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« on: June 17, 2011, 13:09:40 »

So last night I was thinking it would be a great idea to break into Glastonbury. I'm slightly less pissed now so the idea is not quite as appealing. I know it's bloody hard but if people can break out of prison then they can break into a festival, right? I'm thinking this bit of kit might be the key:

http://telescopic-ladders-direct.com/acatalog/copy_of_titan-economy-telescopic-ladder.html

I know it's easier to blag your way in through the gate but the experience of getting over the fence is what's tempting. I have read the following thread which makes it sound a bloody good laugh and near impossible at the same time:

http://www.hijackbristol.co.uk/board/the-forum/so-i'm-sneaking-into-glastonbury/100/

Please post advice, success stories, failures, other festival break-in stories and general abuse in this thread.  Two Thumbs
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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2011, 13:14:35 »

I broke in 2004. We hid inside an old converted fire engine. We being myself, my mate, this girl we both knew and some random hippy woman that was intent on selling us home made jewellery.

When we got to the gate our driver apparently said he only went out to pick up some water and they waved him through.

We jumped out and the first thing I saw were two grannies who had wet themselves, crying off their faces on acid. As you know, that's not my bag so we decided we would sell the 200 pills of viagra we had ASAP and get out.

I think I was there for about 4 hours...
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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2011, 13:16:34 »

I broke in 2004. We hid inside an old converted fire engine. We being myself, my mate, this girl we both knew and some random hippy woman that was intent on selling us home made jewellery.

When we got to the gate our driver apparently said he only went out to pick up some water and they waved him through.

We jumped out and the first thing I saw were two grannies who had wet themselves, crying off their faces on acid. As you know, that's not my bag so we decided we would sell the 200 pills of viagra we had ASAP and get out.

I think I was there for about 4 hours...

Laugh So many questions, but the most pressing one has to be why, if you were going to take 200 pills of anything to sell at Glastonbury, would you choose Viagra?
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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2011, 13:23:43 »

Last year, I saw 'In conversation with Michael Evis'.. It was actually a very open and honest discussion where the great man talked about a lot of really interesting topics. One of which was breaking in, he said that he was actually very upset that they needed to buy new fencing, it was only done due to regulations imposed by the council. He actually said that the festival was not as good because it does prevent people who have little money from attending, those people with little money are those that helped to bring a certain energy to the festival. He said that was the amazing thing about the festival, people who had the money to buy tickets, did and supported the cause, whilst those who didn't could still come down and would be able to be a part of it. Essentially, the big man was saying he actually endorsed and supported people who want to break in.

I've been lucky enough to have been to pretty much every Glasto since I was born due to safe as fuck parents, I've seen it change sooooo much since the fences went up. Was trying to score some weed one day a few years ago, asked this bird, she was like "I don't need drugs to get high, I get high from the music, then looked at me like I was scum"..

Oh fuck off you little bint, you obviously weren't here when the old fences were there and every gate you walked past there would be about 20 people shouting "ACID", "PILLS", "WEED"... lol.. People do break into the festival, I know next to the Acoustiv field there's a tree that overhangs one of the fences, you could blatantls climb it and jump over..  
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« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2011, 13:25:41 »

I know next to the Acoustiv field there's a tree that overhangs one of the fences, you could blatantls climb it and jump over..  

O rly?

Anyone working there fancy PMing me a map of the perimeter?
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« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2011, 13:27:04 »

I broke in on the 25th Anniversary - 1995. Back then the high wall was there plus a further 6 foot fence surrounding that. We headed down one side, found a gap in the outer fence and then found a rope tied to the high wall. We got in easily, aside to my mate freaking out once he had got to the top of the wall. It was late on Saturday, so I missed everything, didn't care for any of the stages on Sunday, but I had a good time wandering around enjoying the blazing weather. My mate bought some "weed" only to find it was pot pourri, but it did have a sheet of acid in it, so it wasn't a total loss! Also once we made it up to the healing field, we found that two or three panels had been pushed down on the fence and pretty much anyone cold have got in if they had walked around.
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« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2011, 13:29:01 »

I broke in 2004. We hid inside an old converted fire engine. We being myself, my mate, this girl we both knew and some random hippy woman that was intent on selling us home made jewellery.

When we got to the gate our driver apparently said he only went out to pick up some water and they waved him through.

We jumped out and the first thing I saw were two grannies who had wet themselves, crying off their faces on acid. As you know, that's not my bag so we decided we would sell the 200 pills of viagra we had ASAP and get out.

I think I was there for about 4 hours...

Laugh So many questions, but the most pressing one has to be why, if you were going to take 200 pills of anything to sell at Glastonbury, would you choose Viagra?
Me and my mate met this ex policeman in Street and he gave them to us. We made a deal to split what we sell 50/50 with him. He couldn't have been a detective in his time, we shot the lot in about 90 minutes for 3-5 each but blagged him that they got confiscated of us.

It really is surprising how long a few hundred quid can last when you're 16...I still had cash when I went back to school!

Edit: it must've been 2003.
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« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2011, 13:41:37 »

Mate of mine broke in a few years ago. Got chased off security over a couple of different fences. About an hour of lying in long grass avoiding Land Rovers and they finally made it to the fence of a camping field. Jumped over the fence. It turned out to be the camping field for the security staff. Got nabbed and stuffed in a van. Van drove past the pyramid stage on the way to the security office. Him and his mates saw their chance when the van stopped for a crossing wreckhead, popped the door open and scarpered into the crowd. Sounds like the most fun you can have at a festival tbh.
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« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2011, 14:07:25 »

Sounds like the most fun you can have at a festival tbh.

This was kind of what I was thinking, adds a bit of adventure to the weekend eh?

My mate bought some "weed" only to find it was pot pourri, but it did have a sheet of acid in it, so it wasn't a total loss!

Laugh I can't think of anything worse than trying to buy weed and getting acid.

A few years ago three friends of mine were trying to get into Glade. They parked up somewhere near the fence at the opposite end from the gate, then snorted quite a lot of wonk to make things more interesting. Smashed As they arrived at the fence an old bearded man appeared out of the trees and asked what they were up to. They explained they were trying to break in, he said he was just out for a walk but would give them a hand. So this old man gives one of them a leg up and she jumps over the fence. Then security shout 'don't move!' so obviously the three of them try and leg it. Pretty unsuccessfully, because my two friends are pretty wonky and the third guy is an old man. They all get bundled into a van and driven a few miles out into the countryside and dropped off, old man included. Took them a while but they just walked back and got over the second time...
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« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2011, 14:09:27 »


Laugh I can't think of anything worse than trying to buy weed and getting acid.



This is in the Viagra/Ecstacy thread??  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2011, 14:11:19 »


Laugh I can't think of anything worse than trying to buy weed and getting acid.



This is in the Viagra/Ecstacy thread??  Roll Eyes

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« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2011, 14:31:17 »


My mate bought some "weed" only to find it was pot pourri, but it did have a sheet of acid in it, so it wasn't a total loss!

Laugh I can't think of anything worse than trying to buy weed and getting acid.


Well we were 17 at the time, so LSD was still good fun then. I didn't partake though.
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« Reply #12 on: June 17, 2011, 14:38:33 »


My mate bought some "weed" only to find it was pot pourri, but it did have a sheet of acid in it, so it wasn't a total loss!

Laugh I can't think of anything worse than trying to buy weed and getting acid.


Well we were 17 at the time, so LSD was still good fun then. I didn't partake though.

Don't get me wrong, it's an obvious bonus. It's really only a festival where you could think 'hmm, fancy a nice relaxing spliff now' then settle for tripping your nuts off for eight hours instead.
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« Reply #13 on: June 17, 2011, 14:41:03 »

My mate was a fiend in those days.
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« Reply #14 on: June 17, 2011, 15:32:06 »

broke in last year, but got kicked out on the saturday.

saw Snooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooop tho so all good  Slayer
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« Reply #15 on: June 17, 2011, 15:44:21 »

broke in last year, but got kicked out on the saturday.

saw Snooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooop tho so all good  Slayer

Detaaaaaails?
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« Reply #16 on: June 17, 2011, 16:01:01 »

Someone should skydive in
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« Reply #17 on: June 17, 2011, 16:12:27 »

Someone should skydive in

done 2004, well i didnt but someone else did, apparently
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« Reply #18 on: June 17, 2011, 16:32:36 »

It pays to have good friends with good wristbands
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« Reply #19 on: June 17, 2011, 19:59:06 »

Really dont want to be a hater (or quash your creativity) but this great escapesque idea you've had has sadly got near impossible in recent years, what with the redonkulous security there. I blame fucking globalisation. Its like the episode of the Sopranos where Paulie tries to shake down the coffee house and is told that the police are instantly called if the system says they are minus 1 coffee bean. Well its vaguely like that.
Only chance is some kind of wristband blag i reckon
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« Reply #20 on: June 17, 2011, 22:59:28 »

This was just on BBC Four, it explains the evolution of festivals in the UK and in some part why the massive fence had to go up:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00wmdqs/Festivals_Britannia/

I guess it had to be in controlled in some way but some of the shit that went down in the 80's was nasty  Smashed

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« Reply #21 on: June 18, 2011, 09:08:01 »

broke in last year, but got kicked out on the saturday.

saw Snooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooop tho so all good  Slayer

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i knew some people that knew some people that robbed some people  Bad Teeth

well, to get in i needed a wristband, pass out card, and ticket. i was able to acquire/borrow these through various lovely people. I sort of "coordinated"  it while getting pissed outside the gate with my friend. was waiting around for a good 12 hours tho....how rude. (more teeth)
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« Reply #22 on: June 18, 2011, 10:24:22 »

So last night I was thinking it would be a great idea to break into Glastonbury. I'm slightly less pissed now so the idea is not quite as appealing. I know it's bloody hard but if people can break out of prison then they can break into a festival, right? I'm thinking this bit of kit might be the key:

http://telescopic-ladders-direct.com/acatalog/copy_of_titan-economy-telescopic-ladder.html


That's a lot of weight to be lugging around if you think you might have to run at any point. Plus it only goes up to 3.8m. How high are the fences? I reckon grappling hooks ftw!  BRRRAAAAP
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« Reply #23 on: June 18, 2011, 10:44:54 »

So last night I was thinking it would be a great idea to break into Glastonbury. I'm slightly less pissed now so the idea is not quite as appealing. I know it's bloody hard but if people can break out of prison then they can break into a festival, right? I'm thinking this bit of kit might be the key:

http://telescopic-ladders-direct.com/acatalog/copy_of_titan-economy-telescopic-ladder.html


That's a lot of weight to be lugging around if you think you might have to run at any point. Plus it only goes up to 3.8m. How high are the fences? I reckon grappling hooks ftw!  BRRRAAAAP

Grappling hooks were my first thought but apparently the fences are flexible at the top so they won't work. I think the fences are max 4m high so the ladder should be ok. Admittedly I hadn't noticed it weighs 10 kilos though!
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« Reply #24 on: June 18, 2011, 11:02:31 »

ive broke in many times. seen peeps offering a bunk up for a tenner a pop, seen ladders, ropes and grappling hooks. watched peeps storm the fence with battling rams in coordinated attacks and also peeps have taken it apart from he inside. it aint what it was though, like someone said up top, between the council and capitalism- glasto festy seems to have been highjacked good and proper.

and what with so many mindless little cnuts about these days, they will always have enough thick fuks to pay their price.
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« Reply #25 on: June 18, 2011, 13:39:38 »

Back in '97 we hitched up to the site from Plymouth.

We sat in an orchard, drinking cider and getting on it, until it got the sun started going down, and then walked around the perimeter fence looking for possible ways in.

I noticed a house/barn which had scaffold around it, about 200m from the fence and thought....surely they wouldn't have left a ladder up there?

Low and behold, not just a ladder, a fuck off jobby - at least 16ft! We carried it back down to the wall where more people had joined out group, one of whom had a junior hacksaw in his bag.

We cut the ladder in two, and literally walked up one side, and walked down the other side of the wall......not only that, but with stoke of luck, there was a gap in the internal fence.

Absolute winner.

I went every year it was on from 95 until the big wall went up for free, over the fence that time and every other time after, we'd arrive on the monday, there would be no security what so ever and we just strolled through the turnstiles, and then camped in the disabled field until the wednesday and then moved our tents to camp with our mates. I never once met anyone in the disabled field who was actually disabled  Laugh

The first time I went in 95, we parked the car in a little lane a mile or so from the festival, not taking any notice of where the car was parked, or how we would find it again - we walked across field after field until we reached the festival, got blotted on acid for three days and then had no idea where the car was come sunday night, we left the festival and walked for about 8 hours looking for the car, eventually going back to the festival, two of us then set off again, and within 2 hours found it.....my feet have never been so sore!
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« Reply #26 on: June 20, 2011, 00:32:10 »

You need one of these to get through the fence:

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« Reply #27 on: June 20, 2011, 12:19:05 »

You've missed your chance.

The best is way is to go down Sat/Sun just gone and walk/drive in.
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« Reply #28 on: June 20, 2011, 12:24:08 »

You've missed your chance.

The best is way is to go down Sat/Sun just gone and walk/drive in.

Fuck that. If I followed your advice I'd have been sat hiding in a cow shed for 48 hours already and the festival doesn't even start for three days.
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« Reply #29 on: June 20, 2011, 12:33:04 »

Someone should skydive in

That would be epic  Laugh
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« Reply #30 on: June 20, 2011, 12:37:15 »

You've missed your chance.

The best is way is to go down Sat/Sun just gone and walk/drive in.

Fuck that. If I followed your advice I'd have been sat hiding in a cow shed for 48 hours already and the festival doesn't even start for three days.

Instead of hiding in a cow shed, blag the traders for a wristband.

Profit.
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« Reply #31 on: June 20, 2011, 12:54:32 »

walk up to the front gates. cover yourself in petrol. set yourself on fire.

they, presumably, will take you to the medical tent.

then walk off once your in.
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« Reply #32 on: June 20, 2011, 13:28:51 »

You've missed your chance.

The best is way is to go down Sat/Sun just gone and walk/drive in.

Fuck that. If I followed your advice I'd have been sat hiding in a cow shed for 48 hours already and the festival doesn't even start for three days.

You could hide in a cow?
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« Reply #33 on: June 20, 2011, 15:22:33 »

Someone should skydive in

That would be epic  Laugh

Been done plenty aint it?

http://www.efestivals.co.uk/forums/index.php?showtopic=150044
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« Reply #34 on: June 20, 2011, 15:31:19 »


All seems to be just rumours though

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It's a paraglider. And yes, someone on a paraglider does seem to buzz the site every year - I've seen him twice. I'm more than a little dubious about the reports of him landing though - a person wearing a full paragliding rig is a fairly hefty object and, even if he pulls off a perfect landing directly into the prevailing wind, he would need a reasonably sized runway to get in. There aren't that many clear areas on the site, and in reality, you'd never be able to do a perfect into-wind landing at Glastonbury as there are too many obstructions which cause the wind to curl round in a rotor - at best you'd break your ankle, at worst you'd take out a few onlookers. Also, a paraglider isn't the sort of thing you can pack away and run with - it takes a long time to stow the wing into it's bag (bigger than most rucksacks) while the motor unit weighs a tonne and is fairly unwieldy.

Paragliding (like hang-gliding) takes a lot of training. Paraglider pilots are usually fairly responsible types who, despite the Heath-Robinson appearance of their rigs, have to learn about and respect air law. Therefore, my guess is that the guy has just buzzed the site to take photos for a bit without actually attempting a landing - and the rumour-mill has filled in the gaps to create the myth.
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« Reply #35 on: June 20, 2011, 15:40:47 »


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It's a paraglider. And yes, someone on a paraglider does seem to buzz the site every year - I've seen him twice. I'm more than a little dubious about the reports of him landing though - a person wearing a full paragliding rig is a fairly hefty object and, even if he pulls off a perfect landing directly into the prevailing wind, he would need a reasonably sized runway to get in. There aren't that many clear areas on the site, and in reality, you'd never be able to do a perfect into-wind landing at Glastonbury as there are too many obstructions which cause the wind to curl round in a rotor - at best you'd break your ankle, at worst you'd take out a few onlookers. Also, a paraglider isn't the sort of thing you can pack away and run with - it takes a long time to stow the wing into it's bag (bigger than most rucksacks) while the motor unit weighs a tonne and is fairly unwieldy.

Paragliding (like hang-gliding) takes a lot of training. Paraglider pilots are usually fairly responsible types who, despite the Heath-Robinson appearance of their rigs, have to learn about and respect air law. Therefore, my guess is that the guy has just buzzed the site to take photos for a bit without actually attempting a landing - and the rumour-mill has filled in the gaps to create the myth.

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« Reply #36 on: June 20, 2011, 16:01:11 »

It really is surprising how long a few hundred quid can last when you're 16...I still had cash when I went back to school!

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« Reply #37 on: June 20, 2011, 16:04:30 »

It really is surprising how long a few hundred quid can last when you're 16...I still had cash when I went back to school!

Edit: it must've been 2003.

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« Reply #38 on: June 20, 2011, 17:43:53 »


All seems to be just rumours though

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It's a paraglider. And yes, someone on a paraglider does seem to buzz the site every year - I've seen him twice. I'm more than a little dubious about the reports of him landing though - a person wearing a full paragliding rig is a fairly hefty object and, even if he pulls off a perfect landing directly into the prevailing wind, he would need a reasonably sized runway to get in. There aren't that many clear areas on the site, and in reality, you'd never be able to do a perfect into-wind landing at Glastonbury as there are too many obstructions which cause the wind to curl round in a rotor - at best you'd break your ankle, at worst you'd take out a few onlookers. Also, a paraglider isn't the sort of thing you can pack away and run with - it takes a long time to stow the wing into it's bag (bigger than most rucksacks) while the motor unit weighs a tonne and is fairly unwieldy.

Paragliding (like hang-gliding) takes a lot of training. Paraglider pilots are usually fairly responsible types who, despite the Heath-Robinson appearance of their rigs, have to learn about and respect air law. Therefore, my guess is that the guy has just buzzed the site to take photos for a bit without actually attempting a landing - and the rumour-mill has filled in the gaps to create the myth.

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well that sure looked like a landing 2 me:)
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« Reply #39 on: June 20, 2011, 17:49:57 »

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« Reply #40 on: June 20, 2011, 19:52:49 »


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I watched that happen from the green fields, such a smooth landing
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« Reply #41 on: April 28, 2013, 13:35:38 »

Ive been breaking into festivals for a while now. tho ive never attempted glasto.
ive successfully done big chill and reading more times than i can count.

so this year im thinking of doing it.

the one thing i wanna know is, What do you do when your inside the festival? i assume moving around is near to impossible with wristband checks and all.

if anyone has any experience on the matter i would be grateful for your wisdom.

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« Reply #42 on: April 28, 2013, 19:23:42 »

What do you do when your inside the festival?

Steal a tent and take lots of drugs. You fucking pikey.
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« Reply #43 on: April 29, 2013, 06:19:11 »

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« Reply #44 on: April 29, 2013, 16:50:54 »

Ive been breaking into festivals for a while now. tho ive never attempted glasto.
ive successfully done big chill and reading more times than i can count.

so this year im thinking of doing it.

the one thing i wanna know is, What do you do when your inside the festival? i assume moving around is near to impossible with wristband checks and all.

if anyone has any experience on the matter i would be grateful for your wisdom.

cheers.


lol @ wrisband checks at Glastonbury. They don't check / search / look at you as you move about. Just don't be a prick and they won't even take a second glance.

In the past we have cut the "tails" off of other people's wristbands and glued them together, but that relies on having peeps there who don't mind you doing that.
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« Reply #45 on: April 29, 2013, 19:35:41 »

Go as crew mate and do your bit. It can be as simple as hanging around the site a few weeks before, they are ALWAYS looking for extra helpers and volunteers
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« Reply #46 on: April 30, 2013, 21:43:05 »


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It's a paraglider. And yes, someone on a paraglider does seem to buzz the site every year - I've seen him twice. I'm more than a little dubious about the reports of him landing though - a person wearing a full paragliding rig is a fairly hefty object and, even if he pulls off a perfect landing directly into the prevailing wind, he would need a reasonably sized runway to get in. There aren't that many clear areas on the site, and in reality, you'd never be able to do a perfect into-wind landing at Glastonbury as there are too many obstructions which cause the wind to curl round in a rotor - at best you'd break your ankle, at worst you'd take out a few onlookers. Also, a paraglider isn't the sort of thing you can pack away and run with - it takes a long time to stow the wing into it's bag (bigger than most rucksacks) while the motor unit weighs a tonne and is fairly unwieldy.

Paragliding (like hang-gliding) takes a lot of training. Paraglider pilots are usually fairly responsible types who, despite the Heath-Robinson appearance of their rigs, have to learn about and respect air law. Therefore, my guess is that the guy has just buzzed the site to take photos for a bit without actually attempting a landing - and the rumour-mill has filled in the gaps to create the myth.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/UD6i4YEy81o&amp;feature=player_embedded" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/UD6i4YEy81o&amp;feature=player_embedded</a>





well that sure looked like a landing 2 me:)


I've known a few paragliders and wouldn't be suprised if they would try it. Also plenty of people about to break the fall  Two Thumbs
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« Reply #47 on: April 30, 2013, 21:58:28 »

Ive got by far the most mental break in to glasto story ever, but cant be bothered to type it out right now, maybe tomorrow
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