Wheelie boxes, gigs and wheelbarrows – Glastonbury pioneers exotic ways to acquire on-site property

Glastonbury pioneers have gotten creative as they try to get their possessions and ‘supplies’ on site. Some came prepared – others used whatever was available at hand!

Our on-site reporters were amazed at some ingenuity – in one case someone in the queue managed to get a wheelie basket – and spin it full of gear through the entrance. Next to a load of white vans, a Royal Mail-style trolley is being used to haul a huge pile of liquor – someone is planning a good time in Glastonbury 2022!

It looks like a guy is pulling a huge green trailer with enough gear for a trip to Mount Everest. Meanwhile, an airport-style trolley lady had enough bags stuffed with clothes to keep Victoria Beckham happy for a month.

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We do hope, however, that they have packed some well – revelers at Glastonbury Festival have been told to prepare for thunder as a weather warning has been issued. The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a yellow warning for severe thunderstorms tomorrow (23 June) as the festival continues to ramp up ahead of the weekend.

The alert is due to go into effect at 10am tomorrow (Thursday) and covers Worthy Farm along with a large section of the South West along with most parts of Wales, the whole of southern England and the Midlands. He is scheduled to remain in place until 11.59pm on the same day.

This year’s festival was widely anticipated with people desperate to have a good time in the wake of all the Covid lockdowns and cancellations. Founder Michael Ives today opened the doors to ardent music fans and said it would be “the best show in town”. The festival returns for its 50th anniversary after a three-year hiatus due to Covid-19.

As the gates officially opened on Wednesday morning, Ives and his daughter Emily stood at one of the many entry points and applauded as the first attendees entered the site. Ives, 86, told them, “This is going to be the best show in town. Wait and see. You better believe it.”

Festival-goers have been queuing since the early hours of Wednesday morning after many suffered travel delays on their journey to Belton in Somerset, amid three days of major rail strikes.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast shortly before the gates opened, festival coordinator Emily Ives said: “It’s still very exciting. It’s even more exciting this year. It’s been a very long wait and it’s just our biggest buildup ever and everyone is so excited. And a little emotional, I think, about opening the gates.”

She added, “It’s all so sexy, you’d never believe it.”

Radio presenter Joe Withy said Glastonbury was the “ultimate festival” and that Sir Paul McCartney’s place on the Pyramid Stage on Saturday night was a “very, very important performance”.

The much-anticipated festival, which hosts 200,000 residents, will also see Eilish and rapper Kendrick Lamar headline the pyramid stage.

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