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23 minutes ago, czuk said:

Me neither,  Let them know on Twitter @bluedotfestival

Done! Thanks.

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1 hour ago, Rebexus said:

Did do already but no decent response.
 

Same.  I've been on to them on facey as well.  Seems they are determined to force punters to put up with it, there is no legal requirement for them to allow other payment methods.  Our only option would appear to be to request a refund if we don't want to use their shitty system.

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12 minutes ago, beergut100 said:

Got my tickets today and this is not true. You get an extra fiver for topping up £100, or a tenner for £150.

I'd go back and question that because the website clearly states £10 for a £100 top up 

 

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5 hours ago, the wonderwhy said:

I'd go back and question that because the website clearly states £10 for a £100 top up 

 

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Thanks, I will. This is what you see once you connect tickets:

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Just seen this posted on FB that the festival has had approval to up capacity from 14,999 to 24,999 with at cap of 21,000 for this year :o

https://www.cheshire-live.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/huge-cheshire-festival-bluedot-set-16417491?fbclid=IwAR1y-CXxD_nU9VQMnzxNuYvt80WpfnSYciwyhVcSAJ2h7Jjj59Vh42BnZgM

This is awful news as I loved that it was a small festival plus they have always struggled with queue and logistics at times so can't understand such an increase???

If this is adding to camping where the hell are they putting them all? as all fields are pretty full already so can't see how they can add more people on site unless it's for day trippers only...

Will be interesting to see if they actually use some of the capacity this year, as can see Saturday day tickets being released myself ......

This is worse news than the wristbands as they only got the confirmation last week apparently :( 

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16 minutes ago, shoptildrop said:

Just seen this posted on FB that the festival has had approval to up capacity from 14,999 to 24,999 with at cap of 21,000 for this year :o

https://www.cheshire-live.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/huge-cheshire-festival-bluedot-set-16417491?fbclid=IwAR1y-CXxD_nU9VQMnzxNuYvt80WpfnSYciwyhVcSAJ2h7Jjj59Vh42BnZgM

This is awful news as I loved that it was a small festival plus they have always struggled with queue and logistics at times so can't understand such an increase???

If this is adding to camping where the hell are they putting them all? as all fields are pretty full already so can't see how they can add more people on site unless it's for day trippers only...

Will be interesting to see if they actually use some of the capacity this year, as can see Saturday day tickets being released myself ......

This is worse news than the wristbands as they only got the confirmation last week apparently :( 

Wouldn't be surprised if they do night time only tickets for the Saturday and Sunday v.soon. Keeps the crowd and atmosphere settled in the day and more punters and money for them at night. 

Can't see them dishing out 21000 wristbands though. Seems a big waste of resources. 

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39 minutes ago, DDave said:

Wouldn't be surprised if they do night time only tickets for the Saturday and Sunday v.soon. Keeps the crowd and atmosphere settled in the day and more punters and money for them at night. 

Can't see them dishing out 21000 wristbands though. Seems a big waste of resources. 

Yeah I'm thinking day, forgot they split them up into day and evening... Kraftwerk day is sure to get more released as there is demand but they better move quick if that's the case as not that far away

Can't see pre loaded wristbands being popular with evening only attendees 

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9 hours ago, shoptildrop said:

Yeah I'm thinking day, forgot they split them up into day and evening... Kraftwerk day is sure to get more released as there is demand but they better move quick if that's the case as not that far away

Can't see pre loaded wristbands being popular with evening only attendees 

And then of course, if you allow the night people to pay on card, the weekenders will get pissed off. All hypothetical of course but I'd be stunned if they didn't release more tickets for at least the Saturday. 

Anyway, I've just booked up for Chic at LIMF for 22 quid for a family of four so that's me out anyway. Still keeping an eye out for the Sunday though. 

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Increased capacity this year, anticipating longer queues so have come up with this cashless idea and selling it as answer to queues, which they have caused in the first place by increasing capacity, seems like they are anticipating queueing issues. Pure greed herd them in and then think that introducing a system like this will deal with the extra capacity. Has anyone tried to get a refund? 

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On 6/17/2019 at 10:59 PM, shoptildrop said:

Just seen this posted on FB that the festival has had approval to up capacity from 14,999 to 24,999 with at cap of 21,000 for this year :o

https://www.cheshire-live.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/huge-cheshire-festival-bluedot-set-16417491?fbclid=IwAR1y-CXxD_nU9VQMnzxNuYvt80WpfnSYciwyhVcSAJ2h7Jjj59Vh42BnZgM

This is awful news as I loved that it was a small festival plus they have always struggled with queue and logistics at times so can't understand such an increase???

If this is adding to camping where the hell are they putting them all? as all fields are pretty full already so can't see how they can add more people on site unless it's for day trippers only...

Will be interesting to see if they actually use some of the capacity this year, as can see Saturday day tickets being released myself ......

This is worse news than the wristbands as they only got the confirmation last week apparently :( 

21,000 people is the same as a sold out gig at Manchester arena. So while it is, admittedly, a near 50% increase of people potentially on side (if it sells out), I think thats some important context. It's still going to be pretty intimate. 

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2 hours ago, the wonderwhy said:

21,000 people is the same as a sold out gig at Manchester arena. So while it is, admittedly, a near 50% increase of people potentially on side (if it sells out), I think thats some important context. It's still going to be pretty intimate. 

I know it's probably not that bad and apparently it's mainly staff/acts that are extra... but I remember Sunday last year which was at full capacity, it was nice to see it busy but don't like idea of double capacity being added.

It's just a personal preference that's all

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Didn't go last year but went to the first two. There's load of room for an increased capacity, I hope they can get more punters to go. The last time I wen the back filed (Orbit?) was quite empty other than the stage itself and a few food stalls (used to have the Illuminarium in this fields before it was moved to the front, not too sure why it was moved?) There's plenty of space/potential if they  get a decent Orbit stage line up and other bits and pieces around that stage. They need to get people away from the Obelisk stage by having a popular second stage and decent things in that field. Seems quite a bit of space for additional camping in adjacent unused fields as well. 

Hope they do increase capacity, more punters should experience such a wonderful festival

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I'm really looking forward to this festival. I've not been to Bluedot before and Kraftwerk is going to be a lifetimes treat for me as they are one of if not my earliest musical memory.

I'm travelling solo from Devon so if there's anyone else travelling from the South West with a spare seat I'd be grateful to lift-share. Likewise if anyone wants to meet up at the festival, is there a solo festival travellers Facebook group or anything?

I haven't got a Thursday ticket. What time does it all kick off on the Friday? If I'm travelling by train I probably wont be arriving until 4 or 5pm and I really want to make the most of the weekend.

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I know they are ringing the changes, but I reckon this year could be the best so far!!

Do agree that 20K people is probably enough tho... I love the size it is now 

I can't quite seem to gauge what's going on with the Eno/RadMac broadcast? Can we actually watch it live at BD?

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We have a map!!

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Interesting changes:

New Tranquility base which has mission control and contact stage re-homed with capacity tripled - hope you can access this from both main arena side and the star field side. Also, splits the late night crowds 

New Tent in Orbit area - deep space disco - should be interesting to see how they place this stage in the area

Boutique camping moving to where crew camping was (by the looks of it) from last year - where does crew go?

Separate Cinema or is this still part of contact stage in the evening? 

Luminarium moved

Wonder what this means for food and bar placements, plus the usual toilet concerns?? I can see Vodka bar moved from Orbit area to tranquility though... 

I wonder when we will get the food vendor list? As said before really hope Pitt on the road vendors are back this year :) 

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On 6/21/2019 at 7:46 AM, JonXLR8 said:

I'm travelling solo from Devon so if there's anyone else travelling from the South West with a spare seat I'd be grateful to lift-share. Likewise if anyone wants to meet up at the festival, is there a solo festival travellers Facebook group or anything?

Not seen one but I’m going with acouple of disparate mate/s, come join us!

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On 6/10/2019 at 4:34 PM, leels said:

I'm going to DM people that said they are/thinking about going alone in a few days, about seeing if we want to plan this a bit,  very causually! hope that's ok? or it will get to Sat 20th,  ill be on site, and I will have done nothing about it...which is what usually happens.. 

Count me in!

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Hey Bluedotters.  Anyone who's been before, where is the weekend parking in relation to the campsite?  i.e. is it feasible to leave stuff in the car or is it a five mile hike?

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22 hours ago, Skolley said:

Not seen one but I’m going with acouple of disparate mate/s, come join us!

That would be great, many thanks. I'll message you now.

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Anybody keeping on top/p to date with the wristband business? Any joy on Twitter??

I guess the only way to not be tracked for data collection/ future advertising/PRIVACY FFS, is to not open a wristband account, and top up at one of two points on site? It looks like if you do that refunds aren't available, of course.

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17 hours ago, paulisageek said:

Hey Bluedotters.  Anyone who's been before, where is the weekend parking in relation to the campsite?  i.e. is it feasible to leave stuff in the car or is it a five mile hike?

5-10 minute max walk I reckon. We left stuff in the car no problem. Managed to move the car closer a couple of times when fetching stuff. Ended up 3 spaces away from the entrance come home time 🙂

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4 hours ago, DDave said:

5-10 minute max walk I reckon. We left stuff in the car no problem. Managed to move the car closer a couple of times when fetching stuff. Ended up 3 spaces away from the entrance come home time 🙂

Ah, brilliant.  Thanks for the reply 🙂 

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