The Pre-Tour: Glastonbury Stewarding

Trip Start Jun 22, 2010
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Trip End Oct 15, 2010


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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

What better way for Dan and I to test out the campervan (from now on known as Big Bluey or BB) than a trip to Glastonbury.

Dan had heard about stewarding for Oxfam from a work mate who said it was quite a good gig – three shifts, a free ticket and warm fuzzy feelings of doing good for charity. Sounded pretty good to us.

We arrived at Glastonbury on Tuesday evening and it was still roasting hot. To celebrate Dan pulled out the BBQ for its first outing- cooking some burgers. He was like a 5 year old opening Christmas presents, I turned around and within seconds there was destruction of ripped packaging all around our area. The first meat sizzled away. I tried to turn a burger and the flames nearly singed my eyebrows. Dan then mentioned there could be light "flare ups" when cooking meat with fat…..

It was a real relief to see we had some great shifts (Wed overnighter, Thurs afternoon & Sat morn) – I had a sneaky suspicion they give you good shifts the first time to lure you back the next year and whack you with a Sunday headliner slot.

Our job was on Pedestrian Gate C. Dan and I mostly worked on the wide load ticketing. On our first shift I promptly allocated myself the role of Dan's supervisor. Needless to say, within hours he was on two verbals (inappropriate touching* and insubordination). He was also teetering desperately close to a written. The following shifts carried on fine but dull. Dan made friends with the proper Oxfam supervisor, who was from Stoke, and talked football to him whilst I checked my watch every few minutes.

On Friday we watched Phoenix and then I nagged a reluctant Dan to go and watch Snopp Dogg. Why he was reluctant I don’t know cos after the second hit played his hat was backwards and he was bouncing like the freshest P.I.M,P in the place.

After that we decided to chill in the circus tent and saw one of the best acts of the weekend – Circulombia. One guy was more ripped than a plastic Ken doll ; that’s not the only reason I liked it though. A couple more acts at the Queens Head stage then we decided to forgo Gorillaz ( not fans of latest album) and instead watched the Bootleg Beatles for a nice singalong.

On Saturday after the shift we saw some Stornaway, Biffy Clyro, Scissor Scissors and Muse. On Sunday we avoided the heat and then joined thousands of others to watch an abysmal performance by England in the football. The England support was summed up nicely by the happy “Eng…er…land…” chants that were pretty much constant for the first 10 mins to the rapid evacuation of the field following Germany’s fourth goal. Dan, the die-hard fan, remained.

We later listened to some distant Jack Johnson whilst eating our Oxfam supplied “Nuts”** dinner and headed down to catch Stevie Wonder. Stevie was great, slightly crazy, but great. It was a good week but I was glad to get home to some proper showers and toilets that didn’t smell like the murky depths of Bangkok mixed with silage.

*of supervisor, not self….phew.

** Specialists in falafel and chilli con carne but not much else
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