Glastonbury 2014 in a Hired Motorhome
GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL 2014
It started with fairly humble beginnings when Somerset farmer Michael Eavis organised the first ever festival in 1970 after being inspired by the Bath Blues Festival. From an audience of some 1,500 people who each paid £1 to get in, Glastonbury is now a music megabrand, one of the biggest and best-loved festivals across the globe so big things are expected for Glastonbury 2014.
You only have to look at a birds-eye view of Glastonbury Festival or watch as a camera pans over it for television coverage, to appreciate just how vast the Glastonbury site is. It became so big that it could no longer fit into its original location on Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, so neighbouring land was bought up too to allow the event to keep on growing.
Now, it’s really not just like one festival, but like lots which converge into one. While the iconic Pyramid stage will always be where the headline acts play, it’s well worth straying off the beaten path because the beauty of Glastonbury is you never quite know what you’re going to find.
Each area has its own distinct character and its own loyal fans. They include the Dance Area, first introduced in 1995, The Green Fields which are where to go to find your more spiritual side, The Park which is where to go if it all gets a bit much and The Theatre & Circus area, which does what it says on the tin, to name just a few. Just make sure you make time to explore before the band you’re waiting for comes on.
CAMPING IN YOUR MOTORHOME
Renowned for turning into a mud bath every few years, staying in a campervan is a great way to have a VIP experience as everyone else is jostling for space for their tent in the camping fields. You can take your hired motor home into designated fields on site. It usually costs around £80 for the duration of the festival and you book up when you pay your ticket balance in the Spring before the event. Facilities include water, waste-water disposal, toilets and a 24-hour food trader for when you’re feeling peckish during the night.
Please book early to get the best hire motorhome. Year on year festival goers are booking their motorhomes earlier, even before they are allocated tickets. Just don’t leave it too late.
Take wet wipes and lots of them. They’re great for everything from taking festival face-paint off at the end of the day, for taking into the loo with you, and for wiping away mud.
There might be a queue for the taps, but you still want to clean your teeth. Take your toothbrush, toothpaste and a large bottle of water so you can still maintain some standards of hygiene.
Steer clear of the food tents with rip off prices. Paying a lot doesn’t guarantee quality. Generally, if you head to the outskirts of the site, you’ll find nicer cuisine. The Green Fields area is particularly good for food.
Download a free copy of the official Glastonbury Fine Guide before you go. It doesn’t arrive with your tickets but it is on the Glastonbury site and it contains all sorts of useful information, including a site map to stop you getting lost.
The first Glastonbury Festival featured T-Rex as headliners and included free milk, being as it was on a working dairy farm. A second festival was organised a year later, with the date changed to coincide with the Summer Solstice in June, and the first Pyramid Stage was built.
The rest is history. Glastonbury has survived riots, fires, mud baths and the wrath of the local council over the years. But, it has come back fighting with bigger and better stages and stringent security measures to make sure no one who hasn’t paid gets in.
Now everyone from Oasis to Sir Paul McCartney, David Bowie to The Smiths and Van Morrison to The Cure has played there. And it’s still on most music performers and fans bucket lists.
DID YOU KNOW?
Every year, some three million gallons of water are drunk, 2,500 toilets are used and 800,000 million gallons of human waste are collected. Yuck!
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