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2 hours ago, Harry3 said:

 

Ive never really cared about the flags but that one with 4 flags on one pole instantly made me angry. Fuck off with that.

Looked a notable increase in Union Jack flags and Royal Family memorabilia at the main stages this year. Grim. 

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16 minutes ago, amb said:

Did anyone see the extremely large Ukraine flag? Saw it at a few stages over the weekend and must’ve been at least 4 times the size of a normal flag, completely blocked out the view of the stage on its own for me in some instances 

That blocked a camera at Macca, don't think the BBC will be delighted with that. 

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18 minutes ago, amb said:

Did anyone see the extremely large Ukraine flag? Saw it at a few stages over the weekend and must’ve been at least 4 times the size of a normal flag, completely blocked out the view of the stage on its own for me in some instances 

This one? 🙂 That was my view for Diana Ross. I am still pro flags and ideally would limit them somehow.. like height or size, but implementing this does not seem realistic so it’s either ban or allow all. 😞 

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6 minutes ago, eyebrain said:

This one? 🙂 That was my view for Diana Ross. I am still pro flags and ideally would limit them somehow.. like height or size, but implementing this does not seem realistic so it’s either ban or allow all. 😞 

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Good grief

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Absolutely loath selfish flag holders. Couldn't see the screens or stage because of them. Wouldn't care if they were up between bands so people can find people but once the music starts, please put the bloody things down and stop wanting to be spotted on TV. I pay good money to watch the bands not look at utterly shit flags. 

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5 hours ago, Poorside.2 said:

That blocked a camera at Macca, don't think the BBC will be delighted with that. 

I thought that about five years ago when it started to become an issue. We've seen the BBC attempt numerous ways around it, including the massive cherry picker crane they used one year for wide shots, but nothing has ever worked great. I can't believe at this point they've not had that conversation with the festival so the festival must have refused to budge.

I don't come down on one side or other of the debate: they do block views, and they do look cool. How much one versus the others matters to anyone is down to the individual (and often their height). But I realised how little of a clue the flag wavers must have when someone had one with a big photo of their friend and an "in memoriam" message on it. It's a lovely idea, but if you had any concept at all how much the flags wound some people up, it's something you would never do. The idea that someone might be looking at a big photo of my dead mate and getting pissed off at it would properly chill me.

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At Macca even the camera from the sound stage couldn't get line of site. They kept switching back to the one on the crane at the rear and that was shaky. That just left the few in the immendiate vicinity of the stage. Not sure what was broadcast so will be interesting to see but if it did have an impact on the live transmission there may be a reaction.

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I don't think you could ever really ban them, too hard to police and they are part of what makes glasto, glasto.

The festival could 'ask' that people don't bring them into the front pits of the Pyramid and Other Staves, would make the view down the field better for thousands of people and then millions at homs

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7 minutes ago, lukemack said:

I don't think you could ever really ban them, too hard to police and they are part of what makes glasto, glasto.

The festival could 'ask' that people don't bring them into the front pits of the Pyramid and Other Staves, would make the view down the field better for thousands of people and then millions at homs

If they were banned across the site it'd be pretty easy to police. Banning just in front of stages would be trickier.

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42 minutes ago, Helsbels said:

I love the flags at Glasto. They are definitely a big part of the atmosphere. If O can't see the stage I watch on the screen. No biggie

Yeah, the atmosphere was crap back in the days when there weren't hundreds of flags obscuring everyone's view

 

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Yes, I think it's time to ban flags from the pit.

When they started, there was some novelty and they did look good, but every year there are more and more and it is now to the point where essentially there is a curtain across the stage for all but those down the very front. As you go up the hill, you look down on the stage and so cannot look under the flags.

I don't come to an event to watch screens. I want to feel like I have seen the artist with my own eyes, even if they are far away.

At this point it has also become a bit of a tiresome cliche. No one will ever top the Ainsley flag so why bother any more? Let's all just move on from it.

I don't know about policing it, but if they asked people to not wave flags when the acts are on, that would certainly reduce it, and in time it would die out.

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Not sure how anyone can say this this creates an atmosphere,  it is only a recent thing in Glastonbury history and it is getting worse than ever.  it is just pointless and horrible. Plus if you have more than one flag on a pole you are an awful human being and shouldn't be allowed to be around others.

I do have an alien on a flag pole that I use but it is small and I am always quite far back and always put it down when all of the group are near

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1 minute ago, Bennykill said:

Not sure how anyone can say this this creates an atmosphere,  it is only a recent thing in Glastonbury history and it is getting worse than ever.  it is just pointless and horrible. Plus if you have more than one flag on a pole you are an awful human being and shouldn't be allowed to be around others.

I do have an alien on a flag pole that I use but it is small and I am always quite far back and always put it down when all of the group are near

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That really is ridiculous. I thought they only blocked the view of the stage from further back, but it actually looks even worse from this position.

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18 hours ago, Rose-Colored Boy said:

Looked a notable increase in Union Jack flags and Royal Family memorabilia at the main stages this year. Grim. 

The only Royal Family one i saw was a pic of Prince Andrew and the words "it was just an average shooting weekend" on it. 

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This was the first year it annoyed me, yes it looks very atmospheric but they totally blocked the view of the screens during the busier gigs, especially Macca.  TheBBC can’t be happy. Halfway down the pyramid field and I only got intermittent views of him. Sorry ,but the flag bearers need to realise they are spoiling the experience for the thousands standing towards the back. 

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Don’t like ‘em. Some funny ones but a lot are clearly in-jokes that 50,000 other couldn’t give a flying fuck about. Please put your flag up for a few mins and then put it away. 

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