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  1. I agree with this. Plus... I've queued at Gate A and Gate D in the past, and for the last few years worked Gate D as an Oxfam steward. Some other factors which I think may affect the queuing experience of the two gates are; Gate A is more or less just off the road. Gate D requires a fair uphill yomp from the car parks to get to the gate, (but potentially a shorter walk to then get to your chosen field). It includes a few false summits, increasing the mental as well as the physical fatigue! Gate A queue has almost all the train/coach people. Their loads are smaller by necessity. Gate D I saw preposterous load-carrying that could only have come from a car park. As others have said, the longish walk from car parks up to Gate D is not stewarded. This probably needs looked at. Any water given out on this route would've been only after the long march. For many hours at Gate D there was only one entrance open, and every bag was searched. The queue moved like a snail at this time. Later they opened more entrances and moved to a more random bag search. They then swapped back as the queue disappeared, only to swap again as the queue got huge again. This rather strange reactionary response always seemed to be done with too much time lag. It did mean that depending on what time you joined the back of the queue, your wait in the sun could be quire short or very long.Gate D also used the zigzag lanes, but then changed to a straight path in, then back again, don't ask why. When they made these various changes, the effect on the queue was a bit like traffic jams on a motorway i.e. those at the front of the queue when something happened had a few mins of extra waiting whilst a gate was opened or closed and security set up a few tables for bag searching, but for those much further back the ripple effect through thousands of people was significant. But yeah, same sun same conditions for all I guess, just trying to think of reasons why Gate D 'seemed' worse.
  2. You need to think outside the box mate, although I guess you might be trying to be funny?!
  3. I was working on Gate D this year, started at 5.45am on the Wednesday. Had various different roles over the 8 hours including checking tickets and handing out programmes/lanyards. From about 11am-2pm I was directing people, and for the last few hours was basically not allowing them to collapse exhausted in the obvious place you would want to do exactly that, just after you passed through everything and emerged into Glastonbury proper. Sorry about that if I was nagging you; I vos only obeying orders! Just when I thought I had seen the most distressed and ill-est person, another one would pearl up at the front of the queue! Jesus, there were some severely dehydrated and exhausted people in that queue, and I really felt for them. By the end of the shift I had given away everything I had on me to eat and drink, to people who's need was definitely greater than mine! I had to physically support a few folks who were teetering on the edge of collapse through the silly small turnstiles; some of the loads they were carrying on their backs were extraordinary! I was involved with helping the ambulance through twice for individuals who were fitting due to heat stroke, not a very nice start to your Glastonbury weekend I'd have thought. It's true there was nothing in terms of refreshments waiting for you once you emerged blinking into the festival after the wrist-banding area, however there was a water tap up by the hedges on the right in the 1st field you saw (up where Dairy meets Back House), plus there was lots of water given out. I think people have to take a degree of responsibility for themselves. I'm sure almost everyone in that Gate D queue had expected to be in a queue, and we all knew what the weather forecast was. fc
  4. We were wandering about through the healing fields on Monday around 3pm and found ourselves at the entrance to the stone circle. There was a bit of a party going on in there, a few hundred people altogether, maybe more. All seemed under control, some loud music on, people just lazing around in the sun. We had a chat with security on duty. They had been told not to let anyone else in, that they were trying to clear the area 'peacefully', and that last year there were still people in there refusing to leave on the Wednesday...
  5. Indeed lol! Pic taken at about 7am when I was forced out of tent due to the heat. it must over 27 degrees now, prob hotter. Or about 25 degrees higher than the norm back in Edinburgh, us Scots aren't biologically designed for this. But when all's said and done, someone on these boards must've sacrificed their first born to get weather like this...
  6. Last 3 days have been really brutal. Airless scorchers, and today is already shaping up to be more of the same. heat exhaustion, sun stroke whatever is a real problem. Shower gives some relief but sweating again before even leaving shower block. Ground brick hard where last year was knee deep mud, tried to paste some photos in to show cracks in ground. not quite as hard to walk around site as last year was, but still very unpleasant in its own way.
  7. Each time I've driven to Glastonbury (down the M6 then M5) the sat nav takes me directly through Bristol. It's a terrible part of a long drive, and takes ages. What is the perceived wisdom on this from those that know the area better than me? Is there a bypass as such, or maybe just a better way? And if so, what postcode/s could I put in to take me in this different direction? This year I'll be doing it on Saturday morning about 11am, so hoping that no rush hour must surely help? Cheers
  8. Went to Glastonbury and also Reading Rock Festival in 1983 (Stranglers fans, and they were headlining Fri night). A bit of nostalgia here http://www.ukrockfestivals.com/reading-83.html No need to do the same link for Glastonbury as it's all on the History part of the main website. Q1. It was much more anarchic and chaotic than nowadays. I was 17 years old and I'm sure 17 year olds will find going to Glastonbury this year just as amazing as I did then, no reason why they shouldn't. It felt more dangerous and unsafe. Now you can't turn round without bumping into a steward. Necessary I'm sure to get a licence. Back then I definitely felt the danger much more, from various large groups i.e. bikers at Reading, riding over tents and each other, smashing lights/toilets up and a sense of impending violence at any given time. A sense of there not being any help if anything did go wrong or kick off. It was quite lawless, drug use and sales far more open. Surprisingly large number of unattended bodies laying motionless, in that is-he-isn't-he dead sort of way. Today there would be an Oxfam steward/Security/Medic on the scene quicker than you can say peas. Not saying that's a bad thing mind you, just different. Q2. Made a lot more effort to be where we said we would be. Tried not to get split up. Had well planned places to meet if we did. A bit like as if you were taking your 6yr old kids to the fair lol.
  9. fucks sake...that pps...monstrous...
  10. I worked at Bearded Theory last year in May, arrived almost a year ago to the day. It was a very dry festival and the main issues were sunburn and getting enough water on board. That festival has started today and they're going to have another absolute scorcher. My point being, in terms of the weather 3 weeks later at Glastonbury, it meant jack shit. And during last year's Glasto mudfest, family and friends back home in Edinburgh were sunbathing. So I will continue to make offerings to the weather gods, and will not pay much attention to the weather until the week before and during. fc
  11. Friends, please, these are very emotional times. It's too soon and too raw to get angry and abusive with people who you clearly have a great deal in common with (festivals, music, Glasto, etc). In a months time you could easily be chatting and laughing and sharing great moments with the same people that you are really pissed off with just now and have no idea. For myself I find it very difficult to always convey the correct meaning of my feelings in such a one dimensional medium as text on s message board and I doubt I'm the only one. Face to face conversations with the same people would almost certainly involve words like "No, no, I didn't mean like that", or "I see what you're saying but...". People are writing in anger and dismay and helplessness, and replying in a similar state. Nuances and meanings may be misinterpreted. Keep calm; we're all upset here, but still friends.
  12. fewcloudy

    Crew Bars

    I was there the Fri before it opened last year, and went to a number of crew bars over the weekend and Mon and Tues. The one I liked best I've forgotten the name, but they made us buy these plastic Glastonbury pint pots to serve beer in, which was cool, a little momento also if you like. However, on Wednesday some guy on the gate wouldn't let me in, said Oxfam wasn't crew, so that was that, my money was no good. I can't remember the name of it but the staff bus/tractor thingy dropped me off very near it, and picked me up again to take me all the way back to Gate b, it was brilliant. Here's hoping for the same this year. fc
  13. fewcloudy


    I remember it well, thought they were great. Of course it helps if you already know their songs. Unfortunately, tens of 1000's didn't, as evidenced by the awkward and confused "singalong" for Pirate Jet...
  14. Self-inflating mattress for me, much better than a normal airbed or camp bed. More comfy and lighter. They can be expensive but I use one of these; https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00639PSCM/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 fc
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