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About budvar

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  1. This thread is becoming an episode of Only Connect. Marvellous.
  2. Always good to see that they're bringing in new things - look forward to seeing whatever this is (my guess is it'll be near the Park)
  3. This is a good example of how Glastonbury is really a collection of festivals, rather than just one big one. It's not that the organisers of Glastonbury have booked the same acts year after year, it's that the bookers/organisers for certain stages do. I agree that it might be a bit of a shame if it limits the opportunities of others; personally I'd like to see the Cabaret tent line-up given a complete refresh.
  4. Assuming that there's no loads of rain in the immediate run-up to the festival again, the traffic should hopefully go back to normal. I can't remember exactly when they first opened up the car parks on the Tuesday night but traffic hadn't been much of an issue since.
  5. I can see why you waited 12 years to share that one...
  6. He came to the Union when I was at university - great guest, wiped his feet on the way in and everything.
  7. Very similar festival apprenticeship as myself; V Festival for a few years followed by graduation to Glastonbury. While many take the mick out of V it was a perfect stepping stone and the lineups back then were actually pretty decent. Within 5 minutes of getting on site in 2004 I realised Glasto was an entirely different beast altogether.
  8. I'd say that sounds a lot more like the coverage of 2005 (year of the flood), but IMHO that also played it's part 04,05 and 07 all being (to differing degrees) muddy certainly didn't boost appeal
  9. Have we ever established if it actually sold out? I know they claimed it did but selling out the day before was rather fortuitous. That year certainly spooked Michael Eavis and I'm very relieved it's (seemingly) gone from strength to strength since.
  10. That really does feel like it's from a different era all together (as does the fact you could pay with postal orders in 2004!)
  11. I remember that feeling all too well; we didn't get tickets in 2014 and the sinking feeling in my stomach as I saw that they had sold out was horrible. The worst part was not being able to look forward to it, but I held out hope for the resale, which helped to get me through. When it came around it was actually fairly uneventful and we got tickets fairly quickly. Keep the faith.
  12. When did they stop selling them in local record shops/HMVs
  13. Bloody knew it.
  14. Each year ticket day brings back memories of my first experience getting Glastonbury tickets and each year, whether I'm successful or not, I'm grateful that the process isn't like it was back then. I'm sure plenty of you will remember, but for those who weren't trying for tickets back then here's what happened: Tickets went on sale at 8pm on the 1st April (an apt date if ever there was one), which was a Thursday. Ticket sales were handled by a company called Aloud (relatively unknown then and I'm quite surprised to discover they still exist now given how woeful it was). The website failed (presumably because of the numbers trying) so pretty much all of the tickets were sold over the phone over a period of about 24 hours. This was in the days before social media, so there was no way of knowing any of this at the time, so no way of knowing if it was worth still trying. Selling tickets over 24 hours probably sounds leisurely but it was a nightmare (I swear I can still hear the engaged tone when I close my eyes at night). Basically myself and many tens of thousands of others hit redial (F5 is for johnny-come-latelys) hundreds of times through the night in the hope of eventually getting through to someone. As I recall I finally got a pair of tickets (I forgot to mention that you could only buy two at a time) at some point the following afternoon when calling from the students' union, feeling like something of a zombie (even more so than usual). There was no registration system back then (indeed Michael Eavis had something the year before about putting in place a system that favoured people who hadn't been before! You can see what a bloke called Neil from a website called efestivals though about that here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/somerset/2968484.stm) but you did have to put a name and address on each ticket to curtail touts (though you could subsequently change those details on at least one of them, negating its effectiveness somewhat). Tickets were only sold less than three months before the festival so no chance to put down a deposit and save and be certain of your place half a year in advance. On the other hand, tickets cost £112 and a car park ticket was a fiver. Needless to say, the pain of the ticketing experience was forgotten when the festival rolled around and I had a truly brilliant weekend; The English National Opera on the Pyramid on Sunday morning remains one of the very best things I've seen at the festival. I enjoyed my first Glasto so much in fact that I've been to every festival since and experienced 11 more tickets days. While I understand that the current ticketing system isn't perfect and can feel very unfair if you don't feel that you've had a chance at tickets, trust me when I say it's a lot better than it once was... (Cue the next poster saying they had their tickets for that year booked by 20.01)
  15. £650! I'm honestly not sure I've spent that much across 11 festivals (though I bring my own booze)