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Festival-lover throws Glastonbury-themed party in in back garden

A festival-lover has thrown his own Glastonbury themed party in his garden – complete with a stone circle, cardboard cider bus and painted long drop toilet.

Nathan Carroll, 29, from Manchester, was gutted when his favourite event of the year was cancelled twice due to the pandemic, so spent weeks preparing decorations for a garden party in its place.

He recreated the iconic stone circle and the ribbon tower, as well as painting the cider bus and turning his garage door into a ‘long drop toilet’.

It took him two full weeks to painstakingly craft all the details from the signposts down to his own wellies, taking him right up to the day before showtime.

Nathan said: ‘Everyone said yesterday “bloody hell, you need to get yourself a life.”‘

Nathan Carroll (pictured), 29, from Manchester, has thrown his own Glastonbury themed party in his garden – complete with a stone circle, cardboard cider bus and painted long drop toilet

The festival-lover (far right) was gutted when his favourite event of the year was cancelled twice due to the pandemic, so spent weeks preparing decorations for a garden party in its place

The festival-lover (far right) was gutted when his favourite event of the year was cancelled twice due to the pandemic, so spent weeks preparing decorations for a garden party in its place

Nathan streamed the 'Live at Worthy Farm' gig on a projector last night for his Glasto-geek mates to come and watch outdoors - just as if they were sitting in a field. Pictured, watching the live stream at his own Glastonbury-themed party in his Manchester garden

Nathan streamed the ‘Live at Worthy Farm’ gig on a projector last night for his Glasto-geek mates to come and watch outdoors – just as if they were sitting in a field. Pictured, watching the live stream at his own Glastonbury-themed party in his Manchester garden

‘As people were going around the gate I told people to pick up stones for the stone circle.

‘There’s something about when you walk through those gates to Glastonbury that’s hard to describe to people who haven’t been before – its so magical.’

Nathan streamed the ‘Live at Worthy Farm’ gig on a projector last night for his Glasto-geek mates to come and watch outdoors – just as if they were sitting in a field.

He included some flags he took to festivals in 2010 and 2011, and even painted his recycling bin to emanate the classic Glastonbury bins.

Nathan recreated the iconic stone circle and the ribbon tower, as well as painting the cider bus (pictured) and turning his garage door into a 'long drop toilet'

Nathan recreated the iconic stone circle and the ribbon tower, as well as painting the cider bus (pictured) and turning his garage door into a ‘long drop toilet’

'There's something about when you walk through those gates to Glastonbury that's hard to describe to people who haven't been before - its so magical,' said Nathan. Pictured, the wellies Nathan crafted

‘There’s something about when you walk through those gates to Glastonbury that’s hard to describe to people who haven’t been before – its so magical,’ said Nathan. Pictured, the wellies Nathan crafted

He downloaded the specific Glastonbury font to make signs to the toilet, and recreated the huge Hollywood-style lettering mounted on the hill in the festival.

The fifteen guests, that included a newborn baby, were told to bring their own camping chairs adorned with the ‘Glastonbury mud’ from previous festivals.

Nathan is an artist and paints oil paintings of the festival site which decorate his home and garden, and was devastated when both the planned 2020 and 2021 festivals were cancelled.

He has been to every event since 2009.

Nathan's fifteen guests, that included a newborn baby, were told to bring their own camping chairs adorned with the 'Glastonbury mud' from previous festivals (pictured)

Nathan’s fifteen guests, that included a newborn baby, were told to bring their own camping chairs adorned with the ‘Glastonbury mud’ from previous festivals (pictured)

A highlight for Nathan was California rock band Haim, but he said 'at the same time I just wanted to be there.' Pictured, with friends at his Glastonbury-themed party in his Manchester garden

A highlight for Nathan was California rock band Haim, but he said ‘at the same time I just wanted to be there.’ Pictured, with friends at his Glastonbury-themed party in his Manchester garden

The festival fan included some flags he took to festivals in 2010 and 2011 (pictured), and even painted his recycling bin to emanate the classic Glastonbury bins

The festival fan included some flags he took to festivals in 2010 and 2011 (pictured), and even painted his recycling bin to emanate the classic Glastonbury bins

The serial Glasto-goer said: ‘I remember sitting on the bus on the way home from work and getting excited about it reading the line-up, and I thought ‘its not going to get cancelled, this corona wont be around too long.’

‘Last year when the festival should’ve been on we had a bit of a get together and watched some old sets – it wasn’t as big as this one though, I was a bit too much in denial.

‘But two years off we need to make this a big thing now, I’m going to have to do my best effort to throw our own Glastonbury in the garden.’

The five-hour live-stream included performances from Coldplay, Damon Albarn and Jorja Smith who took to the Pyramid Field.

The serial Glasto-goer played the five-hour live-stream which included performances from Coldplay, Damon Albarn and Jorja Smith who took to the Pyramid Field. Pictured, Nathan's friends watching the festival

The serial Glasto-goer played the five-hour live-stream which included performances from Coldplay, Damon Albarn and Jorja Smith who took to the Pyramid Field. Pictured, Nathan’s friends watching the festival

Technical issues left many fans unable to watch the livestream due to their unique access numbers returning 'Invalid Code', but Nathan didn't let it stop his party.  Pictured, watching the live stream

Technical issues left many fans unable to watch the livestream due to their unique access numbers returning ‘Invalid Code’, but Nathan didn’t let it stop his party.  Pictured, watching the live stream 

Nathan was devastated when both the planned 2020 and 2021 festivals were cancelled. Pictured, Nathan took two weeks to craft all the details from the signposts down to his own wellies

Nathan was devastated when both the planned 2020 and 2021 festivals were cancelled. Pictured, Nathan took two weeks to craft all the details from the signposts down to his own wellies

A highlight for Nathan was California rock band Haim, but he said ‘at the same time I just wanted to be there.’

Sadly, technical issues left many fans unable to watch the livestream due to their unique access numbers returning ‘Invalid Code’, but Nathan didn’t let it stop his party.

He said: ‘I think it was about quarter to nine by the time we finally got in it was meant to be 7pm it started. It was like trying to get tickets it was like “refresh, refresh.”‘

‘Before and after while trying to get the stream on we took matters into our own hands and put some of the old sets on YouTube.’

The show was eventually made free-to-watch by organisers, but ticket holders were left fuming and started a petition demanding refunds.

The festival lover downloaded the specific Glastonbury font to make signs to the toilet, and recreated the huge Hollywood-style lettering mounted on the hill in the festival (pictured)

The festival lover downloaded the specific Glastonbury font to make signs to the toilet, and recreated the huge Hollywood-style lettering mounted on the hill in the festival (pictured)

Nathan even painted his recycling bin to emanate the classic Glastonbury bins (pictured)

Nathan even painted his recycling bin to emanate the classic Glastonbury bins (pictured)


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