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  1. 1 hour ago, Neil said:

    true, but not necessarily increased input prices right now, they've had increasing costs across all of the last five years or so, when they've not raised their own prices.

    Input prices have been flat or rising at a few % over the last decade and so any price rises passed on to the consumer have been largely unnoticed. Now input prices are rising 10%+ with energy & fuel costs much greater.....Back to the 70s  😭

  2. 22 hours ago, Neil said:

    don't think it will, higher costs are baked in now, cos after around ten years of no price increases, businesses are seeing the easy-opportunity now to increase prices, so they will no matter what fuel does.

    Most businesses are having to increase prices because they have to due to their increased input prices, viz:  raw materials, energy, transport/distribution & wages. As this recession is driven by the price of energy  and pandemic induced  disruption in supply chains, the  Bank of England has very few levers to control inflation. Raising interest rates will only add extra hurt to householders already enduring eye watering energy bills but the BoE has been forced into it by what's happening elsewhere. If the BoE didn't raise interest rates the £ would decline in value and thus input prices, including energy, would go even higher. Grim times.

  3. 37 minutes ago, DeanoL said:

    Right, but lets be clear, that's the people who this helps. Daft kids with money management issues. Not those on low incomes. Because when you're genuinely struggling, you learn money management pretty damn quick.

    When you're struggling, you *want* your Glastonbury savings to be available to you to cover rent or food, if it comes to that. If you don't, then that's because you have a safety net, it's because you're not actually worried about being homeless or not being able to eat - and you want to be able to justify accessing that safety net earlier.

    Yeah there are kids whose Dads pay for everything. There's also kids whose Dads bail them out when they get totally in the shit on occasion. They'd benefit. But the kids whose Dads don't give a shit what happens? Or are away? The people with no safety net, the ones who tend to become "conscientious puritan dorks"? Doesn't help them.

    While I'm not opposed to that, it does make it harder for those on lower income to go to the festival. The more you charge up front or earlier, the harder it is. You give them the best chance by charging the minimum up front and waiting as long as possible to collect the balance. Gives people more time to save. More opportunities to put money away, less deadlines to meet.

    Yes, it'd make it easier for those who struggle with money management, but it'd make it harder for those who actually struggle with having money in the first place.

    It's going to be difficult whichever way it's done but the higher the balance payment becomes the bigger the barrier it will be.

    Individual budgets are already being hit hard and it's forecast to get a lot worse. Energy bills are expected to rise again and over the course of the next 12 months 40% of households with (low) fixed rate mortgage deals will see them end, with new mortgage costs rising significantly. How this squeeze plays out on the festival and leisure industry know one knows.

  4. 12 hours ago, gfa said:

    Its hardly going to go up £40 for next year.

    The £300 thing is pretty ridiculous - Reading is visited by sixth formers mostly and its practically £300 now too but obviously glastonbury will get the flak for breaching it and not there

    Glasto 2022 was £285 (£280 ticket + £5 booking fee). Then add ticket postage fees, car park pass, campervan pass, coach, train &/or fuel and you're looking at significant cost already. With inflation due to hit 10% any time soon  it's only going to get a hell of a lot dearer at a time when people are having to adjust to new financial challenges in life. A whole new discussion could be devoted to this. But getting back to the original question:-

    For the deposit system to continue to operate as originally intended  then the deposit needs to be raised....and probably by a significant  amount. A doubling to £100 would take it near to where it was on introduction.

  5. 13 hours ago, K2SO said:

    I can't believe they haven't introduced an installment plan already if I'm honest.

    I think it would potentially be a good move to be able to pay it off as and when you like, a bit like a 0% finance plan from the day you pay your deposit to the March deadline date.

    Then you open it up to everybody to do their own thing. You could pay it all off in October, pay off a bit a week, split it into 3, wait until the last day.

    Instalment plans need managing and this introduces extra cost which will be passed back to the ticket buyer. And an unstructured payment plan which allows people to pay what they want and when they can, would bring most management issues. The concept of a payment plan is to spread cost over a time period but if significant numbers elect to do their own thing, then it's not really a plan and doesn't help people budget.


  6. 2 hours ago, jameswalshasyouwere said:

    For those on the Glastonbury coaches, when we get dropped off do we have to join the winding queue at Gate A, or do we enter a separate queue at the point where we get dropped off?


    as you were 

    Those arriving by coach at the festival  us station have their own separate channel for entry at Gate A. Arrivals by car using Gate A have their own separate channel.


  7. 2 hours ago, tktkwk said:


    I’m local to the festival coming from West Pennard and have previously camped on big ground which was ideal. I’m bringing my partner for the first time and can’t remember which gate we went to last time I went with friends. Whichever gate it was it was a nightmare as there was nobody stewarding the queue which ended up with hundreds of people in an open field and so many queue jumpers we barely made it in with space left.


    I’m looking at either Gate B or C. We would be getting dropped off Wednesday morning about 5/5:30am. As we’re getting dropped off we don’t have a car to park etc. Which gate would be best to try and get a spot at Big Ground? We have a 4 person tent. Seeing mixed opinions on both gates in terms of queue control and crowds from my research so really confused on which would be better or whether it’s down to luck?

    thank you!

    Stewards actively discourage people from being dropped off at the car park entry (witnessed it myself) and all laybys, pull-ins and side road entrys nearer the fest are stewarded too to prevent this. 

  8. Expect the walk from your car in the car park to the gate to be up to 45mins, depending on where you get parked, and the gate queue to be up to 2hrs. Any less is a nice bonus and more is a chore

  9. 10 hours ago, MB1234 said:

    Thanks for your message! Forgive me if I'm being stupid, but on the official map 'Private Bus and Taxi Rank' is marked next to the Bronze Gate. But you're saying getting a taxi from here isn't really feasible, and/or is being discouraged? Why is it on the map then? Thanks again

    A considerable fee is being charged for vehicles to use the Bronze gate

  10. 7 hours ago, MB1234 said:

    Apologies if there's already a useful thread on this (if so please let me know!) but can anyone recommend reputable taxi services from the festival to London? We're looking to get one back on Monday, probably middayish/early afternoon. And where would the collection point be from? (We are camping in Woodsies field which is near John Peel tent) Thanks a lot!

    The official drop-offs and collection point is at the Bath & West Showground which provides regular shuttle-buses to the festival. Drop-offs and collections from the festival site is being strongly discouraged.

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  11. 14 minutes ago, Xenta101 said:

    Thank you. Do you know if these queues are typically shorter/quicker than the car park queues? Hoping so!



    Yes. Coach arrivals are managed to prevent overcrowding in the bus station.

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  12. 14 hours ago, RoddyB said:

    Hi guys,

    On the East side - would Big Ground work?  Seems like there's more option on the East side.

    Thanks for any answers - see u guys there!!

    Typo?   There's far more options on the west side. Also the east fills up much quicker

  13. 32 minutes ago, highwater said:

    Any recommendations where there will still be good space to camp for a very late Thursday arrival? Has anyone arrived on a Friday morning before and can advise? 

    will places like Darble still have lots of room or will it be a case of walking various fields looking for a spot (which I’m trying to avoid after a long days travel)? 

    slightly worried that half of pylon is now staff camping which has removed a huge area that side of the festival. 

    Have a look at the stewards boards as you go in as they will show where space is. You should be ok with Darble but should also find room in the fields on the western fringe, viz: Rivermede, Bushy, Back House, Dairy, Bailey's, Rigs etc

  14. 17 hours ago, dekteon said:

    Thanks for the heads up, I'll check it out

    Emergency train timetable for dealing with strike is due to be published today so keep an eye out. The industry has already said most services will be curtailed with no trains whatsoever on many routes. 

  15. 1 hour ago, dekteon said:

    Yes we've decided pretty much that's going to be our strategy. I've made arrangements for 2 of us to get to Glasto by alternative means, we're going to Castle Cary and taking a shuttle from there. Here's hoping it works out.

    A couple of people have accused us of bad planning in not making arrangements for the kids sooner. Initially we'd planned for just my wife and I to go, and her parents would mind the kids, but then unforeseen circumstances meant that it made more sense to bring the kids. And now I really want them to go, I think they'll love it

    If plan B involves the taking the train bear in mind we have a national rail strike next week which is disrupting many travel plans

  16. 8 hours ago, giftedmango said:

    Really at a loss here so any advice majorly appreciated!

    Royal Mail claim to have delivered our 2x tickets, but the signature on the tracking is not ours and we have no idea what happened to the tickets. They were not delivered to us or neighbours.

    Going to speak to See Tickets tomorrow but doubt they'll be very helpful. Going to also go to RM local office tomorrow but feel they will also be unhelpful.

    We've got all the booking emails, bank statements, our photos were uploaded so shouldn't be an issue proving who we are if we did go down to Glasto, but would be gutted to make the 4 hour trip and not get in - major stress and not sure what to do!? 😞




    Stressful or what!

    Others have given good advice on pursuing SEE and especially RM. In your final paragraph however you alluded to turning up at the fest with proof purchase and id......Not sure this is a good idea as you're extremely unlikely to be allowed in. You do need to resolve through SEE and RM.

  17. 7 hours ago, dekteon said:

    Thanks for all the advice everyone. I think our best bet is to go to the coach and explain the situation to the driver. Hopefully he will give us our tickets before departure and then my wife and 2-year-old can travel on the coach, while I make my own way with our 4-year-old. The National Express coaches seem to be all booked. Does anyone know what the situation is with the 376 to Glastonbury, I'm sure that will be packed too. Is it a case of first come first served?

    Have you thought about a Plan B?

    In addition to the driver not giving you the tickets before departure....and nearly all don't, despite pleas.....drivers operate to passenger manifests. They may let your wife on but refuse to carry your child.

    Also if the your plan A works as you are hoping what will your wife do when she arrives at the festival. Will she have to hang around the coach park waiting for you to arrive? 

  18. 5 hours ago, dekteon said:

    Thanks for all the advice everyone. I think our best bet is to go to the coach and explain the situation to the driver. Hopefully he will give us our tickets before departure and then my wife and 2-year-old can travel on the coach, while I make my own way with our 4-year-old. The National Express coaches seem to be all booked. Does anyone know what the situation is with the 376 to Glastonbury, I'm sure that will be packed too. Is it a case of first come first served?

    I think you're taking a big risk and flirting with disappointment. Whilst some drivers are relaxed about issuing tickets the majority stick to the rules....and some behave like your worst nightmare of a traffic warden. With children along you need certainty, not flying by the seat of your pants.

    If you look at other threads you see accounts of how drivers operate.

  19. 2 hours ago, Pauladuncan70 said:

    So - one of our 4 has suddenly become very unwell and no way can they attend Glastonbury with us. This is causing problems for another member of our group as the unwell person were going to drive the campervan they were both staying in - I wrote to seetickets a couple of weeks ago to ask if we could swap the ticket to another person (someone who has previously been to Glastonbury) but I heard nothing.

    Is there a phone number I could try ringing for see tickets ? - do you think there is just no way they would swap the tickets around ? Grateful for any tips on how to speak with seetickets directly - the glastonbury team  - or how easy it impossible it is to swap tickets to another person ?


    As others have said.....

    Tickets are strictly Non-transferable

    At this stage and unless insurance has been taken out on the ticket, no refund is due. 

    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news 😣

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