Glastonbury Festival 2014: Shangri-La

After the main stages had shut down we joined tens of thousands of others making their way to Glastonbury's 'naughty corner', home to four separately themed areas: The Common, Block9, The Unfairgound and Shangri-La.

The areas really come to life after dark and Shangri-La was a particularly immersive experience at night with its themed music venues, bars, art installations and maze of alleyways.

Central to the Shangri-La experience is its overarching storyline that has been running since 2008. Between Glastonbury 2008 and 2011, Shangri-La was the ultimate pleasure city. In 2013 after its fictional inhabitants were wiped-out by their dedication to excess, a new four year story cycle began the 'Shafterlife' which explored themes of heaven and hell.

Here's Shangri-La's video launching the new storyline from 2013

In 2014, the evil Shangri-Hell Corporation has taken over a lot of the area with its new headquarters, while a more marginalised Shangri-Heaven offers a refuge from corporate oppression. All this does make perfect sense when you're there and it does translate into an awesome after hours experience.

This year's Heaven Stage line-up included Rob Da bank, Chris Coco and Yosi Horikawa while the Hell Stage countered with Annie Mac, Pete Tong, Gorgon City and a Roni Size DJ set featuring Dynamite MC. Sunday night on the Hell Stage also featured Kurupt FM from the very funny BBC mockumentary series 'People Just Do Nothing'.

Shangri-La had some great bands and artists performing over the weekend. Beans On Toast defied the thunderstorm power-down with an acoustic set that included a heartfelt rendition of 'I Can't Get a Gig at Glastonbury'. Alongside him on the bill were permaculture champions the Formidable Vegetable Soundsystem , awesome guitarist John Fairhurst and the Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band who played the Hell Stage on Friday prior to their early Saturday slot on the West Holts Stage.