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Glastonbury 2009 - tips needed for a Glastonbury virgin!

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sweetcat Sat 09-May-09 17:00:07

I am celebrating my 40th by going to Glastonbury for the first time this year. To say I'm excited would be putting it mildly. grin grin

I would appreciate any tips for things to take etc, how much money and any other useful info.

I can't wait to see the full list of bands. Already I want to see the fleet foxes, Blur, Neil Young and Kasabian.

Plus 4 days just looking out for me for a change without the DC's will be fab!

AnybodyHomeMcFly Sat 09-May-09 18:42:08

Ooooh fantastic, you lucky thing!! grin envy

My top tip is to bring something really really warm for being out in the evening as it gets really quite cold at 3am while you're waiting for the sunrise at the stone circle (a must do Glasto moment smile).

Cynthia32 Sat 09-May-09 18:52:40

Heres my list of what I take to The big chill festival:

Tent (a very waterproof one!)
sleepings bags
couple of rugs for each person
one extra groundsheet (otherwise I find I get very cold)
Camping cooker & gas
At LEAST 4 changes of clothes!!
Extra underwear and socks
Lots of babywipes!!
Pack of bottled water
Deodorant (in excess, lack of showers remember)
any other toiletries
dry shampoo
Big pack of toilet roll
Some food such as bread so you can make yourself a snack but I would buy most food there.

I spend a lot at festivals, but most of it goes on food. About £80?

Thandeka Sat 09-May-09 19:00:47

oooh I am going for first time too. But I am totally cheating as FiL has got two caravans for the family and there is room for me. (DH has been every year since he was tiny and is currently refusing to sleep in caravan and will be camping elsewhere apparently

I am defo taking some of that alcohol handwash stuff!

nevergoogledragonbutter Sat 09-May-09 19:05:00

Don't eat a bag of truffles from the hippy section thinking, 'well these aren't very potent' and spend the rest of the night paranoid by all the laughing in the cabaret tent.

HTH grin

oh and the composty toilets are actually much less smelly than the portaloo type which get blocked and stink. just don't look down.
put your hand under the door, hold on tight and lean back, then aim.

AnybodyHomeMcFly Sat 09-May-09 19:30:48

Oh yeah the pit toilets are good and you get a nice breeze!

If there's a group of you it's quite a good idea to have an inflatable thing on a pole (garden cane) to wave so you can follow it in the crowd and avoid getting split up.

Also if there's a group of you, have a base 'camp' during the day - eg a spot on the pyramid field where you can regroup between bands/food/loo trips.

AnybodyHomeMcFly Sat 09-May-09 19:36:19

Oh and, and, it takes longer than you might think to get from one stage to another so don't try to do too many moves otherwise you'll spend all your time going from A-B.

And to follow up on dragonbutter's point, you know you've slightly overdone it when on returning to the camping field at the end of the night the "banging bassline" you think you can hear is the generator powering the floodlights by the gate...

HumphreyCobbler Sat 09-May-09 19:41:13

I want to go <wails>

Take wellies.

HumphreyCobbler Sat 09-May-09 19:42:34

Go to The Tiny Tea Tent for breakfast.

sweetcat Sat 09-May-09 20:05:52

Ooh, thanks, lots of great tips there. LOL at dragonbutter!

At the risk of alienating you lot, will I be OK taking some grass with me or do you get searched going in?

God, I can't wait.

Humphrey, the tiny tea tent sounds great. I shall def go there.

nevergoogledragonbutter Sat 09-May-09 20:14:06

ok, so you might be needing paranoia advice.

1. your rucksack is not following you.

2. they are laughing at the comedian

don't know the answer to whether you get searched though.

arf, at the anybodyhomemcfly's banging baseline.

oh happy days.

sweetcat Sat 09-May-09 20:17:43

grin dragonbutter

I don't generally suffer with paranoia but thanks for the advice.

Rubyrubyruby Sat 09-May-09 20:21:20

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sweetcat Sat 09-May-09 20:24:04

Yeah Ruby, it's on mine too, and unless I croak before going I can cross it off!

HumphreyCobbler Sat 09-May-09 20:25:22

I once got in without a ticket by hiding under my boyfriend's band's drumkit.

I used to be a groovy chick...grin

Rubyrubyruby Sat 09-May-09 20:27:16

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sweetcat Sat 09-May-09 20:27:35

lol Humphrey, I'm sure you are still a groovy chick.

Could have done with a freebie myself, £175 for the ticket, ouch. Sure it will be well worth it tho

sazzerbear Sat 09-May-09 20:29:52

Definitely loo roll and baby wipes, if nothing else. I'm sure you won't need to take the kitchen sink if without dcs. Sounds obvious but...don't take valuable stuff and definitely don't leave anything worth nicking in your tent. Ah, those were the days (my 2 Glasto trips were back in the day 93 and 94). Have fun grin

Rubyrubyruby Sat 09-May-09 20:32:07

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notnowbernard Sat 09-May-09 20:49:09

Make a trip to the cider bus a priority

notnowbernard Sat 09-May-09 20:50:41

I always take a packet of Immodium to festivals, just to bung me up a bit - stops me having to use the cesspits toilets

AnybodyHomeMcFly Sat 09-May-09 21:36:45

No searches 4 weed but they do sometimes have a bit of a look in yr car 4 alcohol in glass bottles. We've brought both in no probs b4 now.

sweetcat Sun 10-May-09 08:31:18

Thanks anybodyhomemcfly!

Notnowbernard - good idea, thanks. Cider bus sounds good, a fav tipple of mine.

notnowbernard Sun 10-May-09 09:59:07

(just make sure you have a plentiful supply of Senna for your return home though!)

sweetcat Sun 17-May-09 08:35:59

Ooh, my ticket arrived yesterday grin

I'm on countdown now!

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