Glastonbury 2013

Glastonbury 2013
Worthy Farm
Worthy Lane
Glastonbury
Somerset
BA4 4BY
United Kingdom
Dates: 25th - 29th Jun 2013

Festival Information

Glastonbury 2013 Overview

Glastonbury Festival is the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world and a template for all the festivals that have come after it. The difference is that Glastonbury has all the best aspects of being at a Festival in one astonishing bundle. 

It's like going to another country, a hip and thrilling Brigadoon that appears every year or so. Coming to Glastonbury involves a fair amount of travel, and probably a queue to get in but, when you get past these impediments, you enter a huge tented city, a mini-state under canvas. British law still applies, but the rules of society are a bit different, a little bit freer.Everyone is here to have a wild time in their own way.  

Glastonbury 2013 Event Info

Glastonbury Festival is the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world and a template for all the festivals that have come after it. The difference is that Glastonbury has all the best aspects of being at a Festival in one astonishing bundle.

It's like going to another country, a hip and thrilling Brigadoon that appears every year or so. Coming to Glastonbury involves a fair amount of travel, and probably a queue to get in but, when you get past these impediments, you enter a huge tented city, a mini-state under canvas. British law still applies, but the rules of society are a bit different, a little bit freer. Everyone is here to have a wild time in their own way.

The Festival site has distinct socio-geographic regions. The more commercial aspects are around the Pyramid, Other and Dance stages, which feels as if the West End of London a Saturday night has been removed to a field and thoroughly beautified. Unlike the West End, visitors are on every guest list, from the night time cinemas to the biggest gigs.

But that busy whirl of excitement is not to everyone's taste. To accomodate the more laid-back reveller, more chilled out areas like the Jazzworld and Acoustic areas are in easy walking distance. If that's still not the relaxed state a Glasto-goer is after, there's also family oriented areas like the Kidz Field, the Theatre and Circus fields. And if you're into the more alternative, less noisy aspects of festival life, you can always head up to the Field of Avalon, the Tipi Field, and the Green Fields. At the top of the site is the Sacred Space - the stone circle is a modern construction, but it has already seen as much celebration and ceremony as some of its forebears. Sun-up on a Sunday morning, with drums and torches and chanting and an astonishing measure of joy from the sleepless revellers at the Stone Circle is a glorious sight to behold.

The Festival takes place in a beautiful location - 900 acres in the Vale of Avalon, an area steeped in symbolism, mythology and religious traditions dating back many hundreds of years. It's where King Arthur may be buried, where Joseph of Arimathea is said to have walked, where leylines converge. And the site is ENORMOUS - more than a mile and a half across, with a perimeter of about eight and a half miles.

Then there are the people, thousands of them in all their astonishing and splendid diversity! There is only one common characteristic of a Glastonbury-goer - they understand that Glastonbury Festival offers them more opportunity than any other happening to have the best weekend of the year or even of a life-time, and they are determined to have it! You'll meet all kinds of people, of all ages, backgrounds, nationalities, lifestyles, faiths, concepts of fashion (or lack of it) and musical taste. Some will undoubtedly wear silly hats, or buy shirts that they'll never wear again... until next year, that is. The overall vibe of the Festival is consistently mellow and friendly, even in the event of rain and all that comes with rain, a field and thousands upon thousands of tramping feet.

There will be moments when you ask yourself the inevitable: "Why can't life always be like this?" There will be enlightenments, awakenings, surreal happenings, Damascene epiphanies and people doing the strangest things in public. Sometimes the strangest things you'll see happening have been booked well in advance - but often it will be people spontaneously reacting to the spirit of the Festival. No two people's Festival experience will be the same unless they're tied together, in which case they're probably part of a theatre company.

It's best not to come to Glastonbury with a head full of preconceptions and a notebook full of plans of what you want to see. 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. Hurrying between stages so you can tick off a list of things you feel you must see is not the best way to enjoy Glastonbury. If you can't get a good vantage point, or aren't enjoying a show, move on; there'll be something else in the next field that might just change your way of seeing the world! Often, your best memories of the Festival will be of new things that have startled you with their brilliance.

Have a good look at the Line-up and Areas pages on this site and at the Festival programme when you are on site, or ask at Information points. There are a plethora of wonders to be seen, heard or just caught from the corner of your eye. Glastonbury runs like a huge clock - it is the Big Ben of Festivals after all - and it is best not to stay staring at just one of the huge cogs, however many famous spokes it has. Travel round it clockwise and investigate all the workings of the Festival. All those other stages and attractions wouldn't be there if they weren't worth taking in - and they are all capable of surprising a visitor.

One last instruction: whilst at Glastonbury Festival forget all instructions (as long as doing so involves hurting no one) and ENJOY!

Glastonbury 2013 Line Up

Glastonbury 2013 Travel Info

Train

The best railway station to reach the Festival is Castle Cary.

There's a free shuttle bus for Festival ticket holders running between the train station and the Festival Bus Station. The shuttle bus service will run between Castle Cary station to Pilton and back throughout the Festival, from Wednesday to Monday (there is no service during the night when trains aren't running). The last bus from the Festival to Castle Cary railway station will be at 5pm on the Monday. You will need your Festival ticket to use this bus service.

Although extra rail services will be running to Castle Cary station, queuing for trains is still likely. However, when leaving the Festival, trains on Sunday afternoon and in the early hours of Monday morning tend to be less crowded. Unfortunately it will not be possible to park at Castle Cary station during the Festival and there are no left luggage facilities at the station.

There are also regular trains from Bristol Temple Meads to Castle Cary, changing at Westbury, and the journey takes around 70 minutes.

For information on train times and for possible big savings on tickets, visit Raileasy's Glastonbury travel page. Or call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950.

Glastonbury Express

In 2011, for the first time, there were two charter trains coming direct to the Festival. Organised by Raileasy and First Group Support, the Glastonbury Express travelled from the north and west direct to Frome Station, where free buses then took passengers the short journey to the Festival site.

2011 return prices (including shuttle bus) were as follows:

Preston - £93
Bolton - £90
Manchester Picadilly - £87
Crewe - £70
Stoke-on-Trent - £60. 

Click here to book your ticket now.

Unfortunately, as the service is a private charter train, Raileasy are unable to offer railcard discounts or concession fares.

Coach from Bristol Temple Meads

In 2011, the Festival operated a coach service from Bristol Temple Meads railway station. It ran on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 1000-1900 for £15 single and a return service on Sunday 12 noon to 2100 (to connect with last train) and Monday 0600 to 1900 again for £15 single.

Green Traveller lanyard

Of course, anyone travelling to the Festival by train will also receive a Green Traveller lanyard, entitling them to discounts on food and T-shirts, and exclusive access to solar showers and compost toilets.

All aboard!

Car

Car park tickets are needed to gain access to the Festival car parks. Click here to buy a car park ticket.

Directions
• From London: M3 then A303 and A37. (Sat Nav TA11 7DP).
• From the North East: A1 or M1, M25 to M3 (Junction 12), then A303 and A37. (Sat Nav TA11 7DP)
• From the Midlands: Preferably M40 and A34 to A303 and A37. (Sat Nav TA11 7DP)
• From the North West: M6, M5 to A39 (Junction 23) then A361. (Sat Nav BA6 9XE)
• From Wales: M4, M5 to A39 (as above) (Sat Nav BA6 9XE)
• For more local traffic using the A37 North or A361 East (Sat Nav BA4 4LY)

It is important that you approach the site on the side that you want to park. Using local roads to get to the opposite side of the site causes delays so use main roads that are well away from the site. A few extra miles travelled further away can save hours in queues near to the site. Always follow the directional signs, variable message signs and park where directed by staff.

Car-share
If you fancy car-sharing to the Festival, websites like Lift Share and goCarShare can help you get in touch with others either offering a ride or needing one.

Arriving/parking
There are four main entrances for cars, depending upon where you are coming from. Follow the P signs to get to the nearest available parking spaces. Sometimes parking staff have to fill some of the car parks further from the site before some that are closer. This is done to keep traffic moving on the public highways and keep us at peak parking capabilities for as long as possible. It is random dependent upon the traffic on the highway at that time so you cannot plan to park in a particular parking field.

If you have a choice, use the Blue Route (approach from the A303, then the A37), where there is more parking space and less of a queue to get in and out of the site.

The worst time to arrive by car is between 7am and 2pm on Wednesday. In 2010 at peak times, the A39 queue to get into car parks took several hours, while it took less than an hour for those travelling on the A37.

Where you park
Most people want to park as near as possible to the pedestrian entrances (because they feel they have a lot to carry, or are old, or young, or pregnant, or ill, or just tired). Unfortunately it can't work like that. The choice you make is which side of the site to approach from, and after that it depends which field the stewards are filling at that time. It's really down to luck whereabouts in the car park you end up.

Check where you are parked before you leave the car park.
Use the cards provided by the AA to note the route colour and car park number. Trying to find a car amongst the thousands parked can be a nightmare. Look for the flag with the car park number and remember the position in the field. Some of the car parks are over half a kilometer from site so be prepared to carry your kit a fair distance both in the car parks and on site.

Leaving and returning to the car park during the Festival
It is possible to leave the car park and return during the Festival. The cars are parked in rows with decent turning space in between the rows and the car pass works each time you enter.  Most likely you will be parked in a different place on your return, though.

Leaving the Festival
The worst times to leave by car are on Monday between 12 midnight and 1am and then between 9am and 5pm when there can be long delays of up to 9 hours to leave the car parks. Beat the queues by leaving between 2am and 7am on Monday morning – if you can get up!!! The Festival is doing everything possible to reduce queuing but there is only so much capacity on the roads. If you need to be anywhere on Monday leave early – and have plenty of water and food as you will queue

The Festival licence runs until 5.00pm on Monday and we are expected to have cleared the car parks by that time, if possible. From 5.00pm traders and contractors start leaving the site and all the roads are clogged. We would not have security on the car parks after 5.00pm - so please plan your exit before then.

Make sure you are OK to drive. Drug driving is not a safe trip. When did you last have a drink? You see more police around the site than you do for the rest of the year. Do not risk it! Wait until you are OK – you know it makes sense.

Breakdown
If you arrive on site, and your car needs attention, get it sorted asap so it will be ready when you need to leave. On Monday all recovery services are very busy. A locksmith is situated by Yellow Gate if you lose your keys or lock them in your car.

For AA Service at Glastonbury, ring their dedicated Festival hotline on 0800 072 3642.  Special rates apply for non-members who wish to join and receive immediate service.  Also, AA staff will be in East 12 off Blue Route and at Bronze Gate in West 32 throughout the week, and the AA’s dedicated Key Assist vehicles will be on site from Saturday.

People with disabilities
People with mobility difficulties should follow the signs to Yellow Gate, off the A361, near the Red (Main) Gate. It would help if you display an orange or blue disabled sticker. Be aware that the Festival site is a hilly farm with rough tracks, harder than most environments. If you have further enquiries regarding disabled access and transport please refer to the Disabled information.

Cars and climate change
CO2 is the main cause of climate change and arguably the single biggest pollution threat that humankind faces today. Road transport accounts for around 25% of Britain’s emissions. The least polluting cars emit around 100g of C02 per km, while the most polluting emit around 520g. Click hereto find out how your car compares. The main ways to cut emissions are to drive less, reduce fuel use by choosing more fuel-efficient vehicles and by car-sharing wherever possible.

Traffic news
Check out the Festival website and Twitter account for the latest travel news. Once within range (about 10 miles) tune into Worthy FM on 87.7 FM – it’s good for traffic news both when you arrive and when you leave – and listen in to the morning show each day to find out what is happening on site.

 


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Glastonbury 2013 Hotels

Hotel Miles Location Rating  
The Bothy at Manor Farm 1.30 Glastonbury Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
Crossways 2.00 Shepton Mallet Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Pecking Mill Inn & Hotel 2.30 Shepton Mallet Average customer rating: 4 out of 6 Info
Snoozebox Glastonbury 2.60 SHEPTON MALLET Average customer rating: 0 out of 6 Info
The Highwayman Inn 2.60 Shepton Mallet Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Thatched Cottage 2.70 Shepton Mallet Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Dusthole /The Kings Arms 2.90 Shepton Mallet Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Charlton House 3.00 Shepton Mallet Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Manor House Inn 3.10 Shepton Mallet Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Natterjack Inn 3.70 Shepton Mallet Average customer rating: 0 out of 6 Info
Lower Farm B & B 3.80 Glastonbury Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Lower Coxbridge House 4.00 Glastonbury Average customer rating: 0 out of 6 Info
BEST WESTERN PLUS Swan Hotel 4.40 Wells Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Beltane Bed and Breakfast 4.40 Wells Average customer rating: 0 out of 6 Info
The City Arms 4.40 Wells Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Middlewick Holiday Cottages 4.50 Glastonbury Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Beryl 4.60 Wells Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
Stoberry House 4.70 WELLS Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
Fosse House Farm 4.90 Somerton Somerset Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
The Oakhill Inn 5.20 Wells Shepton Mallet Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The George and Pilgrim 5.70 Glastonbury Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Haydn House 5.70 Glastonbury Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
The Wookey Hole Inn 5.90 Wells Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Who'd A Thought It Inn 5.90 Glastonbury Average customer rating: 2 out of 6 Info
Tatus Place 5.90 Glastonbury Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
Magdalene House 5.90 Glastonbury Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
Wookey Hole Hotel 6.00 Wells Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Three Horseshoes Inn 6.10 Shepton Mallet Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Travelodge Glastonbury 6.40 Somerset Average customer rating: 0 out of 6 Info
Beaconsfield Farm 6.60 Wells Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
Mullions Hotel 6.80 Street Average customer rating: 4 out of 6 Info
Wessex Hotel 6.90 Street Average customer rating: 4 out of 6 Info
The Bear Inn by Marstons Inns 7.00 Somerset Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Red Lion Inn Babcary 7.40 Yeovil Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
The Kings Arms Inn 7.70 Stratton on The Fosse Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
Cary Fitzpaine House 8.60 Yeovil Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
Sparkford Yeovil by Marstons 8.70 Sparkford Average customer rating: 4 out of 6 Info
Millbatch Farm 8.80 Glastonbury Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Vobster inn 8.90 Frome Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
Ston Easton Park Hotel 9.14 Bath Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
Holbrook House Hotel and Spa 9.50 WINCANTON Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Old Parsonage 9.80 Farrington Gurney Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
The Kingsdon Inn 9.80 Somerton Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
The Old Priory 9.80 Midsomer Norton Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info

Glastonbury 2013 Video Playlist

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Pyramid Stage
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The Other Stage
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West Holts
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Sonic Stage
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John Peel
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The Park
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Acoustic
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Avalon Stage
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G Stage
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Wow Stage
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Leftfield
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The Cave
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Spirit Of 71
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The Temple
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Gully
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La Pussy Parlure Nouveau

Glastonbury 2013 Food and Drink

It’s party time in the markets

Whether you are absorbing the sights and sounds, tastes and smells or feeling the vibes and exploring your inner self, indulge your senses, it’s all available here in the markets! Have a good wander around - you’ll be amazed at what you can find…

At Glastonbury, like nowhere else, you can track down pressies to amaze and delight. It’s so easy to spread a little happiness! Consider the amazing wood carvings and sculptures for sale in the Craft Field, the unique imported treasures in the original markets in Babylon, and some of the most random goods on this planet around the Other Stage and Dance Field.

A weekend is only just long enough to get a taste of all that is on offer. 

Eat to your heart’s content 

There’s an array of food to tantalise all kinds of taste buds; from the Far East to the Wild Wild West to good old proper English Country grub. The choice is yours with around two hundred and fifty food stalls onsite.

Glastonbury is famous for having some of the best festival food available anywhere – some very reasonable, others slightly pricier. There are all types and prices of food available from a cheap bowl of porridge and cup of tea and toast to a top quality silver service meal.

 

Glastonbury 2013 Jobs

Paid employment

COOKS AND KITCHEN ASSISTANTS NEEDED (APPLY BEFORE 28 FEB 2013)

The numbers employed directly by the Festival are relatively small. If you want to work in event management, stage management, rigging and staging, sound, lighting, electrics, plumbing, event security, tent contractors and so on, the Festival can not really help you. Many, if not all, of these specialists are employed by different event management companies that have established, experienced crew who return year on year – as do most of the organisers running performance fields.

www.cashandtrafficmanagement.com  employ car parking staff from the Sunday before the Festival until the Monday after the Festival – staff are required to work a minimum of four 12 hour shifts. Similarly www.dcsiteservices.com employ staff to assist with running the campervan and caravan fields. They also supply checkers at vehicle gates and staff the onsite vehicle chaperone service.

Market traders do require staff, but in the main they recruit people they know. If you know traders who come to the Festival, get in touch with them early as they have limited number of passes for each stall. If you buy your ticket, but find you are getting a bit short of cash during the Festival, some traders will employ extra staff who are already on site when they are busy – so try some of the food stalls that look rushed off their feet. 

Work experience placements

The most common employment request that the Festival receives is for work placements. Placements of more than a few weeks are simply not feasible as experienced Festival staff required to mentor work placements are only on site for a limited time through the year. Even if you are available for two or three weeks around the Festival, it's still quite unlikely that we can take you on. At a time of high pressure, there is little opportunity to advise and supervise someone learning the job. If you do still enquire about a placement, it is essential that any enquiry clearly specifies available dates. For health and safety reasons the Festival can only employ people aged 18 and over. 

Working for your ticket

There are opportunities to work for different organisations and charities providing services for the Festival. Normally people are required to work three 8 hour shifts for their ticket, but it does vary slightly. In some cases you would be required to pay for the ticket in advance, and would be reimbursed after completing the required hours.

  • Oxfam provide entrance gate stewards. Oxfam recruits its stewards primarily from past stewards and Oxfam supporters. For further information about stewarding with Oxfam please go to www.oxfam.org.uk/stewards.
  • Litter pickers are recruited by the Festival. Initially people who have worked successfully before are approached, thereafter applications are taken from those who get in touch with Festival. To apply call 01749 899086 or email fiona@glastonburyfestivals.co.uk
  • If you have medical, paramedic or first aid qualifications, you can apply to join Dr Chris Howes’ team of volunteers by completing the application on the website www.festival-medical.co.uk.
  • Tent stewards and campsite wardens are recruited from local carnival clubs, parent teachers associations, sports clubs and voluntary groups. Over the past five years the Festival has trained thousands of individuals, has a waiting list of organisations wishing to raise funds in this way and does not anticipate many vacancies in 2013. One carnival trust looking for recruits is www.festivelizards.co.uk 
  • Property lockups are run by different peace and environmental groups, so if you are a member of such a group, you might wish to check if your local branch is involved. 
  • If you already volunteer for a charity, you may be able to work at the Festival through them. Check out if they are coming to Glastonbury. Similarly, if you are a Samaritan, you could investigate joining their Festival Branch.
  • Oasis Carnival recruit workers for stewarding/working on the outside of the Festival for people looking to work in exchange for their ticket. You can find more information atwww.oasiscarnival.co.uk or e-mail info@oasiscarnival.co.uk.

If you are part of a stewarding group and would like to discuss all aspects of training for event stewarding please contact Maindy Training via their website at www.maindytraining.co.uk

 

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