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14 hours ago, xxialac said:

How serious are the bag checks? Is it easy to sneak in food or booze?

Last year it was luck of the draw. For the first night I didn't think to take anything in cos thought searches might be too intrusive. Second day I walked straight in with a big bottle of rum and coke in my shorts as I'd not been patted down the night before. Third day I tried the rum and coke down my shorts again but got patted down whilst some of my mates just walked right in. Booze is so cheap from the shops that it's not a massive gamble so I'll probably try to sneak some in again this time. Beer prices at the bars are unfortunately even worse than they are at UK festivals (maybe they're about the same but the pound being weak is to blame, in defence of BBK).

On 7/1/2019 at 3:16 PM, xxialac said:

Any tips specifically for avoiding queues? Not a fan.

I'll be aiming to get the bus and into the campsite as early as possible. We walked straight in to the campsite last time and didn't have to wait more than 5 minutes at the glamping bit either, and that was with us being one of the first ones there. 

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1 hour ago, Odessa said:

Last year it was luck of the draw. For the first night I didn't think to take anything in cos thought searches might be too intrusive. Second day I walked straight in with a big bottle of rum and coke in my shorts as I'd not been patted down the night before. Third day I tried the rum and coke down my shorts again but got patted down whilst some of my mates just walked right in. Booze is so cheap from the shops that it's not a massive gamble so I'll probably try to sneak some in again this time. Beer prices at the bars are unfortunately even worse than they are at UK festivals (maybe they're about the same but the pound being weak is to blame, in defence of BBK).

I'll be aiming to get the bus and into the campsite as early as possible. We walked straight in to the campsite last time and didn't have to wait more than 5 minutes at the glamping bit either, and that was with us being one of the first ones there. 

Fantastic advice, thank you! 

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How much is the beer at the bars? I'd read about 4 to 5 Euros, which I think is kinda normal/fine for an event (obviously much more than a pub).

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22 minutes ago, Walsh67 said:

How much is the beer at the bars? I'd read about 4 to 5 Euros, which I think is kinda normal/fine for an event (obviously much more than a pub).

You can get one for about that but it isn't a pint. They have large or small. One is a fair bit less than a pint and one is more if I remember correctly. I can't remember specifics on the sizes or prices though sorry.

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5 minutes ago, Odessa said:

You can get one for about that but it isn't a pint. They have large or small. One is a fair bit less than a pint and one is more if I remember correctly. I can't remember specifics on the sizes or prices though sorry.

Anything else worth knowing in advance. How hot was it in the day and at night?

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59 minutes ago, xxialac said:

Anything else worth knowing in advance. How hot was it in the day and at night?

Weather last year was perfect. Really hot but not unbearably hot, unless you're planning on going on long walks or something then that might be a bit much. We got a bus back from town one day and for some reason we ended up having to walk up the hill for ages cos the bus didn't take us to the campsite, and that was really grim carrying a load of beers. They're meant to take you to the campsite though and they did every other time so I'm not sure what happened there.

We tended to just chill at camp all day and then go into the festival. By the time the festival properly got going it was still t shirt and shorts weather, and it pretty much was all night as long as you're in a crowd. I think it gets a bit chilly if you stay up and sit still at camp at like 5am so I think that's the only time I actually wore a second layer.

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16 minutes ago, Odessa said:

Weather last year was perfect. Really hot but not unbearably hot, unless you're planning on going on long walks or something then that might be a bit much. We got a bus back from town one day and for some reason we ended up having to walk up the hill for ages cos the bus didn't take us to the campsite, and that was really grim carrying a load of beers. They're meant to take you to the campsite though and they did every other time so I'm not sure what happened there.

We tended to just chill at camp all day and then go into the festival. By the time the festival properly got going it was still t shirt and shorts weather, and it pretty much was all night as long as you're in a crowd. I think it gets a bit chilly if you stay up and sit still at camp at like 5am so I think that's the only time I actually wore a second layer.

Nice, thank you.

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So when you arrive you go to the south side of San Mames stadium, pick up your wristband by showing your ticket and then catch a free bus (from the same location?) up to the camping? This right?

Sorry for all the qs...

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42 minutes ago, xxialac said:

So when you arrive you go to the south side of San Mames stadium, pick up your wristband by showing your ticket and then catch a free bus (from the same location?) up to the camping? This right?

Sorry for all the qs...

Yeah head to the stadium and there's a massive tent up which you can't miss. Within view of the club shop. Here you sort out yr wristband and also get the opportunity to top it up with money to spend inside the festival. 

The bus stop is 2 minutes round the corner, and the buses are free to use to come and go as much as you like over the time you're at the festival.

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9 minutes ago, Odessa said:

Yeah head to the stadium and there's a massive tent up which you can't miss. Within view of the club shop. Here you sort out yr wristband and also get the opportunity to top it up with money to spend inside the festival. 

The bus stop is 2 minutes round the corner, and the buses are free to use to come and go as much as you like over the time you're at the festival.

Heroic effort, thank you.

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On 7/3/2019 at 2:17 PM, Odessa said:

You can get one for about that but it isn't a pint. They have large or small. One is a fair bit less than a pint and one is more if I remember correctly. I can't remember specifics on the sizes or prices though sorry.

Yeah, I'd be sure it's probably in litres / half litres. Ah well, just see when we get there. Take a chance on smuggling in some cheap booze too as nothing lost really.

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9 minutes ago, Walsh67 said:

Yeah, I'd be sure it's probably in litres / half litres. Ah well, just see when we get there. Take a chance on smuggling in some cheap booze too as nothing lost really.

I have a small cup at home from last year cos they're quite nice, I've just checked and it's 400ml. I can't remember if they actually filled them up though.

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Anyone know where the lockers are and how easy it is to get keys etc? I'm guessing they're near where you can top up yr wristbands at the ticket office? 

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FFS currently they are giving people free glamping for those who buy a normal camping ticket. So glad I forked out for both now. Also a bit concerned about the bus situation. Going from town to the site via the camping sounds like wait-bus-wait-wait-bus-wait bu with more time waiting than on the bus. Lots of people from last year complaining about some of the waits being really long.

Anyone who's been before know about good places to eat in town? What are the best pintxo restaurants?

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3 hours ago, xxialac said:

FFS currently they are giving people free glamping for those who buy a normal camping ticket. So glad I forked out for both now. Also a bit concerned about the bus situation. Going from town to the site via the camping sounds like wait-bus-wait-wait-bus-wait bu with more time waiting than on the bus. Lots of people from last year complaining about some of the waits being really long.

Anyone who's been before know about good places to eat in town? What are the best pintxo restaurants?

What’s FFS?

In 2017 the busses were fine, hopefully the same this year. I imagine attendance will be low ;) hopefully that doesn’t mean busses will be low too. 

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1 hour ago, gregory said:

What’s FFS?

In 2017 the busses were fine, hopefully the same this year. I imagine attendance will be low ;) hopefully that doesn’t mean busses will be low too. 

One of the Fs is a bit sweary :)

I would love it not to be too crowded but it seems it never is uncomfortably so. I just don't want to be stuck in the campsite unable to get to the main site (I'm tempted to walk as it appears only 25 mins away on foot)!

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26 minutes ago, xxialac said:

One of the Fs is a bit sweary :)

I would love it not to be too crowded but it seems it never is uncomfortably so. I just don't want to be stuck in the campsite unable to get to the main site (I'm tempted to walk as it appears only 25 mins away on foot)!

As long as you head down a few hours before her headliner I don’t think you’ll have to wait more than a few mins. Take a can for the wait / bus ride ;) not allowed to walk sadly. 

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1 minute ago, gregory said:

As long as you head down a few hours before her headliner I don’t think you’ll have to wait more than a few mins. Take a can for the wait / bus ride ;) not allowed to walk sadly. 

Ah good to know, thanks senor!

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On 7/7/2019 at 8:31 PM, gregory said:

What’s FFS?

In 2017 the busses were fine, hopefully the same this year. I imagine attendance will be low ;) hopefully that doesn’t mean busses will be low too. 

For fucks sake. 

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