Worthy FM Crew Competition Now Open

In Category2014 plans
ByGez Smith

The Worthy Fm crew competition is now open over on the Glastonbury Festival website.

Click here to find out more, and good luck!

Worthy FM 2014 Crew Competition

In Category2014 plans
ByGez Smith

Happy new year one and all!

Many of you have been getting in touch about our competition for places on the Worthy FM crew at Glastonbury 2014, so we thought we’d give you an update.

We will be running a competition for crew places again this year, and will be launching it at the end of this month.

Full details will be posted on here when it opens, so check back here in a few weeks time.

Love Is In The Air: A Glastonbury Marriage Proposal

In CategoryAround the site
BySarah Pusey

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A couple of weeks ago we received an email from Worthy FM listener, Guy Miller, telling us that he was planning on proposing to his girlfriend, Vicky, at the festival and that he wanted us to capture the moment. Last year we had a Worthy FM first when a listener proposed live on air, so as a bunch of romantics, we jumped at the chance and made our way up to the Park on Thursday night to watch the magic unfold.

Even though the weather was a little undesirable, all systems were go as we met the bride-and-groom-to-be’s friends who were in on the secret and armed with 8 giant letters spelling ‘Marry Me?’. As the couple approached the excitement kicked in. Was he still going to do it? Would she say yes?!

Guy got down on one knee, popped the question and, to much delight from the gathering crowd, Vicky said “yes”. We were delighted to be there to capture the moment on audio and wish Guy and Vicky all the best for the future!

Just engaged Vicky and Guy Love Is In The Air: A Glastonbury Marriage Proposal

Come Rain or Shine: Weather at Glastonbury 2013

In CategoryRain
BySarah Pusey

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The weather forecast for Glastonbury Festival is a funny thing. Those of us going check it religiously in the weeks before the festival, desperate to understand what we could be getting ourselves in for.

After a fallow year, festival goers were even more eager to find out if Glastonbury 2013 would rival the 2010 festival (hot, dry and full of ice cream) or the Glastonbury of 2007 (the muddiest year in recent memory). The thing is, it doesn’t really matter what the forecast is. The decision to buy a ticket was made long before that annoying sunny/cloudy/rainy symbol appeared on our computer screens and televisions anyway.

Festival goers (and Brits) aren’t afraid of a little weather. We’ll be there with wellies, waterproofs, sunscreen, jumpers, straw hats and flip-flops, prepared for every eventuality. So far Mother Nature has been on our side, with gloriously sunny weather at the start of the week (when the Worthy FM crew arrived onsite) and a rainy afternoon yesterday. I’m happy to report that the sun is now shining over Glastonbury and the weekend is set to continue the theme – hurrah!

 

 

Au Naturale In The Common At Glastonbury…

In CategoryUncategorized
ByGez Smith

Last Glastonbury, myself and Guy went and did a Lost Horizons naked sauna in the Tipi Field. So when we got back on site, we got to planning how to top that this time.

Turns out Los Artistas Bohemios in The Common are running life drawing classes every night.

From 9pm to 11pm, the public can paint professional models. From 11pm to 6am, the roles reverse, and professional artists paint members of the public who volunteer to model

Sounded promising.

So last night, we headed over the The Common to give it a go. We were booked in for 11pm, and Guy Lloyd was ‘late’, so I had to dive in solo.

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I’ve said it before, but being naked in public is an immensely relaxing thing. I was sat naked on a stage in front of a spotlight, whilst two men scrutinised every inch of me, and dozens of the public wandered in and took photos.

How is that relaxing? Well, when your worst nightmare is happening to you, all your others troubles pale into insignificance, so you end up feeling really chilled.

I also got the two paintings that were done to take home with me. Here they are on the wall on Worthy FM HQ.

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We might be going back tonight with a group of us for more of the same, keep an eye out…

A trip through the Theatre & Circus fields

In CategoryAround the site
BySarah Pusey

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We are spoilt at Glastonbury because not only does it offer a wide range of fantastic music but it also has a huge selection of alternative things to see and do. I always head down to the Theatre & Circus fields, it has a magical feel and I can guarantee you will have a good time!

The Theatre & Circus fields are away from the main stages and they are situated on some of the most historic and beautiful farmland in Somerset. The variety of acts on offer is simply amazing, ranging from hilarious comedy to drama, thought provoking to breathtaking stunts: you can interact with others or just sit and watch. At the last festival in 2011 I spent Sunday afternoon in the fields to do some recording for Worthy FM.

It was a lovely sunny day and there were plenty of people about, but because it covers three fields it never feels claustrophobic and there is always a lovely ambience. As I strolled through the area I noticed a wide range of colourful characters. There were cleaners vacuuming the grass, horses dressed in dinner suits, beautiful bees and Zebras on stilts, ladybirds with moustaches; it was all very surreal but enchanting, until I found myself surrounded by some menacing Trolls. Fortunately they turned out to be great characters and were only looking for hugs!

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In the ground there were sixteen 12 foot red metal poles with random holes placed in them, and by placing your hands over these holes your were able to make different sounds. Quite how it worked I have no idea but there were plenty of people of all ages enjoying the experience.

As I left the forest I was attracted by some singing. In front of me were twelve immaculately dressed men wearing Victorian suits, complete with top hats, and ladies were wearing long dresses with pink umbrellas protecting them from the sun. They surrounded me and asked me if I would like to be sung to. I agreed and the next thing I knew I had been blindfolded and the singing started. I have to say that it was a brilliant, moving experience and one that I would recommend.

There is so much more I could tell you, the drummers making superb music with wheelie bins, the poetry, outside music workshops playing drainpipes, bucking broncos… it’s a truly wonderful area and well worth a visit. Enjoy.

Where Can You Listen To Worthy FM?

In Category2013 plans
ByGez Smith

Obviously if you want to listen to Worthy FM online, it doesn’t matter where you are.

When we’re live during the festival, we’ll have a ‘listen live’ link at the top of this site, so you can listen to us online at home, at work, or wherever you are through your smartphone.

But if you want to listen to us on 87.7FM, we thought the map below might be handy.

Worthy FM Coverage Map Where Can You Listen To Worthy FM?

It’s a map showing how far in theory the signal from our transmitter should reach all around the site.

Roughly speaking, the red area is where you can listen to us on a regular portable FM radio, and the blue area is how far we should reach if you’re listening in your car. The purple bit in the middle is where you can hear us on anything you care to use pretty much.

You may notice that we go farther south than we go north.

Here’s a photo from the stone circle the other night to show why.

Pilton HIlls And Worthy FM Glastonbury Festival Transmitter Where Can You Listen To Worthy FM?

However, where a computer model says we’ll reach and where you can actually get our signal are never quite the same thing. We’ve had lots of people say they can hear on the M5 for starters.

So we’d like your help in testing out our range this year, more details of that once we’re on air…

If You Go Down to Arcadia Today…

In Category2013 plans, Around the site
BySarah Pusey

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… you’re sure of a BIG surprise! Nestled in front of the Glade, in the heart of Arcadia, we’ve been beavering away on a very special project: the Worthy FM Second Studio.

That’s right, another studio that Worthy FM will be broadcasting from this festival, and that’s not all – we want you to pop by for a cuppa and say hello, live on air. Inspired by our 2012 visit to Burning Man we decided to create a base close to the centre of the festival, that listeners and festival goers can access.

Shows will be split between Worthy FM HQ (beyond the Pyramid Stage, close to the Medical Centre) and our new home in Arcadia. This year Arcadia is located next to the Other Stage, Glade area and Leftfield, so keep a lookout for dynamic fire shows, peculiar goings on and roving radio reporters (that’s us, by the way). So if you want to share a poem, tell us about a sensational band you’ve just seen, or what you’re most looking forward to at Glastonbury 2013, step inside our Second Studio and share your thoughts with Worthy FM listeners.

We’ll be bringing you more information on the second studio and how YOU can get involved later in the week, but for now here are a few snaps of the studio being built.

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Top to bottom: The second studio being manoeuvred into its new home in Arcadia; attaching the almighty antenna to the top of the studio; Worthy FM crew checking out the new studio for the first time last night.

Festival Fashion: What to Pack for Glastonbury 2013

In CategoryFashion
BySarah Pusey

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It’s Sunday morning, a few hours before I join the rest of the Worthy FM crew and travel in convoy to the site. The site being Glastonbury Festival. The festival being the Holy Grail of music festivals. Not to mention a glorified catwalk for every glitter and glow paint covered sub-culture known to man.

I finished packing my capsule festival wardrobe last night and it took a LONG time, so if you’ve yet to make a start on lists and festival shopping here is what you need to bring.

Wellington Boots

This is a no brainer – nothing ruins a cool festival outfit faster than sodden trainers and the possibility that trench foot could be lurking under your socks. But practicality doesn’t have to be boring. From dainty Melissa ankle boot wellies to the classic green knee grazer, there is a a pair of wellington boots out there to match your wardrobe.

Something Waterproof

Bring all the blazers, biker jackets and oversized studded army shirts you want but please bring something waterproof to go over the top of these in case the proverbial s**t hits the (music) fan. It’s Glastonbury – it will rain. And if it doesn’t, well, that waterproof can stay in your tent and make a handy emergency pillow. Waxed cotton Barbour style jackets are still popular festival fodder, as are quilted jackets. Just steer clear of using a bin liner – it looks bad and you will sweat. A lot.

Tights or Leggings

This is aimed mainly at the girls but if you’re a guy and you want to bring a pair of 40 dener black tights to wear then go right ahead – this is Glastonbury after all. Tights and leggings are amazing becuase not only will they provide a bit of warmth, they’ll protect your legs from mud splatter – ideal if you won’t be showering for five days.

Square Scarf

The square scarf is a magical multitasking item that no festival goer should be without, mostly because you can do one or all of the following with it: keep warm, prevent sunburn, disguise unwashed hair, use as a belt, hide love bites, cover mouth and nose when using the long drops, perform magic tricks…

Denim

A pair of denim shorts is a festival staple, perfect for hot days or worn over tights on cooler days. Jeans are great for the evening when the temperature drops. The skinny or straight legged variety is better for fitting into wellington boots and keeping you warmer.

Lots of Socks

Your feet will be your best friends or your worst enemy at the festival – take care of them! You could easily clock up three or four miles of walking a day, so make sure you have several decent pairs of socks in case any get wet or ripped. Knee high socks can double up as protection against rubbing wellies and a good pair of hiking socks can keep feet warm during the night.

Something frivolous

This year I’m bringing a rosebud hair garland but your fashion frivolity of choice might be glitter, glow in the dark face paint, a tutu or fairy wings. Festivals are supposed to be fun so don’t be too serious with your wardrobe. If you don’t own any of the above fear not – there are a myriad of stalls and counters where you can purchase such items, not to mention have handlebar moustaches or Aladdin Sane style lightening blots painted on to your face.

Working At Glastonbury? Welcome to The Club

In CategoryVolunteering
BySarah Pusey

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There is a special club that exists in the world today. It’s fairly limited in its membership and those that are admitted to its collective rarely leave. Non-members tend to be a little mystified, imagining Freemason-type rituals and silly handshakes perhaps. Fellow brethren understand each other in an unspoken way. The name of this club? It doesn’t really have a name, but if it did it would be something like “People Who Have Worked At Glastonbury”. Rubbish, eh? That’s probably why it hasn’t got a name.

I’ve been a member of this clan since 2000. A fairly long time I suppose. Before that I was a fence-jumper. I went through, under, over the thing. I bought dodgy hand stamps from even dodgier security guards. I tried every blag possible to get in. Every year it was a given that I would go, it was assumed I would find a way through. I reconciled this in my head by telling myself that buying from the traders benefitted the festival in some roundabout way. A bit out of order, I know, and not unlike so-called ‘vegetarians’ who still eat fish.

Punter VS Worker

Responding to an advert for the festival’s official website in 2000, I found myself, six weeks later, in the middle of Pyramid backstage feeling more than a little lost and bewildered. Busy isn’t the word. Anybody who thinks that environment is lovely and fluffy and that Sienna Miller is going to come up and ask them if they want a swig of her vodka is living in a fantasy world. It’s business, baby, all the way. Those stood around looking star-struck stick out like sore thumbs. Sienna is there, but she’s not talking to you matey, now for God’s sake stop flashing those wristbands and laminates around, you prize buffoon.

The reality is that doing Glastonbury as a worker will be unlike any festival (or any experience) you’ve ever known, but in a subtle way. Explaining these differences (even though there is NOTHING subtle about this place) is a tricky one. Remember that bit in Pulp Fiction where Samuel L. Jackson’s character Jules is trying to explain Amsterdam? Glastonbury is like that. It’s the real world, not a different planet, so the usual rules apply; you still have to be nice to people and if you want something done you might have to wait a bit for it. The barter culture works well though and it helps to have a good stash of beer to throw around. Instant results, if they’re needed.

You’ll see hardly any bands (though you will hear them). Your mates, if they’re there, will all be off having the most amazing time, drinking cider until it comes out of their ears and you’ll feel jealous. You’ll wish, just for a moment, that you were a punter without responsibilities and that you could just drop it all and hit the Dance tent for a while, except you’ve got work to do….

A Day Job Like No Other

Then again, you’ll find a camaraderie with your co-workers unlike any other. You’ll understand the behemoth that is GFL far better than before, which means you’ll be more tolerant when you’re at a massive event in the future, instead of ripping into the ‘shambles of a production’ when a bar runs out of beer in front of you (cos let’s face it, we’ve all been there). You’ll get meal tickets, hot showers, good toilets, better access to get from A to B. You’ll also get that magical moment when you realise it’s all come together, that you’ve been part responsible for doing something really amazing. Whether that’s feeding thousands of crew members, picking up litter, or keeping the site power up, it’s all Worthy with a capital W.

You’ll also get that bit that sends shivers down your spine, about a week after the festival, usually prompted by something on TV or a song on the radio, that sends you back to the farm, makes your eyes go a bit moist, and makes you realise that you’ll never be able to do Glastonbury as a ‘punter’ ever again. It happens every year for every crew member I know. And that I guess, is the Royale With Cheese.*

This year is an interesting one for me as I will be working alongside the guy who took me to the festival for the first time so many years ago. He’s been more times than I have and has always wondered what it’s about to work here. Now he’s about to find out for himself, which in a rather gooey way is something like seeing Christmas through the eyes of a child. #retches

Stalker

(*those who haven’t seen Pulp Fiction won’t get that one either)