Gig Addict Presents...The Glasto Guide
Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts to call it by its current “formal” title, or simply Glasto to some!
A five day music festival that takes place near Pilton, Somerset, England. In addition to contemporary music, the festival hosts dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret and other arts. It is organised by Michael Eavis on his own land, Worthy Farm in Pilton.
Glastonbury Festival is always held on the first full weekend after the Summer Solstice, which generally coincides with the last full weekend in June. The festival is probably considered mother of all festivals and is now considered the largest greenfield festival in the world.
It’s believed newcomers can make up around 30% of the Glastonbury Festival population each year so we have put together a complete guide, but even the experienced festival goers may find something useful in the guide. Glastonbury is very hard to compare to other festivals so no matter how many festivals you have attended a few helpful tips are useful
A great video from Glastonbury Festival 2013. Mostly action is away from the main stages…
- Ticket Price – £238 + £5 booking fee per ticket (£50 deposit paid in Oct and remaining balance in Spring)
- Ticket sale dates – Generally in Oct, With a resale of unwanted tickets in the Spring (likely April)
- Attendance – 135,000 5 day tickets holders+ 5,000 Sunday tickets + from 37,500 to 63,000 staff/performers tickets
- Setting – 1,200 acres in a beautiful valley in Somerset. The site is HUGE (that’s the equivalent of more than 500 football pitches)
- Length of (Super) Fence – 8 miles
- Number of Stages – Too many!
- Amount of Acts – Well over 2000
- Catering outlets – Over 500 + 90 or so bars
- Number of Toilets – Over 4,500 cubicles & nearly 700 metres of urinals
- Number of Punters’ Tents – 76,000
It’s best not to go to Glastonbury with a head full of preconceptions and a notebook full of plans of what you want to see and do. Just get a general idea of what each area/stage offers and go from there. You will never fit in every band you want to see and every area/stage in the 5 days. If there are one or two particular bands a day you really want to see, then let your day revolve around them and go with the flow.
Q: Is Glastonbury value for money?
A: Hell Yes
– With over 2000 acts to chose from on over 100 stages and areas,
– A program/fine guide and lanyard included in the price
– Five nights camping (with no early entry fees
– All the night entertainment
– Free cotton bag
Unlike other large festivals where they will try to fleece you for every last penny, you are allowed to bring your own booze to Glastonbury and drink it wherever you choose.