The Glastonbury Festival is the biggest weekend on the UK music calendar and one of the iconic festivals globally. What started out as a hippie get together in the 1970’s is now a mecca for the world’s biggest bands, A-list celebrities and hundreds of thousands of Britain’s young and hip.
[ When ]August, Annually (not held some years at random)
[ City ]Glastonbury, United Kingdom
[ Good For ]Music fans, celebrity spotters
[ Weather ]It’s England – anything from fine and sunny to torrential rain!
[ Crowd ]135,000 in 2013
[ Cost ]$$$
[ Sex Work ]
Legal but highly regulated
[ Sexy Score ]
First of all – good luck getting a ticket. If you can manage that (2013’s allocation of 135,000 sold out in less than two hours!), then getting to Glastonbury is easy. Get yourself to London and jump upon the flotilla of coaches, trains, buses and even guided bicycle tours making their way to the site in Somerset, West England.
See the website for ticket information, including registration info. Expect to pay around £160 (about $290) – and jump through some pretty serious security hoops - for your pass. Then guard it with your life!
Glastonbury’s tent city is almost as famous as the festival itself. Row upon row of mini bedrooms awaits, full of excited revellers in full party mode. This is where Glastonbury gets sexy.
You can bring your own tent and find a spot for free, or you can cough up extra (and we mean heaps more!) for a deluxe, pre-erected shelter. As with tickets, these are like gold so get in quick if you want a little bit of luxury with your music and mud.
135,000 revellers, high on the endorphin rush only a music festival can give you (plus whatever else is around!), getting wet and covered in mud, then participating in the world’s biggest slumber party, with hippie history… phew, is it getting hot in here?
Glastonbury isn’t just about the music (which is why the line-ups are often so eclectic). For some Glastonbury is about taking in the sights, smells and sounds, while for others, it’s about being seen.
- Dress sensibly. Sure Kate Moss is wearing her $10,000 ugg boots and designer dress, but she’s probably staying in London and taking a helicopter out to the site each day. You however, will be getting wet. Very wet. Much sure you pack accordingly and don’t forget your wellies!
- Download a map and laminate it. The site is HUGE and you will get lost. Remember the name of the ‘suburb’ your tent is in and don’t forget it! Do the same with the set list so you don’t miss your favourite band or show.
- Prepare for the rain. Bring snap lock bags for everything – your mobile (best to bring an old one), your wallet, your food and your torch.
- Bring a good quality torch. You’ll be trudging through soft ground in the dark at 2am having just seen the Red Hot Chilli Peppers tear up the stage, looking for your little tent. Again, bring a good quality torch.
- If you do go to sleep – put your valuables inside your sleeping bag with you.
- Don’t forget the sun protection. Yes it’s England and it will probably rain, but you’re just as likely to get periods of full sun too – and you’ll be standing in the middle of a field…
- Organise some meeting points with your friends. It’s inevitable your mobiles will run out of battery so you’re going to have to do it the old fashioned way. There’s an official meeting point, but this naturally gets crowded so agree on some others too.
- Call your friends rather than text – hard to do near a stage for sure – but text messages may not get through for hours because of the network demands. Try creating a code with your friends – one missed call means ‘call me back’, two means ‘go to our meeting spot’ and three means ‘meet at the tent’.
- There are mobile recharging facilities around the site, but again, these will be busy. Turn your phone off as often as you can.
The rain and theft are you biggest concerns at Glastonbury. Staying dry will help keep you healthy, while taking the usual precautions can minimise the damage of pick pockets and tent pilferers. Pack carefully and be prepared to throw your stuff away afterwards and you should have a great weekend.
Glastonbury is like a mini-city, except not that mini. Spend some time studying the map so you know where to go if you need help. There is a medical centre, a welfare centre and first aid points around the site so you will have options if you get into trouble. There are plenty of stewards around to ask for help, too.
Header Image: BBC
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