Top up your mobile at Glastonbury Festival 2022 – here’s how

The equivalent of looking at 8 billion Instagram posts – that’s more than 200 terabytes of data – will be used at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, it has been estimated.

As Glasto returns for the first time since 2019, the event’s technology partner, mobile company EE, predicts a 93% increase in data used by festival-goers next month.

And to help people share such an extraordinary amount of information, the network said it will be bringing a lightning-fast network to Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, from June 22-26.

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To keep attendees connected throughout the weekend, EE will install seven temporary masts, adding to the two permanent sites previously installed to cover the farm.

Also in the Glade area of ​​the 900-acre site will be the EE Charging Tent which will help fans maintain battery levels throughout the weekend.

Plus, wireless and USB-C charging stations will charge compatible phones in less than 30 minutes, taking the stress out of missing photos, messages, or social media posts due to a drained battery.

Meanwhile, the official Glastonbury 2022 app, developed in partnership with EE, will be available for download in June, allowing music fans to plan their lineup and find their way around the site.

The EE Glastonbury Festival app. Photo: EE/PA

Glastonbury organizer Emily Eavis said: “We are really delighted to announce that EE is our technology partner for the seventh consecutive year, providing the best possible network for our rural site, as well as free charging facilities and the official app.”

The continued rise of social media, messaging apps and live video streaming means that the amount of data used around the festival has increased year on year.

In 2019, 103.6 terabytes of data was used during the festival by Glastonbury goers to share photos and videos of their festival memories, stream content and keep up to date with events outside the event.

EE predicts that number will skyrocket again with a 93% increase, to over 200 terabytes of data, which is equivalent to viewing 8 billion Instagram posts or 6 million downloads.

Pete Jeavoirs, Director of Marketing and Communications at EE, said: “Over the years we have worked with the team at Glastonbury to use our technology to improve the festival-goer experience, whether to keep your phone charged, to contact friends at the festival or to share memories with those who are not there.

“With the increasing demands for data seen at live events across the country, we are working hard at Worthy Farm to ensure we have a network in place that can handle these demands.”

Jan G. Gilbert