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  1. Bags73

    Tent tax - good idea?

    I'm sure you're right. People are more likely to be bothered when tents are nice and dry rather than sodden and weighing a ton. Especially if they're trudging back miles to their cars through a quagmire.
  2. I think the key to enjoying Glasto is not to put too much pressure on yourself by building it up too much beforehand. We’ve all got stuff to deal with in the real world and it can really drag us down. I’ve been guilty in the past of looking forward so much to holidays and Glasto that when I’ve got there I’ve felt a bit flat or worse like I’ve got to start having a great time or it’ll be a horrendous waste and I won’t forgive myself when I’m back at work. You can end up ruining it for yourself. When everyone’s having what looks like a great time and you’re not it can make you feel isolated. 2016 was a bit rubbish for me. Since then I’ve tried to make sure I see the bands I want to see rather than get dragged along to others I’m not keen on. I’ve also tried to make sure I take time to chill out. The greenfields, crows nest bar and acoustic field are great when you need to get out of the crowds and get a grip. On the fitness side of things it makes a great difference it you can get into some sort of shape beforehand. I walk about 9 or 10 miles a day when I’m there and it can be tiring so having a comfy bed is dead important. If you burn the candle at both ends you’ll feel crap and as you get older you take more time to recover. At 46 my days of being up until dawn are beyond me unless I put a line through the next morning so I just had one big 5am night this year and was in bed for 1am the night after. I’m happy with just having a few pints nowadays along with the occasional smoke but that’s it. It’s a far cry from 20 odd years ago but I enjoy it just as much. My Dad started going when he was 64 and hasn’t missed one in the 12 years he’s been going. He knows his limits and I think that’s the key. You can enjoy it just as much in your 70s, you just need to manage your expectations and know your limits.
  3. Positive - your tent is already up so no need to stress about getting in early to bag a good spot. There is virtually no lugging of stuff needed compared with the main site. Carpark is really close to the camping. The 2 man scout tents are really roomy. We got all our stuff in no problem. It’s also much quieter than on site camping. Negatives – There weren’t enough toilets this year. I get up pretty early so I was ok but if you were up any later than 8am there were lengthy queues for the toilets. Not ideal. They also don’t mess about on Monday so if you had a late one you’ll find they’re closing everything from after 9am. It’s a proper pain trying to find a toilet then. There are showers but these do get busy in the mornings. It’s not worth bothering every day. The hill is steep but there’s no need to rush. Best to take your stuff with you so that you don’t need to come back during the day as it can take a while if you’re camping a long way back from the gate.
  4. Bags73

    Sound

    Like others I thought The Cure sounded brilliant at the Pyramid. The best sound I've heard there in 13 years of Glastos. Also thought the Chems were quiet. I kept expecting it to be huge but it never did yet I was level with the back of the mixing desk so not in a bad place. It sounded better there for Johnny Marr.
  5. Keep it as a tent for all the reasons already stated. The field does need a few food traders if possible. Also if the bars turn their music down a bit that would help.
  6. I love how chilled out it is up there. The bar is excellent and there's always somewhere to sit unless Chas n Dave are on. My only quibble recently has been the lineup when there has been very little I've fancied seeing. In the past I've enjoyed everything from CnD to Love with Arthur Lee.
  7. Bags73

    Emotional moments

    The end of Bramble FM in Glebeland on Sunday afternoon got me. Their last show after starting in 2003. Poor Maureen in tears at the end with the MASH theme tune playing in the background. Definite lump in the throat.
  8. Bags73

    Post festival flu

    Got a terrible sore throat on Sunday night and this was followed up by me being full of phlegm and being weak as kitten. I've now got a terrible cough. Slept all afternoon today Not been into work.
  9. Bags73

    The Weather Thread 2019

    Looks like we’re in for one of those rarest of things – a completely dry Glasto! Seen only two of those – 1995 and 2010. Now we have a third in 24 years.
  10. Bags73

    Alcohol Thread

    About 20 cans of ale and a box of red wine. Should last me the journey down...
  11. Bags73

    Vegan Traders

    Leon's in West Holts is superb. I recommend. The salads are ace and don't scrimp on the ingredients. The pies are also great as are the stews.
  12. Bags73

    Staying Cool

    Just keeping the cans under the edge of the tent works for me. Cool enough to drink even in 2010.
  13. Bags73

    Staying Cool

    Would attaching a load of foil blankets on the outside of the tent keep it cool or am I wasting my time?
  14. Bags73

    The Weather Thread 2019

    2010 was easily my favourite festival for the weather, closely followed by 2003 and 2017. 2015 is up there too.
  15. Curry is certainly better than the pasta but who cares when it's free. It's a God send when you've got no money. Good on em.
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