Stretch Tent Hire


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.

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.

Over The Moon have been out in the Sahara doing an Overland trip in our Land Rover 130 work vehicle.  We took the opportunity to take along a 6x8m Intent and look at developing it for the Overland vehicle market.  We got some very positive feedback from vehicle owners and will be suggesting some feature enhancements to Intent manufacturing back home in South Africa to cater for this growing market.

Weight has to be kept to a minimum for Overlanding in dunes so we took no ground stakes and utilised the roof racks and jerry cans we already had with us.  We also experimented with light weight poles.

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Liquid Faeries And GV at Glade 2009

Liquid Faeries|MySpace Videos

The interior gets the nylon treatment

The interior gets the nylon treatment

We are down in windy Winchester today at Matterley Bowl, a natural amphitheatre sculpted out of the chalk downlands.  We are here for the Glade festival.  On all sides the site is bounded by 50m high downlnd banks. I’m looking down from the crew camping area on the circus big tops, giant tulips by Jigantics.com , festival flags and two chino intents Over The Moon has provided. They look great and have been decorated in fine style by the Liquid Faeries crew. See the link above to their Myspace site and a video of the festival set up.

Behind the IDSpiral area before we put the tent up

Tent behind IDSpiral

Tent behind InSpiral

Over The Moon Tents had an action packed 12 days away in Sunny Somerset to help put up tents for the Glastonbury Festival 2009.  We provided an Intent for the Rabbit Hole area in the Park Zone, a 25x14m Intent for the Glade area’s juice bar and a Yurt for the VIP camping at Windinglake Farm.

It was a lot of fun seeing the site come together and enjoy the buildup, the festival and the aftermath.  The scale of production and work that goes into the festival was staggering, and was matched by a creative flare that made us proud to be a part of.

The decor that Fluffy Mafias’s crew put up in the Intent was a revelation and we made some good contacts and hope to work with them in the future.  Contact them for more info.
http://www.fluffymafia.com
http://www.myspace.com/fluffymafia

Fluffy Mafia's impressive decor inside the Intent, Glastonbury 2009

Outside the Glade areas Intent juice bar

We have been Over The Moon these past few days after installing two Intents at the Glastonbury Festival.  It has been a wonderful experience to be involved with the creation of the festival and see the HUGE site being transformed.  The site has grown massively since we last visited as eager ticket holders in 1997.  The Tipi village along the line of the hill above the site is very impressive, as is the sheer size of the site.  It takes over an hour to walk around the site now and that’s without the masses being here.

 

Looking across at the observation tower in the Park Zone

Looking across at the observation tower in the Park Zone

 

 There are 40,000! people involved in making the festival happen and the atmosphere is a delicious anticipationand easy going meetings and free flowing conversations with strangers bonded in the act of creating the event.  It is strange to be at the festival and see the familiar places but without that zing and white knuckle ride of the event when its underway.

 

Backstage at the Pyramid Stage. No sign of Bruce Sringsteen

Backstage at the Pyramid Stage. No sign of Bruce Sringsteen

 

Intent take shape behind the Giant Kata Tipis

Intent take shape behind the Giant Kata Tipis

We have erected a 15x13m Orange Intent behind 3 Giant Kata Tipis.  They will form the outer part of the Rabbit Hole area, with access to the Intent through a burrow/tunnel which must be navigated after answering a riddle.  All the crew are dressed as characters from the Alice in Wonderland story.  Over The Moon DJ’s will be playing inside the Intent which will be completed with a lit up dancefloor, a la “Saturday Night Fever”.

 

25x14m Intent for the Glade Area at Glastonbury

25x14m Intent for the Glade Area at Glastonbury

We had a nice sunny day yesterday putting up an Intent for a music performance at Bradford’s renowned Mela festival. Preparations were well underway and it looks to be a very colourful event. The production team were a lovely friendly bunch and nice to work with.

 

Melas originate from the Indian sub-continent (the word ‘Mela’ means ‘to meet’ in Sanskrit, the ancient Indian language), where they are traditionally a gathering of people celebrating their community, much like village fairs in Britain.

The first Bradford Mela is where it all began in the UK, way back in September 1988. It was a small scale event by today’s standards, held on playing fields above the University, but proved a resounding success, attracting over 10,000 visitors.

In the following years the Mela moved to a bigger venues to accommodate audience numbers which have grown to over 100,000 people, moving firstly to Lister Park and then to Peel Park, which is its current home.”

 

More info on here.
http://www.bradfordmela.org.uk/

The Intent awaits the musicians and crowd at Bradford's 2009 Mela Festival

The Intent awaits the musicians and crowd at Bradford's 2009 Mela Festival

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