Tort's Glastonbury FAQ Part 6



Part 6


What else is there to see and do?


It may seem a strange thing to suggest given the vast array of musical talent on display but it is entirely possible to spend five days at Glastonbury and not watch a single band and yet still have the most spectacular few days of your summer. If Groundhog Day were a reality you could attend the same Glastonbury every weekend for many months & still not see the same thing twice. Glastonbury is a “Performing Arts” festival after all and as such there is none better – Anywhere! 



There are commercial music festivals in this country which will sometimes give you more bang for your buck in the way of big name headliners.  But none of them can ever come close to the diversity of entertainment on offer, or the sense of escapism, or the totally immersive experience one gets at Glastonbury. So here is just a brief summary of a few of the other attractions which make Glastonbury so much more than just another Music Festival.


 

Next door to West Holts you will find a field which used to be known as “East Holts” but was renamed “Bella’s Field” in 2008 in commemoration of Arabella Churchill. As well as being Winston Churchill’s granddaughter, Arabella was one of the founders of Glastonbury Festival and remained a huge influence within the festival’s organisation right up until she passed away in 2007. 



The main attraction in Bella’s Field is the Cabaret Marquee and a visit here is a must. There is always an impressive line up of comedians and cabaret artists and the matted flooring makes this a great place to lay back, relax and enjoy the entertainment on offer.

 


You’ll find several additional venues in Bella's Field. The outdoor Sensation Seekers Stage is tucked away in one corner and close by you will also find the Poetry and Words tent which transforms into the Mavericks burlesque venue after midnight. Other attractions here in 2017 included a gypsy caravan which housed an Insect Circus, the "Anthropic Organ" and also my favourite little micro-venue, the People's Front Room where no more than a dozen people at a time can enjoy the entertainment while sitting on comfy sofas and armchairs.  As well as all of these, there is the ever-growing army of “Demons and Doppelgangers” which are little clay images festival goers have made of themselves down the years.



Head across “Bella’s Bridge” at the bottom of the field, where numerous buskers and street performers will entertain you at The Pavement and Crooners' Corner, and you’ll find yourself in the Circus Field where a huge and impressive Circus Big Top is the main venue. The Big Top attracts circus acts from around the World to delight all ages and you can see a video of some of the jaw-dropping performances which took place in 2014 HERE.

Additionally in 2017 there was an aerial trapeze and there are several smaller outdoor venues where you can discover lots of entertainment from jugglers, escapologists, tightrope walkers, acrobats, magicians, sword swallowers, unicyclists, stiltwalkers and the like as well as musical entertainment from many of the lesser-known bands who tour around the festival's smaller stages over the course of the weekend.  
 

A quick stroll on up the hill from the Circus Field brings you into the “Glebeland” Theatre Field.  Once again the centrepiece here is a large indoor venue which previously was known as the “Belle Epoque” but was renamed in 2008 as the Astrolabe.  This is the only indoor venue at the whole of Glastonbury which has proper tiered seating so if you fancy resting those weary limbs while a full schedule of theatrical and comic performances roll out before you then head in this direction.


 

Glebeland had a bit of a shift around in 2013.  The Astrolabe moved across the field to a position which was previously occupied by a stage called "Blazing Saddles".  And in the space it left vacant a new venue called The Summer House appeared where more theatrical and musical entertainment can be enjoyed while you sit back and relax in the surrounding deckchairs.  Lekiddo Lord of the Lobsters makes a daily appearance here.  Check him out.  "Pinchy Pinchy Kiss Kiss"



Also at the top end of the field you will find the Gateway Riser Stage for even more al fresco theatrical and musical performances.


You will see lots of walkabout performers both here and also elsewhere around the site and many of these will give you a great opportunity to join in the fun and become part of the entertainment.  And, if you possibly can, make sure that you catch Les and Maureen aka the Bramble FM Roadshow.  I won't spoil it for you.  You just have to be there!


There's another great official video of all the weird and wonderful goings on in the Circus and Theatre Fields from Glastonbury 2017.  You can watch it by clicking
HERE
 

Glastonbury retains its environmental ethos in the Green Fields and you simply must make time to spend at least a few hours of your weekend wandering around the several fields which make up this area.

There are numerous displays of traditional trades such as wood turning and stone masonry in the Green Crafts field and you can also participate in various workshops and turn your hand to creating something from wood, metal, stone, pottery, willow or even LED lighting.  You can make jewellery, learn survival skills or how to play that Didgeridoo before you decide whether you really want to buy it!

 

In the Green Futures field there are presentations from numerous organisations who aim to raise awareness over various environmental and humanitarian issues. You can learn about renewable energy resources and observe alternative green living techniques. There are always several impressive sculptures and some of these are created during the course of the festival so you can watch them develop over the weekend. 



At the Speakers Forum there are speeches and debate about environmental and political issues interspersed by performances of spoken word.  



There is also a Science Tent which I believe is run by a different University each year, creating all sorts of different exhibits which enable youngsters to learn interactively about the World about them.

 

In one secluded corner is a Permaculture Area where you can learn about various plants and their culinary and medicinal uses.  There is a small wooden cabin here which has an edible roof and you can also enjoy a relatively cheap vegetarian meal at the Permaculture Café which is tucked quietly away among the trees.

 

In the Healing Field you can learn about different faiths, alternative medicines and healing techniques. You can also indulge in a massage to revitalise those aching limbs or start your day at one of the yoga or meditation sessions.
This video from 2016 gives you a good idea of the tranquility that can be found in the Greenfields area, even in a muddy year when everything isn't quite so green. 

 


Greenpeace have their own field where they promote their worthy cause and there are lots of examples of how to make creative use of recycled materials. They also encourage you and the kids to get active, and have things like climbing walls and skateboard ramps - all made from sustainable timber of course - as well as musical entertainment on the Greenpeace Stage and late night DJ sets in the Engine Room


Greenpeace pick a different theme of environmental concern each year and in the past they have concentrated on the plight of the Arctic and also the poisoning and over-fishing of the oceans.  In 2017 they returned to a regular theme of the destruction of the Worlds forests and the attractions included a Virtual Forest inside a huge geodesic dome.


 

The Green Kids portion of the Greenpeace Field is where you will find the "Cadmus" pirate ship.  This was built in 2010 to replace the previous wooden “Rainbow Warrior” which was a permanent feature for many years but unfortunately had become too rickety to repair safely.  The replacement ship was built entirely from recycled materials and incorporates slides and other activities for the kids between 8am and 7pm.  Adults are allowed to climb aboard for a couple of hours of swashbuckling adventure between 7 & 9 each evening.

 

 

This is The Tunnel which leads beneath the disused railway track between the Greenpeace and Green Futures Fields. It's one of the many little corners of the festival which people often won't have discovered, even after several visits.



In 2013, as part of Greenpeace's campaign that year to raise awareness over the plight of the Arctic, this wonderful installation adorned the roof of the tunnel and eerie interactive echo effects added to the feeling of passing through an underground ice chamber. 



For many years there used to be a large outdoor Cinema which showed films every night from Thursday to Sunday. Unfortunately, due to licensing issues, the screen hasn’t been present since 2008 but there is still a large marquee known as the "Pilton Palace" in the same field as the Acoustic Tent, which shows films right through until 4am each night. 



In 2017 a brand new attraction appeared in the South Park 1 campsite, out toward the northwestern corner of the festival site.  At Cineramageddon you can sit in one of 60 mutant vehicles and watch movies on what is reckoned to be the biggest cinema screen in Britain.  You have to book the cars in advance and headphones are distributed so as not to disturb the campers who are gently snoring away nearby.



Johnny Depp appeared as a special guest in 2017 and films ran all the way through each evening until daybreak, culminating with Apocalypse Now in the early hours of Monday morning.  During daytime you can also watch films at the adjoining 500 capacity Black Lamp Cinema Tent  

 

In addition the Groovy Movie solar powered cinema, shown above, may be found close to the entrance of the Green Futures Field.  They show movies here for adults and kids alike as well as the occasional live music performance.

On my first visit to Glastonbury in 1999 I arrived with a couple of mates at about 2 O'Clock on the Thursday morning. We put our tent up in the dark and decided to take ourselves off for a wander before we headed for bed. Within just a few minutes of leaving our tent we had stumbled through the mist and campfire smoke, over a little bridge and into the Tipi Field, just as the first glimmers of the new day came flickering through the valley. It was very quiet and utterly surreal and I knew at that moment that this thing called Glastonbury had well and truly got its hooks into me and wouldn't be letting go for a very long time.

 

In 2008 the Tipi Field was moved from the small tree lined field it had enjoyed as its home for many years, in order to allow for the expansion of the late night areas in the South East corner. It’s now situated towards the top of Pennard Hill Ground which I have to say does make it seem rather more detached from the festival than was previously the case. You are welcome to wander through the Tipi Field and participate in the activities which take place there. However please note that camping in the Tipi Field is reserved for people who are able to provide their own accommodation and many of the people who bring their tipis actually live in them for a good proportion of the year. If you want to experience living in a tipi for the duration of the festival but aren’t able to bring along your own then please head back to the "Can I Stay In A Tipi?" Section in Part 3 for more info.



If you find your way to The Park and have a look a good way further up the slope towards the fenceline and just to the left of the big Glastonbury sign, you will spot The Crow's Nest nestled into the hillside.  This is home to the Free University of Glastonbury where lunchtime lectures and discussion sessions can be enjoyed with the likes of Professor Brian Cox and Dr Alice Roberts, before musical entertainment takes over later in the day.  Some reasonably well known bands play at the Crow's Nest and it's always amusing to watch them lugging their gear up the hill in order to play their sets there.


 

I always make sure I spend some time chilling with the Hare KrishnasTheir tent can be found in the central "Holts" Field close to the Leftfield Stage. They generate more of a celebratory atmosphere at night with crowds of people gathering to join the chanting. The words are easy to learn! The Hare Krishnas also usually have a smaller tent in the Healing Field.

 

 

You can find more details on a variety of different faiths and spiritual groups which are represented at the festival HERE and there is a multi-faith chapel called The Sanctuary (shown above) at the top of Big Ground close to the farm, where daily services are held.



In the Park, close to the Ribbon Tower,  there is usually very impressive exhibit of sand sculpting from Sandalism.  The creations they come up with are always somehow topical to current affairs or something which is happening at the festival.  Here's Theresa May with her infamous Fields of Wheat.

 


At the southern tip of the festival site you will find the Kings Meadow, otherwise known as the “Sacred Space”. Here you will find the famous Stone Circle, which is a hive of activity at night but during the day it is generally a very quiet and peaceful area where one can chill out and take in the fantastic views across the site.

 

 

There are several small and tranquil gardens around the perimeter of the Sacred Space which are perfect places to sit, relax, contemplate and generally get away from the madness and thronging crowds at the main entertainment areas.  This Peace Garden was created especially for the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2015.


 

This iThe Water Dragon. You'll find him cooling himself in the wooded stream which runs down between the Sacred Space and the crew camping field which bears his name. He’s one of several elemental dragons to be created at the festival over the years and in 2019 he will be celebrating his 24th birthday.


In 2008 the South Western fenceline was extended uphill above the Park and the Tipi Village to provide the fantastic new “Flagtopia” lounging area, where you can take in even more spectacular views across the whole of the site than those you can enjoy from the Sacred Space.  The fenceline was pushed back even further up the hill in 2014 so if you’ve never been to Glastonbury before or if you have failed to make it to the top of the hill over the last few years I recommend that you make every effort to do so this year.  

If you can possibly resist the temptation, don’t turn around until you get to the very top and then prepare to be amazed as you take in the awesome spectacle of the whole festival laid out before you. It’s absolutely the very best way to truly appreciate the vast scale of Glastonbury.

There are a couple of Nature Reserves on the site. The main one of these is simply called The Woods which can be found between Michael's Mead camping field and the new location for the John Peel stage.  

You are able to walk the paths through the cool wooded area which are decorated with some interesting artwork and sculptures, some of which are interactive. 


There are also a couple of ponds.  This is Peeta's Pond in The Woods.  You can also find another one close to the Stone Circle which is home to a population of goldfish. 


Can I get married at the Festival?

Not officially I’m afraid. People supposedly celebrating their matrimonials at Glastonbury is one of the many popular myths that have sprung up in connection with the festival over the years. It isn't possible to be legally married at Glastonbury because the site isn't licensed and doesn't have the necessary full public access for any potential objectors.

However it is possible to have a hand-fasting ceremony in the Greenfields.  There used to be a bona-fide pagan druid who would do the honours in the Stone Circle provided you could find him in a state of comparative sobriety.  But he disappeared a few years ago and so I removed this question from the FAQs until I stumbled across this place in the Healing Field which offers hand-fasting services courtesy of Cloud 9 Ceremonies.


Will they be showing the football?

This has become something of a joke question on internet message boards but every alternate year Glastonbury coincides with either the World Cup or the European Championships and naturally there will be a lot of people attending the festival who would also like to see the football.  The World Cup in 2018 fell on a fallow year and in 2016 European Championship games involving England fell conveniently on the days before and immediately after the festival so we didn't need to worry.


In 2014 the festival announced in advance that, in the event that England were to qualify from the group stages of the World Cup, their game in the last 16 knock out round would not be shown live.  This was due to the fact that the game would have kicked off at 9pm on either the Saturday or Sunday of the festival and would therefore have clashed with the headline performances on either day.  As it turned out England had already been eliminated and were on their way home before the festival even started.

Previous experience has been that if England are playing at other times during the festival then provisions are generally made for anybody who wishes to see the game.  In 2010 England’s World Cup group game against Slovenia was played on the Wednesday afternoon and a huge crowd crammed into the Pyramid Stage Field to see the game on the big screens.  The same happened during Euro 2004 when England were knocked out by Portugal in a penalty shoot out on the Thursday evening.

Obviously the Pyramid Field can’t be used to show any games played on the Friday, Saturday or Sunday as live acts will be performing on those days but alternative arrangements were made in 2010 when a large area of the Bushy Ground camping field, and also an area outside the fence near gate C, were set aside to cater for as many as 40,000 to witness England’s disappointing 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Germans.

Games involving other countries and other sporting events aren’t generally shown, although you might find some of the bars have TV screens and you may be able to get the bar staff to show specific matches if you ask very nicely.
 

What happens at night?

Despite there having been some curtailment on late night noise since the anarchic pre-superfence era, Glastonbury is still very much a 24 hour event and although a lot of people may head off to bed after the headline acts finish, many more party on throughout the night. When the main stages shut down there is still plenty of stuff going on and places like the Stone Circle, Shangri-La, Arcadia, Block 9, The Common, the Unfair Ground, the Silent Discos, Cineramageddom  and some of the smaller venues in The Park, Silver Hayes and the Green Fields don't really start to come fully alive until after midnight.


photograph courtesy of Wiskey

At the Stone Circle you will find groups of people gathered around fires with impromptu drumming sessions and fire poi experts showing off their skills while people wait to greet the sun as it peeps out from behind the King Oak to start a new Glastonbury day.


On the Wednesday evening there is also an opening ceremony with bonfires lit and fireworks set off from several different points along the top of the hill on the southern fenceline between the Stone Circle and the big Glastonbury sign above the Park. 


"Lost Vagueness” was an area which was developed by the traveling fraternity and, for many, was the place where the traditional Glastonbury party vibe remained at its strongest. But it was getting a little long in the tooth and was the subject of some rather silly politics and in-fighting. So in 2008 Lost Vagueness was replaced by the amazing concept of Shangri-La.  The storyline here is an ever evolving and mutating one. There have been assorted variations on Heaven and Hell in recent years but in 2017 the "Sh-afterlife" theme took on an environmental theme with several huge installations made from all manner of discarded trash


There are always numerous amazing venues to explore in Shangri-La, most of which were brand new for 2017.  The most impressive of these was the 10 metre tall Gas Tower where we were entertained by the like of DJ Yoda and Goldie whilst surrounded by the most absorbing 360 degree visuals


The open air Truth Stage is a dark and imposing creation with some fairly big name acts entertaining the throngs into the daylight hours.  There are plenty of pyrotechnics to enhance the debauched atmosphere as well as some anarchic ad-hoc performances from members of the crew. I'm afraid I didn't get any decent photos of the Truth Stage in 2017 but the one above of its predecessor, the Hell Stage in 2016 gives a fair indication of what we are talking about.
  

In a converted underground tube carriage you can find Earache Express where the 2017 lineup included ex Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, Extreme Noise Terror and Steve Ignorant all proving those who believe that the South East corner is all about dance music to be totally wrong. 
  
Other venues to be found in this area in 2017 included the roots reggae themed Greenhouse, Trash Disco, the 100% female run Sisterhood and SHITV which, as the name might suggest, includes some less than complimentary analysis of the state of the modern media.  On top of these there are plenty of little doors to knock on in order to enter the tiny and bizarre venues hiding inside.

Although a number of the bars and venues in Shangri La are only open after dark it’s worthwhile having a wander round here earlier in the day in order to truly appreciate the imagination and effort which goes into creating this area.

For the last few years the original Lost Vagueness Field has been occupied by the Unfair Ground where lots of weird and wonderful funfair sideshows can be found as well as Jagz' Acid Lounge dance venue.  Next door is Bez's Flying Bus which is hosted by Bez of Happy Mondays and Celebrity Big Brother fame.

There's also loads of weird and generally very risqué burlesque type stuff going on in Salon Carousel which is probably my favourite venue in the whole of the "Naughty Corner".

Here's a Short Video which gives you an idea of what goes on in the Unfair Ground.

The Common had an amazing new venue as its central focus in 2011.  Some disused lock gates from the Kennet and Avon canal were donated to the festival and these were used to create the Latin themed "Campo Pequeno" bullring, complete with La Tomatina tomato fight.  The most fun I've ever had with fruit in a non-sexual capacity.  

In 2013 it was rebranded as The Temple with more of an aztec influence and some really impressive video projections around the walls.  Then in 2017 the venue was extended to massively increase its capacity and although La Tomatina is sadly no more, those perennial festival rascals Bearded Kitten do have a UV paint fight on the Sunday night to make up for it.


You can find a couple of additional late night venues in The Common.  To enter The Cave you have to walk behind a huge waterfall in order to discover the troglodyte venue hidden behind its watery veil.
 


The Rumshack is like a large wild west saloon bar with live acts and DJs playing soul and reggae tunes at ear splitting volumes.  

 

The opening of another new field in 2010 introduced us to Block 9 where a huge 5 storey block of flats with a full size tube train apparently crashed into the front of it forms the location for a dance venue called The London Underground

Alternatively you can venture into the recreated 1970’s gay bar at NYC Downlow where dubious facial hair is obligatory.  You can however buy a false ‘tache for a small donation to AIDS charities if you don't have genuine facial hair of your own.  Adding to the gay theme a new venue dubiously called the Meat Rack was added to the delights on offer in 2016.

2013 saw a new attraction appear in Block 9 with the creation of a breathtaking outdoor dance venue called Genosys.  This phenomenal structure looks like a futuristic tower block which has been left abandoned to overgrowing vines and creepers like a modern day Angkor Wat. 

Please note that in order to reduce congestion in the south east corner a one way system comes into operation between 10:30pm and 3am every night.  Between these hours the only entrance is via Bella's Field with the disused railway track only available to people wishing to exit the area.

 
Arcadia first came to many people’s attention in 2008 when they provided the pyrotechnic centrepiece for what used to be known as Trash City and in 2009 they were deservedly given their own field in order to spellbind us with their gas fired apocalyptic displays.  Over the following 3 festivals they upped their game even further and moved into a different location each year in order to safely accommodate the thousands of people who wanted to witness the spectacle.  Finally in 2014 they relocated again to a new and apparently permanent home close to The Park.
 

Bands and DJs perform in the Spider's central booth from 7pm all the way through to 3 in the morning but the highlight here is the nightly spectacular show which involves a stunning combination of pyrotechnics and acrobatics.  In 2017 the "Metamorphisis" show involved alien invaders springing from the arms of the giant arachnid and swooping down into the crowd below where they apparently kidnap unsuspecting members of the audience.  The show culminates with an enormous explosion so don't get too close if you value those eyebrows.
 

photograph courtesy of P.R.O.D.


In The Park you will find a marquee housing the ever-popular Silent Disco where punters don headphones in order to listen to the music and dance into the small hours. In this picture you can see the crowd enjoying my friends People's Republic Of Disco doing their turn on the decks a few years ago.  This has become so well attended that a further Silent Disco can be found nowadays in the form of the "Heds Party" in Sonic in Silver Hayes after the stage closes at midnight.

 

There are several further small stages with live acts and DJs playing tunes in the Park.  The Bimble Inn is a huge elongated tipi with a stage at one end and oversized versions of games like Jenga and Connect 4 available for all to play.  You'll also find a well stocked bar here with a decent selection of real ales and ciders.


On the Thursday evening the
 Stonebridge Bar (above) is always rammed for the Baggy Mondays indie disco and there are quirky venues such as the tropical disco themed HMS Sweet Charity (below) and also the Rabbit Hole, where you are invited to solve the White Rabbit's riddles in order to discover what lies behind the secret door.
 

In addition to all of the above, previously described stages such as Leftfield, The Glade Lounge, Spaceport, The Spike, WOW!, The Blues, Pussy Parlure Nouveau, William's Green, The Astrolabe, The Cabaret Tent, The Circus Big Top, Croissant Neuf, Small World, Toad Hall, The Mandala Stage, the Beat Hotel, Sensation Seekers, The Summer House, Ancient Futures, Mavericks, The Greenpeace Engine Room and the Avalon Café all have live entertainment and DJ’s playing long after the midnight curfew on the main stages.

 

Can I have a fire?

Yes you can certainly have a fire in most of the campsites, although they are not allowed in the main arenas or the disabled camping area for safety reasons. Firewood is supplied in piles dotted around the site although these tend to disappear very quickly on the Wednesday. 

 

If you don't manage to get hold of any wood then there are a few stalls where you can buy bags of firewood. Please don't resort to burning plastic. The smoke is toxic and it stinks! Even paper drinking cups are covered in wax which is pretty unpleasant when it burns.

Similarly please don't pull live wood from the trees and hedges. Not only does this damage the environment, the wood won't burn!

 

Where can I get information at the Festival?

 

A team of hard-working and friendly volunteers, recruited from members of the local CND, run five Information Points around the site. Their positions are indicated on the site maps. As well as supplying toilet rolls, bin bags, sun cream and condoms, the Info Teams will be happy to help you out with bus and train times and assistance in locating pretty much anything you need to find on the site. They are also the first port of call for lost property although any items which are handed in will eventually find their way to the Waggonshed Welfare area at the Farmhouse.

 
The main Information Point, can be found opposite William's Green at the central meeting point. This is open 24 hours a day from Wednesday morning right through to Monday evening. The other Info Points are open from 8am until midnight from Wednesday to Sunday.
 

There is also a further Information Point in the Greenfields which gives specific information about all the things to be found within that area of the site.
 

When is the best time to leave? 

You won't want to leave but all good things must come to an end. Some people leave on the Sunday evening and by all accounts get away fairly quickly. Most of the buses for people who bought coach package tickets are scheduled to leave early on the Monday morning in order to keep traffic disruption to a minimum.

 

But there is still plenty of entertainment and partying going on throughout Sunday night and the majority of punters leave it until the Monday to make their return to reality. As a result the queues, both in the car parks and for the free bus transfer to Castle Cary station, build up very quickly on the Monday morning and I've personally been stuck in the car parks for more than 6 hours before I could finally start making my way home.
 

Traffic management does tend to be a lot better nowadays but many of the stalls stay open on the Monday until at least lunchtime and there are some bargains to be had so if you're not in a rush to get home it’s worthwhile hanging around for a while in order to avoid the worst of the queues.


However, be wary. As the camp sites start to clear the "tatters" move in. Most of these guys are genuinely on the lookout to salvage and recycle stuff which has been left behind. But there are always an unscrupulous few who will help themselves to tents and contents which obviously haven't been abandoned.  So if you are leaving your tent standing on the Monday afternoon it's best not to wander too far away from it.

 

 

Acknowledgments

Thanks for taking the time to read this. I hope you've found it to be useful and informative and that it helps you to get even more out of your Glastonbury experience.



I'd like to express my sincere thanks to the following people for allowing me to embellish this piece of work with their superb photography:-

Bob Rose of eyesopen.co.uk, wiskey, Flash Bristow, Dawn Fletcher-Park and Peoples Republic of Disco. 

I'd also like to express my very special thanks to Flash for her kind input and assistance in bringing this project into reality, for hosting it on her website
and for putting up with my never ending updates for the first four years of its existence.



My huge gratitude goes out to Paul Holmes for ensuring that these FAQs live on as part of his stunning GlastoEarth project and I’m very proud that he has asked me to present my own contribution to the Glastonbury community in tandem with his remarkable work.


I would also like to give a special mention to Stephen Abrahall aka Infoman, who gave nearly 30 years of loyal service to Glastonbury Festival and who helped countless thousands of people by applying the personal touch for anybody who had a question to ask about the festival.  Stephen taught me most of what I know about Glastonbury.  Without his knowledge and guidance these FAQs would never have been possible and I consider myself to be deeply honoured and privileged to have known and worked with Stephen for several years.

And finally if you take nothing else from my advice, please just remember to love the farm, look after one another and have a Very Happy Glastonbury.

Cheers
Tort

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