Date Posted: 14-06-2017
The gates to Glastonbury festival will be opening next Wednesday, the 21st June – 25th June, but security measures have been increased dramatically. Organisers have warned the festival goers that in light of the recent terror attacks occurring around Britain, and all over the world, security checks are being stepped up.
Ticket holders have been advised to pack lightly, as this will speed up queues for entry. Organisers have asked people to ‘only bring as much as you can carry’ in order to reduce time spent on bag checks and getting people in. Due to recent events, all visitors to the festival will be subject to extra searches of their bags, vehicles and their person. As a result of all of these extra checks needing to take place, getting in to the festival will be a significantly slower process. It is likely this will mean long queues, so festival goers have been asked to be patient and cooperate with any search requests. There will also be a separate search lane for those with larger luggage and trolleys, these lanes are anticipated to be notably slower.
If you are attending the festival, ensure you put luggage tags on all of your bags, this is so festival staff are able to identify the bag as yours, should it go missing. On these tags it is advised to write your name and mobile phone number.
Last year’s event saw traffic delays of up to 21 hours as people tried to reach the event due to heavy rain and a four-car pile-up. The organisers have issued a request for anyone attending the event to try and arrive on Thursday or Friday, instead of everyone attempting to get in on the Wednesday. This is in the hope that the traffic chaos can be avoided.
There are to be no entertainment or facilities in car parks this year. Festival goers will be expected to remain inside their cars until the gates open. The festivals statement added that “there will be plenty of staff and police around, so if you have any queries or concerns, please don’t hesitate to speak to them”.
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