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Glastonbury 2014: The Lone Ranger Blog, Day One
This live event has finished
- Glastonbury's gates open at 8am, with hundreds already clogging up the roads to get into the famous festival site
- Reporter Daisy Blacklock is heading to her first ever Glastonbury
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I'M surrounded by food, a cacophony of sound, the light dimming, I've acquired some bright yellow shades and managed to catch Sgt Barnett and PC Pettingel from the Yeovil force doing their rounds:
"We're doing patrols around the green area, where we historically have had a lot of thefts from tents," says Sgt Barnett.
"We're permanently targeting the tents to stop people thieving, and hopefully catch some."
Despite the obvious challenge, Glasto marks a refreshing change for the police, he added.
"it's a really nice atmosphere, everyone is really friendly.
"we've had some really good chats with people from all over the country.
"it's also a good chance for us to be appreciated when we walk around, which is a bit different to our day to day job.
"it's a really positive experience for us and the public."
SURREALISM abound, seeing The Pyramid Stage still in progress, punters milling past.
To paraphrase the famously teetotal Mr Eavis, there is so much to bombard your senses with at Worthy. It's the biggest bubble of contemporary art, and music (here, more in the nattering and hum of the thousands, the white noise of conversation and Blur, as the big amplified stuff doesn't kick off until Fri)...
Thankfully the heat has burnt off slightly, so I'm heading down into the vortex of no internet connectivity, perhaps until Day Two...
RT @GlastoFest: No major traffic issues currently reported. People are flowing onto the site well from all directions.— @GazetteDaisyB 25 June 2014
RT @DollyParton: Got my @GlastoFest ticket at the ready UK! See y'all on Sunday! :) http://t.co/tbCabkUg2R/s/Lvxh— @GazetteDaisyB 25 June 2014
RT @Policeatglasto: We're doing joint patrols with security in the camping areas this afternoon. Talking property lock-ups & phone safety h…— @GazetteDaisyB 25 June 2014
#ROOKIE DISCOVERY 2: Things are expensive at Glastonbury.
HAVING managed to stave off the hunger that comes with walking X number of miles at Glastonbury with a nutritious diet of Booster bars, bananas, tiny apples and cheese oatcakes, it was the sun wot got me earlier.
£5 wiped out in one jolt for a Calippo and a bottle of Sprite was a bit of a shock.
But there is free water everywhere, with plenty of refilling stations, and lovely on-hand help from Water Aid, one of Glasto's key three affiliated charities.
Oxfam campaigners Charlie Tunmore and Frankie Bell
ZOE Newton, pictured below on the right in pink fluoro, is volunteer receptionist at Festival Medical Services' on site minor injuries medical centre, a festival 'branch' of the Big Ground Medical Centre.
"There's a pharmacy and mental health team at Big Ground, so, for instance, if someone has taken substances.
"The whole point of us being here is to take the strain off all the local authorities and hospitals, so anything that we can handle in house here we will.
"We will only transfer out things like broken bones, or more serious conditions, otherwise it's as many issues as we can."
FMS is a not-for-profit charity that put the money they charge Mr Eavis and Co. into other charitable causes, working in Africa to establish running water and education.
And tonnes of festival goers will be keeping the medics busy at Glasto.
Reception coordinator, Richard Templeman, said: "At the big medical centre on site we'll see at least 100 people an hour, 24/7."
A wall of social conscience to confront the thousands
Little Ryan from Wrexham was one of the more precious cargos being dragged to Glasto's family camp this afternoon.
I spoke to two of the 1,000 volunteers giving round-the-clock medical care to festivalites from now 'til Monday:
THE number of rites of passage for Glastonbury Fest could fill a tome I'm sure, and getting lost has surely got to be up there in the top five.
And it wasn't just me finding the first day of festival completely disorienting.. There seem to be a fair few short fuses blown among the festival glee, but when the weather's steaming and your pushing four crates of beer uphill in a wheelbarrow...
AT The Pyramid Stage this afternoon.
SOME of these things have sunflower-shaped solar panels, "and electricity for your hair straighteners", according to duty manager Dean Ainscough.
THEN this is how the other half live. Pod-pads, looking straight like something out of Alice In Wonderland:
IT'S still roasting hot, but the hard graft is done. I have my two-man tent up; my temple of high sophistication and glamour for the next five days.
I can tell you're jealous.
CARNIVALITES from Glastonbury Masqueraders have set up a milk stop; nice touch of 1970's Glastonbury Fair nostalgia!
It's roasting as the piling in continues...
Finally parked up after the big long rumble through the fields to the public car park, crops to the right, cows to the front, corrugated ramps underneath.
Now for the big, long trudge... Though just how long, who can say...
ALSO, I sincerely hope this doesn't happen to any of you, but apparently Green Flag are bringing a Dolly Parton impersonator to anyone who calls them having broken down within 20 miles of Glasto.
Truly inspired, I think you'll agree...
Dolly Parton performer Kelly O'Brien said: "I'll be doing All I Can Do to keep those Green Flag customers unlucky enough to breakdown on their way to Glastonbury in high spirits while a technician gets them back on the road and to the festival no matter what."
And some breakdown advice from Green Flag...
1. Check all fluid levels and tyre pressures (spare included) and top up as necessary.
2. Don't ignore any ‘Blue Smoke’ coming from your car – if you see smoke of any colour, pull over and call Green Flag.
3. If you be a Travelin' Man (or woman) make sure you keep your phone charged and some coins for a pay phone should there be no mobile signal, in case you breakdown.
#ROOKIE ERROR 1: Frantic last-minute packing.
Right, I am finally ready to hit the road. I am a compact packer by nature, but I am slightly concerned that I have too many bags, not enough body.
But it's part and parcel of the adventure!
In the meantime, while I find my way, and get ensconsed in the chaos of the carnival, how's this for a taster of Friday's Pyramid Stage headliner?
Reflektor, by Arcade Fire (listen out for David Bowie very faint on the backing as the track builds)
RT @emilyeavis: The Gates are open! Welcome to Glastonbury Festival 2014...— @GazetteDaisyB 25 June 2014
HERE is this year's map of the collossal festival site near Pilton, which you can see in its full, readable version, here:
I HAVE been warned by many of you, of course, about the mud, mud, glorious mud, and er, seen evidence of how extreme it can get. Like this picture, for example:
And while we've been spoiled with a couple of weeks of sunny, dry, warm weather, the Gods have conspired to make things a bit more mixed on the weather front for this year.
The Met Office are in fact using the word "heavy" to describe the rain.
MET OFFICE FORECAST:
- "Wednesday should be relatively fine as tens of thousands arrive at the Festival site in Pilton to pitch their tents.
- However as we progress towards the end of the week and into the weekend the risk of showers, some of them heavy, increases.
- Thursday night into Friday morning could see some heavy downpours for Somerset
- There is the potential for slow moving thundery showers to affect Glastonbury Festival both Saturday and Sunday."
THE gates to the 44th Glastonbury Festival may open officially at 8am, but hundreds have been waiting overnight outside Worthy Farm to set up camp.
Glasto, is of course, the world's greatest, most famous festival, and this year, it reaches a glorious 44 years old.
Michael Eavis, now 78, cut the ribbon on the first, the day after Hendrix died in 1970; entry was a mere £1 including milk from the farm.
And I'm lucky enough to be going for the first time this year, a lone ranger, sending back a snapshot from this mother of all music events.
They think around 200,000 people are making their exodus to the site this year - that's well over double the population of Bath, if you can imagine it, in a 110-acre site.
For years I've watched the TV coverage enviously; a thrilled crowd before the Pyramid Stage; the sight of The Killers lodged in my memory, the reverb from The Stones; Maximo Park playing in the sunshine.
And I'm coming to all this all wide-eyed and completely fresh. Which I hope will keep you readers entertained...
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