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About budvar

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  1. Fair system?

    I've been at this game a while and have been very fortunate to get tickets every year since 2004 (last year was the first year that we needed the resale). The system isn't perfect but it's a lot better than most and certainly better than it was. Back in 2004 there was no registration system and the website of Aloud (who had the contract back then) crashed so tickets were sold over the phones for more than 24 hours. Myself (and lots of others on these boards) woke up throughout the night and only got the engaged tone. I seem to remember that they bought in a rule that you couldn't change the name on the tickets that year, but I managed anyway. It was odd for the 2008 festival when it never really sold out; certainly took the pressure off ticket day but seems to have properly scared Michael Eavis (understandably). The registration system is genius and effectively eliminates the ability for touts to profit from the event and for tickets to just find their way to those willing to pay the most, which would be pretty disastrous. Ultimately, we are currently at a stage when many more people want to attend than the festival can accommodate. That's not a surprise, because we all know how great it is. Although it's hard to imagine its popularity diminishing, I'm sure it will at some point (perhaps after a couple of years of poor weather or a run of duff headliners). It's a shame to see so many people on these boards be unsuccessful - that certainly didn't used to be the case and I'd guess that's because the numbers wanting to attend have risen substantially. That said I'd be entirely opposed to a system that guaranteed tickets for old hands like me. Glastonbury owes me nothing. Although my year would be poorer without a trip to Worthy Farm, the festival wouldn't suffer a jot for my absence, as much as I might like to think otherwise. For anyone who missed out this time, don't lose hope - the resale honestly did seem to be a lot more straightforward. Best of luck.
  2. Fair system?

    Alas that's just not true. There used to be a wonderful open air cinema field towards the John Peel tent, the field was taken over by hospitality camping a few years ago.
  3. Is it ok to be bricking it about oct tickets already

    And now the worry starts for Ticket Day 2016...
  4. Sold out

    My sympathies to anyone who didn't get tickets this morning; that happened to me last year and I'm familiar with the horrible sinking feeling you get when you see it's sold out.   Reason for posting this is to say that I still got to Glastonbury 2015 - we got tickets in the coach resale and tens of thousands of others did too.   I know it's horrible not knowing, but just don't want people thinking that's it. It isn't.
  5. Political equality @ Glasto...

      Can't agree with that; the idea that Glastonbury should be shut to those on the political right is absurd. That's not to say that it's not a left-wing festival, or that it shouldn't continue to be, just that looking to exclude those with different views doesn't strike me as a good way of bringing about lasting change.   Glastonbury brings people together; it can't do that as well if some of the people are shut out.
  6. Sunday Legend 2016

    I'll throw Bon Jovi into the mix. The last couple of years really have cemented the reputation of the "Legend slot" - Lionel's much deserved sales boost will have opened a few eyes. Hopefully it'll also help people to realise that televising a Glastonbury set is a GOOD thing. If Lionel announced a big tour tomorrow, can't help thinking that tickets would shift a lot quicker after last weekend's performance. I'm not sure who Lionel's closest pals are in the business, but fair to say that he's likely to put in a good word.
  7. Glastonbury Toe

    Couple of the smaller toes on my right foot this year; enjoying the variety
  8. The Sunday Night Headliner Saga

    I'm sure I remember reading that GFL pulled together a dossier about the festival that persuaded him to play (or at least it persuaded his people). It did sound a little hollow when he came out and said he'd "heard about" us.
  9. Next time I will...

    Can add all of these to my list, though I did visit The Temple in the Park, which was nice
  10. Crowd diversity

    Let's not forget our friends from Mexico, front of the Pyramid with identical flags on the same pole as ever...
  11. Did Banksy do anything?

    I loved that thing. There seemed to be noticBly more large art installations across the site - really liked the Joe Rush polar bear on a fridge iceberg
  12. The Sunday Night Headliner Saga

    Whenever the subject of Prince comes up, I like to post this video, which gives a decent indication that he's not entirely compos mentis:
  13. The Sunday Night Headliner Saga

    Good point, though my main reason for being drawn to Lionel was seeing how effusively he's spoken about the festival since his set
  14. The Sunday Night Headliner Saga

    I assume you didn't make it to Shrinel Richie? There were photos of Lionel with pretty much everyone in the business. Last time I checked Kenny Rogers isn't black, but is certainly chums with Lionel - both musicians you see.
  15. The Sunday Night Headliner Saga

    Anyone know if Lionel Richie and Prince are pals? A good word from Lionel (which would surely be forthcoming) may swing it (in the same way a good word from Kenny Rogers encouraged Lionel) That said I'm not a fan of Prince and wouldn't be keen to see him play Glastonbury, though they are rather running out of THOSE acts (which were always going to be hard to top after the Stones)