Glastonbury In London? Whatever Next?

By Londonist Staff Last edited 29 months ago
Glastonbury In London? Whatever Next?

Gareth Thomas, standing to be Labour's mayoral candidate and on this basis has no bloody chance, has come up with the brilliant* idea of bidding to have Glastonbury take place in London. This got us thinking about which other events we could bring to the city while in no way destroying the very thing that makes them special.

Running of the Bulls from Pamplona, Spain

Background image by Ianvisits from the Londonist Flickr pool. Image of bulls used under Creative Commons.

Why not ship the poor creatures over here to have a trot down The Mall, chasing the thousands of tourists who've come to watch the Changing of the Guard. The bewildered bovines could then be slaughtered in the driveway of Buckingham Palace.

Dakar Rally

There's 250,000 tonnes of sand forming a temporary beach near Brent Cross this summer. We can probably nick some more off luxury flat developments, right? We'll have off-roaders racing each other up and down the North Circular in no time.

Boryeong Mud Festival from South Korea

It's surely only a matter of time before mudlarking Londoners fully embrace the South Korean tradition of mud slides, mud prison, mud pools and mud skiing at the cosmetics company's messy annual festival. Sponsored by Superdrug.

Burning Man

According to its principles, Nevada's Burning Man is an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression and radical self-reliance. There are also a lot of naked people on bicycles. Dalston's been doing this for a while. Actually, this one might just work (but would anyone notice?).

America's Cup

America Cup serpentine 2

Two boats. One race. In the Serpentine. Why not? The TV coverage will be much easier to coordinate, and you don't get many ducks out in the open ocean. The contest is the poorer for it, in our view.

Songkran Water Festival from Thailand

Particularly if Boris gets his way with the water cannon idea. Or Thames Water is involved.

*really not brilliant

Last Updated 29 June 2015

Bluesman

Why let New Orleans have all the fun at Mardi Gras. Just host in London and call it Fat Tuesday.