This year sees over 500 music festivals planned for the UK and Ireland, ranging from the huge T in the Park in Kinross-shire to the small, alternative Body and Soul event in County Westmeath. For the larger events we suggest always buying a programme as there won’t be enough time to see all the acts so you will need to highlight your favourites and downloading a map should make it a lot easier to get around the areas.
The largest of all the festivals will be Glastonbury, first held in 1970 and billed as the Pilton Pop, Blues & Folk Festival. Entrance was only £1 and included free milk from Worthy Farm. Around 1,500 people turned up for the 2 day event, whose headline act was Marc Bolan with T. Rex. Fast forward to 2013, and this has now become such an internationally famous event that all of its tickets sold within four hours of going on sale in October, even though the acts will not be announced until nearer to the start day. The organisers expect around 135,000 for the 5 day event which will be split over different areas, with the Pyramid Stage providing the Festival’s most high profile attractions.
If you are intending to stay over on the festival’s grounds there are several must-have items to bring. The obvious basics are tent, sleeping bag, waterproof clothing and wellies, with a a torch for those late night trips to the loo! As festival food is notoriously expensive it is advisable to take your own. Why not consider buying a lightweight mini-barbecue such as Calor’s latest design, which includes a chopping board, space for utensils and gas cartridge, and a shoulder strap for easy portability.
We hope our infographic has given you something to look forward to and that you will enjoy the summer festival season.
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