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  1. I felt it was much much busier than my previous 7. I got caught in mental crowds in random places like the Bandstand. 
    It seemed harder work navigating the site, took longer to get served at bars, it was definitely over the numbers I’ve previously been a part of.

     

    Wednesday/Thurs seemed a bit crazy, with too many people and not enough to see. I’ve never seen a Wednesday that packed.

  2. On 6/9/2022 at 5:32 PM, broken monkey said:

    I remember turning up late for Dolly Parton, and the rest of the Glastonbury site was a ghost town. Never seen anything like it. There were even digital traffic arrows directing people to the back of the field when entering from the John Peel side. They definitely closed the front entrances to the field.

    Yep it was bonkers trying to get it all moving afterwards 

  3. Panic over;

     

    ”Children
    Please email us if you are bringing your children on site to ensure we have enough wristbands on the gate. In addition to the adults, we allow one child per two & four person accommodation unit and two children per six & eight person accommodation unit.”

  4. I’m a bit worried now; it says number of wristbands only given to maximum occupants of tent.

    I’m in a 4-person Bell Tent in Sticklinch. There’s 3 adults, a 5 year old & a 2 year old. I hadn’t thought kids were a problem. Is it going to be?! 

  5. The Walkabouts in this part of the site are some of my favourite parts of the festival!

    The grannies on motorised trolleys and Vamos Theatre being particular highlights from past years!

  6. On 4/21/2022 at 11:25 AM, squirrelarmy said:

    For those using home cycling as an option, how loud are they for other people in the house? I’m not allowed out on the road anymore on my bike so I got a friction wheel for it so I could use my bike in my house. The problem was that it was so noisy my neighbours complained any time I used it. 

    The Watt Bike isn't silent by any means, but my wife downstairs can't hear it and it doesn't bother the kids when in bed in adjacent rooms.

    It's a notch above my old crappy spin bike, but not much.

     

    (when I had an old training bracket thing, I found that very noisey actually!)

  7. On 1/20/2022 at 2:36 PM, Riggins said:

    Best thing I did for my fitness was getting a Peloton. Laugh all you want but I'm going to stand by it as the best bit of kit I've bought fitness wise in my life. Still got a ways to go to get in the shape I want for the festival but it's helping. Been plagued by a series of minor small injuries whilst running which really knock me off my stride and let me sink into bad eating habits so it's helped as a way of getting some exercise in. Anyone else got one? 

    I was torn between this and the WattBike. I'm not an uber cyclist, I like a decent 30-40km during the summer and had a spin bike at home to tick over. But I saw a number of boxers raving about WattBike as mixing up their training and a few footy teams used them during lockdowns when they couldn't get to training.

    I'm two weeks into some decent Zwift rides (3 or 4 a week), weight is coming off, fitness improving rapidly (even though my base level is always decent). Really really impressed.

    Yep, pricey bits of kit etc, WattBike is about £2k, but I'm going to now ditch my gym membership.

  8. 6 hours ago, kingcrawler said:

    I saw them in Edinburgh last night and they were fantastic, best I’ve seen them play. The band sounded great and the setlist was really good too, plenty from Lost in the Dream although I was a bit disappointed they never played anything from Slave Ambient, especially as Come to the City seems to have been a regular on this tour. I’m normally not a fan of covers but them covering The Waterboys was fantastic and worked really well. I had forgotten how bad the Corn Exchange is but they were so good it didn’t matter too much. 

    I’m not really expecting them but with the form they’re in just now and their Bristol date, fingers crossed they make it onto the full lineup.

    Was there as well.

    I think the sound system in the Corn Exchange (or O2 now) is miles better than it used to be. I was quite far back and it was loud.

    I still think some of their tracks are made for open-air festivals!

  9. 18 hours ago, cheesey_toastie said:

    Just wondering what people think about this?


    I'm planning to wear a mask on the See Tickets coach down. My thinking is if I did happen to get Covid on the way down it would kick in just as the festival is starting (about two days usually?). 

    I'm pretty relaxed in outdoor settings but I feel like we've all waited so long for this festival it would be bloody annoying to have to go home on the Friday (and I'm not even sure how I'd get home!). 

    You do you, my friend.

    One of my major loves of Glastonbury is that there is zero judgement of pretty much anything.

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  10. Generally pretty fit (I box, cycle, swim), but bought a WattBike and a Zwift subscription last week and it's ramping up my fitness levels already!

    Doing a near-8-week program ahead of holiday/Glastonbury so I'm a few pounds trimmer and festival-ready! 🙂

  11. This is a great question! Tough to answer!

    Wednesday is that awesome 'wow, I'm back here' feeling.

    Thursday is when things start to liven up a bit, general wandering around and taking in the site again. A few bits to go and see.

    Friday I always wake up with the "right, here we go" excitement with so much to see and do.

    Saturday I wake up with the same "wow, still 2 days of this to go".

    Sunday is always a bit more solemn as it dawns it's reaching an end, but still plenty to do!

     

     

    Overall, probably Friday or Saturday.

  12. 25 minutes ago, jonnyisRFC said:

    So glad these guys are back together! Would love them to play Glastonbury again one day. 

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    They looked incredible in 2009 with The Boss.

    Saw them once at a torrential rain T In The Park and they were still great! 🙂

  13. On 3/15/2022 at 11:04 AM, incident said:

    Yeah - especially with the Co-Op on site now, which I think makes the need to bring things in and then worry about how long they'll last less important given that it sells most core ingredients at approximately regular (Co-Op) prices.

    So my tip to add would be: make sure you camp within easy access of the Co-Op.

    I didn't realise there was a Co-op now - did that come in in 2019?

    Latitude had one last year and it was very handy.

  14. Eating at the many stalls, as great as they are, can be an expensive business, especially with kids in tow.

    Historically, I've taken a small camping stove which is great for soups, adding boiling water to packets or heating some ready-to-eat things.

    Anyone have any food 'hacks'?!

     

    A few of mine;

    1. These aren't overly cheap, but super tasty and easily heated in boiling water; https://basecampfood.com/search?type=product&options[prefix]=last&q=wayfarer 
    2. You can store milk for cereal for about 24 hours in the metal bottles without it going off - a godsend for easy breakfasts for my kids!
    3. If you buy BBQ meat on the Wed morning, it'll be fine to use on a disposable BBQ later that day without refrigeration (don't leave it too long though!)
    4. The usual high energy biscuits / snacks
    5. Bananas, oranges and apples will last the festival
    6. Anything that you can add water to, is a bonus! Noodles, that kind of thing.
    7. Pre-made sandwiches, pastas etc will see you through your first day.
    8. You can boil vegetables if you need that fix

     

    If these all fail, cider is full of sugar. 😆

  15. It's one of the only parts of the site with people at the entrance - mainly I think to stop children wandering off with no sign of parents/carers nearby!

    2017 we only had a 12 week old, this time she's 5 and a 2 year old also in tow, so Kidz Field is going to be a main part of the site for us - also super handy that it's in a nice corner near Acoustic, Theatre, Circus - I love all that area.

  16. Hey all.

    Got back yesterday (long old journey from Scotland!).

    I'm a long-time Glasto go-er so trying not to 'measure' everything against that in any way!

    Overall, I just thought it was staggering to be back at a festival having even thought 3 weeks previous it was unlikely to go ahead. I thought logistically it probably went as best as can be expected, so it's difficult to grumble at anything really. To pull off even a reasonable line up given the travel issues, during a 'pingdemic' seemed to be a bit of a miracle.

     

    Pros: many! It just felt great to be be back in fields with everyone. I didn't see a single piece of aggro or silliness all weekend, everyone was lovely and the atmosphere felt great. Having a near-cashless event worked well for me. Thought the campsite (family) was spacious, toilets were generally clean, showers worked mainly ok (long queues at times, but happens everywhere). Loved the site in general, easy to get around, especially with a double buggy!
    Sound wise, stages were excellent and some awesome performances. Enjoyed the Trailer Park part of the site.
    Food was generally good - pizzas and naan stuff were great, only real letdown was fish and chips (overpriced, chaotic ordering and collecting).
     

     

    Cons: (don't read too much into these, it was a very unique set of circumstances this was all held under!)
    I felt like I queued all weekend! Food places were exceptionally busy, as were the bars later at night. But again, with isolating staff or other issues, not a lot could be done.
    The Kids Area was a wee bit of a let-down, I thought there'd be a little more for them to do, but on the whole, totally fine and they had a great time.
    The testing side of things was a bit wacky. I basically had to take another test in my car on the Sat morning retrieving some boots (anticipating rain, doh!). No real problem with that as a thing, only I then couldn't get on 4G to register the result!!! Thankfully we're unlikely to every have to go through this again, so not a 'Festival' problem. But it did lead me to panic a bit for 30 mins as my kids were still in the site with their mother!

    Only real downside; leaving the festival. Something happened on the A12, but the exit from family car parks was nothing short of chaos. People trying to leave from every direction and little management of it or info. A few fraught people. It often takes ages to leave festival sites, but this one felt particularly bonkers for a while.


    Kudos to everyone who made it happen. Yes it wasn't perfect, but it was certainly memorable under the circumstances and very much needed!

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