Inside Glastonbury's exclusive VIP area with celebs like Jack Whitehall and Matt Smith

Inside Glastonbury’s most exclusive pub it was so pretentious even the celebrities looked bored
-Credit: (Image: Aisha Nozari/GETTY)

Glastonbury is as well-known for its secret watering holes as its surprise performances. Hidden from the sight of typical festival-goers, there lie special zones, access to which is granted only with an elusive black wristband. With a little luck and cunning, we managed to get in to one of these exclusive zones.

In these secluded spaces, celebrities and affluent individuals can enjoy their pints or cocktails away from unnecessary scrutiny and away from the stink of the unwashed festival-goers. Additionally, within these exclusive domains at Worthy Farm, even more private sections exist.

These are subtly located behind corners, with inconspicuous entrances that make them incredibly easy to miss. It is extremely difficult to gain entry to these areas of the festival. Much to my astonishment, over the weekend, I managed to infiltrate one of these exclusive areas, writes Aisha Nozari.


I blended into a small crowd of people flashing their rare black wristbands at security, while I slipped by unnoticed. I attempted this trick again the following day and was promptly denied entry. So, what spectacle lies beyond this clandestine gap in the fence?

A beautifully decorated pub named Moonbow, where the cost of a pint is around £7. Designed to resemble a traditional ale-lover's tavern, it features leather Chesterfield-style armchairs, robust wooden benches, and velvet stools.

Complete with a chandelier and large wooden barrels, it emanates a truly "ye olde pub" ambiance. Apart from the prices and the punters, obviously.

However, due to the sunny weather, patrons were not actually occupying the interior of the pub. Instead, they chose to gather around picnic tables on a small grassy area adjacent to the bar.

To our left was Sophie Habboo, while Jack Whitehall and Matt Smith were spotted on the right, mingling with a larger group who appeared somewhat disinterested. One can't help but question the purpose of such secrecy.

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Cara Delevingne and Anya Taylor-Joy at the Glastonbury Festival -Credit:Dave Benett/Getty Images

It's hardly surprising that these concealed spots are somewhat dull, considering the real excitement is unfolding just metres away in the main festival areas. Here, attendees are truly enjoying themselves, rather than being sequestered in elitist, wristband-only zones that seem completely at odds with Glastonbury's proclaimed ethos of cultural diversity and inclusivity.

The inconspicuous entrance to the exclusive VIP-only Moonbow pub at the Glastonbury Festival -Credit:Aisha Nozari/ Daily Mirror

And, naturally, Moonbow isn't the only clandestine watering hole on the premises. Other hidden gems include The Hideaway (a Soho House bar), Maceos (essentially a crew bar requiring an exclusive wristband for entry) and The Unfairground Bar which is located in the South East Corner within the Unfairground, a vast immersive art space featuring pyrotechnics and secret sets.