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Flibbertigibbet
08-01--2007, 11:31 PM
This year you have to register next month and send in a photo to stop touts

You will need to register between February 1st and 28th, 2007. You will be able to register both ‘on-line’ and by post. There will be no charge for ‘on-line’ registration but postal applications will need to be accompanied by 2 First Class stamps to cover postage and processing. Forms will be available for download from the registration site which will go live on February 1st, as will the ‘on-line’ registration site. Forms will also be available from February 1st from all Millets stores; Millets will donate 10p for each form issued to WaterAid (http://www.wateraid.org/), one of our Worthwhile Causes (http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/causes/index.asp?id=133).

phil
09-01--2007, 12:04 PM
The whole glast thing has gone a bit mental. How long before someone swaps a kidney for a ticket. If i can get in by working for oxfam again i'll go but otherwise its crazy me thinks :insane:

John
09-01--2007, 12:13 PM
You can swap kidneys for a ticket? Ah, excellent. I'll be there if I can find a fellow nutjob friend to go with.

pixiejanet1
09-01--2007, 12:35 PM
The vibe is all wrong now...I`ll never go again.

wiggy
09-01--2007, 12:39 PM
My mums having her hen weekend there. I dont really think she kknows whats she's getting herself into though, its going be a bit mental.
I think im just going to go and hide in someones tent the whole time and only come out to pee (maybe)

pixiejanet1
09-01--2007, 12:43 PM
My mums having her hen weekend there. I dont really think she kknows whats she's getting herself into though, its going be a bit mental.
I think im just going to go and hide in someones tent the whole time and only come out to pee (maybe)

take a porta-potty... you need never leave your tent at all!!! hahaha:D

(except to chuck wee at scallies....(or is that just my mate?))

wiggy
09-01--2007, 01:27 PM
I could just take the ground sheet off and just pee away, it wont be my tent so it wont matter lol

pixiejanet1
09-01--2007, 02:40 PM
what a grand idea....hahaha!!

HappyHippy
09-01--2007, 03:08 PM
The vibe is all wrong now...I`ll never go again.

I sooo get where your coming from - 'tis a shame though it used to be grand. But that was then and this is now:mad: There are still other smaller less commercialised events though. :D

Sthenno
09-01--2007, 03:13 PM
Yep, I agree. After a four/five year break I was beginning to get tempted to give Glastonbury another chance but this latest development has put me right off. Probably for the best; I think I just need to accept that it’s never going to be like it used to be…(and yes, I can remember! I started going when I was 12!)
On the plus side, for the money I’d spend on glasto I can go to at least two smaller festies and have a damn good time!

Dan
09-01--2007, 03:16 PM
Like Big Green Gathering :D Although I am definitely going to try and get to Glasto this year. Five hours on phone last year and nothing :( Incidentaly the glasto festi site i went on got me into this site :D

Sthenno
09-01--2007, 03:53 PM
Hmm, I dunno. I’ve not noticed that much of a change with BGG, not to the extent of Glastonbury anyway. I think BGG has kept at least some of the spirit it was set up with… Glastonbury seems to have lost its soul.

Dan
09-01--2007, 03:56 PM
I wasn't saying BGG has lost it. I love it! I've been going since I was pretty small on and off with family and parents dis it for commericalism but I still think the love is there.

Sthenno
09-01--2007, 04:02 PM
Ah, I see – sorry, I misunderstood! I hope to go to BGG this year but only if I can get a stewarding job as I can’t afford it otherwise. This year I shall mostly be dancing my ass off at Shambala and Download…
:happydanc

Dan
09-01--2007, 04:07 PM
I'm definitely considering stwewarding at Glasto to ensure a ticket as I wanted to go so badly last year and just cried when I couldn't get a ticket. Didn't help when one of my best mates and my cousin also a great mate got two tickets two days before Glasto :( I wouldn't steward at BGG though will probs go with family or as I'm hoping to get a job soon do that :D God I love festivals!!!

Atomik
09-01--2007, 04:08 PM
I haven't been to the festival for years. I've got no interest in it. I remember driving from Glastonbury to Pilton and the whole road was full of food stalls, touts, hippies, hitchers, people lounging round in the sun, people trying to buy tickets, and general various mayhem. From the Apple Tree to the main gate, the road was solid with people. These days, I drive to work past the main gate and the road is empty. It's really sad to see, but the vibe is totally dead. Last time I went, I wandered into the old field by the railway where the convoy used to park up, and it was like a slap in the face seeing it like that. To me, it felt like the heart had been ripped out of the festival. Those days are gone though...

Dan
09-01--2007, 04:11 PM
How long have you lived in Glasters for? I don't understand what it used to be so when I go I'm going with little expectation as I only know what I've heard and that it's the biggest outdoor festival.

Atomik
09-01--2007, 04:16 PM
How long have you lived in Glasters for?About 14 years. Went to my first festie before I lived here though.


I don't understand what it used to be so when I go I'm going with little expectation as I only know what I've heard and that it's the biggest outdoor festival.I'm sure you'll love it. You won't miss what you never had. But size isn't everything y'know. If you want the real spirit of Glasters, try Endorse It!, Sunrise or even Beautiful Days to an extent.

Sthenno
09-01--2007, 04:22 PM
I wish I’d seen it back in the day. It still had some of the old vibe about it when I used to go (or so my elders tell me…:whistle: ) but it was already changing. Now it’s just a fashion statement to go to Glastonbury; half the people in my office (who wouldn’t be caught dead in a slightly dingy nightclub let alone at a half-decent festival) are planning ‘boutique tents’ (WTF?!) and ‘festival outfits’ for it. No doubt they’ll have a bloody miserable time moaning about the mud for three days before coming back to regale everyone with their ‘bohemian’ stories of their ker-azy summer at Glastonbury. Don’t worry if I go quiet a while some time around June, I’ve just shot myself…

Atomik
09-01--2007, 04:25 PM
I wish I’d seen it back in the day. It still had some of the old vibe about it when I used to go (or so my elders tell me…:whistle: ) but it was already changing. Now it’s just a fashion statement to go to Glastonbury; half the people in my office (who wouldn’t be caught dead in a slightly dingy nightclub let alone at a half-decent festival) are planning ‘boutique tents’ (WTF?!) and ‘festival outfits’ for it. No doubt they’ll have a bloody miserable time moaning about the mud for three days before coming back to regale everyone with their ‘bohemian’ stories of their ker-azy summer at Glastonbury. Don’t worry if I go quiet a while some time around June, I’ve just shot myself…

Thank you. You've just extinguished my last niggling doubt about whether I should go again or not. You saved me over £100. I owe you a beer. :thumbup:

Sthenno
09-01--2007, 04:32 PM
No probs. I’ll claim it at Endorse-it...
:D

pixiejanet1
09-01--2007, 04:36 PM
I know someone who has made a dreadlock wig, just for festies....

So so shallow!!

Sthenno
09-01--2007, 04:41 PM
I know someone who has made a dreadlock wig, just for festies....

So so shallow!!

Haha – I might make one! Not for festies, just because it would be a really funny thing to have. You could stick it on pets and babies and things… endless fun!
Ahem.
I must confess to putting in braids for festies (my hair goes halfway down my back and turns into one big dred at the mere sight of a field) but that’s for practicality not fashion. Surely a dred wig would be more uncomfortable than dreds themselves?!?!
Bizarre.

dragonz
09-01--2007, 04:51 PM
Haha – I might make one! Not for festies, just because it would be a really funny thing to have. You could stick it on pets and babies and things… endless fun!
Ahem.


:madlol:

dreadfil
10-01--2007, 03:36 PM
Well if you like massively over-priced commercial bullshit full of undercover police and pikey tent-thieves, then give it a try. And as for dreadlock wigs for babies :http://www.babywigs.co.uk/http://www.babywigs.co.uk/acatalog/frontpage.gifThis is a real site . Pretty funny.

little d
10-01--2007, 05:30 PM
BIG BROTHER HITS GLASTO!
Whats it all about now ! I D cards next year! Barcodes the year after!
You won't catch me anywhere near there!
Green gathering more like!:eek:

Dan
10-01--2007, 05:43 PM
you bloody serious?? compulsory ID cards?? oooh god!

melyn
10-01--2007, 05:47 PM
Only been once to Glastonbury Festival in 2004, I had a good time but I didn't think that much of it, don't think i'll be going again, i'd much rather go to a smaller, cheaper festival with more spirit.

Sthenno
10-01--2007, 05:57 PM
Agreed. There are so many other, cheaper and far better, festivals out there that it baffles me why people choose to go to Glastonbury year after year.

stuoolong
11-01--2007, 10:22 AM
Well I'm planning to go this year for the first time and there is no way I'm paying. I've already arranged to work there.
Over the years I've heard a million zillion good things about Glastonbury and a million zillion and three bad things about it. T'will be interesting to see what it's like but I'm not going expecting anything.

Sthenno
11-01--2007, 10:38 AM
Stu I think working there is probably a good way to get the best possible experience from it. You’ll be kept away from the ‘trendies’, and mostly around people who genuinely want to be there for the atmosphere. I hope you have a good time.

HappyHippy
11-01--2007, 11:02 AM
The year they started letting undercover cops roam the site (canny remember when it was but a long while ago) was the year I vowed never to return, a vow I have almost kept, for I have been back to the field with the pyramid stage at other times of the year when there were only cows there just to kinda pay my respects to the memory of what was once a cracking festie. I have never been back when it was being held and doubt I ever would the way it is nowadays even if they paid me to go. It's just not my kinda thing, I like festivals but Glastonbury nowadays is more like a business convention without the suits and a happy hunting ground for the drug squad. Fuck that:eek:

phil
11-01--2007, 11:25 AM
Got searched and a bit of skunk (for personal use) confiscated at last glast. For me that showed its changed forever. Still work there for oxfam coz you dont feel like a punter and its a better vibe but wont pay to go. Full of stockbrokers playing a different life for the weekend but it doesnt work.

Atomik
11-01--2007, 11:31 AM
Got searched and a bit of skunk (for personal use) confiscated at last glast.Pigged at a festival. Fucking ridiculous. Wasn't so bad when they first let 'em on... they were just looking for dealers and kept their heads down. I saw people smoking spliffs and chatting to the coppers. It was always gonna be the thin end of the wedge though. The authorities would never settle for anything less than a sanitised festival. It's beyond me why anyone should wanna go anymore. We're spoiled for choice with festies at the moment and there's plenty of better ones.

Sthenno
11-01--2007, 11:32 AM
Full of stockbrokers playing a different life for the weekend but it doesnt work.
Yup, I bet they’re doing lines of coke in their tents too, whilst no doubt declaring how hip and alternative they are. Whenever I hear people like that talking about how much they love festivals, there’s always a little evil streak in me that wants to give them some acid, leave them in the middle of a proper festival and run away… is that bad?

phil
11-01--2007, 11:35 AM
Yup, I bet they’re doing lines of coke in their tents too, whilst no doubt declaring how hip and alternative they are. Whenever I hear people like that talking about how much they love festivals, there’s always a little evil streak in me that wants to give them some acid, leave them in the middle of a proper festival and run away… is that bad?

Yes i'm sure that is bad. Good luck in hell :angel:

CosmoNaughty
15-01--2007, 03:20 PM
It's a right fucking fiasco isn't it !!!! It really makes me mad to think whats happened to Glastonbury festival it's gone from a real peoples festival (and I'm not necessarily talking about early Glastonbury festivals in the late 80's into the 90's it had that perfect balance you paid if you wanted to, you jumped the fence if you were skint at the end of the day no one was really bothered once you were inside)....from a real peoples celebration to a naughty weekend away for rich fucking wankers !!!!
I would have loved to have gone this year mainly because first glastonbury I went to was in 1987 and it would have been kind of twentieth anniversary of what was a life changing expierience which is kind of responsible twenty years on for me spending all my time and energies playing music to people in fields. But I know I'm not going to get there, like most of us I just can't afford it. only last night I was talking to someone about this who had been the last couple of Glastonbury festivals and he said that the atmosphere of Glastonbury has gone anyway .

Atomik
15-01--2007, 03:49 PM
It's a right fucking fiasco isn't it !!!! It really makes me mad to think whats happened to Glastonbury festivalTo be fair, I think I should point out that it's 'the powers that be' rather than Eavis to blame for this one. If he hadn't sanitised it to this extent, it'd be gone now. Not that that would be any great loss in my book.


But I know I'm not going to get there, like most of us I just can't afford it.You're really not misssing much. Don't sweat it. Go to a smaller event and celebrate 20 years of festival going from somewhere that actually has something in common with the festival you remember.

Dan
15-01--2007, 03:50 PM
What other than B.G.G. is really great to go to and reasonably cheap? I asked Monique if she wanted to go to some festis with me in summer.

CosmoNaughty
15-01--2007, 03:58 PM
Well it's eavis fault in that he sold his soul to the mean fiddler organisation who now organise the whole thing.
smaller festival and european festivals are one of the reasons I haven't been to Glastonbury since 98 but it would be nice to think I could go if I wanted to instead of feeling that I'm totally excluded by class because I don't have a spare 100 + quid one morning early April (for a festival that isn't for 3 months), because I don't have a computer and can be arsed with all the red tape involved, because I don't have a proper address the whole thing is full of shit.

Atomik
15-01--2007, 04:04 PM
Well it's eavis fault in that he sold his soul to the mean fiddler organisation who now organise the whole thing.No they don't. Not any more. And it was the council license restrictions that were killing the festival long before Mean Fiddler came on the scene.


it would be nice to think I could go if I wanted to instead of feeling that I'm totally excluded by class because I don't have a spare 100 + quidWell that's why I don't go. I can afford it, but I don't want to be in a festival surrounded by people with that kind of disposable income. I want to be in a festival surrounded by an eclectic mix of people.... wage-earners, dole scum, students, scroungers, travellers, drug dealers... everyone! That mix is what made the place such an amazing experience back in the day.

Sthenno
15-01--2007, 04:06 PM
What other than B.G.G. is really great to go to and reasonably cheap? I asked Monique if she wanted to go to some festis with me in summer.
I think these have been mentioned earlier in the thread, but for a good festival vibe I’d recommend Shambala, Endorse it in Dorset, Beautiful Days and Sunrise Solstice Celebration, off the top of my head. They range in price from about £65-£95 for tickets (think sunrise is cheaper if you buy early, though I know some people are slightly suspicious of this tactic and it’s possible financial motivations…), but things inside are generally cheaper than they would be at Glastonbury and other larger festivals.

hazy daisy
15-01--2007, 04:11 PM
Shamania was a good one last year http://www.shamania.com/ http://omniforum.psypix.net/forum/images/smiles/1245.gif

or Glade http://www.gladefestival.com/ http://omniforum.psypix.net/forum/images/smiles/1245.gif

Dan
15-01--2007, 04:14 PM
just googling those festis and looking at pics on the official websites is making me feel all tingly thankies sthenno :D i cant wait for summer!!!

Paul
15-01--2007, 06:27 PM
I've never been and never been hugely interested, the big name line-ups and rip off prices/thieving never really represented the spirit of the festival scene as I thought it should be ... and even in the mid eighties it had a bit of a rep for being too commercial ... but every year I still think about whether I should make it this year or not, just for the experience.

Nightingale
15-01--2007, 08:52 PM
Well that's why I don't go. I can afford it, but I don't want to be in a festival surrounded by people with that kind of disposable income. I want to be in a festival surrounded by an eclectic mix of people.... wage-earners, dole scum, students, scroungers, travellers, drug dealers... everyone! That mix is what made the place such an amazing experience back in the day.

:ditto::ditto::ditto::ditto:

dreadfil
16-01--2007, 12:28 PM
Shamania was a good one last year http://www.shamania.com/ http://omniforum.psypix.net/forum/images/smiles/1245.gif

or Glade http://www.gladefestival.com/ http://omniforum.psypix.net/forum/images/smiles/1245.gif
Sadly Glade rapidly seems to be heading the same way as Glasto...I worked at the first 2 but wouldnt bother now...

Sthenno
16-01--2007, 01:38 PM
I dunno, I reckon Glade’s still just about salvageable. I went last year and, though you could see the commercialism creeping in, it’s nowhere near up to Glastonbury levels.

The Original Laney
16-01--2007, 01:40 PM
I'm not too fussed about glastonbury, went in 94 and it was amazing, went in 2004 and thought it had completely changed!
I'm thinking BGG for this year!

dreadfil
16-01--2007, 01:45 PM
I dunno, I reckon Glade’s still just about salvageable. I went last year and, though you could see the commercialism creeping in, it’s nowhere near up to Glastonbury levels.
Yeah, but thats maybe because its only been goin for 3 years, theres still plenty of time for them to kill it.

Dan
16-01--2007, 03:00 PM
bloody hell you cynic if its not that bad then enjoy it while you can!

dreadfil
16-01--2007, 03:16 PM
bloody hell you cynic if its not that bad then enjoy it while you can!
I did in 2004/5-Now tickets are £100+ and sell out straight away. Sound familiar? Also theres twice as many tickets as there was at the first one. Its outta my league now...

Dan
16-01--2007, 03:22 PM
ok yeah now knowing that i can understand

Sarah
18-01--2007, 01:13 PM
The bastard festival is right in my back garden and they are gonna start building a big fuck off prison fence soon which will cross right over all our favourite doggy walks.. bastards! Beautiful glorious vale of avalon will become a self-contained, massively securitised, over-priced play town for the rich and famous and the view will look shit not just for the few days of the festival but for the few months before and the months afterwards too :(

I gotta leave home and live on the road for a week whilst the festival is happenin 'cos no way am I subjectin my boy to the disgusting smelly constant doof doof doof of the festival when we got no way of gettin down there to play with heads...you have to be registered in the political electoral system to be eligible for free tickets as local residents, before any of you start asking...:rolleyes:

If, by some stroke of luck, my boy is going to stay with his dad for that week, then my dog is gonna get loads of sticks thrown through all the access gates :reddevil: what? "its his favourite walk for fucks sake?" "you not gonna let me go in there and retrieve my stupid mad crap collie ?" "right well let me phone the police and let them know you have just kidnapped my dog and are refusing me entry to go get him back" "manhandle me or my dog fucker and you will have an entire field of crustie cunts to deal with hmmmmmk!" ahhh well... tis nice to daydream of 21st century anarchic happenins in the valley, even if tis just a pipe dream :)

Yeah the spirit of what was is dead in the valley and as for havin to have ya photo on ya ticket... fuck that!

Save ya money n go other proper festivals instead...last time I went Pilton pop festival was in 2002 and it was shit! The soul gone, ripped out by Mendip District Council - cunts!


Last time I went, I wandered into the old field by the railway where the convoy used to park up, and it was like a slap in the face seeing it like that. To me, it felt like the heart had been ripped out of the festival. Those days are gone though...

RIP n lets never stop talkin bout the good times - the colour n smells n the adventures of tryin to get in without a ticket - the scams and the lack of real danger - the fun on the edge before people started wearing trainers rather than boots n started takin mirrors in with them and make up for fucks sake :rolleyes: lets remember the funny naked guys runnin around unhindered and the beautiful mamma's feedin their babies in the greenfields, the sun and the mud and the good times before it all went shit :)

Now then.. Glade on the other hand :D :happydanc :waves: nothin will ever be as good as glastonbury was back in the day - nothin.. cos times have changed - but other festivals are doin things differently which are equally as good and exciting - but glade was good last year - it was free n easy n the music was outstanding n I had a right blast n Si met up with loads of his old crew who he not seen for years and it had a flavour of what we remember glastonbury used to be...
Another one I am looking forward to attending again is Sunrise Festival down near Yeovil - a complete fuckin shambles it was last year but that also made it beautifully unique and again flavours of what used to be so bloody good about glasters...

Dan
18-01--2007, 01:19 PM
god why wasnt i born earlier, never been there but i miss the past :cry:

HappyHippy
18-01--2007, 02:26 PM
Anybody here ever been to Midge Death? It's an annual free festival up in the North-West Highlands held at the autumnal equinox, and takes it's name from the fact that this is the time of year the midges die, something worth celebrating as you'll know if you've ever been in the Highlands on a summer's day with no wind. I understand that because it has been going many years it is now legal due to a loophole in Scottish law. I've never been but hoping to make it this year to see what it's like - I've heard some good things about last year's event but canny find anything about plans for this year's, probably too early for it to be announced. From the pics I've seen the location is stunning! Does anyone know of any other free festivals still going? they are pretty few and far between these days ain't they?

phil
18-01--2007, 03:32 PM
Is there any good festivals that are on the same weekend as glast. It has become shite but i wouldnt like to be at home when it was on, mostly for nostalgic reasons but if i could go to a different smaller fest that would be cool. If not then then someopne should cash in on all the people that wanna go glast and cant. An alternative glast festival..gotta be a winner that! :D

Sthenno
18-01--2007, 04:03 PM
Is there any good festivals that are on the same weekend as glast. It has become shite but i wouldnt like to be at home when it was on, mostly for nostalgic reasons but if i could go to a different smaller fest that would be cool. If not then then someopne should cash in on all the people that wanna go glast and cant. An alternative glast festival..gotta be a winner that! :D
Just looked on efestivals and couldn’t find anything apart from a rather weird sounding ‘faery fest’ on Bodmin moor. Maybe we should have a gathering? In fact, let’s have a gathering as close to the festival as we can get so we can show all the silly buggers how proper hippies have a good time!
:D

phil
18-01--2007, 04:19 PM
I'm suprised nobody has spotted a business opportunity to be honest. Thousands of people try and fail to get a glast ticket every year. Hyped and advertised as what glastonbury 'USED' to be like (mind you they all put that! ;) ) i reckon it would be a winner. I'd do it myself but i'm not a capitalist greedy bastard wanting to make money (actually i am but unfortunatly i'm as lazy as fuck!:o )

Sthenno
18-01--2007, 04:43 PM
I reckon that if you charging for something and advertising is as ‘what Glastonbury used to be like’, people would cotton on to the con pretty quick.
Actually, they probably wouldn’t, which is kinda sad…