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#1 loverlea

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 08:16 PM

I was just wondering if those of you who have been to glasto numerous times could share some hints and tips on etiquette. This year is going to be my first time and I am unsure on a few things

Is it ok to sit down on the grass for example when watching bands or should I be stood the whole time? Do you queue for bars or is it a free for all like normal pubs ?(push your way to front and get served kinda thing :) )

And any other kind of hints and tips you may want to share

P.s no jokes re the getting the monrail been hanging around a while now :blink:

#2 The Dawg

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 08:20 PM

It's Glastonbury, just be yourself and go with the flow.

You're in for a treat.

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 08:20 PM

It is considered helpful to assist with recycling by picking up any fold up chairs as soon as their occupants stand up and carrying the chairs off to the recycling bins.

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 08:24 PM

This thread has got to be a joke, right? Come on...

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 08:45 PM

I think the etiquette is quite simple really

1) Respect each other, wear a smile not a frown, and be prepared to talk to anyone
2) Respect the environment, pick up your litter, don't piss in the hedges, streams or anywhere else except the loos
3) Have the time of your life

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 08:46 PM

P.s no jokes re the getting the monrail been hanging around a while now :blink:

I know what you mean all they go on about is the damned monorail when there is no explanation of how to queue to get into the arena and where to get your beer tokens! :angry: :ph34r:

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 08:58 PM

Go up the hill to Flagtopia or the hill at the back of the Park just before sunset and don't turn around till you get to the top.

#8 loverlea

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 09:00 PM

This thread has got to be a joke, right? Come on...


no why would it be a joke? :(

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 09:01 PM

It is considered helpful to assist with recycling by picking up any fold up chairs as soon as their occupants stand up and carrying the chairs off to the recycling bins.


:D might give that one a miss, I don't run fast

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 09:03 PM

I know what you mean all they go on about is the damned monorail when there is no explanation of how to queue to get into the arena and where to get your beer tokens! :angry: :ph34r:


oh did you not get beer tokens with your ticket? I did :P

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 09:05 PM

This thread has got to be a joke, right? Come on...


Erm, not if you haven't been before. If it's not a pisstake, thank god some people are considerate enough to realise if they're new they're going somewhere with a different ambience...

A few I'd say are important:

1 - It's busy, just chill a bit, you'll get there eventually. If you're really bothered, set off with loads of time to spare.

2 - If someone who is a bit rough from being hammered sits next to you, just go with it. Just because they're hammered at 3pm doesn't mean they don't have all they need in life or that they need to find something to make them happy. This comes from personal experience of hearing someone talking down to my OH a couple of years ago. People can be happy and just overdo it! Sarcasm is fine, just watch the boundaries, some people need cutting a little slack.

3 - Try to forgive the stumblers, bumpers, pint spillers etc. You can tell the dicks by sight. The genuine bumpers would be gutted if they knew you'd just walked back from a 25 minute queue and they'd knocked a drink over.

4 - People will dance like a total goon to certain stuff. Easy to deal with as you can move away when outside. When in the tents, just deal with it. You might not like someone that much, but not everyone wants to be at the front. Especially important in the tents where space is at a premium.

5 - Wherever you camp is your home. As in real life you need to deal with your neighbours in a way that either means you're now friends or you can tolerate each other. You don't have to have them round for cocktails but it's nice if they'll show an interest if you're being burgled.

Sorry quite specific ones! Most of it is common sense, which, I think, is pretty much the norm at Glasto.

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 09:06 PM

You have to talk in a well posh accent all the time otherwise you wont get served or let in places so I would get practicing now.

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 09:07 PM

I find 90% of people more respectful and polite than in the "real world".

Chat to strangers, have fun.

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 09:18 PM

I was just wondering if those of you who have been to glasto numerous times could share some hints and tips on etiquette. This year is going to be my first time and I am unsure on a few things

Is it ok to sit down on the grass for example when watching bands or should I be stood the whole time? Do you queue for bars or is it a free for all like normal pubs ?(push your way to front and get served kinda thing :) )

And any other kind of hints and tips you may want to share

P.s no jokes re the getting the monrail been hanging around a while now :blink:


Be nice. If you're not sure in a certain situation like at the bar or in a queue, choose the nice option. Set your own standards. You'll find the vast majority of people are a lot nicer than in real life.

Re. the grass thing, depends how far back you are, the further back the more people you'll find are sat anyway-if it's a tent and/or it's getting packed, stand up as it creates more space.

Edited by MEGABOWL, 21 May 2011 - 09:19 PM.


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Posted 21 May 2011 - 09:19 PM

Do NOT try to cut across the dance field camping as a short cut from the other stage field to the dance area ( whatever it's called now) because the paths look like a crazy bottle neck. The residents get really pissed off at all the people off thier nut trying to do this and falling on thier tents. I have done this about 3 times following the lights and it's always a nightmare.

Also if you suddenly need to stop when yr on a really crowded pathway and have a chat or whatever try to move to the side. ( I've done this too)

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 09:27 PM

OK, assuming it was a serious question (the reference to the Monorail led me to assume that someone was looking for a new line of humour)the answer is simple - don't judge people or make assumptions.
Treat everyone and the place with respect.
Share and offer to help your neighbours. You can make great friends just by offering a drink or even assistance to put up a tent.
Smile and say hello. Glasto is one place where you can start conversations with total strangers.
Don't rush and don't push.
Think before you act - for example try not to block the view of others (easier said than done when it's rammed but in the less crowded areas look behind you). If someone is sitting - either on the ground or in a chair - think whether by moving a few feet to the left or right you can leave them with a clear view.
I often come away from Glasto thinking if everyone behaved with such consideration in the 'real world' it would be a much nicer place.

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 09:39 PM

A guy pissed on the back of a friend of mines legs during Gorillaz last year. Don't do that.

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 09:55 PM

Just be lovely to everyone, and they'll be lovely back
Have a BROAD sense of humour, some things you'll see and hear will be waaaaaayyyy out of the ordinary
Relax, and have the time of your life
Respect the farm :))

Oh, and DON'T SIT ON YOUR BLOODY CHAIR AT THE FRONT OF THE CROWD

Edited by ggoon, 21 May 2011 - 09:56 PM.


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Posted 21 May 2011 - 10:02 PM

Is it ok to sit down on the grass for example when watching bands or should I be stood the whole time? Do you queue for bars or is it a free for all like normal pubs ?(push your way to front and get served kinda thing :) )

And any other kind of hints and tips you may want to share



You can lie down, you can sit on a chair, you can stand, you can sit on the grass, do whatever makes you comfortable. (but obviously not when its really busy, you will get trod on) :)

No real queue's for the bars, sometimes there is but mostly you can get served pretty quick. If it rain's though the bars are completely full! It's not like other festivals were there are big queue's and you are only allowed two at a time, anyhow, bring your own :)

Wear a smile, talk to strangers, give plenty of Glastonbury hugs, take your time, relax, wear sunscreen.

Most of all ENJOY!

#20 loverlea

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 10:12 PM

Erm, not if you haven't been before. If it's not a pisstake, thank god some people are considerate enough to realise if they're new they're going somewhere with a different ambience...

A few I'd say are important:

1 - It's busy, just chill a bit, you'll get there eventually. If you're really bothered, set off with loads of time to spare.

2 - If someone who is a bit rough from being hammered sits next to you, just go with it. Just because they're hammered at 3pm doesn't mean they don't have all they need in life or that they need to find something to make them happy. This comes from personal experience of hearing someone talking down to my OH a couple of years ago. People can be happy and just overdo it! Sarcasm is fine, just watch the boundaries, some people need cutting a little slack.

3 - Try to forgive the stumblers, bumpers, pint spillers etc. You can tell the dicks by sight. The genuine bumpers would be gutted if they knew you'd just walked back from a 25 minute queue and they'd knocked a drink over.

4 - People will dance like a total goon to certain stuff. Easy to deal with as you can move away when outside. When in the tents, just deal with it. You might not like someone that much, but not everyone wants to be at the front. Especially important in the tents where space is at a premium.

5 - Wherever you camp is your home. As in real life you need to deal with your neighbours in a way that either means you're now friends or you can tolerate each other. You don't have to have them round for cocktails but it's nice if they'll show an interest if you're being burgled.

Sorry quite specific ones! Most of it is common sense, which, I think, is pretty much the norm at Glasto.


Thanks LeedsPete, I should maybe watch my tongue my sarcasm can be quite bad. Good advice tho and I am sure I will do my own bit of bumping, the thought of the crowds scares me a little bit as not being something this big before. I am going to definately keep your advice in mind