I must have been camping pretty damn close to you. I was about 20m further up the Pennard Hill field from the muddy walkway that the edge of the lake just reached.
I camp in the same spot every year and it's pretty obvious when you first arrive, where the problem areas are going to be. Having said that, by about 1pm on the Wednesday, that whole field behind the Other Stage was full and it was difficult for people to see the contours of the land.
As for Michael Eavis, I simply cannot believe that people are such cunts towards him. Have you been to the festival??? It's run like a military operation. There are metal walkways everywhere, it's a bit slippy, but you can go just about where you want without getting too wet. He's put in massive amounts of drainage, soakaways and artificial streams. He's laid millions of tons of gravel. The difference between what happened this year and what happened in 1997/1998 just had to be seen to be believed. The people whose tents were properly flooded (about 500-750 at the absolute most) were immediately helped by organisers and festival goers, the only reason they're tents were not recovered was because of all the human shit in the water made it too dangerous, this they will be compensated for.
From 8am Friday morning there was a fleet of tractors touring the site and pumping away the water. Eavis paid the fire brigade to turn up and help, he laid down massive amounts of straw. The man cannot be held responsible for acts of God. It wasn't a spor of rain, it was a thunder cloud sitting over the valley and dumping rain onto rock hard ground for more than 8 hours solid. If people think Eavis just sat back and said 'Fuck them, they've already paid', then they are fucking idiots.
Frankly, I think £130 is a bargain. I personally saw Coldplay, White Stripes, Brian Wilson, Kasabian, Roots Manuva (twice) a shit load of fantastic DJ's, artists, performers and entertainers. How much would tickets to all that lot add up to, even if I could get them??? Beer was £3 a pint, cider £2.50, which is better than any stadium gig I've ever been to, and at no point did I ever feel uneasy, Eavis has completly got rid of the nasty element of the festival. £130 is a bargain, especially when the bloke also pays for a fleet of free buses that drop me within 100m of my house on the sunday. People should get off his back, I don't care if he earnt £10m from this festival, he deserves it a lot more than the obscene money made by faceless marketing executives at record labels who cynically fuck everyone in the ass in order to buy a better London flat, a faster car, and another gram of cocaine.
Edited by sheepfish at 11:22:49 28-06-2005
#790067, By sheepfish Glad you're NOT at Glastonbury!?
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