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  1. 35 points
    Good morning all. Don’t post much, more of a reader than a writer. Thought I’d share my personal experience of the outbreak. I’m based in China, in one of the provinces worst hit by COVID outside of Hubei. Being on lockdown ain’t much fun at all. I’m lucky that I live alone because it means that I can at least leave the house every two days for supplies; friends who live with their families seem to be having a much harder time as only one designated family member is allowed to go out every two days. It’s really rather trying but the measures that have been put in place seem to be working. I work in a university. We were supposed to be starting the new semester three weeks ago but there’s still no sign of a starting date. Considering how badly the situation was handled to begin with, things are moving pretty fast and we are hopeful that things will return to something like normality soon. The problem was definitely made worse by the Chinese government’s refusal to admit there was a problem and the silencing of anyone who spoke out at the beginning. That’s where you guys who aren’t in China have an advantage over us here, because you don’t have the hindrance of a government trying to hush the whole thing up. I’m not one given to panic, but a healthy amount of paranoia might be a good thing in this case. It is really easy to catch the virus, but also pretty easy to treat, according to reliable friends who work in the city’s hospitals. I’m sure that you won’t face anything like the scale of infection or restrictions that we have been going through, hopefully you won’t get disappeared for speaking out either! This forum has been a real tonic, reading and watching all the discussions and arguments has helped alleviate the boredom a lot. I’m really hoping my VPN is up to scratch or this may be the last anyone hears of me for a while! That’s my tuppence worth anyway. Love from China [cough cough] M
  2. 31 points
    I think on a music festival message board it’s a legitimate question to ask. It doesn’t suggest the OP doesn’t give a shit about anything else. Of course there are much bigger things to be worried about, but that doesn’t mean you can’t also miss live music.
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  4. 26 points
    I don’t want to hijack your post, but I have a similar story, some of which might help. My wife Sue was in a hospice, terminally ill with cancer when tickets went on sale for Glastonbury 2016. From previous years the family (two sons, a daughter, plus friends and partners) had a Whatsapp group to organise tickets, and as we discussed who was going etc. we received a message from Sue in the hospice saying simply: “Planning a trip without me?” It was a tough reminder of the situation, but she clearly wasn’t well enough to go. Amazingly, we all got tickets, which meant we would all be together, but with one key person missing. By some miracle, the drugs she was taking started to control her pain and symptoms, and she was able to return home again. However, as the months wore on the cancer inevitably took hold once more, and she was readmitted to the hospice in late Spring. Despite this, she showed enormous resilience and was determined to continue to live life to the full. The family decided how wonderful it would be for her to come to Glastonbury for the first time. Looking back it was a crazy idea, but we all loved the place so much and knew she would too. She was keen, so we spoke to the doctors, and to our surprise they gave her permission to go. We didn’t get a ticket in the resale, unfortunately, so I wrote to Emily and See Tickets explaining the position, and to our surprise, See rang us and said they could provide a ticket. The hospice made extensive arrangements with the Glasto medical team and everything was put in place to make some unbelievable memories for the family. When we arrived, Greenpeace met us and allowed us to park within the festival site, and took us up to the hospital tent in a Land Rover, where we handed over the various drugs that we had been provided. Unfortunately, that made us late and we could only find a tent space directly behind Silver Hayes – the tent literally shook with drum and bass every night until 3 or 4 am. Somehow, though, we slept like logs. Every day we had to make the long walk up to hospital tent for injections and dressing changes, and this was the muddiest year on record. The staff were absolutely fantastic throughout. After each visit we rested in the Church marquee next door – neither of us were religious, but the people there were fabulously kind. Sue was really fan or R&B and Soul, but she watched Muse in awe – she had never seen anything like it. Coldplay were absolutely stunning and put on a spectacular show, and I have a wonderful final memory of us both watching Adele from the hill, clinging to each other in tears as those huge eyes on stage opened and she sang “Hello”. It was the most fantastic of festivals that year – not just the music, but the kindness and love we came across wherever we went. We have a wonderful video of us all together singing along to Madness “It Must be Love”. Afterwards, Sue returned to the hospice and somehow survived another 4 months. I returned to the church the following year to tell them what had happened and they remembered Sue well So I guess the moral of the story is to be prepared for the medical situation, which unfortunately may be a lot worse than it is right now. We certainly couldn't have coped without the fantastic medical team, who changed dressings, administered various drips and drugs, and gave us the confidence to take on what is quite a difficult environment , even for somebody in full health. I really hope it goes as well for you as it did for us - fantastic memories for the entire family
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    In case anybody is interested (just gone through this for myself), the acts highlighted were the ones who were given in the first poster announcement for last year. ------------------------------------ ------------------------------------
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  8. 23 points
    Update. I coincidentally saw them again today. Turns out they could source the hand sanitiser from China after all and actually ordered double the amount! It will keep for years so no problems there. They also said that at the mo the festival is going ahead as expected.
  9. 22 points
    I don’t know who you are, but as a villager myself I am happy chat in the village face to face with you should you wish to identify yourself. the fence does NOT start to go up until May. I run around the farm everyday and have never seen the fence start in March. oh and just to clarify, the festival did not run out of water last year.
  10. 21 points
    Prince Charles is isolating at Balmoral with COVID-19. Prince Andrew is isolating at Windsor with Jenny, 14.
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  12. 19 points
    Quick note to think carefully when coming to post things like "yes it's sad but it's just a festival" and "we will all have bigger things to worry about soon". Yes, for myself and for most people here, while it's gutting, there are people going to be going through a lot worse. But for some with anxiety and other issues, something like this can be a big blow to mental health, which is obviously closely linked to personal wellbeing, so let's not forget you never know the personal circumstances of the person behind the screen, and there is no need to belittle anyone's emotions. We're all on this forum because we love this festival so let's keep it positive.
  13. 19 points
    And with that poster concludes the prediction game and from it we have 4 winners. Please collect your prize @JoeyT, @jyoung, @Wellyboot, @SomeoneListeningIn which is an image of a medal at the bottom of this post. Only you are allowed to look at and save this image although I have absolutely no way of policing this. It was mentioned that the community would pitch together to buy you a pint each but being realistic this probably won't happen. For me the main prize is pride for being good at guessing (maybe even working out the pattern??) Much bigger response to this than was expected, it has been fun. Let's do it again next year. Included the full list of predictors and the crossing out of doom for all of those, including me, that got this wrong February 17 - mrholmes February 18 - zahidf February 19 - fightoffyour February 20 - nicnzl, Rocketfrog1820 February 21 - Brad2434, Jack.194 February 23 - Damon February 24 - HattersBoy, Obiginnaw February 25 - billum, Dronx February 26 - dentalplan February 27 - mcshed February 28 - OnlyRevolutions February 29 - Keithy, funkychick2007 March 2 - WestCountryGirl, s30foster March 3 - AlexOvd, assorted, jparx, gmb1992, rawrsomesauce March 4 - HeyPorter, kingbadger, sequenci March 5 - SupernintendoChalmers, Sasperella, The Red Telephone March 6 - Gnomicide, chuckles07, shuttlep March 7 - beefykoala, Havors March 8 - Chazwozza March 9 - Doug85, Stokesy10, discgoesmic March 10 - LGH, Freddyflintstonree, dotdash79, JonnyG, Euphoricape March 11 - RarerThanDandyB, Earth_pig, the_arsonist, zeppelin, Chrisp1986, wro_lap March 12 - Joey T, jyoung, Wellyboot, SomeoneListeningIn March 13 - Jakeyboi135, Andy0808 v5, MetaKate, chazwwe, Radiochicken, Slugy March 14 - morph100 March 15 - northernringo, stt11, Lubic87 March 16 - Fish Bulb, moams, Ashl March 17 - Waltere, crazyfool1, circus92, FuzzyDunlop, Miyn, thrillhouse188 March 18 - Kalopsia, Matt42, Guy Incognito, mazola March 19 - sisco, maelzoid, Quark, Jack The Stripper March 20 - giantkatestacks, kalifire, Hugh Jass, Gregfc15 March 22 - Simsy, Ayrshire Chris, sheerin_lfc, Bryanrebe March 23 - Jon F, Bennykill March 24 - a6l6e6x, reflekting March 25 - CJTM, kingcrawler, Gwladboy March 26 - Tuna, DareToDibble, Smash Williams March 27 - Suprefan, Northtim March 28 - mikegday March 29 - Greenelk March 30 - Mr. Snrub March 31 - MattyMooz, petewilson09, Huckleberry Finn April 1 - priest17 April 2 - august1 April 3 - eFestivals April 6 - Tommy Dickfingers April 8 - the wonderwhy April 13 - jj200 April 24 - faymondo
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    I'm not sure I've got enough disk space.
  16. 18 points
    Hi everyone, Long time lurker first time poster here. This is a bit of an emotional story but here goes. I've been going to Glastonbury a few times over the last few years with my wife and her mother and father, who are in their 60s but are mad for music, and though they only went to their first Glasto in 2015, they enjoy and make the most of every moment. I'm talking watching headliners and then dancing the night away until 3 AM, waking up at the crack of dawn and doing it all over again. Absolute legends and put my wife and me (20s) to shame. Unfortunately, just after Christmas my father-in-law started feeling ill, and about a month ago was diagnosed with an aggressive stage 4 inoperable cancer. It's an absolutely heartbreaking thing to happen especially for someone who only 3 months ago was feeling great, going to the gym every day, having a drink at the weekend and loving life. In fact, we were only just at Glasto last year having a great time despite the abuse we all received from the sun! We all have secured tickets again this year and are determined to all go together this summer for the 50th anniversary, and are relatively sure this will be his last. We are trying to make this as special as possible for him, and I wondered if anyone had any tips or has experienced something similar or knows someone is a similar boat. Bonus points if you are/know a producer and could fix a meet-up with an artist, but I know that's a long shot. FWIW, we have already contacted Glasto Access team and have applied for accessibility and viewing platform passes for him and his wife. TL;DR father in law's last Glastonbury, trying to make it a good one. any tips/info/etc appreciated, we've also already contacted glasto access team. Thanks for reading and hopefully see some of you there!
  17. 18 points
    The fact this thread has gone from Glastonbury being cancelled due to car parking reductions to a reunited Oasis headlining in the space of 2 pages is peak eFestivals.
  18. 17 points
    My mood in: April - I'm still happy now there's no Mordor, could feel more like the old days May - no Auditori this year as it's indoor, bummer but inevitable June - confirmation that we have lost almost all the US bands, damn, but we have some great European ones at least July - only three stages now? Damn, but was like that at Primavera Porto in the early days and still had a great time August - only one stage, with Deerhunter alternating with Shellac all day? Where do I sign up, sounds great, just give me music and let me the hell outdoors...
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  20. 16 points
    Just got a job offer of my dream job, which also happens to mean that I will exclusively work from home and is a massive pay rise (3 times my current salary). Honestly with all the kerfuffle this couldn't be better timing. PS: I am jumping about like a little kid with excitement!
  21. 15 points
    Imagine the scenario that this cancellation of mass gatherings manages to bring numbers under control within 6-8 weeks, just in time for the build. The festival has held strong, not guaranteeing it'll be on, but resisting the calls to cancel as well. Uncertainty looms over the entire event, but the plans slowly and carefully proceed. The ban on mass gatherings is lifted around early June, and Glastonbury is not only held, but becomes an iconic demonstration of our resilience to carry on, and our care for each other that ushered in a fall in numbers infected. Yes it could be cancelled, but it could also be the best Glastonbury there's ever been.
  22. 14 points
    I feel like it’s a rite of passage to at least have one comment on this thread. I’ve been trying to avoid coming here but it’s like slowing down for a car crash, I can’t help Myself. As someone who works front line in the NHS this is a very surreal time. We’re just starting to see the ramp up of people who are needing intensive respiratory support and we’re struggling even now. Even last week I thought that what was happening in Italy and elsewhere wouldn’t happen here, now I’m not so sure. We just don’t have the capacity or specialist equipment to cope with the influx. Most people will be fine but even the 1% getting ill in a period of one month is bad news. It will come but we just need to do our best to drag it out. As such, I struggle to see glastonbury happen now - we might be ok by June but the call has to be made soon and I fear that’ll be next month at the latest. And I’m ok with that - some things really are more important and as much as I was looking forward to 5 days forgetting about all the shit that we’ve had to face this last year this is a global crisis that we’ve never seen before. Peoples lives will change, business will close, we’ll be talking about this for years but let’s just hope that we’re all back here looking forward to 2021.
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  24. 13 points
    I turn my back for 5 minutes and my dream thread happens. Sorry everyone, been avoiding all news and social media for a week to protect my peace. I'll have a proper read through soon. For now, let me leave you with some images of the work in progress on my Simpsons leg sleeve. Yes, I like the Simpsons. Hope everyone is well! Diddly.
  25. 13 points
    Nope, I am a pharmacist working on the frontline. Live music thoughts are what get me through my days of hell.
  26. 13 points
    For those artists that have performed on the series 'NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concert' these are really unique, intimate concerts that give you a different view and sound of the artist you wouldn't get on Spotify: Taylor Swift - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvVnP8G6ITs&t=250s Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ferZnZ0_rSM Angel Olsen - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7NapIZ1xGE Anna Calvi - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EScw2XrUHFY Banks - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbwPwWqA-QQ Big Thief - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0E5vMkDfOI Black Uhuru - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qd2Zcj1flw8 Brittany Howard - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyW5Zz0w1zg Burna Boy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaaYgVRZTnE Cate Le Bon - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFEhLCP6jzs Declan McKenna - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ea43VkCiyFo Khruangbin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWLJeqLPfSU KOKOKO! - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wA7MgcgqaZA Laura Marling - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4Ed6vT6a94 Lianne LaHavas - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HUV5a7MgS4 Phoebe Bridgers - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hLJNZSIwP8 Rufus Wainwright - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCmcvsCxfng Snarky Puppy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfzu33BfRHE Suzanne Vega - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AndEMO__p2U Thundercat - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhVgbZdMdb0 Tinariwen - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdbBmqOUPlY Tom Misch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUMTaAQ43lY
  27. 13 points
    - Glastonbury is being cancelled - Who is Neil?
  28. 13 points
    So we are just 4 5 days from the coach sale and 48 days from the main sale , with many of you looking forward to an announcement very soon ..... but we have a large number of people that are in a bit of limbo land .... so I thought id do something useful for my 10,000th post on the forum .... we have had many offers of help and messages of support and we are all truly grateful for those but id just like to ask if there are any members of the forum who would like to help some fellow efest members get to the farm ? we have just over 100 people to get there ... anyway post below or pm anyone you have formed a bond with over the months .... Thanks very much Alex
  29. 12 points
    We're all pretty shocked by the unprecedented (in our lifetimes) events happening across the world. Some of us are focusing on a music festival, in the way that you can burst into tears when spilling milk when you're grieving. It's an incredibly stressful and unusual time for us all, please, let's all try more empathy and more kindness. People are upset about Glastonbury, but more than that, I think a lot of us are generally upset and bewildered and are using the cancellation of the festival to try to focus and make sense of our feelings. I'm trying to cut everyone, everywhere a bit more slack at the moment. Edit: apart from Donald Trump of course, he's a prick.
  30. 12 points
    So your take is that people who bought their ticket 5 months ago, and have since planned their holidays/summer around attending, in many cases spending a fair amount of money on doing so (transport, accomodation etc), should get the same treatment from the festival as people who didn't buy a ticket (including those who didn't even think about doing so), and who therefore aren't inconvenienced by the cancellation at all? If so I cannot understand that at all. Almost every festival that has cancelled so far has offered to roll tickets over to next year. It's good for their finances too, of course, to be able to keep the money they've already got. Really don't see any reason why Glasto should or would do anything else.
  31. 12 points
    Why do we need a new poll? It would be undemocratic
  32. 12 points
    Too much negativity in here. Sorry @Matt42 but needed to be done 😀
  33. 12 points
    Sticking my head above the parapet here .... Only joined here last September, and it is genuinely one of the nicest places on the internet, and by quite some margin. I can remember when I had just joined observing a few posters giving serious grief to @Matt42 and thinking to myself "wow that's all a bit uncalled for". Then I thought to myself there must be more to it that I am not aware off, and I am new here, so just kept out of it at the time. Since then I have seen the same type of thing flare up on numerous other occasions, mainly always directed at @Matt42, and also nearly always started by the same few people, and also with the same few people then jumping on-board. Like this latest nonsense this morning, it is usually completely uncalled for and not at all in the spirit of this forum, or Glastonbury for that matter. I can tell the difference between bullying and banter, and I know what this is. @Matt42 contributes a awful lot to this forum in my opinion and I for one enjoy his posts and opinions, regardless of whether I agree or not. I would really hope I am not the only one who sees this behaviour for what it is, and would also hope that we could keep that sort of stuff away from here.
  34. 12 points
    It would be the pontiff no return.
  35. 11 points
    This cheered me up no end. WhatsApp_Video_2020-03-25_at_21_58_12.mp4
  36. 11 points
    From last year, my first Glasto: At the Green Fields, some random guy playing Wonderwall: Listening to Worthy FM in the morning: Sunset at William's Green: At the temple: Stormzy: A lovely couple on The Other: Enjoying Liam: A good read: This kid enjoying a big crowd at Kylie: And The Cure:
  37. 11 points
    No thats @Matt42
  38. 10 points
    Howdy, Basically, the relationship is that the virus doesn't mutate rapidly, it's fairly stable. All virus mutate (all DNA mutates, our own DNA accumulates mistakes pretty much every time it replicates...most of the time it happens in parts of the genome that make no difference, so that's why we all have the same genetic code to make all the things that make us a human, but when we look closely, the fine details are different for everybody (that's how we can do DNA fingerprinting)). Anyway, things that replicate quickly (like viruses and cancer cells) accumulate more errors, and "drift" in terms of their genetic code. Coronaviruses are no different in this respect, they will accumulate small differences, but most of the time it won't make any difference to how it functions or how our body recognises it. From time to time it will gain an error (mutation) that gives it a new property (like jumping from bats to humans, possibly via some other animal). Viruses like flu are entirely different. They have what is known as a "segmented" genome. They are kind of like those puzzles you had when you were a kid with a picture on them, but you can shuffle the picture by sliding the squares around in the puzzle. Every year, flu slides the squares around a bit so that the picture gets a bit jumbled up and looks different to our immune systems (so we need to make a new vaccine every year). This is how "genetic drift" works in flu viruses. On the whole, most people's immune systems recognise it as flu as even though the picture is a bit jumbled up, it's still close enough to what our body's have seen before. Every now and again, flu changes the picture entirely by putting new squares in the puzzle (by getting bits of flu virus from other species...hence we call them "avian" or "swine" flu). This is called "genetic shift" and it stymies even immune systems that have seen flu before, so we get large outbreaks. The H1N1 1918 pandemic was as a result of a genetic shift, likewise the recent H5N1 and H1N1 outbreaks. Coronaviruses are not built like this, so are less prone to making large jumps in their genetic code, therefore when we do have a vaccine, its likely to work for a good while until an entirely new strain jumps out of some other bat!
  39. 10 points
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    Gil! Scott! Heron!
  41. 10 points
    How am I supposed to stay at home when there are singles in my area looking to meet me?
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  43. 10 points
    No need for the WHO to bother headhunting or recruiting from fancy universities. Just need to dip in this thread and take their pick of expert epidemiologists.
  44. 10 points
    I've purposely stayed out of this thread to protect my peace but I thought I'd share an observation after a weekend spent in London. I've used various forms of transport and moved freely across the breadth of the city and one thing that was noticeable is the lack of people wearing "protective" masks. I spotted maybe a dozen over the course of 48 hours. People seem to be just getting on with life regardless. They maybe taking a few more precautions but certainly nothing obvious. I'm not trivialising a clearly very serious situation but some, if not most areas of the media would have us think we're on the brink of the collapse of civilisation as we know it. I'm not entirely sure what my point is but once this situation has resolved itself, the same organisations where the majority of the country sources it's "information" will probably be warning of a critical water shortage due to everyone needing to wash their hands for twenty seconds every time during the Coronavirus crisis. In times like this I'm quick to remind myself that fear, bad news, negativity and pessimism sells newspapers and fuels 24 hour news channel viewing figures. Just look at the political state of the world over the past decade to reinforce that point. Right now, the festival is going ahead and although I've got zero scientific basis to back any hope up, I still firmly believe it will. Seems to me the only real threat to it is the fear being created by those with a certain agenda. If anyone needs me, I'll be in the electronica thread planning which of the many micro venues I'll be in at 4am on the Saturday morning of the festival.
  45. 10 points
    PM me if you want to have some warts and all insight into the WA experience. I am not big on social media and am wary of posting loads on here as my gripes may not be a true reflection of the WA organization. It may be to do with the fact that I got in at 4 am and was staring at a long drop wearing marigolds at 6:30 am feeling like Capt Willard. As sir Jonny has mentioned, we had a blast and actually worked really closely. We shared a container of assorted cleaning products.... heady heady days.. I loved it to be honest. There are things that could have been done better but isn't there always? Camping in Toms Field is so ace. As I said further up this thread, go into everything with an open mind and commit to it. Its a life mantra. There are people who get pad a pittance to clean toilets all day and every day. There are people globally who would consider themselves extremely fortunate to have a functioning toilet on their doorstep. A Glastonbury long drop would be considered luxury. It does a relatively entitled westerner some good to connect with the shitty end of the stick every now and then.
  46. 9 points
    are foals big enough to headline the internet?
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    Oh yeah, I forgot about him
  50. 9 points
    That reads like a Download line-up 🤣 I bloody hope Fistula don't clash with The Affrighted.


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