The UK music festival scene will not include the popular Glastonbury Festival in 2012 giving other smaller events the opportunity to show what they are made of. Tickets for Glastonbury 2013 are however already being booked and you don’t want to miss out on this epic event on the music calendar.
The Glastonbury Festival took a break in 2001 and 2006, but has been a firm favourite with musicians and fans alike since the ‘70s. Don’t miss out on next year’s festival and book your tickets ASAP on the official website. There are of course many things to take into consideration when making the pilgrimage to Glastonbury and we have some top tips and nifty inside info to ensure you don’t get stuck in the Glastonbury mud.
Original Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis, now in his 70s, still has the final say over this hard-hitting, rough-and-tumble music festival jam-packed with some of the world’s greatest names in music. But this festival is no picnic. You’ll need some serious planning, a tight buddy system and loads of energy.
Around 150 000 people flock to Worthy Farm in south west England where they revel in loud music thanks to the Pyramid Stage to the north of the farm, The Other Stage to the south and surrounding venues including the acoustic tent, comedy tent and even a circus. In between, you will find arts and crafts, food and loads of booze.
If you are not the outdoor type, then Glastonbury is perhaps not the best suited festival for you. The idea is for people to mingle, live together, camp together, eat, drink and share in the music. So, most people who stay at the festival camp in tents. There are, however, a number of campsites available, some more demure, like the Limekilns and Hitchin Hill sites, whereas the louder crowd tend to stick to Pennard Hill.
Since 2001, festival bosses introduced tipis, some of which are permanently on the farm, others are brought along and pitched to accommodate up to six adults per tipi. Don’t worry, they come with groundsheets and raincatchers – you have to however remember your own bedding and camping equipment. One perk of the Tipi Park has to be the solar showers and yurt sauna – two luxuries you won’t usually find at outdoor music festivals! Expect to shell out a few pounds for these comfy abodes – they go for around £900 that’s in addition to the entry ticket. Sadly, caravan fans are not allowed to park their vans on the premises, but there are surrounding sites who will happily take you in.
Getting your hands on Glastonbury tickets are not as easy as you might think. Each person has to register well ahead of the festival. Each ticket sports the holder’s profile pic, so you can’t sneak your mates in or sell the ticket once you’ve bought it. Online registration can be done here but has to be done 48 hours prior to buying the ticket. This is the kicker, though, registration does not guarantee a ticket – and no – your chances of getting a ticket does not depend on how many times you register. The Glastonbury guys run a pretty tight ship, so it’s better to plan ahead, register, get the camping out of the garage and prepare for the outdoor music festival experience of your life.
Check out The Glastonbury Facebook Page or keep an eye on @Glasto2011 on Twitter.