Glastonbury Festival

The tastes of Glastonbury: how this year’s festival tastes to someone with synaesthesia

Thousands of people are attending this year’s Glastonbury, and millions more will watch on TV.

Some of those people will have a slightly different experience to the rest of us though. Synaesthesia is a neurological condition that links senses which are normally experienced separately, including hearing and taste. Essentially, some people will hear or read a band’s name and experience a taste at the same time.

Intrigued, we asked Kathryn Jackson, a synaesthete with a rare form of the condition called lexical-gustatory synaethesia, to look at this year’s line-up and share the tastes she experienced with us.

We’ve recreated this year’s line-up poster based on Kathryn’s experience, and as you can see, it’s both a who’s-who of great music and a particularly delicious menu!

Glastonbury Synaesthesia Poster

Below is the full list of artists and the related tastes Kathryn experienced. If you’d like to learn more about synaesthesia, visit the UK Synaesthesia Association’s website. Or, if you’d like to know how some of the biggest albums of all time taste, check out this post!

Artist Taste
Radiohead Raisins
Foo Fighters Chicken Dippers
Ed Sheeran Lamb
The XX Milkshake
Biffy Clyro Beef, Caramel
Katy Perry Icing, Blackcurrants
Barry Gibb Skips
Royal Blood Honey
Stormzy Sherbet
Major Lazer Lucozade
Alt-J Strawberry Jam
Boy Better Know Fudge
Lorde Pineapple
Solange Trifle
Run The Jewels Pomegranate
Laura Marling Praline, Tea
Kris Kristofferson Salt & Vinegar, Stuffing
The Jacksons Flapjack
Emeli Sandé Apple Crumble
Phoenix Philadelphia
First Aid Kit Kit Kats
Justice Digestives
Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals Candy Crisps
Toots and the Maytals Butternut Squash, Mint Imperials
Father John Misty Roast Potato, Lemonade
The Flaming Lips Cherry Lips
Dizzee Rascal Refreshers
Badbadnotgood Guinness
Metronomy Chorizo
Annie Mac Mash Potato, Fries
Kano Stick of Rock
Goldfrapp Frappuccino
Goldfrapp Frappuccino
Sleaford Mods Leeks
Kate Tempest Cupcakes
Wiley Jelly
Halsey Parsley
They Can Project Coca-Cola
Thundercat Crunchie Bar
Future Islands Mango
Clean Bandit Banana Split
George Ezra Sausage
Glass Animals Glacier Mint
Courteeners Courgettes
Sampha Sex on the Beach
DJ Shadow Bread Rolls
London Grammar Werther’s Original
Ride Rich Tea biscuits
Songhoy Blues Soy Sauce
Little Dragon Crispy Duck
Kaiser Chiefs Appletiser
Wild Beasts Steak
Angel Olsen Jelly Beans, Olives
The Lemon Twigs Lemon
Nines Vanilla Ice-Cream
Moderat Milky Way
Rag ‘N’ Bone Man Chicken Drumsticks
Craig David Granola
Circa Waves Custard
The Avalanches Raspberry Roulade
Ani Difranco French Stick
Nadia Rose Turkish Delight
Tove Lo Toffee, Marshmallow
British Sea Power Salt
Mark Lanegan Crackers
The Moonlandingz Nougat
Girl Ray Wafer Rolls
Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes Breadsticks, Bacon
Temples Skittles
Dynamo Mars Bar
The Cinematic Orchestra Yoghurt
All We Are Toast
Sasha & John Digweed Crispy Seaweed
Joe Goddard Cheese
Kurupt FM Rusks
Declan McKenna Cornflakes
Loyle Carner Bread Rolls
Lisa Hannigan Spaghetti
Birdy Chicken
Martha Wainwright Peaches