Column – The Official Q Magazine Televised Glastonbury Festival Drinking Game

Column – The Official Q Magazine Televised Glastonbury Festival Drinking Game

glastoviewCouldn’t get a ticket for this year’s Glastonbury? Not to worry, the BBC will beam the best bits into your telly/ handheld device/mind, for free. Of course, staying at home does lack that frisson of danger you get at the world’s most lawless cultural event. So in order to reintroduce an edgy, anything-can-happen buzz, why not “pitch your tent” (large duvet and robust stick) in the living room and drink yourself to the brink of fun by playing The Official Q Magazine Televised Glastonbury Drinking Game? JJ Dunning @jj_dunning

THE RULES

1. Be safe: keep a space blanket, a flask of made-up Robinson’s and a pack of Rich Tea on hand AT ALL TIMES. The Official Q Magazine Televised Glastonbury Drinking Game is not a joke!

2. All “rounds” are active concurrently. Like the real Glastonbury, there is no respite.

3. Take it easy: we don’t want anybody overdoing it and waking up in the recycling bin.

4. Realism is key: if possible, obtain the use of a 3D TV for the weekend. Proper friends won’t mind if it comes back spattered with mystery liquids. They’ll understand.

5. Be alert: it may be tempting to throw things at musicians/presenters you don’t like, but remember, you’re not at the festival. (It may be worth posting reminders around the house, just in case you forget.)

6. Tweet your progress: #QGlastoTV will keep you in touch with fellow front-roomers.

ROUND ONE: DRINK WHEN YOU HEAR SOMEONE SAY...

  • “...is this your first Glastonbury?”
  • “...the size of a small city.”
  • “...there was a moment when the sun came out during their/your set that made it truly magical.”
  • “...of course, 2017 will be a fallow year.”
  • “…up in the Stone Circle at sunrise.”

ALSO: Any discussion, or reference to a discussion, about Kanye’s legitimacy as a headliner. Any mention of “purists” (as in, “festival purists”) or “folklore” (as in, “festival folklore”). ANY statistic.

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ROUND TWO: DRINK WHEN THEY’RE ON SCREEN

  • Any member of the Eavis family.
  • Tony Benn (RIP).
  • Smiley showbiz reporter
  • Lizo Mzimba (drink double if he is interviewing daft punters waiting at the front of the Pyramid Stage pre-10am).
  • Nile Rodgers.
  • Kim Kardashian.

ROUND THREE: TECHNICAL GREMLINS: DRINK IF YOU SPOT...

  • An unnaturally long pause while Mark Radcliffe waits to be told that he’s live on air.
  • Production crew cut to wrong camera during performance.
  • Any clip-on mic problem. Eg, excessive rustling, or substitute mic.
  • Introduction of VT, which then fails to roll, leading to awkward sofa-based non-chat.
  • Any mention of the phrase “technical gremlins”.

ROUND FOUR: CAMERA CUTAWAYS: DRINK IF YOU SEE...

  • Water dripping off something.
  • View from the Park Stage down the hill.
  • Young woman, with painted face, on friend’s shoulders going, “Woo!”
  • Camera lens with raindrops on fading to blurred screen.
  • St John’s Ambulance staff doing rubbish dancing or some policemen “joining in”.
  • Homemade flag with amusing design – eg, pants/sausage/ a sausage in pants.

ROUND FIVE: THE WEATHER, DRINK IF...

  • It’s sunny.
  • It’s raining.
  • It’s inclement.
  • It’s fair.
  • It’s snowing

For the full broadcast schedule head to BBC.co.uk – though naturally they don't endorse this kind of behaviour...