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  1. No more V festival

    There definitely was a lot of talk about moving Shambala to Dorset - they even had a licence application in on a site about a year ago, but that's the first time I've heard anyone mention Lulworth Castle. From what I've read, the potential move seems to have mostly been either a negotiating tactic or contingency in case they couldn't agree a new deal. From what I've read & heard, the preference was always to stay at Kelmarsh if possible hence signing a new 10 year deal and not following through on the application elsewhere.
  2. Victorious Festival 2018

    Not sure I follow the logic there. IOW might well still hold a licence for 90,000 people.. But they clearly didn't put together a lineup designed to attract that many people this year - and reportedly sold less than half that many tickets (about 42,000 was the number quoted). IOW has been a major festival in previous years, and maybe it will be again next year. But it'd be a stretch to say IOW 2017 was regardless of how many tickets they were legally allowed to sell.
  3. Victorious Festival 2018

    Not sure that IOW 2017 is the example of a "major festival" you want to use, given the poor attendance this year even after all the half price / BOGOF ticket offers they ran.
  4. TRNSMT Festival 2018

    Last year Radioheads show at TRNSMT was announced about 3 months after their dates in Manchester were (which were also promoted by SJM). So that's roughly the same scenario as it'd be if the Foo Fighters played TRNSMT next year?
  5. British Summer Time 2018

    While it's not technically impossible.. U2 have a long term worldwide exclusive deal with Live Nation for both management and touring. They were allowed to do Glastonbury a few years ago as a one off, but I think allowing a direct rival like AEG to book them would be a step too far.
  6. Bestival 2017

    I think that either you or your friend have misunderstood something. Shambala do have a "Green Campsite" but that's Green as in the colour, just as they have Red & Pink Campsites etc.. There's definitely no difference in rules, anyone camping there has had a £10 Recycling Deposit paid by someone in their group. It just sounds like your mate either didn't realise this, and so never claimed it back - or their ticket was bought as part of a group and someone else handled it.
  7. Murder at Bestival

    Without going into details, unfortunately that's been a theme of the summer this year (moreso than previous years). Given what's been going around, it's amazing that this is the first death.
  8. Bestival Virgin

    This is the approximate layout this year.. Presumably we'll see a proper map in the next week or so - Black camping has been the "rowdy" one in the past. So that's generally been the one to avoid or to seek out depending on your preference. Beyond that it's difficult to really say for this year though as most of the colour designations have changed.
  9. NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    I think that on next years dates, Boomtown and Beautiful Days are actually on the same weekend which is a bit of a pain.
  10. 2017 first line-up poster

    Separate. The collection point will be somewhere in the campsite area, so it's after you've already been checked and they won't know* what you initially brought in. That's the way it worked last year anyway and I can't see it changing. * they probably could connect the 2 if they really wanted, but to do so would require so much admin I can't imagine they would even consider it.
  11. Which festivals will sell out quicker next year?

    For me it's not a case of deliberately doing one extra to "replace Glastonbury".. It's that one of the main constraints currently stopping me from doing more is the amount of annual leave. I was strongly looking at both Boomtown and Beautiful Days this year and would have done one of them if I had a bit more time to play with. Glastonbury taking a year off means that events previously ruled out become a viable option.
  12. Which festivals will sell out quicker next year?

    I've not been, but Beautiful Days is the one that always gets mentioned in the same conversations as BT.
  13. Festival cancelled due to mud

    FTFY Ben
  14. Boomtown?

    That's not quite how it works. Any Festival site (or section of) is considered a construction zone right until the moment it gets signed off by H&S and so the public aren't allowed in almost regardless of what's happening outside. There's a lot more to it than just a bit of mud on the ground - fences might not be in place, vehicles (and especially heavy vehicles) might be roaming around more frequently and with less restrictions, stewards and marshalls might be otherwise occupied. In the case of Boomtown, it sounds like the weather put their construction way behind causing them to be late getting the sign offs they needed. As a result the gates opened late, and some later than others. From what I've been reading, the delays yesterday mostly boil down to them being hit by three seperate issues - the site (or parts of it) not being signed off in good time causing an inital backlog at the gates, issues with ticket scanning causing them to have to check stuff manually, and not enough security on duty to enforce the level of searches they wanted.
  15. Glastonbury Festival Wikipedia page

    It was moved it a bit at the same time.. The old stage was roughly located, and facing approximately the same direction as, where the combined Oxfam/Greenpeace/Wateraid stall to the left of the current stage is now.