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  1. Quicker option 1 - risk the wrath of the Blue Gate staff, and try to stroll along the blue campers route from the junction at Windinglake Farm. Bonus points for using the 'wrong' exit from the Oxfield. Quicker option 2 - wander down Cockmill lane (it's the last road before the gate), and avoid going in and out of site.
  2. Unless you have your own transport, earlies aren't that easy - you'll only find out a couple of weeks before, though I suppose you could get a cab from Castle Cary. The Oxfam bus from Temple Meads is a good shout, but be aware that on the way out Monday, you will almost certainly be delayed, so a flexible ticket is a must.
  3. There's a lot of this, but there's a lot of other stuff as well - it's pretty chill in the non-psytrance forest venues, hilltop is much less ketty, Whistlers is fairly calm. I'd argue that after Glastonbury, there's nothing else in the UK that offers the combination of scale and variety of Boomtown - and that's before you take into account the theatrical stuff.
  4. Awesome, I'll start preparing my hot takes immediately
  5. That's the thing though - it Lak and Chris and co's festival - they don't have to be nice about your political preferences, or adopt a mainstream agenda. It's their show, they make the rules and, crucially, if it all blows up in their face and fails, they'll be the ones without a job.
  6. That Shy FX set was amazing, and then full on madness for Jungle Cakes in the rain. A proper statement of intent. Boomtown usually open with a big set, and their music chap (Kapitan / AAA / whatever his real name is...) has often said he's not a fan of the linear lineup (small acts to bigger acts), especially at a show where some stages will run till ~4am.
  7. Them consistently booking more diverse acts will likely help - Glastonbury sells out before the lineup is announced, so you've kind of got to know that there will be something that you definitely want to see (I know, it's not about the lineup etc, but if there are no headliners that appeal to you, then it's easy to see the festival as "not for me"). In the past, the festival has been pretty poor for hiphop / rap / grime etc. Booking Kano, BBK, Simz reasonably high up the bill over the last couple of years, and then Stormzy last year as a headliner shows that there is starting to be some consistency with urban (for want of a better description) acts getting booked, which means people might take the risk. A big contemporary rap act like Travis Scott, Young Thug or similar this year will help as well. The economic thing is a big one - I reckon the largest economic diversity is in the crews / volunteers rather than the public - I know a lot of people (myself included) who would probably not afford a ticket but trade a bit of time or skills instead. /edit. Also, I know it's a cliche comment, but would we even be having the conversation if there was a day that was all male...
  8. As an aside to this - it's not a bad idea to have a 'fuck it, I get what I get, see what I see' attitude going in. I've seen people be desperate to change shifts to see a specific band, get frustrated and upset when they can't, and you risk having a negative impact on the festival overall because of the focus on what is not OK for you. That said, if Kendrick plays, and I'm working, I'm going sulk all weekend...
  9. I think this is a general change in festival drug culture. When I first went to Glastonbury (93) it was hash, mushrooms, LSD in the main. You never saw people openly taking coke, and there was just a few people with MDMA - though in fairness it was still fairly novel in the UK. That's certainly not the case now - cocaine and pills are fairly widespread. And roadmen are just the latest iteration of "townies" or "casuals" - the main difference between them and the "lads lads lads" of the 90's and '00s is that they listen to grime and D&B instead of Oasis and the Verve - the core principle of 'clothes / haircuts / language that quickly identifies you as in the group' and 'get a bit messy and rowdy with yer mates' is the same I reckon.
  10. Every 8-10 years? Try every year... Everyone knows that Glastonbury has never been as good as the first time you went / that one memorable year when x happened. Also,the first year you went, you almost certainly had a conversation with a 'veteran' about how it's not as good as it used to be, and how it's all changed, and it'll never last. It's become such a common trope that there's a 20+ year old running joke between me and some friends I really only see at Glastonbury about how its not as good as it used to be. Funny thing is, it's true - it'll never be as good as it used to be - but only because you'll never be as good as you used to be
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    Volunteering 2020

    It also fends off the "why are we paying you to provide people who are just lounging about" comments from some festival operators (not Glastonbury, as far as I know!) - though there are a couple of people who work for GFL who will mention it to supervisors / call the oxfam onsite "office" if they spot gaps / think that gates are slow for whatever reason...
  12. jfaragher

    Volunteering 2020

    Rock up, pitch tent, get briefed, do shifts, party. Don't forget your mug.
  13. jfaragher

    Volunteering 2020

    That's neat. Have you thought about using an email to SMS service as well - I think some of them have some free initial messages to test with, which is probably all you'll need?
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