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the glade comedown thread...

Discussion in 'festivals' started by johnnymarrsbars, Jul 23, 2007.

  1. johnnymarrsbars

    johnnymarrsbars www.friendrock.co.uk

    absolutely brilliant weekend, one of the best times i've had in my entire life. brilliant music in great surroundings.

    trentemoller was outstanding..should've played for longer

    who was that fucking SHITE MC that was on with Andy C though? he was proper funny but pretty crap.

    this weekend i got very mashed, met some great new friends, met a lovely girl, had a generally wonderful time.

    the crash hasnt hit yet, im still feeling very mellowy happily chilled. i reckon its in the post though!

    everyone else have a good time?


    oh, and how good was the music in the cafe at the soma field!

    jmb x
     
  2. JTG

    JTG Angry about not being able to be an astronaut.

    the soma field? what's that?

    do you mean the ID Spiral bit? If you do then the music there was shite, whale music for irredeemable hippies. glad it's there though, it corrals all the hippies into one area of the festival so none of the rest of us have to deal with them. Same goes for the Origin stage, keeps all the trance bunnies away from the decent music :D
     
  3. johnnymarrsbars

    johnnymarrsbars www.friendrock.co.uk

    the bit with all the weird little trippy tables and white floaty bits...yeah


    i liked it there. call me a hippy then!







    (i quite liked the origin stage as well)
     
  4. sleeper

    sleeper Something clever

    im on a comeeedown from glade. Glad to see this thread.
    I wish i was there now. My favourite tent was the dance one (blue and white i think). What a weekend though!! I'm planning going WOMAD and Big Green as well! I feel so depressed! Just did some k
     
  5. JTG

    JTG Angry about not being able to be an astronaut.

    methinks it unsurprising that we did not meet this weekend :D

    get yourself into the Overkill next year for a proper stomp :p
     
  6. JTG

    JTG Angry about not being able to be an astronaut.

    they were all dance tents though :)

    think you mean sancho panza - the one with the bar in it and sort of opposite the Pussy Parlure. I thought the music was bollocks in there as well to be fair :p I will always think of it as 'the blanket stall', Dubversion knows why :D

    I wanna go back again too. mud be buggered, I love the Glade :cool:
     
  7. johnnymarrsbars

    johnnymarrsbars www.friendrock.co.uk

    i wanted to go and see four tet in there last night (i think last night...its all rolled into one now) but i was far too fucked and my mates wanted to see squarepusher so i went to see him instead. i was tripping pretty hard and was too scared to be on my own :rolleyes:

    squarepusher was ace though! seen him before mind.
     
  8. sleeper

    sleeper Something clever

    Never did see Square pusher myself as left on Sunday.

    However did meet a nice chap at thatcham station who was going to see them. Give me a couple of spliffs of the finest squidgy hash around as well!
     
  9. pagan

    pagan Guerilla Gardener

    Just arrived back in Edinburgh. Getting off site was a doddle in our 4WD thank fuck <adopts smug bastard mode>;)
    Didnt really eat or sleep much all weekend so I'm off for a triple poached egg, toast and marmite, a spliff and bed. Glade report to follow but I'm a happy little bunny right now:)
     
  10. johnnymarrsbars

    johnnymarrsbars www.friendrock.co.uk

    lucky bastard.

    took us all day and we had to pay some inbred farmer with big sideburns and a tweed cap FORTY FUCKING QUID to get towed out 100 yards and 2 minutes.


    thieving git, hope he gets eaten by a sheep. :mad:
     
  11. sleeper

    sleeper Something clever

    I heard that he was only charging a fiver? :confused:
     
  12. johnnymarrsbars

    johnnymarrsbars www.friendrock.co.uk

    if you wanted to wait for 5 hours in the pissing down rain, yeah. one of em came over and said he'd take us for 40 quid. we were so fucked off by that point we just said yes. my mates in a wheelchair and the 'organisers' didnt help AT ALL with getting us off the site, and the rest of our mates just fucked off and got the train without even offering to help with the car.

    apart from the complete 'dont give a fuck' attitude by the marshals/stewards/security with regard to help my disabled friend out the weekend was ace.
     
  13. bus

    bus git

    ace weekend - glad we went. music good.....mud less so...organisation an utter shambles, marshalling non existent, and some prices were a bit fierce..£3.20 for a can of red stripe?!??!

    Took us around 3 hours to push the cars out, which was a bit grim. Some of our mates joined the queue for the tractors around 3, and were finally towed out around 8.30. Not surprised the tractors were charging £40 - apparently prices started off at a fiver
     
  14. perplexis

    perplexis A change of scene, a change of style....

    I don't have a comedown because I didn't take any stimulants (well apart from Red Bull) I am feeling so terribly smug it is probably unbearable :D :p
    I wouldn't say I had an amazing time though. I found it very heavy going. I enjoyed it when I got the opportunity to dance properly (3hrs on Friday, 5hrs on Saturdy), otherwise it felt a bit like basic survival and I was happy to get home to an absence of mud :eek:
     
  15. JTG

    JTG Angry about not being able to be an astronaut.

    Could you give examples and, if possible, times and places? I can feed this back if it involves Oxfam stewards but I'd need a bit more info mate.

    Sorry your friend had a shit experience with the people who are supposed to be helping out.
     
  16. JTG

    JTG Angry about not being able to be an astronaut.

    again, examples would be good, anything involving Oxfam I can take note of and feed back and one or two of the organisers read the boards so anything relevant to them should be picked up if you're specific :)
     
  17. perplexis

    perplexis A change of scene, a change of style....

    Oooo, I'd just like to get a maximum Big Up and Thank You out to the stewards who must have had an unbelievably hard time of it. Despite the carnage, things did seem to work, so thank you all more than I can say.
     
  18. JTG

    JTG Angry about not being able to be an astronaut.

    Thank you :)

    The Glade is a notoriously difficult operation for us by now I think, for several reasons, but 99% of us do our best. It was hard work but I really enjoyed it and so did most of the other stewards I spoke to. It's a good crowd at the Glade, which helps. Give me thousands of seriously off their faces munters roaming around a muddy swamp over uppity and up themselves middle class wankers in range rovers at Womad any day :)

    *shudders at thought of Womad next week*
     
  19. Kanda

    Kanda Diving wanker

    I paid a fiver. Actually, I gave the guy 8 quid cos he was nice and my car is fucking stupid thing to take to a festival.

    [​IMG]

    Excuse pic size..
     
  20. spoone

    spoone club sandwiches not seals

    I didnt go to glade for the music, i went for the atmosphere, the people and the drugs. I don't really like psytrance. Did far too much speed and mdma, and did ket for the 1st time.

    however SL2 in the overkill tent on friday night were absolutely immense.

    yesterday was a fucking struggle, i had no energy in my body whatsoever, yet we had to drag a shit load of stuff on a trolley across the mud. It actually took us 3 hours to get from our tents to where our lift was picking us up.

    however it did mean we didnt have to deal with getting a car towed or anything like that.

    feelin a bit wank today
     
  21. Dj TAB

    Dj TAB Mr Whippy

    he IS f*cking outstanding....shame I couldn't be there :(

    Moooar Photos please (plus links to any cheeky video!)
     
  22. bus

    bus git

    sure :) Just general observations really

    I have to say that any individual marshalls I ran across were pretty helpful - they just seems a bit swamped, and to not know where the issues were, which seemed unusual, as they're normally pretty good.

    Friday night we were in queues for 3 hours 2 miles from the site. One gate (in the village) was shut, with literally crowds of folks with no idea what the hell was going on. Folks were being turned away from that gate, but not told that there was another a mile or two down the road. There were quite a few seriously grumpy people, with it appeared, no idea what to do or where to go.

    Other folks were just abandoning cars by the side of the road, and walking in. There were probably a couple of hundred cars there blocking footpaths, people's driveways and stuff. That's probably more of a policing issue really (they were equally invisible) but some form of traffic control, and a presence to tell people what was going on might have made things better.

    Once we got in, our wristbands wern't checked moving from the campervan fields, to the site once. Also the access to the site from the campervan fields had a river going through it, that was kind of dark, fast moving and pretty close to welly top height. it was a bit hairy, and a couple of folks went over..no one mentioned of course that 20 yards away was another entrance that was river free...

    Also, i thought there was a no glass policy? if there was, it wasn't enforced, and given the amount of people sloshing around in bare feet, I hope no one got hurt.

    the toilets were a fecking nightmare - and weren't cleaned enough. They were also very helpfully locked around 10am monday, which considering how much peeps were struggling to get off site, wasn't that helpful.

    The site turned into a bit of a health and safety nightmare by Sunday. Bogs had formed in some areas to almost knee height. These should have been cordoned off really, and wern't.

    The car parks had SO few stewards in on monday. The ones that were there really seemed to be trying to help, but were just overwhelmed by the number of people trying to get out. We passed a metal trackway that seemes to have been pulled up and stacked up on the grass when we did get out, which didn't seem hugely helpful. People having to pay anything up to £40 to get their cars pulled out seemed a bit steep too. The car parks were a bit of an acident waiting to happen too tbh. Loads of cars spinning all over the place trying to keep moving, and then unable to steer in the mud. we saw 2 cars get hit - but I'll be amazed if no people were.

    Overall, it was a good fest, and i had a blast, but the organisation wasn't great. Sure they took a lot of water, and did well to get things up and running at all, but we'd known that was going to be a wet 'un for a week. Contingency planning didn't seem to exist really, and preparation for the rain seemed non existent. Marshalls and police didn't seem to be in the right place, at the right time, and were overwhelmed when they were.

    Music wise? A+, no worries on that score. Organisation? d-, must try harder, felt a bit like being at a £30 hippy fest, only with food and beer prices from Ascot.












     
  23. Mooncat

    Mooncat Hug me - I'm vaccinated

    Fucking crackers - got there on Friday and they weren't letting people in so we holed up in the pub for a few hours - found out which member of Dreadzone has the cleanest arse-hole (to the squeak mate, to the squeak)
    Had to wade to glade - proper flooded with kids going home from school in dingys - mental!
    Leapt the fence with no bother and then its all a bit of a blur - Lost my shoes within about 10 minutes of getting there - every footstep was a new textual sensation after that I can tells ya.
    Tried 2 new types of drug and sold enough n2o to fill a barrage balloon (at a pound a pop, not like those fuckers doing it for 3 quid :mad: )
    Missed loads of good bands, lost loads of lovely ladies numbers - same again next year!
     
  24. perplexis

    perplexis A change of scene, a change of style....

    Specific problems:
    No "protection" of main access ways an thoroughfares- some decking/palettes/bark-chippings/straw/anything, so all the most trafficked areas got absolutely horrendous really fast. I don't know if there could have been a away to mitigate this, but the metal roadway that went down from the top of the campsite to toilets near the Origin stage was pretty good and seemed to survive. More of that would have been a very good choice.

    Again (like last year)no publicly accessible taps in or near the arenas. Absolute disgrace. They were marked on the maps but not there. That was shit.

    Absence of anywhere to sit. No idea what could have been done about this, but it did basically ruin the festival for me.

    I thought the toilets were pretty much ok, but maybe I was just lucky.

    Bar prices were crazy- £3.20 for a can of Red Stripe is ridiculous, £1.50 for water equally so. But they did have Aspells on tap, which was a good choice!

    e2a: uniformed police on site was a bit of a freaky one! Very pro-active security just demanding that people hand over their drugs or they'd have to find them :D :(!
     
  25. johnnymarrsbars

    johnnymarrsbars www.friendrock.co.uk

    jtg you have a PM mate
     
  26. Kanda

    Kanda Diving wanker

    Joe Banana's had a fuckton of foldaway chairs and were WELL worth the tenner if you really needed to sit down.
     
  27. perplexis

    perplexis A change of scene, a change of style....

    Yeah, my campsite had a load, thankfully, but I wasn't going to carry one around for just in case I fancied chilling out on the grass by one of the stages :D

    E2A- what I really meant by that was that part of the fun of being at a festival is just lolling around in the sunshine, fucked, with a beer, meeting randoms and just generally feeling the vibe. I was either hiding, trudging or stomping for 50 hours and it just wasn't quite what I wanted. Still I rinsed myself out good and proper so it achieved what I wanted!
     
  28. JTG

    JTG Angry about not being able to be an astronaut.

    Cool, at work and with the volunteering I do at festies (which seems to be more draining than my paid work and it's supposed to be my holiday time!) I always reckon it's best to itemise your gripes/observations etc, they can be dealt with then.

    The toilets in the campsite just inside the main punter gate were diabolical by Saturday daytime when I was on my rounds in the area. I radioed it in and was told that the relevant people were aware and were doing their best to sort all the toilets out. That's as much as I know on that one :(

    We should have been checking wristbands into the camper van field and I do know that at some times we were (because I saw them doing it) and other times we weren't. I'll pass this on. The stream at this point which turned into a river was a serious hazard on the Saturday in particular (when I first saw it). I wasn't aware of another way around though :confused:

    Agree that the bogs in some areas (the campsite between Liquid stage and Algorithm had one that was absolutely horrendous) were dangerous and should have been cordoned off. When I went through it once by accident it looked like it had been cordoned off already and the tape had been removed somewhere along the line.

    More trackway would have been brilliant from my point of view because I was supposed to be mobile but found much of the site completely inaccessible for my buggy. The trackway from Liquid to the Algorithm stage was completely inadequate for the conditions.

    More woodchip/straw would have been better as well - it started to come out on Sunday but that was far too late tbh. Bales of hay/straw are the perfect solution for seating requirements in muddy bogs, as seen in the dance field at Glastonbury.

    This turning into a whinge from me as well innit :D My main purpose is to try and encourage helpful feedback for the organisers - if those of you who've posted them up can cut and paste them into an email or whatever to them that'd make more sure it gets heard. Hopefully free spirit will see this as well so he can pass it on to everyone concerned.
     
  29. JTG

    JTG Angry about not being able to be an astronaut.

  30. bus

    bus git

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