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Hi everyone,

I'm writing an article for a major publisher about Glastonbury for the 50th anniversary (which still takes place this year, despite the sad closure of the fest :( )

It's all about a history of jumping over the fence. I have some contributors, but I'm looking for some more that have amazing stories about breaking in/over the fence.

Did you break in between 1990 and 1995? Or between 2003 - 2010?

Please comment below with your stories, or send me a message! Piece will be supportive of the festival and not encouraging people to break in, but sharing some enjoyable stories from the past.

Thanks so much everyone, see you at the fest in 2021 I hope!

Adam 

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20 minutes ago, AdamB12321 said:

Hi everyone,

I'm writing an article for a major publisher about Glastonbury for the 50th anniversary (which still takes place this year, despite the sad closure of the fest :( )

It's all about a history of jumping over the fence. I have some contributors, but I'm looking for some more that have amazing stories about breaking in/over the fence.

Did you break in between 1990 and 1995? Or between 2003 - 2010?

Please comment below with your stories, or send me a message! Piece will be supportive of the festival and not encouraging people to break in, but sharing some enjoyable stories from the past.

Thanks so much everyone, see you at the fest in 2021 I hope!

Adam 

What is the name of the major publisher? Book/ newspaper?

Thanks!

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7 minutes ago, Splonk said:

What is the name of the major publisher? Book/ newspaper?

Thanks!

I can't give you the name of the OP, but from his email address and a quick google he looks to be an established freelancer. So I believe his post to be genuine, if that's your concern.

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first time was '94 - didnt jump the fence, in fact i never jumped the fence, paid up every year.

 

BUT - in '95 i DID fall asleep outside the fence at the top of the stone circle after that part of the fence got kicked down.

i remember it well because i got horrendous sunburn on my nose.

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1 minute ago, stuartbert two hats said:

Those dates make me laugh - I presume you have plenty from 95-2000? :D

 

he's just msg'd me to say he'd like to hear my 1986 story .... and that he didn't think people were breaking in that early :lol: 

I don't think I've ever told it here before, either.....

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11 minutes ago, eFestivals said:

I can't give you the name of the OP, but from his email address and a quick google he looks to be an established freelancer. So I believe his post to be genuine, if that's your concern.

No, not concerned about whether it's genuine - just checking he/she doesn't work for The S*n or Daily Mail 🙃

Thanks

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8 minutes ago, eFestivals said:

he's just msg'd me to say he'd like to hear my 1986 story .... and that he didn't think people were breaking in that early :lol: 

I don't think I've ever told it here before, either.....

Shame I doubt I can tell mine to protect someone I know doubt he will respond to the email even with name protected 

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Broke in every year '85 to '90. To be fair '87 to '90 wasn't exactly getting over the fence, it was crashing a hippy bus in.

Been every year since '85 and the most I've had to cough up was in '86, 25% of ticket price to get a shared vehicle in.

Having said that the true cost of getting in over the years had been mucho blood, sweat and tears !

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I naively actually paid at my first two: 94 and 95.

My mate was 18 and 19 at those two festivals but he looked so young he used to stop punters in the queue and ask them to pretend to be his parents, as under-15s get in free. It worked both times and people were very accommodating. How we used to get served in the pub back then I've no idea!

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1986. Glastonbury was just a few weeks after "the battle of the beanfield" where hundreds of old bill cornered and smashed up 'the peace convoy' heading for Stonehenge, and arrested hundreds of new age travellers. They were granted bail with a "can't go within 10 miles of Stonehenge" condition.

edit: it's been pointed out that part is wrong, the beanfield was'85 and not '86. Of course. And I definitely didn't go to Glastonbury in '85.

So now i'm confused about how come a year later we couldn't stop in Wiltshire, how come we go a police escort, and how come we had to keep away from Stonehenge - because all those things happened.

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I travelled down to Glastonbury from Hampshire with some travellers in a small convoy of about 5 vehicles of tatty vans, some with caravans. At the Wiltshire border we were stopped by the police, and told we couldn't stop in Wiltshire and they gave us an escort through the county to make sure. We had to make a big detour away from Stonehenge because of the bail conditions of some of the group.

Somewhen in Wiltshire at a roundabout the caravan became unhooked from my brother's van and went straight on when we went left; the police laughed. We hooked it up again and carried on.

As we got close to Pilton we stopped so that the ticketless could hide. I hid in that dodgy caravan with another guy, Steve. We drove on.

We took a wrong turning and somehow were heading away from the festival. A police road block set-up to stop (and search) people heading to the festival stopped us because we were heading away from the festival and they thought that was weird.

Hidden in the caravan I couldn't see what was happening, but I could hear. "What's in the caravan?" That's my home, said my brother. "Open it up".

My brother explained that he didn't have the keys, they were with his girlfriend in another van, which hadn't gone the wrong way. So the old bill starts rattling the windows, trying to get in. Eventually he gets bored and sends us on our way.

It's the same story at the gate. My brother can't open the caravan for them to check if anyone's hidden. They let us through. My brother quickly finds the other vans and we park up.

The sod forgets about me, and it's about 20 minutes of me banging before he hears and lets me and Steve out.

Steve soon wanders off. The next afternoon he's back. "Found you at last". He'd spent the night under a hedge in a ditch because he couldn't find us. :lol: 

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21 minutes ago, eFestivals said:

he's just msg'd me to say he'd like to hear my 1986 story .... and that he didn't think people were breaking in that early :lol: 

I don't think I've ever told it here before, either.....

pulls up a sandbag and get out a twix...

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41 minutes ago, eFestivals said:

I can't give you the name of the OP, but from his email address and a quick google he looks to be an established freelancer. So I believe his post to be genuine, if that's your concern.

Most likely making sure they don't work for the Sun

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Even now, with ticket in hand I still want to break in just to prove to my now rather elderly self that I've still got it in me.  Been 20 years since I last did it and the thrill of that moment when you've made it, you and your mates are inside, that's something money can't buy.

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On 3/19/2020 at 5:03 PM, Sawdusty Surfer said:

Broke in every year '85 to '90. To be fair '87 to '90 wasn't exactly getting over the fence, it was crashing a hippy bus in.

Been every year since '85 and the most I've had to cough up was in '86, 25% of ticket price to get a shared vehicle in.

Having said that the true cost of getting in over the years had been mucho blood, sweat and tears !

Thanks for this! I assume during these years, it was incredibly easy just to walk into the festival without a ticket? Was there a fence all the way round, or anyone trying to stop you? Cheers, Adam

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