Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Art to call it by its current “formal” title, or simply Glasto to some!

Music, mud and mayhem: The Glastonbury Festival Guide

Glastonbury Festival 2017 will take place 21th – 25th June

Glastonbury Festival is a five day music festival that takes place near Pilton, Somerset, England. In addition to contemporary music, the festival hosts dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret and other arts. It is organised by Michael Eavis on his own land, Worthy Farm in Pilton. The festival is always held on the first full weekend after the Summer Solstice, which generally coincides with the last full weekend in June. The festival is probably considered mother of all festivals and is now considered the largest greenfield festival in the world.

Newcomers make up an estimated 30% of the Glastonbury population each year so we have put together a complete guide, but even the experienced festival goers may find something useful in this guide. Glastonbury is very hard to compare to other festivals so no matter how many festivals you have attended a few helpful tips are useful 

A great video from Glastonbury Festival 2013. Mostly action is away from the main stages…

Just scroll down for the full guide or click on the contents below to jump to a section

Contents:

 Quick Guide
Ticket Guide – Registration
Getting A Ticket
Line Up

When does the line-up get announced?

Glastonbury Festival Areas/Stages

 Night Life

Bars, Clubs and Silent Discos

Arriving on Site and Camping

Food

Glastonbury Festival History

Glastonbury Festival Quick Guide

  • Ticket Price – £238 + £5 booking fee per ticket (£50 deposit paid in Oct and remaining balance in Spring)
  • Ticket sale dates – Generally in Oct, With a resale of unwanted tickets in the Spring (likely April)
  • Attendance – 135,000 5 day tickets holders+ 5,000 Sunday tickets + from 37,500 to 63,000 staff/performers tickets 
  • Setting – 1,200 acres in a beautiful valley in Somerset. The site is HUGE (that’s the equivalent of more than 500 football pitches)
  • Length of (Super) Fence – 8 miles
  • Number of Stages – Too many!
  • Amount of Acts – Well over 2000
  • Catering outlets – Over 500 + 90 or so bars
  • Number of Toilets – Over 4,500 cubicles & nearly 700 metres of urinals
  • Number of Punters’ Tents – 76,000

It’s best not to go to Glastonbury Festival with a head full of preconceptions and a notebook full of plans of what you want to see and do. Just get a general idea of what each area/stage offers and go from there. You will never fit in every band you want to see and every area/stage in the 5 days. If there are one or two particular bands a day you really want to see, then let your day revolve around them and go with the flow. 

Q: Is it value for money? A: Hell Yes 

With over 2000 acts to chose from on over 60 stages, a program/fine guide and lanyard included in the price, as well as all the night entertainment  Unlike other large festivals where they will try to fleece you for every last penny, you are allowed to bring your own booze to Glastonbury and drink it wherever you choose.

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Glastonbury Festival Ticket Buying Guide

How to get a ticket…

There are 135,000 tickets up for grabs for Glasto, that may sound like a lot but demand in recent years as simply outstripped supply. If you have decided to go Glastonbury for the first time, you must make sure you register. Registration requires some basic contact details and uploading a “passport-standard” photo. Once the photo has been approved, registers are sent a unique registration number that will need to be quoted to book a ticket. As part of Glastonbury’s ongoing efforts to cut out ticket touting, anyone who would like to attend the Festival will need to have registered in order to buy a ticket.

Registration is free of charge. You can register by clicking here. You can also check your existing registration by clicking here, and edit the details here. Registration does not reserve or guarantee you a ticket in the main sale or resale. If you don’t register you will not be able to buy a weekend ticket for Glastonbury Festival 2014. Each ticket sold will feature a photograph of the person in whose name it is registered and will be non-transferable.

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Glastonbury Festival – Getting A Ticket

Tickets are priced at £220 + £5 booking fee per ticket + £7 P&P per booking with up to a maximum of 6 tickets able to be booked at once. Please note that those booking tickets from the UK must pay by debit cardCredit cards will not be accepted. If you buy a during the first main sale which is normally in October tickets are sold using a deposit scheme at a price of £50 per ticket/person. The remaining balance is normally paid the first week in April. There is a 7 day window to pay the balance off. If you are buying a ticket in the resale, it will be the full cost of the ticket.

This year in the main ticket sale potential more than a million would-be glasto-goers got up early in a bid to secure a spot at the legendary event. So being prepared is a must

All public ticket sales are managed by the Festival’s nominated ticket agency – Seetickets There are two ways to buy Glastonbury Festival tickets: online or by phone. There is generally more tickets available online than on the phone lines. Make sure you have the URL (we will have the most up-to-date urls on our Twitter and Facebook on sale days) pasted into your browser before 9am so you can start refreshing the page when tickets go on sale. Instead of refreshing the main website, try to find the exact address (that we will post on our Twitter and Facebook) of the registration form and put that in your browser. Then the frustration begins!  

You will be faced with this screen:-

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Glastonbury Festival – buying a ticket

Your best bet is to multi-task between refreshing the Internet and trying the phone lines. If there is a group of you trying to get tickets make sure you have everyone’s registration numbers and postcodes. There is strength in numbers! Have different devices on different internet connections trying for tickets. Keep in touch using Whatsapp, Facebook etc.

If all the regular tickets have sold out, remember that you can always buy a combined coach + camping ticket

If all else fails you can always volunteer or get a job there

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When is the Glastonbury Festival announcement?

The main announcement is generally just before the ticket resale (in April) although previous years has seen numerous bands released before then. Like many UK festivals the line up announcement can be unpredictable, it also sometimes depends on the bands. For example in 2014 Metallica could not be announced in the full announcement due to a contract already in place with Sonisphere.    

Expect something like 2,000 performances at 60 or so venues. 

To give you an idea here are recent Glastonbury Festival line up announcement dates:-

2015
1 + 5  Oct 2014 – Tickets on sale
30 Nov 2014 – Lionel Richie (Sunday – glasto website)
18 Feb 2015 Foo Fighters (nme awards)
16 Mar 2015 – Kanye West
7 Apr 2015– Balance deadline
12 Apr – ETC winner announced
14 Apr – First poster (no stage splits – around 75 acts)
16 + 19th Apr – Resale
24 Apr – T & C Line up
6 May  – The Who + Paul Weller (The sun leaked few days before)

2014
December 2013 – 1 Band

February – A Few Bands
4 April – First Big Announcement
22 May – Full Line Up

2013
27 March – Main announcement
24 April – Acoustic Acts
30 May – Full Line-Up

2011
2 March – 13 bands announced
13 April – West Holts
14 April – Main announcement

2010
14 April – Main announcement

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Glastonbury Festival Areas/Stages

At Glasto Festival there can be something for everyone with 60 or so venues

In many ways, Glasto is like loads of different festivals converging on the same gorgeous countryside for the weekend. Each area of the Festival has its own character, its own loyal fans and its own special attractions. The dance area (Silver Hayes) alone is as big or bigger than some festivals. 

Pyramid Stage

This is where you’re going to see the highest profile acts on the bill.  The acts that cost the festival the most money! It can host crowds of anything from 10,000 to 100,000. Its the stage that gets the most media coverage. There are a lot of iconic headline performances.

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There have been 82 headline acts on the main stage at Glastonbury Festival, which took on its distinctive pyramid shape at the second festival in 1971. Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, The Cure and Coldplay hold the joint record for number of headline appearances with three each. Six main stage headline acts have pulled out – The Kinks (1970), Red Hot Chili Peppers (1993), The Stone Roses (1995) Stevie Winwood (1997), Kylie Minogue (2005) and U2 (2010).

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Main Music Stages

This is where you’re going to see the highest profile acts on the bill. The acts that cost the festival the most money! It can host crowds of anything from 7,000 to 100,000. These are the stages that gets the most media coverage. You are more likely to see mainstream/commercial acts from different genres but mostly pop, indie, rock and chart  

Pyramid Stage
The Other Stage
John Peel Stage

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Silver Hayes

Glastonbury’s reborn Dance Village. Sonic is the largest tent in the area and known as the headlining tent with a 7,000 capacity, it also hosts a silent disco every night. This area alone is bigger than some other festival’s  whole “arena” area. As the old name suggests it hosts mostly dance acts to use the broadest term.  

Sonic
Heds Party
Wow Stage
The Gully
Pussy Parlure
The Blues
BBC Introducing

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West Holts

The West Holts stage has an amazing bill of “global future roots music”. Living legends share the bill with cutting-edge newcomers. From afro grooves to hip hop, reggae to techno, this is the stage for people who know that bass is the place.

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The Park

The Park is on the south west tip of the site and is like a festival in itself with open air stages, late night bars and cafes, tee pee villages, art installations and an illuminated 17 metre Ribbon Tower that looks out over the entire Festival site. The Park is a must! If non of the park line up tickles your fancy make sure to go on the Thursday before the main music days start. The Park is great for late night fun. From the Silent Disco to one of Glastonbury’s best-kept secrets – The Rabbit Hole

The Park Stage
Bimble Inn
Stonebridge Bar
Rabbit Hole
Silent Disco

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Field of Avalon

The Avalon field is just a great place to be; relax, listen to some wonderful music, eat wholesome food and generally soak up some legendary Glastonbury spirit! This area has a very laid back, feel good vibe and the acts tend to reflect that

Avalon Stage
Avalon Cafe

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William’s Green

William’s Green is just a great place sit, take a moment and watch the world go by, all the while enjoying the “Glastonbury Vibe”. Think of a classic English village green and you won’t be far from the look and feel of William’s Green. At the centre stands a 16 metre totem pole with signs pointing to every little venue on the Festival site, topped with a William’s Green weather vane. Despite main acts not scheduled until the Friday, warm up events over the course of the first two days take place across the site. William’s Green has a launch party with high energy sets from bands that play the festival later that weekend. You can also enjoy locally produced food from the various vendors forming an arc around the green.
Watch out for special guests/tba acts on the Thursday night. We believe one of the acts to be Wolf Alice

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Acoustic Field

A place to chill listening to unplugged sounds from some top acts. The field is dominated by the Acoustic Stage. It’s situated in Norman’s Close – the field next to the Kidz field. As the name suggests acts perform acoustic sets in the large tent

Acoustic Stage
Pilton Palais – cinema tent

The Glade Area

The Glade was spawned from the Avalon Field back in the late ’90s. Using the small triangle of poplar trees and mature woodland tucked below the embankment near the Other Stage. Party amongst the trees with a mainstream, experimentalism, beats and clubbing vibe

Glade Lounge
Spaceport
The Spike


Arcadia

The fire breathing recycled scrap monsters that mix flaming explosions, sculpture, architecture and adrenaline. Arcadia have a 360 degree inward facing soundfield. The music can only be heard within that circle, so please do step inside the outer ring of speakers for the full sonic experience.

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Shangri-La

The legendary after-hours area – Shangri-La. Exploration and discovery is an important aspect of  Shangri-la. A maze of alleyways is riddled with nano-venues, performers and installations, artworks and hidden doors. The area has a theme that will normally lasts about 3 years, slightly changing and expanding each chapter in the story.

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Shangri La – Heaven
Shangri La – Hell
Shangri La  – Hell’s Occupied Corporate Headquarters
Micro venues
Love Bullets HQ
Brainwash

The Deluxe Diner
The Rocket Lounge

The Common

A night life area like no other festival offers from tribal temples and dark caves, incredible live music, ritualistic paint throwing, tomato fights, a Celtic Festival of the Dead, to a jaw-dropping waterfall.

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Los Artistas Bohemios
The Cave
The Rum Shack
The Temple

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The Unfairground

A collision of travelling aMusements, with big top venues, twisted fairground side shows and installations created by legendary scrap pile art and party collective the Mutoid Waste Company.

Left Field

Live music from bands with something to say, comedians who pull no punches and live debates 

Theatre & Circus

The area offers an amazing array of entertainment, from the sublime to the ridiculous; a plethora of astounding, breathtaking and thought provoking acts. 100s of walkabout performances, ground shows, installations, workshops and more

The Circus Field
Circus Big Top
Outside Circus Stage
Bella’s Field
Cabaret
Sensation Seekers Stage
Poetry&Words
Mavericks
Glebeland
Astrolabe Theatre
The Summer House
Walkabouts

The Green Fields

A chance to participate in new and old ways of living, keeping alive the vision and spirit that has inspired Glastonbury Festival since the first meet. A network of small fields from where you can look down on the immense, buzzing pop-up city. Here you can pick a quiet spot to relax, enjoy some wonderful organic food, be entertained in small intimate venues

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Green Kids Area
The Greencrafts Village
The Peace Garden
The Healing Field
Small World Stage
Toad Hall
Speakers Forum
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Kidz Field

With all 12 year olds and under getting in free, The Kidz Field is Britain’s largest free children’s festival and is always a place of magic and wonder. All activities, shows and workshops in the field are FREE. Please note only adults with children can enter the field

Block 9

Block9 is one of Glastonbury’s legendary destinations for dance music aficionados. A 24-hour wonderland of heavyweight sound systems, underground nightclubs, huge artworks and extremely alternative performance, Block9 is home to three jaw-dropping installations:
Genosys,
NYC Downlow
London Underground

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Strummerville

The Strummerville campfire continues the legacy of Joe Strummer’s campfire community at Glastonbury Festival where people can come to drink, stay warm, talk and laugh with like-minded souls anytime of day or night.

Stone Circle

The best place to watch the sunrise and sunset at Glastonbury Festival. Being one of the highest points of the festival it’s great to watch the festival from afar. Stone Circle is a monument comprising of about 20 stones ranging from over 2.5 metres to approximately 1.5 metres in height. A mini Stonehenge replica . The atmosphere is unique to say the least

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Glastonbury Festival Night-life / Naughty Areas

Glastonbury festival is unique in the what happens offstage is as important as the performances. The night life (also known as the naughty corner/areas) is second to non, it will rival the night life of any major city and surpass it on many levels. There are a number of different areas that have dedicated areas for nightlife. From the norm such as a DJ in a bar to the weird and wonderful such as tribal dancers in a lost civilisation.

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The Beat Hotel

Shangri-La

The legendary after-hours area – Shangri-La. Exploration and discovery is an important aspect of  Shangri-la. A maze of covered alleys is riddled with nano-venues, performers and installations, artworks and hidden doors. The area has a theme that will normally lasts about 3 years, slightly changing and expanding each chapter in the story. The current festival is half way through the Shangri-la Afterlife series – with 2013 being One Man’s Heaven is Another Man’s Hell. In 2013, we were invited to become inhabitants of a bizarre and brilliant film-set world, a fantastical wonderland designed and built by over 1,500 crew and artists.

The themes:

2008– Free for all

2009 – Beginning of a new order – the rule of the Shangri-la Administration, a corrupt dictatorship who built a city devoted to the pursuit of 24hr pleasure.

2010 – Rebellion – the overthrow of the Administration by the Rebels of the Badland Alleys.

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2011 – Virus/End of the world – the “lucky ones” were preparing to leave for a new colony, the hub was being shipped off and the alleyways and their inhabitants left to die in the virus-riddled slums. 2012 – no show – During this time, the new colonists where horribly betrayed by the very aliens that they sought to befriend (yes). Everyone that stayed in Shangri-la died of the virus.  Everything that was once there has now gone. 2013 – sees the beginning of the Afterlife series. The afterlife has all kinds of interesting places it can go. Anywhere in fact, the afterlife is our oyster and there are literally no limits to what it can be. There is however, a classic place to start; Heaven, Hell and Purgatory are concepts deeply embedded in the collective consciousness of our Glastonbury audience and is also a fantastic wealth of inspiration.   2014 – This year will see a new chapter in the the Afterlife series. 

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Block9

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The Unfairground

Best way to describe this area is probably a nightmare party at the end of the world (in a good way)! A broken, psychedelic circus and horror go-go show beyond your darkest dreams Ths is where you will find Bez’s Acid House. Year after year Bez and his boys mash it up with the smoke and the strobes taking us back to the days when the eyes rolled, the white gloves stacked shelves and the acid flowed like water. Always a stunning line up that only Bez could put together, A vast network of fist pumping DJ’s from 89-93 will be dropping the chunes from 12-6am

The Common

One of our wonderful south east corner areas – channelling the Latin spirit of the Mayans. And how better to do that than with a giant tomato fight? You can be part of The Common’s epic Tomatina (aka ‘the fight of the tomatoes’) in The Temple on the Sunday evening.

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The Beat Hotel

Where the clocks stop and the good times roll until the early hours. Food, booze and DJ’s! Right next to the pyramid stage.

 

Bars, Clubs and Silent Discos

There are a few different types of bars at Glastonbury Festival, the typical festival bar and the larger bars with a theme that are in tents/purposely built – exhibition bars. There is a diversity of choice both in themes and atmospheres as well as the drinks on offer. Most are open from Wednesday afternoon depending on the area. Some areas are closed until Thursday evening so will be unreachable 

Festival Bars

Often found near the main stages (Pyramid,Other etc) these are the run of mill bars that you will find at most U.K festivals. Run by the Workers’ Beer Company (WBC). These bars are sometimes the more accessible a specially when near the main stages, but are often the most expensive  

  • Tuborg Lager £4.30 a Pint
  • Gaymers Cider £4.50 a Pint
  • Real Ale from £4.00 a Pint
  • Smirnoff Ice £4.50
  • Spirits with a Mixer £4.50 
  • Wine £5.00 a Glass

Wine Bars

There are several wine bars dotted around the site. Keep an eye out for the big green inflatable bottles.

£2:50 125ml glass 
£5:00 250ml glass

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Cider Bus

Situated just off the main market area near to the southern entrance to the Pyramid Field. The Somerset Cider Bus at the Glastonbury Festival has over the years become almost as famous as the iconic Pyramid Stage. Cider maker Mr Temperley has been selling his Somerset Cider at Glastonbury festival since the very first event in 1970, and now his bright blue cider bus has become one of the landmarks of the event. 

Cider £3.60 a pint Hot and Spicy (mulled) cider £4.00 a pint

Brothers Bar

In 1995, Michael Eavis offered the Brothers space for a bar at the Glastonbury Festival, near the Jazz World Stage. Now located in the West Holts Field. Some of the flavours available are Pear, Strawberry, Lemon, Cranberry, Tutti-Frutti and Toffee Apple, please note they can differ slightly every festival year.

£3.60 a pint or 3 pints for £10

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Rock the Kasbah

With its Moroccan theme Rock the Kasbah provides a little something extra for the festival goer. Making use of fabulous scenery as well as rich colours and fabrics we transport you to a new destination as you relax on the cushioned seating  underneath a star lit ceiling.

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Rock The Kasbah Glastonbury

Located on the main walkway ‘Butts Lane’, Open from 10am until 2am (sometimes later). ‘Rock the Kasbah’ will see revellers enter through Moroccan gates into a truly Kasbah-like space withauthentic music and seating for up to 250, including cushions and bean bags. After the main stages come to a close around 12am its a great place to start the night. 

Chameleon

Also located on the main walkway ‘Butts Lane’, Chameleon Bar will be brighten up the festival even if the sun does refuse to shine (which of course we hope it won’t). With its multicoloured ceiling and funky furniture the atmosphere is easily adaptable from the fun chill out areas for day use into a buzzing bar for the evening with our resident DJ playing tunes until 3am.

Bimble Inn

The Bimble Inn is a unique structure made from canvas and wood fusing ancient tipi design with modern ideas. Focusing on green energy, every part of The Bimble Inn is designed to operate with the lowest possible power and as efficiently as possible. The Entire venue consumes less power than a kettle. The inside is beautifully decorated with drapes of colour and lit by strands of LED fairy lights at night. The Inn can be found at The Park and offers a full cocktail bar with organic ales, local cider and stowford press on tap.

Stonebridge Bar

Located in The Park. This isn’t just another dance tent, but a place where you’ll see a whole bunch of DJs playing a whole lot of different music. This is where you will find Baggy Mondays (banging out Madchester tunes) as well as the legendary Hip Hop Karaoke sessions. Open from Wednesday night (although without music), with the DJs spinning tunes until 3am from Thursday onwards.

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Deluxe Diner & Rocket Lounge

The Deluxe Diner and Rocket Lounge are set in the heart of Shangri-la. For some of the best food and refreshments onsite by day and once the sun goes down, join Rach Speakeasy and her all star team spinning everything from jive and rock and roll to disco and funk. 

Silent Disco’s 

There are 2 silent disco’s at Glastonbury Festival – one in The Park area and the other can be found at Silverhayes (the old dance village).  Rather than using a speaker system, music is broadcast through wireless headphones to a couple of hundred people. Often two or more DJs “compete” for listeners. The channels can be changed on your headphones to listen to the different DJ’s, often the channels play completely different genres/music/songs. Those without the headphones hear no music, giving the effect of a room full of people dancing and singing to nothing. 

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Arriving on Site and Camping Guide

Arrive on site as early as you possibly can. The Glastonbury Festival site opens on Wednesday and in recent years around 3/4 (up to 100,000) of the ticket holders have arrived on site in the first 24 hours of the gates being open. You will have 2 full days to explore the site before the main 3 days of entertainment on the main stages start. Familiarise yourself where all the stages and areas are. Even if you have already attended the festival there are changes on site every year.  The main stages may not be open on the Wednesday and Thursday but the Bars and small venues will offer alternative entertainment with a real party atmosphere.

As soon as you arrive on site choose a camping area and put up your tent, then the fun can begin…

Choosing a tent

After securing your ticket one of the most important things can be your tent. Even though you might not spend much time in it, your festival tent will be your home away from home as you catch up with friends, after seeing bands and enjoying the night life. If the notorious festival rain comes down, a good tent can be a godsend. Maybe you want a luxury tent that you can use again and again, or perhaps you need to adhere to a strict budget after forking out for the tickets themselves. We would suggests saying clear of single layered pop up tents, they have flimsy poles, poor waterproofing, weak zips and insufficient anchorage.  Your tent will have to put up with a lot of abuse (from rain, wind, mud, to unsteady drunken festival goers that may lean or fall on tent). You want to have a tent that suits your level of experience when it comes to pitching, as well as your budget and your party size. Consider your rucksack and gear as a person when choosing a tent, so if you have 2 people, you need the space for 2 people as well as 2 rucksacks. In this instance, a 4 berth tent will suffice for the minimum amount of room. As well as the berth of your festival tent, also look at the height. Its always nice to stand up in the tent, as this makes is easier to get ready in the morning. Another bonus is a porch area, if the festival is a muddy one its a good place to put damp and muddy gear. 

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Choosing a Camping area/ground

Glastonbury Festival differs from “arena” style festivals like Reading/Leeds and V in that,  the whole festival is entirely within the main fence. There is not a separate camping and “arena” / main stage area. Returning festival goers tend to return to the same camping spot every year.

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The most common and probably the best way to choose a camping area is to pick the stage or area that you will be sending most time at. Other factors can be where you park your car, or get dropped off as there can be a massive walk to camping areas, as well as thinking about how much sleep you’d like. Although there is no separate “arena” and camp-site there are areas where tents are off limits. These off limit areas tend to be near high traffic areas.

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Camping Areas

Darble

The first field you come to if you enter via Gate A is called Darble and it is therefore perfect for those who arrive by public transport/coach. There is also a designated area specifically reserved for people who cycle to the festival.

Nearest Area: Silverhayes (Dance Village)
Nearest Stage: John Peel
Walk to Pyramid: 15 Mins
Disadvantage – Long walk to naughty/night corner 

Pylon Ground

The name comes from the pylons that run through the grounds. There always seems to be plenty of space on this site and there is room between tents to comfortable walk. They introduced compost toilets near this site and for festival toilets these can be quite pleasant. If you have travelled by coach this campsite is fairly near to the drop off point.  

Nearest Area: Silverhayes (Dance Village)
Nearest Stage: John Peel
Walk to Pyramid: 15 Mins
Disadvantage – Long walk to naughty/night corner 

Rivermead

The field is fairly flat so easy camping, but on a wet year with the camp grounds proximity to the river it can make it rather muddy underfoot. There is usually plenty of space here for late arrivals. 

Nearest Area: Silverhayes (Dance Village)
Nearest Stage: The Blues
Walk to Pyramid: 15  Min
Disadvantage: Can get muddy in damp whether, and fairly long walk to the naughty/night corner 

Bushy Ground

In the past this field has been used to show Englands World Cup football games. With 2014 being a world cup year its hard to say if it will be used as a camping ground or for the large tv screens  The large field has is plenty of space and saw 40,000 people watching football in years gone by. The campsite is behind some restricted areas so remember you will have to navigate around the area to find your tent and to walk to the pyramid/main stage areas. 

Nearest Area: Silverhayes (Dance Village)
Nearest Stage: The Blues
Walk to Pyramid:  20 Min
Disadvantage: Navigating around restricted area to find your tent in the evening

Oxlyers

The camp ground  closest to The Other Stage and with about a 10 min walk to the Pyramid as well as The Park area this ground is a premium! Arrive early to avoid disappointment and hope you get on with your neighbours as you may be more or less on top of each other. Arrive via Gate A, and its a downhill walk through Silver Hayes.

Nearest Area: Silverhayes (Dance Village)
Nearest Stage: Other Stage
Walk to Pyramid:  10 to 15 Min
Disadvantage: Can get a little cramped and fills up by Wednesday afternoon 

Baileys

This camp ground is relatively small and secluded, surrounded by the super fence and a bunch of hedgerows. The campsite is about a 10 to 15 walk to The Park area, but is a considerable distance to most other areas and stages. 

Nearest Area: The Park
Nearest Stage: The Park Stage
Walk to Pyramid:  20 Min
Disadvantage: Walking distance to most areas other than the park 

Dairy Ground

Possibly the biggest camp ground at Glastonbury, Dairy Ground offers lots of space but be warned in recent years this ground has got more and more popular. It may be due how close it is to The Park with its fantastic night life and bars. Best advice would be to get here before Wednesday evening

Nearest Area: The Park
Nearest Stage: The Park Stage
Walk to Pyramid:  20 to 25 Min
Disadvantage: Gentle slopes, and to get to the Pyramid will have to walk through some high traffic areas

South Park

The southern most camp ground at Glasto, look north and you can see most of the festival from the comfort of your tent. The site is on a bit of a slope in places but don’t let that put your off, its not that bad.  

Nearest Area: The Park
Nearest Stage: The Park Stage
Walk to Pyramid:  25 Min
Disadvantage: some slopes and the distance from the main stages 

Park Ground Home

As the name suggests the camp ground is the nearest site to The Park area and stage.  Can offer great views of the site from the higher ground, but the down side can be some of the slopes around this area. Perfect if you like a few bands playing the Park 

Nearest Area: The Park
Nearest Stage: The Other Stage
Walk to Pyramid:  20 Min
Disadvantage: some slopes and the distance from the main stages 

Tipi Village

Does what it says on the tin! This is where you will find the pre-pitched Tipi’s. This is also where you will find the beautiful feild known as Flagtopia 

Nearest Area: The Park
Nearest Stage: The Park Stage
Walk to Pyramid:  25 Min

Pennard Hill Ground

The “Party” camp ground and probably the most popular ground to pitch a tent, for people that don’t park themselves at the Pyramid all weekend. Most full by Wednesday early afternoon . The area is fairly central to a lot of the main areas and stages. If you like a good few hours sleep at a festival then this is not the camp ground for you. Noise will be coming at you from all angles.   In previous years the bottom of this camping area as seen some pretty bad floods/soggy/muddy areas. But more recently a lot of work has been done by the festival organisers, adding drainage systems

Nearest Area: Green Fields
Nearest Stage: Spirit of 71 Stage
Walk to Pyramid:  10 Min
Disadvantage: (may not be seen as a negative for some) Noise all night from Stone Circle and The Park revellers and possible soggy/wet ground in certain areas 

Kidney Mead

If you have ever watched BBC coverage of Glastonbury you will have seen this campsite when the camera pans out on the crowd at the Pyramid Stage. 

Nearest Area: Williams Green
Nearest Stage: Pyramid/Williams Green/Band Stand (demanding on side of field you camp)
Walk to Pyramid:  1 Min
Disadvantage: The busiest and most cramped campsite 

Big Ground

The campsite shares the best access to the main stage as well as some amazing views to the southern part of the site. You can see and hear acts on the Pyramid stage from outside the tent. Big Ground also has the benefit of flushing loos.

Nearest Area: Williams Green / Kidz Field
Nearest Stage: Pyramid 
Walk to Pyramid: 2 Mins
Disadvantage: Fills up quickly on the Wednesday and can get cramped

Cockmill Meadow

In the north-eastern corner of the site you can find the family camping

Nearest Area: Acoustic /Williams Green
Nearest Stage: Acoustic, Pyramid a close second. 
Walk to Pyramid: 5 Mins
Disadvantage: please bear in mind this area is aimed at groups with children 

Row Mead

Perfect for those that like to watch the sights and sounds of the Pyramid bands while treating themselves to a baby wipe wash, or just chilling by their tents. 2013 saw a massive performance from the Rolling Stones , glasto was prepared for this by making extra space for people wanting to catch one of the greatest rock n roll bands. To make room for the enormous crowd, space was taken away from the Row Mead campsite. Over 100,000 people were estimated to be in that crowd (and we loved every minute of it!). Currently not sure if this is a permanent move or whether the space will be given back to Row Mead

Nearest Area: Acoustic / Williams Green
Nearest Stage: Pyramid 
Walk to Pyramid: 1 Min
Disadvantage: fills up quickly, must like neighbours as you will be more or less on top of each other

Hawkwell

Great if your torn spending most of the time between Pyramid and John Peel Stage.
Nearest Area: Silver Hayes
Nearest Stage: Pyramid, John Peel also near by. 
Walk to Pyramid: 3 Mins
Disadvantage: Slopes! 

Webbs Ash

Another campsite that you can see and hear the Pyramid Acts from your tent.

Nearest Area: Silver Hayes aka Dance Village
Nearest Stage: Pyramid
Walk to Pyramid: 3 Mins
Disadvantage: Walk to The Park / Greenfield areas 

Michaels Mead

Located behind Webbs Ash, away from the Pyramid Stage. Fairly central if you don’t use The Park / Greenfields as much as other areas. 
Nearest Area: Silver Hayes aka Dance Village
Nearest Stage:
Pyramid
Walk to Pyramid: 5 Mins
Disadvantage: Steep in places 

Spring Ground / Disabled Camping

Home to Disabled Camping with ramps making it easier access than most other camping areas. This area is reserved for the disabled and their carers. Be sure to register for access, details can be found on the Glastonbury Website about these facilities   

Nearest Area: Silver Hayes aka Dance Village
Nearest Stage: Pyramid or John Peel depending on which side camp on
Walk to Pyramid: 10 Mins
Disadvantage: Make sure you register, closing date in normally end of May 

Hitching Hill Ground

If you want to be fairly close to the Pyramid and Other stage but arriving later on Wednesday or Thursday this site maybe your best option 

Nearest Area: Silver Hayes aka Dance Village
Nearest Stage: Pyramid or John Peel depending on which side camp on
Walk to Pyramid: 10 Mins
Disadvantage: Slopes in areas  

Lime Kln Ground

The most northerly point of the site with an amazing view of the legendary Glastonbury Tor. Located on top of a hill, it can feel like a few days walking to the night life areas of the festival. This can be an advantage if the night life isn’t your thing, it can be quieter than other campsites because of its location.  

Nearest Area: Silver Hayes aka Dance Village
Nearest Stage: John Peel
Walk to Pyramid: 10/15 Mins
Disadvantage: Hilly and the walk to the night life

Wicket Ground

This campsite is reserved for families, surrounded by a fence and with stewards at the entrance 

Nearest Area: Silver Hayes aka Dance Village
Nearest Stage: John Peel
Walk to Pyramid: 10 Mins
Disadvantage: families with young children only

Long Ground

Mostly hospitality camping for Glastonbury Festival

Nearest Area: Silver Hayes aka Dance Village
Nearest Stage: John Peel
Walk to Pyramid: 10 Mins
Disadvantage: special pass needed 

Lower Mead

Perfect if you prefer the main stages especially John Peel. Pyramid, Other and Dance area all nearby. Not ideal if you like a lot of sleep, as it’s a fairly lively area.  Nearest Area: Silver Hayes aka Dance Village Nearest Stage: John Peel Walk to Pyramid: 5 Mins Disadvantage: High traffic area

Woodsies

Also very close to the John Peel stage and not too far to the Other Stage. If you have travelled by coach this campsite is fairly near to the drop off point. 

Nearest Area: Silver Hayes aka Dance Village
Nearest Stage: John Peel
Walk to Pyramid: 10 Mins
Disadvantage: Fairly long walk to the naughty/night/south east corner 

Manor Ground

The smallest camp ground on site, if you have travelled by coach this campsite is fairly near to the drop off point. 

Nearest Area: Silver Hayes aka Dance Village
Nearest Stage: John Peel
Walk to Pyramid: 10 Mins
Disadvantage: Epic walk to the late night naughty area 

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Food

Every cuisine you could want, you can find at Glastonbury Festival. There is a ridiculous amount of food options from the simple and easy to the luxury, sit down meals. Whether you’re a carnivore, vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, lactose intolerant or on a diet. There’s plenty of delicious and high quality food areas around the site so don’t stick to the first one you come to, it’s worth shopping around. Food is around £4+ per dish.