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2016: A gay bar at Glastonbury festival became the UK’s best club

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  • Words: Funster | Images: Nick Serpell-Rand, Kamil Kustosz
  • 7 December 2016

We're looking back at the trends that defined dance music in 2016. Next up, an inimitable club that pops up just once a year

There aren’t many places in the world I’d rather wake up than in a tent at Glastonbury festival.

What could be better than opening your eyes to a sea of tents on a Friday morning and knowing what the rest of the weekend has in store? It's a dream come true although this year, the beginning of the festival was more of a nightmare.

At around 8am, after a heavy Thursday night session at the gloriously fun Beat Hotel, I was awoken to the words "We’re fucking out, I can’t fucking believe it.” The rightfully agitated man was talking about Brexit. The unthinkable had happened – Britain had voted to leave the European Union and the dark clouds looming over Worthy Farm felt that bit more significant.

“I’m a bit shocked with the lies that you can get away as a politician in this country. As a general thing for this festival, you don’t feel all of that here. People here are looking at a future with open minds and embracing the goodness in life. We’re in utopia,” says Prosumer, one of the artists who’s playing multiple times over the weekend.

The acclaimed German selector, who lives in Edinburgh, is visibly upset by the vote, tears welling in the eyes and a shake in his voice as he speaks. As a DJ who’s known for being one of the most upbeat, passionate and generally amazing souls in the scene, it’s hard to hear.

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