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  1. Hi Oxfammers! just in case it hasn’t come to attention down any other route. There’s no water in Campervan 15 - no showers, standpipe or flush. Not sure how widespread this is. If it’s sitewide then you’ll know already, but if it’s localised maybe tell Oxbox! Thanks! x
  2. I saw her at Bestival and if I’m honest I only knew Paper Planes but I too thought she was incredible! Totally exceeded expectations and blew me away!
  3. Sounds awful.hope you have a better day tomorrow.
  4. Yep - we have just got past Manchester- sun is coming out now!
  5. In traffic on the M6 so some way still to go. Weather still quite shit up here!
  6. No lecture. You can enjoy festivals or any other event without any judgement, but open your mind to the idea that you CAN have a great time without them, because otherwise you may spend the whole festival frustrated at the lack of opportunity, and then it really would be a worse experience without them. Having done festivals both ways in my lifetime, I can assure you that both ways work. There’s a lot to be said for just going with your own seratonin production from the music you love, and your own body clock, and the other poster is correct that it’s bullshit that only the minority aren’t on drugs at festivals, many people are just able to enjoy themselves without them & get right into rhythms and dance all night without chemical aid. I too could never imagine festivals without ‘recreationals’, but now I do and see more, remember it better, & don’t come back destroyed. (disclaimer - of course alcohol is also a ‘recreational’ so again, no judgement on illicits as such. At Sziget cocktails are cheap & they are nice and light & energising compared to pints and shorts - so maybe that’s an option if you come up short? - who knows?)
  7. amfy

    Volunteering 2022

    The first time I volunteered (with Shelter - I’m now Oxfam), I found that so didn’t only have to adjust my expectations due to my times on shift, but it can have quite a big impact on your downtime too! I found myself opting for things that were nearer than what I’d planned, or things that would allow me to sit down for a bit! Also - if you have an early shift it can be a killer if you’ve been out late, & an overnight we can be a killer if you’ve been out all day! That said, I have ended up having Glastonbury’s much more akin to my early ones - wheee I go where the day takes me rather than having so much of a schedule. I’ve seen some great stuff I wouldn’t have seen if I’d been able to stick to a planner - whilst the stuff you put on a planner will pretty much always appear somewhere again. x
  8. amfy

    Volunteering 2022

    To be honest I loved the site of The Shelter campsite, it’s actually nearest to where I used to camp in my early Glastonburies, that you can’t get anywhere near now. We were always somewhere round what became Lost Vagueness and then Shangri La, but camping round there was gradually shunted out. I love coming in through the cabaret fields, being nearest to them and Avalon & Acoustic, not too far to West Holts, before you know it at the Glade. As for noise at night, at Glastonbury I find I am always tired enough to sleep after the first night, & I am better with the steady noise of the night stages, than a quiet field being randomly disturbed by people getting home at different hours of the night. I think it’s a great spot.
  9. The first Glastonbury I took my (now) husband to. Frustrating. I wanted to let him wander and discover it for himself rather than me showing him everything , but every time we were approaching something I knew he would love, he seemed to take a different turn. I wasn’t sure how to tackle this as I didn’t feel he was ‘getting it’ in the way I had hoped. The next day we looked at who was on and he really wanted to see Men They Couldn’t Hang & I really wanted to see Mad Professor. So I walked across the site most of the way with him, pointed him in the right direction, & wandered back for a Mad Professor. I didn’t see him again for about 8 hours, when he re-appeared wearing a bin liner as a skirt, having spent much of the afternoon watching Hungarian folk music in the pouring rain in the cabaret field, and saying ‘I’ve been trying to buy a hat all day but apparently I’ve got a very small head’. 20 years later we remain together and have hardly missed a Glastonbury, & will always have a patch during the weekend when we go off and do our own thing.
  10. amfy

    Volunteering 2022

    When I volunteered for Shelter in 2017 I lived in Birmingham & none of the pick ups were particularly convenient but about equidistant, so I went for Bristol because at least it was on the way to Glastonbury. Train fares to London are also more expensive than travelling to anywhere else, it is just one of those weird anomalies in rail pricing. Nonetheless, I contacted them & asked if they’d consider putting on a slightly later coach from Bristol, to enable people travelling from a distance to avoid peak fares or overnight hotels, and they actually did this so I managed to travel down on an off peak fare. I thought they were brilliantly flexible and considerate! (Other than the whole having to go on a coach thing in the first place but that’s just how they get you in) Its incredible to see that they can be this dismissive of their volunteer’s logistics this year! I’m amazed at the arrogance of it.
  11. amfy

    Volunteering 2022

    You can leave after your last shift, but you won’t know your shift pattern til you get there. The latest it can be is overnight on Sunday finishing at 8am. (The earliest I am not so sure of but there is a shift pattern on this thread somewhere which would help.)
  12. Honey Dijon is excellent.
  13. It was used in a closing compilation on the big screens at The Pyramid after Stevie Wonder.
  14. Sziget is a Glastonbury like festival with loads going on. However, it is easy to get into the city and you really should because it’s fabulous. Get a boat down the river. You can also nip in on the train but for tourism the boat is better. The next island down has a fantastic modern spa with loads of different pools, set in landscaped gardens. It’s a great place to spend a day on holiday. There are also older spas with spectacular architecture. It’s good to go up to the Liberty statue because the views of the city from up there are amazing. Both times we have been before, and this time, we have gone for a couple of days either side, but the main acts start quite late in the day (about 4pm) so it is fairly easy to pick a day or two out of the festival for daytripping.
  15. Me too, because I predict that at Glastonbury they’ll play The John Peel Tent & you won’t be able to get anywhere near it!
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