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VIP/Guest Camping

Postby rockgeek » Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:45 am

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Re: VIP/Guest Camping

Postby NINtallica » Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:52 am

'Hot' showers were cold, and there were not enough of them, 20+ minute queues

'Posh' toilets were filthy and although they were cleaned once in a while it didnt make much difference.

Goodie bags ran out and when they eventually got some more most of the stuff was missing.

On the plus side though - location and proximity to the arena was great, nice to go back to vip toilets (even if filthy) rather than queue in the arena. Also the people on the VIP desk were very friendly

Overall i wouldnt go VIP again, would rather get an arena ticket and then drive a few miles to a cheap hotel.
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Re: VIP/Guest Camping

Postby rockgeek » Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:30 am

These are only the slighest of sligh niggles...

... when I got there at 11am, box office didn't open until 1pm which was fine by me as I could chill. Unfortunately some other moaning cow didn't see it this way and spent 2 hours moaning at everyone within earshot.... if Sonisphere could have got rid of her it would have been cool.

Anyway. The Stewards didn't seem to know what was up on the Friday at least.... they seemed fine Saturday and Sunday. On Friday they said I could camp next to my car and to avoid getting stuck it, to park facing inwards. I did this hoping I could dash out after Metallica. By Saturday morning, the field was packed full of tents and my only way out was to open a broken fence panel and reverse out and park in media parking.

This was at VIP Guest

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Re: VIP/Guest Camping

Postby D_C » Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:23 am

There needed to be quite a lot more shower cubicles. 45 minute waits are just about bearable, for normal camping..

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Re: VIP/Guest Camping

Postby Staley » Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:24 am

Guest camping was pretty decent, with no real gripes.
I found the security to be friendly and effective - the narrow entry point was a good way to make sure people didn't slip through unchecked like they do at 'other' festivals.
That said, there needs to be a better way of securing the campsite. The fences had been pulled open a couple of times that I noticed and people were squeezing in and out of there. There were also some fairly large gaps beneath some of the fence panels which could have allowed access.
It would also have helped if there was a second entry/exit point at the other end, towards the VIP campsite, but it was only a short walk to the arena anyway, so it wasn't really a big problem.

I also noticed that on Friday night when we arrived, the pitched tents had left an access road up and through the site. By Saturday lunchtime this had disappeared. A fire route would probably be a good idea next year.

There was a eye-piercing floodlight close to the entrance which was blinding at night. Is there another way to fix this so it didn't burn your retinas out every time you left the tent?

And the toilets were predictably horrible.

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Re: VIP/Guest Camping

Postby cuddles1 » Mon Aug 03, 2009 4:40 pm

Nothing major
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1. Toilets as ever
2. showers freezing cold and not enough of em
3. signage very poor
4 Not enough lighting especially round ready built tents

and the most anoying thing was being locked in for like three hours on the thursday!
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Re: VIP/Guest Camping

Postby PaganWolf » Mon Aug 03, 2009 4:52 pm

The podpads were the coolest thing I have ever stayed in, loved them with all my heart. Really annoying that all the toilets were miles away (we were with a disabled camper and there was no disabled facilities in the VIP area at all) and we could see a great plethora of portaloos the other side of a nice security fence and not get to them. Toilets were terrible, dirty, smelly, not enough of them. While it appeared they were emptied of gooseberry, and had the odd bog roll put in, they didn't seem to be cleaned. The showers would have been good if there had been at least double the amount and they were kept topped up with gas. The other thing I hated was that the normal campers had their own merch stall, and lots and lots of toilets, and they had a supermarket. Should match the facilities!
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Re: VIP/Guest Camping

Postby rockgeek » Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:17 pm

I was the poor sod in the VW Golf at the edge of VIP Guest... luckily the fence panel came off :? and I just reversed out of there and parked in media parking

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Re: VIP/Guest Camping

Postby Sean » Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:17 pm

I agree with everything the above said... apart from it wasn't 3pm we got in on thursday, it was 4pm AND we struggled to get to the football comp.
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Re: VIP/Guest Camping

Postby Martii » Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:19 pm

the loo's were horrible...

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Re: VIP/Guest Camping

Postby Adara » Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:30 pm

We arrived at 2pm on Thursday expecting a wait to get in as the campsite didn't open till 3pm. It was more like 4pm when we were allowed in but this didn't bother us too much even after a long drive. The staff were friendly and kept giving us updates. There was some confusion over the FMC bands but the registration staff did manage to get some brought over to VIP on Friday morning, many thanks for this. I liked all the Tigi products in the goody bag but my boyfriend looked less impressed! It was great being so close to the arena. The toilets weren't up to much; I saw them being mopped out once. One of the blocks got taken away and never replaced. More toilets and more showers would have been good. There were a few people in the VIP campsite during Metallica without wristbands trying to climb over the fences and climbing on top of people’s cars trying to see the stage. I agree a small supermarket just selling basic stuff would have been good.

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Re: VIP/Guest Camping

Postby DanN91 » Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:01 pm

rockgeek wrote:These are only the slighest of sligh niggles...

... when I got there at 11am, box office didn't open until 1pm which was fine by me as I could chill. Unfortunately some other moaning cow didn't see it this way and spent 2 hours moaning at everyone within earshot.... if Sonisphere could have got rid of her it would have been cool.

Anyway. The Stewards didn't seem to know what was up on the Friday at least.... they seemed fine Saturday and Sunday. On Friday they said I could camp next to my car and to avoid getting stuck it, to park facing inwards. I did this hoping I could dash out after Metallica. By Saturday morning, the field was packed full of tents and my only way out was to open a broken fence panel and reverse out and park in media parking.

This was at VIP Guest


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Re: VIP/Guest Camping

Postby mark2807 » Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:44 pm

NINtallica wrote:'Hot' showers were cold, and there were not enough of them, 20+ minute queues
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Was a 45+ min queue for me and some of them were hot, just not many :cry:
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Re: VIP/Guest Camping

Postby amyfrank » Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:50 pm

I went to get my goodie bag on the Friday but they hadn't turned up yet, I went back on Saturday night and they had none left, I went on Sunday afternoon and in the cheapo PE style drawstring bag contained 2 'magazines' (both of which could be obtained in the arena by anyone) and a GH:Metallica bandana. Pisstake? Can someone confirm that is all I was meant to get in the 'goodie' bag?

I did like the VIP area. Chilled out atmosphere, could still hear the bands, slighty cheaper than the main arena (I think) and the odd band cruised in and out. However maybe I am speaking for myself but I did not feel I totally got my money's worth.

PS: Am I the only one who thought the toilets were alright? :lol: Maybe the ladies were cleaner than the gents, more lady like ;)
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Re: VIP/Guest Camping

Postby markyg » Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:02 pm

I was in VIP, arrived 3pm on the Thurs.

Location: Spot on. Please don`t change this.

Security: seemed a liitle unsure. Were taking tickets from some people and letting others keep theirs. Luckily I kept mine as I wanted the souvenier. I feel more are needed when telling people where to camp and how much space to take as it was a bit hit and miss which resulted in some areas relatively crowded and others very spaced out. As an example at Download VIP there are security guys guiding you into a space and pointing to where you can roughly camp. Works well and makes the best use of the space. I thought the later it went the more lax the checking was. Numerous times I walked right through without even raising my arm. Considering the 2 tents next to us were robbed on the Sunday night this is concerning.

Goody Bag: not bad but hair gel? I have no hair and had no use for this or the dry shampoo. Suggestions for next year from a personal standpoint would be a cup or something to put a drink in. Maybe a foam tin holder to keep the beers cold? A lanyard would be nice although I thought the 5 quid price tag was very reasonable.

T-shirts: brilliant.

Showers: cold for me on the Friday but otherwise fine. Mentioned before but you need at least 3 times the amount. At peak times it was 1hr+ wait.

Toilets: again not enough which means they needed cleaned more often. Relatively easy to improve on this though.

Curfew: Download has an 11pm curfew. Not total quiet but no loud music or parties. I would welcome this in VIP however I appreciate the hospitality runs till 1am. Maybe a 1am curfew? This would need extra security to impose though.

Other than some of the points mentioned above I thought the VIP was more than worth the money and I will be going VIP next year without question.

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Re: VIP/Guest Camping

Postby emski » Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:25 pm

wow what a fantastic weekend....loved VIP....dont think ill go back to normal camping at fests now

only complaints - toilets fine first few days but got rather disgusting sat/sun and showers - not enough


ooo an also on thurs we had issues with security letting us take staff to VIP camping that couldnt be taken into arena....fair enough but how else were you ment to get stuff back to your tent when this stuff could only be bought in the normal camping stalls area. We relied on a mate of mine that was on security escorting us with our stuff - not sure if this issue was sorted as the days went on
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Re: VIP/Guest Camping

Postby BlackenedUK » Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:47 pm

The Good
Location - Being a stone throw away from the arena entrance was great.
Staff - All the staff I came in contact with were friendly and helpful.
VIP Area - Nice selection of beers, the BBQ was a great idea and you were able to relax and chill out in the area.

The Bad
VIP entrance/exit to arena - I was able to show my Download wristband and I was just waved through - checks weren't being done.
Toilets - Every time I went to them they were absolutely disgusting.
Showers - I didn't have a shower, but from what I heard about them the wait was rediculous, and so was the temperature!

Overall I had a fantastic festival, although for the extra £60 I didn't feel it was worth it.
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Re: VIP/Guest Camping

Postby PaganWolf » Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:43 pm

markyg wrote:Security: seemed a liitle unsure. Were taking tickets from some people and letting others keep theirs. Luckily I kept mine as I wanted the souvenier. I feel more are needed when telling people where to camp and how much space to take as it was a bit hit and miss which resulted in some areas relatively crowded and others very spaced out. As an example at Download VIP there are security guys guiding you into a space and pointing to where you can roughly camp. Works well and makes the best use of the space. I thought the later it went the more lax the checking was. Numerous times I walked right through without even raising my arm. Considering the 2 tents next to us were robbed on the Sunday night this is concerning.


You're bloody kidding me! Me and my husband had tickets 3 and 4, and we weren't allowed to keep them. It nearly killed me because we've got a ticket wall. Now I may cry!
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Re: VIP/Guest Camping

Postby markyg » Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:45 pm

PaganWolf wrote:
markyg wrote:Security: seemed a liitle unsure. Were taking tickets from some people and letting others keep theirs. Luckily I kept mine as I wanted the souvenier. I feel more are needed when telling people where to camp and how much space to take as it was a bit hit and miss which resulted in some areas relatively crowded and others very spaced out. As an example at Download VIP there are security guys guiding you into a space and pointing to where you can roughly camp. Works well and makes the best use of the space. I thought the later it went the more lax the checking was. Numerous times I walked right through without even raising my arm. Considering the 2 tents next to us were robbed on the Sunday night this is concerning.


You're bloody kidding me! Me and my husband had tickets 3 and 4, and we weren't allowed to keep them. It nearly killed me because we've got a ticket wall. Now I may cry!


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Re: VIP/Guest Camping

Postby obsolete000 » Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:01 pm

I’m really REALLY pissed off with the VIP package

VIP = rip off (700 for hotel package and what did I get, sod all) :angry-cussing: :angry-cussing: :angry-cussing:

1. Staff were clueless, I almost got my ticket taken off me & given a standard wristband and I hadn’t even got through the gate yet, good thing I asked!!!
I got shipped over to the VIP area and the staff on the VIP camping entrance were rude and intimidating, they were all sat around eating, talking and just stared at me as I came up to them, bald guy made me walk over to what must have been the artist / press entrance saying that’s where I needed to go, even though he had the hotel lists IN FRONT OF HIM!!!!

2. next came the "goodie bag" how you can call a booklet a "goodie" I will never know as I got one of those when I saw Nine Inch Nails way up in bloody Manchester a few weeks back!!
the guitar hero headband? why not a sonisphere one? I don’t want to give activision free advertisement for their crappy guitar hero!!
then there was the band time table....wow.... I think that speaks for itself...
the T-shirt however... was the only good thing, thumbs up for that.
you SHOULD have included a can of MONSTER ENERGY, you had enough crates of the stuff lying round for the long journey I had just made from Manchester.
AND a key ring of some sort, I saw a big fat ass metal spherical sonisphere one that was awesome AND money off coupons or a free drink or something OR a USB wristband. overall the goodie bag sucked....

3. SO I finally got my wrist band and goodie bag...so I was told to walk back and turn right from the VIP camping area, but again they let me down, the guys where rude and said "sorry you are VIP so you have to walk back through camping" WHAT?!?!?!?! all I had to do was walk about 20 metres in a straight line to get to the entrance, but no I had to walk all the way around...seriously...why??

4. walked into the VIP hospitality area and was NOT impressed, you call a child’s play area with a few bits of wood on the floor for a game of jenga is good?...the bar was rubbish, the food was rubbish, the toilets stank, and where was my so called "backstage pass"??? the way you worded it was like we were going to meet bands backstage or see them before they went on stage or something, now I asked a few VIP people and they were under the same impression, we all felt RIPPED OFF!!
also, I tried to take a drink I bought from one of the main stalls and I was told I couldnt take it in?? WHY!!! IM VIP!! WHY SO MUCH RED TAPE!!! WHAT DIFFERENCE WOULD IT HAVE MADE IF I TOOK MY DRINK INTO THE VIP AREA!!!! there was no logic to that at all.

5. TRYING TO GET BACK TO THE VIP SHUTTLE BUS...that was a joke, walking in pitch black, nothing was sign posted, lighting was terrible, I asked a staff member where was the exit and he responded with "the way you came in"....I was shocked... I couldnt believe what he just said, I asked again... and then he gave me a straight answer, yet another rude staff member.

6. In my letter you said that there would be only a few mini busses back to the hotel, the last bus was around 11pm? so I got my bus back at the time stated and was laying in bed still listening to music playing from miles away, the last mini bus dropped someone off at 3.30am!!!!!!!!! I missed a whole 4 hours worth of fun because of your inability to let us VIP's know.

I wont be attending sonisphere ever again, and will encourage anyone considering VIP to just go as a standard as you get nothing but hassle, empty promises and red tape for your money.
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Re: VIP/Guest Camping

Postby elmfc23 » Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:28 pm

Well overall, I enjoyed VIP camping... my review

GODD POINTS

1. Location was perfect for entrance to the main arena
2. Plenty of space
3. Loved the Hosptallity bar (better than DL 07 & 08)
4. Well lit area around tents
5. Partly goodie bag (see below for my opinion on that)

BAD POINTS

1. Toilets, they were a disgrace. On Thursday, no toilet paper and were disgusting all weekend. Also VIP hospitallity bar!
2. Showers - Not enough, need at least twice as much. I waited sat morn for 30min and gave up. so went back to sleep. woke up 1hr later to go to the toilet and the guy infront of me earlier was STILL in the que, thats 1hr 30min wait!!
3. Goodie - Hair products, I have none!! Thought they were weak apart from the T-shirt. Could have done with a mug, sweat band, USB wrist band they were selling, a lanyard or somthing limited edition.
5. Secruity - Site patroling. The girls next to my tent were Robed! More thorough checks of wrist bands. letting anyone through
6. Onsite shop. DL RIP (VIP) have an onsite shop to buy daily things. the 24hr shop was right down in scum camping!
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Re: VIP/Guest Camping

Postby Martii » Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:39 pm

and adn adn THE DOMINOS WAS IN THE NORMMIE CAMPING????????? also other shops like merch I hear... VIP DIDNT :evil:

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Postby elmfc23 » Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:52 pm

Martii wrote:and adn adn THE DOMINOS WAS IN THE NORMMIE CAMPING????????? also other shops like merch I hear... VIP DIDNT :evil:



Billytheweed was talking to the guys at Dominos and they were told by the organiser they weren't aloud in the main area coz there van was too large/big! Bummer! :-x
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Re: VIP/Guest Camping

Postby billytheweed » Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:58 pm

i have read a couple of posts above and didn't have any bad experiences in the four days i was there
( except for nealy stopping breating when i tried to shower fri and sun morning . frakk that water water was cold and the wait could have been maybe another block the same )

the vip entertainment was ideal after the bands had finished, didn't try the food ,
goodie bags , only complaints were hair products ( unlike markyg i have plenty of hair - sorry pal ) don't need dry shampoo if you have ready access to showers, and when i got home today both the tins we got were empty!!!!

t shirt happy with saved me spending £20 on one from the merch stall whioch meant i could get an extra band one :)

could have put us each a lanyard in though

space wise , we were ready made very good spot . and the guys we met over in normal camping were pitched on top of each other .

we also did some maths about the costs

£225 for vip own camping

£157.50 but to get the extras we had ( car park £10 , early entry £10 locker £10, i know we didnt have lockers but an alarmed car is just as secrure imo)

so thats nearly £190 plus walking miles from your car, so it was only £37.50 dearer oh then knock off the £20 t shirt and thats £17.50 for all the VIP benefits ,
took me 5 mins to get to my tent from the main arena , and we didn't see another car this morning coming out of the campsite , don't think our mates accross on normal camping couyd say that guess where i'll be next year , yep VIP again

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Re: VIP/Guest Camping

Postby JustDoug » Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:11 pm

orite here it is,

What was Good about v.i.p:

The Fact i could just go back with my girlfriend and use the v.i.p toilets and wait for a 6 person queue than a 60 person which was in the arena

the space of the camping area each, (beats the hell out of standard) had about 20 foot of space! unlike standard which is a few inch's

What was Bad:

Security was pretty week, half the time they didn't check the wristbands of who walked into the v.i.p section, there was a woman that was always sitting down eating and not paying attention to anything. (to be honest i saved myself alot of money and walked into the arena with a crate of beer without security even flinching)

Goody Bag: i was about 10th in the v.i.p section with my girlfriend, sure we had our tickets taken from us which sucked but we then waited for our goody bag. the womens large was basically a small, (this was ok because she was a small anyway) and they got my shirt size bang on. Although:

The hair products were a bit wierd? considering half the v.i.p didnt really have hair and that they were mainly for men, i cant really complain though as i got quite alot in my goody bag, ulike my girlfriend who got a couple of condoms, a lighter and some shampoo + "magazines"

I got : Hair wax
Hair Gel
Hair Dry Shampoo
Hair spray (flexible)
GH Bandana
Lighter
2 scuzz condoms.

This goody bag probly had more than the next 3 that were given out! hah but yeah, whats the deal with the hair products?
i'd love some monster merch + stuff that i could actually Keep.

They Didn't actually tell us where the giant games were and that or where the v.i.p bar was?

showers actually made my head numb with cold.

I loved it though, as the guy above me said, only £20 odd pound extra for v.i.p camping. thats well worth it!

i loved sonisphere, to be honest. i'm going to go v.i.p next year, as i know its going to be Alot more organised.
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