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A festival -- held somewhere in the UK (most recently at Cheltenham racecourse) on the August Bank Holiday weekend. A people -- an eclectic mix of strangers who meet up at the festival. A place -- think of it as where all the Christian Ley Lines in the UK meet. Closest US equivalent is Cornerstone.

I first went in 1988, and have been back every year since. That year The Proclaimers played, and I spent the weekend perforating my eardrums in the crowd. I tend to go just for the atmosphere now. There's no place quite like Greenbelt.

Greenbelt alumni include U2, Over the Rhine, Moby, Cornershop, Bruce Cockburn, ...