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Over The Moon attended this years Event Show at Olympia in London.  We’ve been to the Showman’s Show for a number of years but this was our first visit to the Event Show.  For tent related suppliers it was disspointing and there was not as many trade stands as at The Showmans.  Where the Event Show scored was on its speakers and this year (as they did last year) Michael Eavis, promoter of the Glastonbury Festival, was speaking for an hour and a half on the history of the festival, plans for this years 40th year anniversary and answering questions.

During the course of the session Eavis revelaed that 2009’s Glastonbury Festival donated £2million to charity.  A big increase from first year Eavis donated his profits away that was in 1981 and he gave £20K away to CND.  His genorisity was costly as he then faced a £7K tax on the gift.  He revelaed that security costs £3.2 million of which £1.2million is for the Police.  There will be no Glastonbury in 2012 as the Police are busy with the Olympics and cannot cover it. This is a shame as 2012 has a lot of resonance with the end of the Mayan calendar.

Eavis also revealed the event cost £25m to put on each year, with most of the money going to securing the perimeter.

Each year seven local farms are taken over to produce the festival, which is again expanding in size this year to accommodate people’s appetite for larger tents. There are also discussions to ban large flags at the event in an area in front of the stage. Eavis said he was keen to clear a line of sight for the sound desk but his daughter, Emily, who also runs the event, wanted the flags to stay.  Eavis thought they did add to the spectacle of the event especially for TV.  For my pennie’s worth I thought they were great for a sense of pageantry and atmosphere when Springsteen played on the Saturday night.

Eavis has a jovial, stuttering delivery and couple with his ancedotes and self deprecating humour  makes him very endearing.  I liked his description of the security fence having a ‘rat catcher’ overhang like on hayricks to prevent people/rats getting access.  Eavis claims Glastonbury’s appeal is in its long history which has run concurrent to lots of social change and the Festival reflects that history.

There were quite a few prospective festival organisers in attendance and they did not miss an opportunity during the Q&A session to mention this and to ask for advice.  Eavis claimed that the small scale of the event and it not having a lot of  H&S issues to deal with helped a lot to get it off the ground.  It took 11 years to make a profit. He believes a festival needs integrity and a hook to attract performers and punters.  One organiser was exasperated at trying to get Travis to play at his Scottish community festival so Eavis offered to call the band on his behalf!

Michael Eavis

Eavis’s revealed his personal touch extends to always having the farm’s phone answered 24 hours a day all year round.  Though he says he wonders why when he gets people ‘off their heads calling at 2am’!  When asked what were the best three things they have found on the site over the years he stated that

  • No1 was a Massey T20 tractor which was left behind;
  • No2 was a wooden wheel abandoned by the couple wheeling it all the way from John O’Groats to Lands End. The couple called years later to ask for it back, and then moaned when it was in a bad state!
  • No3 False Teeth

He said that it was probable that Stevie Wonder will headline the Sunday (27) night.

Over The Moon will be attending Glastonbury Festival again this year providing stretch tents to the Glade area.

Environmental sustainability is still high on the agenda for festival organisers despite the recession forcing some events to tighten belts.  According to research from ‘A Greener Festival’ which analysed the environmental assessments made at 37 festivals in 2009 and 32 in 2008.  The results showed that despite a difficult economic time, organisers are still focused on making their events as green as possible.

Yurt promoting Green issues in Norwich

The research showed that 97 percent of festivals implemented green good practice and 94 percent and 97 percent respectively promote lift sharing and the use of public transport.

But there was mixed news when it came to recycling – as though 94 percent of festivals have prioritised recycling plans, there was a 24 percent reduction in recyling plastics and glass.

There was also a big jump in the number of festivals who now promote environmental issues on-site or on their websites, jumping 17 percent to 94 percent in total.

Several of the the ‘Greener Festival Award 2009’ winners collected their awards at the UK Festival Awards 2009 on Thursday 19th November.

Winners included Bestival, Camp Bestival, The Cambridge Folk Festival, Croissant Neuf Summer Party, Download, Hard Rock Calling, Standon Calling and Wireless .

Source
The Main Event
A GreenerFestival

Over the past few years we have helped numerous clients put on their own festival style events.  Often over a weekend these weddings and parties, used flags, musicians, outdoor lighting, performers and the tents familiar to UK festival goers. Indeed many of these clients were festival goers wanting to put their own version of a festival on using their own or hired land.

As part of our new package of websites due in 2010, we decided to launch a site that specifically tailors pictures of these festival events for people interested in doing “My Very Own Festival”.  Over The Moon Tents have worked at all the premier UK music festivals and have lots of experiences , as well as the tents seen at these festivals, to offer clients.  My Very Own Festival’s service is provided by a group of artists, companies and festival folk to provide a range of services and not just tents.

MyVeryOwnFestival.com

Over The Moon Tents in collaboration with Classic Canvas have launched a website that showcases the tents we have provided to the film and television industry.  www.TentsForFilms.com has a gallery of photos showing a variety of our tents out on film location and in studios.  In future as more projects are undertaken we will be using this site to exclusively provide information relating to tents being used as props.

Tents For Films website screen shot

Tents For Films website screen shot

Over The Moon Tent’s were braving the rush hour hordes and crawling our way into the centre of our capital city this morning.  We were putting up a Yurt for the forthcoming Winter Wonderland feature which runs from the 18-24th at London Zoo, Regent Park.

After the horrible wet weather of late we were blessed with a mild sunny day.

Yurt at London Zoo

The night time is ascendant at the moment and the days are short.  We have still been out and about. We did a lovely party down in Somerset for a 40th Birthday / Halloween celebration.  The band ‘The Mad Cows’, a Glastonbury Festival favourite, wowed the crowd with their great feel good music. The interaction with the crowd , which included an improvised start to the set with a song using a throwaway comment from one of the audience, was a joy to hear. Well worth seeing or booking for a gig.

Bonfire night saw us in the Cotswolds in the scenic environs of Stow On The Wold. We provided a yurt , a disco, laser lighting and glamping for a group of 12-13 year olds celebrating a birthday.