Glastonbury Festival: Organizing a Herculean Event
The Glastonbury Festival, an annual 5-day performing arts extravaganza, has made a flamboyant return to Crescent Nine, following a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than two lakh people of all ages, backgrounds, nationalities, lifestyles, beliefs, fashion concepts (or lack of fashion) and musical taste returned to the 50th edition of the festival and attended various lineups of events held in the festival.
People who come here understand that the Glastonbury Festival offers them more opportunities than any other event to have the best weekend of the year or even a lifetime, and they are determined to have it!
Sally Howell, the organizer of Crescent Nine, told Betway online casino the challenges she usually faces in organizing an event of such magnitude. It requires extensive infrastructure for security, transport, water supply and electricity.
“It’s always like having a mini-festival within a festival,” says Howell.
She said she and her team were working around the clock to build the event at least a week before it started and after the festival ended. His entire team was professional and did their job with absolute motivation and dedication. She adds, saying “it’s like a pop-up in a few days.”
The Crescent Nine field runs entirely on solar power, which, given the ‘changeable reputation’ of British weather in summer, is in itself a risky strategy. Even Sally thought back to the days when things didn’t go as planned.
“Our toughest year was 2016 because it rained heavily before the festival and during the installation,” said Howell, “The tires on the vehicles ended up turning all the fields into muddy bogs. It was an absolute nightmare “.
Organizing such an event does not only involve building things, but also requires reserving acts for people’s enjoyment. Howell says it was her and her son’s responsibility to book the right group for the event.
Even though they received all kinds of offers, at the end of March they booked whatever they seemed to be the right ones for the tastes of the participants. The closer the festival gets, the more their life becomes “one big spreadsheet”. They try to include all musical genres in their selections.
Howell also credited the help she and her team received from Radio6 in building their network with stage managers, which allowed them to spot “new and promising stuff.” They also encouraged new talent to debut from their platform.
One of those “undiscovered beginnings” came from an unknown artist in 2011, she recalls. The artist’s name was Ed Sheeran. Howell said that while it wasn’t fair for her alone to take credit for finding out, as “he was a friend of a friend of the people” she had booked. The following year of her arrival, he started A-Team, and subsequently became too expensive to be offered by her and the team.
“We gave him a low-end opportunity and that’s really what Croissant Neuf is,” says Sally Howell.