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Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Access Information

Post: 21 June 2011 in: Music
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There’s an old saying which farmers would to abide to when they were predicting the weather.


The proverb goes, ‘Red sky at night, Shepherd’s delight. Red sky in morning, Sheppard’s warning’. Yet there’s another way farmers can predict the weather, all they have to do is turn their field into a festival for a few days and they are more or less guaranteed rain, mud and heavy showers.


As you are probably aware a few blokes hitting a tennis ball over a net isn’t the only major event going on this week as the gates of Pilton Farm open at 8am tomorrow morning (22 June) to welcome thousands of people to this year’s Glastonbury Festival.


The daddy of all festivals caters for its disabled guests as much as the Eavies family cares about their livestock and luckily, that’s quite a bit.


By now you would have received your ticket, your careers ticket can be collected at the festival upon arrival.


The festival includes something called Deafzone where visitors can ‘sign in’ to learn ‘sign language’. As space is limited guests are advised to reserve their space online at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


As you can appreciate with the site covering 2,000 acres complete with uneven ground the whole site is not wheelchair friendly and like every guest this weekend you should be prepared for an enduring few days. But with over 200 acts which include Coldplay, Beyoncé and the almightily U2 you will be rewarded with an unbeatable line-up of live music, comedy, films and a few naked hippies dancing around the Stone Circle. What more could you ask for?


Camping facilities for disabled guests are situated in the Spring Ground with is equipped with accessible showers and the Holy Grail of any Glastonbury experience...accessible toilets with a flushing sterile unit. If you are arriving by caravan and provided you have pre-booked the camp site will have a reserved space for you so you can use the aforementioned facilities.


When nature calls you won’t need to dash back to the campsite as disabled toilets are scattered around the site. To avoid members of the public from using them the toilets will be padlocked, only disabled guests will be given the combination code.


The Pyramid, Other, Acoustic, West Holts, John Peel, The Park main stage and Dance East & West Tents will have viewing platforms professional manned for disabled guests and one career.


If you require a wheelchair make sure you bring your own as the ones available on site are now completely fully booked.


Once again the folks from Attitude Is Everything are fronting an afternoon of entertainment on Saturday between 2pm - 7pm at Club DADA situated at the Shangri La Zone with a line-up which includes performances from Heavy Load, Captain Angelo and The Band of Holy Joy, full details can be found on their website.


ABLE2uk will be ‘attempting’ to Tweet from the festival and from next Tuesday look out for our review of a headline act and the disabled facilities.


If you are going have a fantastic time but don’t be too surprised if you see that Red Sky as soon as you wake up, it wouldn’t be Glastonbury without it!

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