The Future of Glastonbury, Forecast: Bright!

Significantly reduced crime and casualty figures prove that the new safety and security measures employed at this year's festival have been a resounding success.

[r-zone1]For the most part the sun is continuing to ignore its traditionally subordinate role and persists in making freqent breakthroughs to bathe revellers in congenial light, in this, the final day of Glastonbury 2002.

[l-zone5]There are a lot of pink people about, despite free sun cream being dished out to all those who are smart enough to use it.  Drizzle has been spotted here and there, but its most grandiose appearance was surely following Ian Brown‘s foolish attempts at irony.  On stage he made some drole comment about the fact that this couldn’t possibly be Glastonbury as there was no rain and no mud.  He then encouraged the crowd to demand their money back for these reasons, and as if in conspiritorial league with the Festival’s accountants and as if trained by Dave Grohl for precision timing, the rain did not miss its cue. A collective, deflated sigh was audible as far afield as Doncaster as the rain came down.  Brown lifted the spirits of the expectant and now wet crowd when he began his set with the opening chords to Stone Roses ‘Fool’s Gold’, which was welcomed with utter hysteria as the fans went into a nostalgic frenzy.  It was merely a teaser though: the intro and no more.

[r-zone2]Later in the evening Starsailor’s fans were treated to a special guest performance when Donovan joined James Walsh and co. on stage.  Donovan supplemented Starsailor’s set with a rendition of his classic, ‘Caught in the Wind’, and then remained on stage to play harmonica on their own ‘Born Again.’

[l-zone3]The new security measures remain a hot talking discussion point, with the general feeling being that the new set up has been an enormous success.  Festival goers are enjoying lower crime rates and fewer medical casualties as the fence continues to hold its own and keep the criminals out.  With a peak attendance of 130 000 people on Saturday,  a percentage of crime was to be expected.  In the last twenty four hours 516 crimes have been reported, down by 54% on the 2000 festival. 63 arrests have been made in the same time period brining the total number of arrests to 167.  With fire related incidents down by 70% and half the number of casualties reported compared with 2000, festival organisers are thrilled that all the measures that have been put into place seem to having a positive effect.

[r-zone4]And as if all that wasn’t good enough, the Pyramid Stage screened the  World Cup Final today so that the everyone could enjoy seeing Germany lose 2-0 to our new best friends; Brazil.  Glastonbury plus Germany losing in the World Cup Final must surely equal a perfect ten in most people’s book.