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Re: How smooth is getting into the Glade site?

PostPosted: 12 Jun 2012, 16:38
by baldmosher
MattD wrote:How smooth is the process of actually getting on site? Will security be searching each and every bag entering the site? My one is pretty tightly packed and it'd be so VERY annoying to have to take everything out! :fear:
In previous years, how long has it taken to queue to get in etc?

You will absolutely 100% have to take EVERYTHING out of your bag and re-pack it. Last year took about an hour with a fairly shortish queue. They might start skipping a few people at busy times but apparently not. Matterly was funny, they would allow in 100 people without a search, and then randomly fingertip search 10 down to their boxer shorts waistband and removing batteries from cameras.

I've been bag-emptied every year since 2005 - Thankfully they didn't find anything dodgy but that was the last time I put anything dodgy in my bag :D

Contraband is basically as follows but down to security discretion:
Nos < particularly this. There's a lucrative but incredibly shortlived black market for material balloons at Glade. Whoever invents a silent cracker will be a millionaire.
Drugs
Booze over the limit
ANY glass
ANY metal utensils/cutlery

Re: How smooth is getting into the Glade site?

PostPosted: 12 Jun 2012, 16:43
by PaulX
baldmosher wrote:Contraband is basically as follows but down to security discretion:
Nos < particularly this. There's a lucrative but incredibly shortlived black market for balloons at Glade.
Drugs
Booze over the limit
ANY glass
ANY metal utensils/cutlery


Eeps, I guess my 'Psycho' style kitchen knife is out of the question then? :fear:

Re: Searches / Camping area

PostPosted: 12 Jun 2012, 16:43
by MattD
An hour isn't too bad, I can live with that. I'll just drink a decent amount on the train up there.

On the same token, hearing about the intensity of personal searches means that I'll have to leave the smack at home along with my archery equipment and fireworks collection. This weekend is ruined. :x

Re: Searches / Camping area

PostPosted: 12 Jun 2012, 16:45
by MN3205
baldmosher wrote:Oh that could be right but previously it's only been allowed until the point when the bars can open and start selling booze.

It should be stated on the leaflet you got with your tickets anyway.


Limited alcohol may be brought onto the site on first entry only- 12 cans of beer / larger / cider OR 6 cans and 1 bottle of wine (decanted into a plastic container)- NO spirits / hard liquor.

Re: How smooth is getting into the Glade site?

PostPosted: 12 Jun 2012, 16:49
by baldmosher
@MN3205 - cheers for clarifying!

PaulX wrote:Eeps, I guess my 'Psycho' style kitchen knife is out of the question then? :fear:

Not if you wrap it in a card and gaffer tape sheath. They've never found mine :fear:

Re: Searches / Camping area

PostPosted: 12 Jun 2012, 16:55
by PaulX
MattD wrote:An hour isn't too bad, I can live with that. I'll just drink a decent amount on the train up there.

On the same token, hearing about the intensity of personal searches means that I'll have to leave the smack at home along with my archery equipment and fireworks collection. This weekend is ruined. :x


Don't forget your bible for the compulsory prayer meeting each morning.

Re: Searches / Camping area

PostPosted: 12 Jun 2012, 17:12
by fletcher
Personal story from last year.

I arrived on site around 12:30pm thursday, no queues. I was fully laden with EVERYTHING I needed for the festival (I hate going back to the car for anything even though this wasnt much of a walk).

Security were friendly, they asked if I was carrying anything I shouldnt be and if I had any alcohol. I showed them my personal allowance which they were happy with, and they searched through a number of my bags before waving me through.

It was a *fairly* thorough search, but not completely thorough.....

Re: Searches / Camping area

PostPosted: 12 Jun 2012, 17:56
by Sterny
Yeah, I'm sure you can bring booze in any day on first entry :)

Re: Searches / Camping area

PostPosted: 12 Jun 2012, 18:17
by PaulX
Sterny wrote:Yeah, I'm sure you can bring booze in any day on first entry :)

It used to be that you could only bring it in on the Thursday but they seem to have relaxed that now.

Re: Searches / Camping area

PostPosted: 12 Jun 2012, 18:18
by know1
ok sounds ultra lame to have to have all your camping gear etc searched. what a fucking hassle.