Thanks to this rather ingenious website, Countdown to Glastonbury, we can tell you that it’s 27 Days, 11 Hours, 36 Minutes and 15 seconds to go until Worthy Farm open up and let the estimated 150,000 people through it’s gates for the first Glastonbury Festival since 2011. The festival had a fallow year last year (plus it was the year of “Jubilympics” so we needed the port-a-loos) so Michael and Emily Eavis had a year off to go on holiday and do things that they probably wouldn’t have time to do. They’re back and they have booked some big name acts and preparing their land and the town for one of the biggest festivals in Europe and we can’t wait!
Way Out Far have been to Glasto a few times and in the great tradition of our blog, we’re going to turn the journey there into an epic road trip so that we can squeeze all the possible fun we can out of the 6 days that we’re away. We’ll have to do some planning, so thought we’d share it with you in case your heading there too.
Step 1: Get some tickets
Half of the mission is actually getting a ticket, with the process starting back in 2012 with hopeful attendants required to register first and then attempting to get tickets on their release in October. Our attempt on ticket-sale day (which starts so earl on a Sunday – why, God of Hangovers…why??) followed the pattern of previous years with two laptops on the ticket sale site and us frantically pressing the F5 key on the ordering page until your fingers wear to little stubs whilst holding a phone to each year listening to the hypnotic sound of the engaged tone whilst not trying to simultaneous weep as you watch the seconds ebb by. Previous years had sold out in a matter of hours so every second counts.
After thirty minutes of trying, we were able to get through to the hallowed order page at See Tickets, only for it to head back to a server error on the submit of our details. One word describes this feeling: “AAAAAAAAARGHHHHHHH.” The lucky ones got to stare at this screen for a bit:
We held out though and one hour in and we were through! To the end! With purchased tickets! This time, we remembered to keep the screen open and then proceeded to click the ‘back’ button to help friends get tickets – and those calls came quick andfast as soon as we bragged on Facebook (whoops). As the page was cached, it meant it was easier for us to get through again and the once more. Our friends (inc. @Lollyloz) got tickets and we desperately trying to help others at around the 1 hour 40 minute mark when they sold out. Patience had run out with a lot of users heading to Twitter to rant their frustration.
…but we’re going!
Step 2. Get some wheels
No road is complete without a car and although Glastonbury love it when you travel green, we really have no option as we have so much stuff. We’re planning to squeeze in as many people as possible to cut the carbon footprint just a little. You’ll need a car parking ticket (which we got when we paid £10 for for our tickets in full in April) but you can get still get one with an existing booking by telephoning 0844 412 4626 or visiting Seetickets’ website to make the purchase if you haven’t done it yet.
We don’t own a car right now, but in previous years we have hired a car and it’s been pretty difficult to find in the car park on a rainy morning. This year we’ll try and spruce it up to be noticeable and try and take some pictures of our surroundings and save them to a phone we’ll know will have battery. This is a top tip for you too as you may not ever find it again!
We have opted for the rather sensible Vauxhall Zafira this year which means we’re really limiting our chances of finding it again on Monday morning (what with it being so boring and numerous on the roads). However, it will fit five of us and all of our gear and be comfortable enough to take our time on the way there taking in the sites and then sitting in the car park for seven hours on the way out waiting for tractors to pull heavy cars out of ditches. It took seven hours to get out of the car park in 2007 and we were starving by the time we left. Pack some crisps for the way out – you’ll thank us for that tip.
Step 3. Plan your route and journey time
Worthy Farm is apparently 135 miles away from us here in north London, with Google Maps estimating that it will take just 2 hours and 45 minutes to reach. We’re not going to argue with Google (right now, you wait until it’s doing the sat nav job on the way down there!), but it’s probably worth adding a couple of hours onto that on the day the festival opens if that’s when you’re planning on going. Since the car park now opens the night before, it means that more people than ever opt to arrive on the very first day, hell, the very first minutes that the gates open. We are still debating it here as to when we leave, but the longer you leave it, the less choice the camping spots become.
Step 4. Pick some sites to see!
We’re such rubbish tourists in our own country. We’ve been all over the world and yet, we only just went to Scotland for the first time in 2011. We are making amends, but it’s meant that in the past, if we were driving down to Glastonbury, we’d never make time to stop at any sites, the biggest being Stone Henge (the mightiest of all the henges). We’d normally just marvel from afar in the comfort of the car, at 70 mph:
This year we have Australians with us and they want to see big rocks! They love them! So we’re be making a planned stop there (if we leave early enough) and anywhere else we think would be worth showing our friends from Down Under. The tor in Glastonbury is also worth a visit and climb if you have time.
Argue about thPlan the playlist
With so much good music on at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, it’s possible that we’ll all leave with a new favourite band, found one that we’ve never heard before, seen old favourites and rediscovered lost ones. Your playlist on the way should hype you up and so, it’s probably worth giving a bit of research (but not too much) into the current line-up so that you can start filling your iPod up in advance with music to play on the way. It should insight anticipation and excitement!
There is nothing like Glastonbury. It’s full of the craziest sites and sounds and if you didn’t even see any music, then you could still have the most amazing time.
Good luck with your own planning for the festival season. If you’re heading to Glastonbury too then see you there! and let us know what you’re doing to prepare. If you’re not going, then let us know what festivals you are heading to (throughout the world!)
Thanks for reading!