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Mark E. Spliff

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  1. I bring a smartphone and portable charger. However, I forgot to start a poll to find out what percentage of other people do, so I have literally no idea whether it's a good idea for me or not.
  2. The WBC bars will be taking both cash and cards.
  3. A question about how to interpret the results of this poll: are we looking for a right/wrong answer or does it vary by individual? I've seen ugly scenes when this goes wrong - it all kicked off on my favourite shoe-size forum when the size 11s started dissing the the size 8s.
  4. The Burrows Hill isn't a change - it's been in WBC bars since at least 2005. It's not normally served chilled so it sits on the table behind the servers in 40-pint brown plastic barrels , and the servers have to pour them individually rather than being supplied via the multi dispenser machines. As already mentioned, it's the same stuff you get from the Cider Bus, and (if you appreciate good cider) is vastly superior to the Magners/Thatchers/Whatever. We probably sell about one pint of Burrows Hill for every fifty pints of fizzy rubbish though.
  5. I reckon it would have worked better without the caps lock at the end. Doesn't fit in with the tone of the rest of the message so looks like you're trying to provoke a response.
  6. Last year I experimented with a way of doing one of these far quicker, and it was a success. I froze, then thawed, then smashed the fruit. Bunged it in with the Gin for a couple of weeks. Then put the whole lot through my cider press. It worked perfectly - the stuff was crystal clear and tasted great immediately, although it improved over the months. A cider press is just a way of putting wet slush into a fabric bag and squeezing it so the liquid comes out and the solids stay in. For a small job like this, you could improvise something - e.g. a strong bucket with holes in (or maybe a colander) a pillow case and a wooden board with weights on top.
  7. Although I arrive on Tuesday and park in Orange, one year I did attempt to leave my motorbike in the secure compound by Pedestrian Gate A. This was a failure, as it didn't open until the Wednesday, but in the process I did spend some time wandering around in the vicinity of the cycle lock-up, the coach station and Gate A. From what I could see, Gate A is the only pedestrian entrance around there, so you'd have to use that (along with people parked in Yellow and Pink) regardless of whether you came by bike, coach or motorbike. So it looks to me that you've already been doing the best you can - pedalling along to Bronze Gate where the coaches come in would still result in you being funnelled through to Gate A. I do vaguely recall reading on here about coach passengers somehow jumping the queue at Gate A, so that might offer some advantage if it's true and you can sneak amongst them. And the cyclists' camping is supposedly worth it for the space and the showers, but I guess you've already checked that out.
  8. I volunteer for different organisations, but I know there's nothing to stop you from doing this. We have our own campsite, but the only security measures are to keep other people out - not you in. I've known fellow volunteers set up camp in public campsites. They discovered this was a mistake by the way - no facilities, and it's better to be camped with people who've got the same work commitments as you, as it's likely you'll be on a different partying/sleeping schedule to non-working friends. I spent that festival getting repeated texts from them asking me to check shift-rostas etc. in the staffing tent.
  9. I spotted they were selling >these< hats with built-in rechargeable LED lights at my local 'Buyology' discount store. (I think they were cheaper than the linked eBay ones, but regardless they're still cheap, they work well and the quality seems okay.) It's often freezing cold in the early hours, especially during a hot Glastonbury, so I reckon you might be wearing it when you get back to your tent and are scrabbling around in your rucksack for your toothbrush or whatever.
  10. Happy Brexit Day everyone. Limmy for Glastonbury!
  11. This one is absolutely inspired - works on so many levels. Plus 'Brexiteer' is too swash-buckling to be appropriate for a bunch of angry/befuddled pensioners - this MUST become their new name.
  12. This is the key thing. Ear canals come in all shapes and sizes so a recommendation won't mean much unless you're roughly the same as that person. For example, I was strongly recommended those mouldable wax ones, but I just can't get the things to work - they barely go in, hang on weakly for a few moments and then drop out. I presume I've got a narrowing in my ear canal so I need to use foam ear plugs which you squeeze flat with your fingers, quickly shove in and wait for them to expand.
  13. If you just want to reduce sound levels, then you need to find earplugs that (1) have the highest single number rating (SNR) and (2) fit your ear canals perfectly. You will find (1) written on the packet but for (2) you either have to try out loads of disposables or get some custom ones made. You'll probably have friends that can get disposable earplugs from work, or alternatively try big chemists or industrial safety shops. Try out as many of those as you can to find something that fits perfectly - for me, it's the bog-standard yellow foam cylindrical things. Some people swear by getting them custom made, but I don't bother because the standard yellow ones fit fine. You could also try doubling-up. I.e. wear a pair of ear-defenders over the top of your earplugs. You'd have to experiment and see if you can sleep like that - you probably won't, but your best chance would be to have two good pillows and some very slimline ear defenders like these. That said, you'll still be able to hear someone snoring loudly next to you no matter how good your earplugs and ear defenders because the sound can just pass through your skull. Personally, if someone's a known snorer, I'll just camp away from them.
  14. I reckon there are three weight v. comfort choices: Camping mat v. bed Sleeping bag v. duvet Pillows: diet v. full-fat I use expensive lightweight expedition kit when I need to, but for festivals, I go for bulky luxury every time. You can't beat a duvet and pillows, and even mountaineers etc. have cottoned on to this as you can now buy lightweight packable down duvets. I just use a normal one, compressed with luggage straps and carry it, with the pillows, in a bag tied to my rucksack. This extravagance evolved from a double ReadyBed I had many years ago. These are okay, but the washing machine will eventually eat the cover and the mattress will pop. You can get a few years out of air-beds if you (1) buy decent quality (2) buy/make a tougher tent groundsheet (3) bring a puncture repair kit - a roll of gaffer tape will work if the puncture isn't on a seam. Whatever you get, test it out in foreseeable Glastonbury conditions: i.e. cold and on a slope. That way, if you and your sleeping bag slide down your camping mat to the foot of your tent, you'll have a chance to sort it out so you can make the most of the limited sleeping time before your tent becomes an oven.
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