GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL organiser MICHAEL EAVIS is predicting that only “a couple of dozen” fence jumpers at the most will be able to penetrate the security at this weekend’s festival.
In 2000, tens of thousands of people gained entry to the event for free by jumping the fences. Michael Eavis cancelled the 2001 festival while he looked at ways for it to be prevented.
His main effort comes in the form of a new £1 million fence, which organisers claim will be impossible to penetrate. Speaking to BBC today (June 25), Eavis claimed that only a handful of people, if any, will be able to get in.
He said: “There might be a couple of dozen, but I very, very much doubt it.”
People making their way to the festival are warned that there will be no parking facilities within a 15-20 mile radius of Pilton and that every person in every vehicle must have a ticket before being allowed on site.
A spokesperson has told NME.COM that there will also be more policing than ever to stop people jumping the fence. In addition, both police officers and security guards are to carry out random ticket spot checks on anyone approaching the site.
Elsewhere, a festival spokesperson has moved to calm fears that this year’s event will be more corporate than in the past, and will not feature intrusive sponsorship or advertising.
This year, the music promoters Mean Fiddler are involved in the organisation, sparking fears amongst some regulars that the event will not retain its non-commercial roots.
However, the festival’s commercial manager Hannah Rossmorris told Media Guardian: “Although we get a huge number of companies wanting to be involved, we are not open to sponsors in the same way other events are. We could make millions but we choose not to, and we never will. We would rather not have the festival.
“We don’t allow any branding on site – Orange, for instance, removes all its logos – and we try to make sure sponsors are giving something back to the people at the festival. Any involvement is low-key rather than in-your-face. It’s better from a marketing point of view because, in this environment, overbranding would work against you. The people who come here are very media-savvy and don’t like to be told what to buy.”