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  1. Queing Overnight - needed?

    I don't know if it's different on the gates which are just for the car parks but I usually get a coach first first thing on Wednesday morning and don't have to wait long at all on Gate A - 30-45 minutes the first few times I went but literally just walked in last year. We don't tend to go for one of the plum camping spots but probably could have, last year especially.
  2. Would a ballot be a fairer system?

    This has recently been negated slightly by the introduction of weekday evening coach sales, but something I've often thought about this is the fact that the sale is first thing on a Sunday and you have to get up and organised and that's a good thing. I've literally heard people say before they don't want to try for tickets because they either can't be bothered to get up for 9 on a Sunday, or more commonly because they can't be bothered to go through the whole ticket registration system and then organise a group to try for tickets at that specific time, Presumably under a ballot system it would be much 'easier' in that way to go for a ticket for those people, but personally I'd rather people who really wanted it (and were prepared to go through the whole registration system and get themselves organised at the specific time) got the tickets. But I'm slightly biased because I've tried five years now and been lucky enough to get a ticket in the main sale all five years.
  3. "They better play..."

    I know they usually play it but to go with a song a band sometimes don't do I'd say The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song for the Flaming Lips. One I'm genuinely not getting my hopes up for is High and Dry, given Thom Yorke has actively said he doesn't like the song and I don't think they've played it since the 90s.
  4. Worst act you have seen at the festival

    Interesting with people saying theirs is Kanye - mine would be Pharrell Williams just before, which me and a couple of mates waited through thinking he might be okay, and I just thought he was absolute balls. Obviously it was very divisive, but I ended up really enjoying Kanye's set. Whether I would stand through another 75 minutes of Pharrell singing mostly other people's songs to see him again is debatable.
  5. Flares banned.

    Definitely noticed security getting tougher on them even in the few years I've been going - as a few people have said I saw a couple of times last year when they got in the crowd and ran towards people to take them off them. Not too fussed about them myself as long as people aren't being twats with them.
  6. My really lucky run continued - the last five years I've gotten on to the site personally to get the tickets for my group four times out of five and the fifth time (last year) someone else managed it. This year I also managed to help out some friends after I'd gotten the tickets for my main group. What's slightly concerning is that this good run might run out next time, but not worrying about that for now!
  7. Best - Massive Attack, Other, '14 Worst - Mumford and Sons, Pyramid, '13 Surprisingly Good - Kanye West, Pyramid, '15 Most Disappointing - Lumineers, Other, '13 (but made up for it on the same stage this year)
  8. Conduct of security

    I didn't have any problems with security this year (not that I have particularly in any previous year, especially with the company that does the stages, who are always excellent), but there were two of them working at the Park Home medical tent on the Saturday night who were particularly great. The first was outside, asking people if they had anything on them that 'they shouldn't' as they made their way in. Guy in front of me froze when she asked that, clearly she'd caught him off guard. I thought he might be quite a bit of trouble but she ended up just kindly saying 'go back to your tent, and put it in there then come back, otherwise I'll have to take it off you'. And then the guy inside, lovely Welsh guy, was showing the utmost patience with this guy who was sat next to me and absolutely off his nut on ket. Literally this boy couldn't walk, could hardly speak, kept wondering around the place, was blurting out random nonsense to everyone including the medical staff, and kept asking the guard for one of those card trays to be sick in, then just spitting in it and throwing it away. He was being a total nightmare, but this security guy who he kept harassing quite persistently just did the mature thing and communicated with him the bare minimum amount, mostly ignoring him.
  9. Other Stage sound quality

    Further round the left edge of the tent, to be honest it's very possible there were problems with that, his music is so bass heavy I might just have tuned out of it but I can't say I noticed it myself.
  10. Other Stage sound quality

    Yeah, I do think Other improved this year, and Genosys was the other one I really noticed a difference. I could also properly hear Jack Garratt on JP even though I was outside the tent, which I couldn't when I was standing outside for someone else a couple of years ago, wonder if that's anything to do with the new location.
  11. A note about car parks, security and mud

    I agree with others about the parking/getting out thing - just the nature of the beast unfortunately, and I heard stories from this year in particular of some people waiting for much longer than four hours. The security thing I'm more sympathetic about, he definitely should have let you prove it was your tent before getting physical. Why couldn't he have done that thing where he asked you what the inside looked like before restraining you? But then you don't know how your neighbours phrased it when reporting it to him. Good to look out for each other, obviously, but situations like this are (probably) avoidable on their part.
  12. How many have we got left...?

    Maybe I'm just being optimistic but I suspect all this worrying over it finishing in the next few years is going to come to nothing. Michael has been making comments like 'it might only last a couple more years' for a very long time now but other than the occasional 'the farmers are being unreasonable' or 'we might try an event somewhere else' I don't really see why it *should* finish up anytime soon, unless of course Michael and Emily want it to. Personally I buy into the theory that someone came up with that Michael is just trying to warn his neighbours off pushing their luck.
  13. Missed bands / acts

    Most of New Order, because I felt really ill, which pretty much never happens to me (even at festivals) and so went with my friends to Adele, who exceeded expectations in fairness. LCD because I was at EWF. Wouldn't say I regret it but then people I have been saying that LCD was very very special. And Four Tet despite him playing about 34 times over the weekend in various places. That was annoying.
  14. BBC Highlights Show

    Yeah, I can't remember it being on after the festival but they definitely show one straight after Jools every New Years. I remember feeling betrayed one fallow year when they showed a R1 Big Weekend compilation instead.
  15. Would you like the festival to be smaller?

    Other than Saturday in the SEC Corner I actually think there were less crowd issues this year, especially with the moving of John Peel, which was a big help I think. I certainly saw less huge crushes and bottlenecks anyway. Those I did get caught up in were usually because of the mud, and though I did have more problems with the sheer scale of the site this year than before I think that's probably only because of the conditions.