria

A few years ago a festival called Meadows In The Mountains came onto our radar. Run by some friends of friends it began, as many festivals do, as a tiny little, private get together and has somehow grown into a 2,000-capacity festival featuring international DJs and performers, huge art installations and a lovely grassroots vibe. This means there’s no commercial influence, just a strong, earthy, rustic feel where the sense of community lies at the heart of all that happens at the festival.

Musicians stick around for a few days after they’ve performed and often mingle with the crowd, and it’s easy to understand why when you witness the majesty of the surroundings. The Rhodope Mountains, on the Bulgarian border with Greece, are a joy to behold offering life affirming views including possibly the most amazing sunrise you may ever be likely to see in your lifetime. Here are some photos from that wonderful event…

Sunrise on the last morning of the festival
Sunrise on the last morning of the festival
Storytelling at Baba Yaga's House
Storytelling at Baba Yaga’s House
One of the festival's many fantastic hand-crafted art installations
One of the festival’s many fantastic hand-crafted art installations
Pregnant Maria Lindgren performed in style
Pregnant Maria Lindgren performed in style
View of the Main Stage
View of the Main Stage
Two of the many wonderful souls at the festival
Two of the many wonderful souls at the festival
Glitter galore...
Glitter galore…
The sky was a constant source of awe
The sky was a constant source of awe
Another one of the festival's interactive installations
Another one of the festival’s interactive installations
The local scenery was also a treat for the eyes
The local scenery was also a treat for the eyes

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Glastonbury Festival 2016
Glastonbury Festival 2016

This year was DLTM’s second time at Glastonbury, after making our debut last summer. It’s what we would call a true music festival – not only because it’s one of the original large-scale music events, but also because of the values it holds on to, the ethos, the principles and the entire communal, socially reponsible attitude that permeates throughout the event. What seems to be lost on a lot of so-called festivals these days is that sincerity, replaced instead by a consumer-focused, money-making outlook. But enough of that, we’re here to praise the ‘mother of all festivals’, not criticise the imitators.

Shangri-La in the early hours
Shangri-La in the early hours

“Oooo, that mud!”, was the response from most people we spoke to after the event. If there’s one thing you can almost guarantee at Glastonbury, it’s that you’ll need to bring your wellies. This year was a particularly muddy one, but nevertheless, everyone just got on with it. Likewise, our adventure involved accompanying our partner’s mother around the festival site. Side by side, both were tough at times, but you’ve made a commitment to be there and enjoy yourself, so very little will get in the way of that – which not only allowed DLTM and our family to have a blast, but clearly many other visitors to the festival also refused to let any obstacles get in the way of having a good time; mothers and fathers with push chairs, disabled people, elderly people – so many of those who we may consider to be ‘disadvantaged’, simply knuckled down without complaining and immersed themselves in the Glastonbury experience.

Kojey Radical in the Rum Shack
Kojey Radical in the Rum Shack

This was the catalyst behind a strong feeling of unity and a comfortable, sociable atmosphere, where striking up a conversation with a stranger would happen regularly without a hint of awkwardness. In this kind of atmosphere people really relax and become themselves, free of the social constraints many of us are affected by out there in the ‘real world’. With that feeling at the core of our experience, jubilation and celebration were the order of the day no matter how many downpours and muddy bogs we encountered.

Two fans lift up their flares during LCD Soundsystem's performance
Two fans lift up their flares during LCD Soundsystem’s performance

Mix that with a selection of some of the world’s most talented and popular musicians, on stages that really give them room to express themselves to the fullest and you’ve got one hell of a festival. A slew of critics lamented the lineup at Glastonbury this year, which is crazy when you read through the list of names; Grimes, Shy FX, David Rodigan, Carl Cox, Adele, Coldplay, Muse, Hot Chip, Gregory Porter, LCD Soundsystem, Earth, Wind & Fire, Art Garfunkel… the list was almost endless. How anyone can turn their nose up at that is beyond us.

And that is that, really. A simple list of ingredients make Glastonbury the legendary festival it is, and have kept it at the top of ‘Best Festival’ lists for decades. It deserves to remain the jewel in the UK’s festival crown and stands shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Burning Man for its transformative, community-building capabilities.

The Arcadia stage is one of the most visually impressive of all the stages at Glastonbury
The Arcadia stage is one of the most visually impressive of all the stages at Glastonbury

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