The Glastonbury Survival Guide: Wiley
Photograph by Mr Spencer Murphy
The grime artist shares his festival top tips.
There was a time when Glastonbury was all about rock music, but the sound of Worthy Farm is now an eclectic one. You no longer have to look far down the lineup to see grime and hip-hop acts on offer. Jay Z and Mr Kanye West have both headlined in recent years and Boy Better Know take over The Other Stage this time around.
So, in the second of our series quizzing musicians on how to survive Glastonbury, let’s turn to the godfather of grime, Wiley, who is playing The Other Stage at 7.15pm on Saturday.
Having had a well-publicised – and really rather funny – Twitter meltdown at his first Glastonbury in 2013 (he complained about everything from the fee to the people to the weather before tweeting the official festival account asking them to take him off the lineup), he has since returned and had a much better time. This year, he can’t wait to go back. So take note of his sage words to ensure you don’t end up tweeting Ms Emily Eavis for your money back.
What is your number one essential item?
An open mind. The first time I went, I didn’t know about its history and how it started as the original hippy event and I was blind to the good time I could have had there. You have to go with an open mind and embrace the weirdness. Once you do that you’ll have the best time of your life.
What do you like to eat and drink?
I usually go crazy on all the food – it’s great. There are so many different stands, I end up pigging out. Last time I tried out all the different burger vans.
What’s your fail-safe outfit?
The first time I went I wore my best trainers, walked out into the crowd, and they were immediately ruined. Whatever the weather is like this year, I’m gonna make sure that I wear a sick outfit that I can wear on stage and out in the fields. And then if there’s mud, I’ll just make people carry me.
How do you make sure you don’t lose you friends?
That’s impossible. You’re definitely going to lose some people. Then you’ll try to call each other but there’s no signal. It’s just going to happen.
How do you handle the Portaloos and showers?
The Portaloos aren’t that bad, it’s the way English people treat them. They don’t care – they just urinate all over them and then they become horrible. Show some respect.