I spent last weekend glued to my TV watching all the Glastonbury coverage, I do the same every year wishing that I was there yet have only actually made the pilgrimage once. (It’s so far away from Liverpool!) I’m suffering from festival fomo hard this year. I normally have at least two planned for the summer but this year I’m not going to any and man, am I feeling it hard.
So when I saw that Great Western Railway (GWR) had announced a partnership with NME for the festival season I was intrigued. The online hub is called #TracksOnTheTrack and features Spotify playlists with music recommendations for Glastonbury, Wireless, Lovebox, Wilderness and Reading festival from NME journalists and bloggers including, a couple of my regular reads, Olivia Jade of Dungarees and Donuts and Rosie from A Rosie Outlook.
GWR’s Head of External Communications Dan Panes said: “We are incredibly privileged to have some of the World’s most renowned music festivals on our network, and what better way to travel to them than by train, listening to recommendations from the music industry’s leading voices. Designed for festival fans and music lovers, GWR’s #TracksOnTheTrack hub means that everyone can get involved in the festival spirit while travelling there on the day.”
I’ve never actually got the train to a festival site before but GWR actually serves all these major festivals putting on additional services to cope with the extra travellers: Glastonbury (Castle Cary Station); Wireless (London Paddington for those travelling from the west); Lovebox (London Paddington); Wilderness (Charlbury and Swindon Station); and Reading.
I’ve had a listen to all of the playlists they’ve put together for this festival season and the Reading one is my favourite. Have a listen and see what you think.
You can find the other playlists on #TracksOnTheTrack.