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Normal Camping

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

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Re: Normal Camping

Postby quahog5 » Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:23 am

Would have liked to have seen a bit more of a security presence on the Sunday night. Lighting fires in a tented area is way beyond stupid. Stewards came round once with an extinguisher but, even though they were told the fire wasn't actually out, they left and didn't bother to come back when the morons stoked it up again to twice the size it was before.

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Re: Normal Camping

Postby Jenbic99 » Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:04 am

I thought the camping was really good, although it was noisy at times that was some of the fun :)

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Re: Normal Camping

Postby D_C » Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:20 am

I personally thin the early bird camping should've started up near the entrance to Bohemia/Arena, seieng as that space didn't even get that full.

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Re: Normal Camping

Postby Alura » Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:09 pm

Was all pretty damn good, the only problem was we were in the field next to family camping up near the entrance, and although we could see a water tap from where we were, we weren't allowed to use it as it was for family camping, so had to go all the way to the next field. I think that where there are toilets there should also be a water tap nearby.

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Re: Normal Camping

Postby Louise » Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:21 pm

This isnt something which is the fault of the organisers but I still feel the need to vent in the hope the idiots who did this will see and realise how inconsiderate and ridiculous they were.

Me and a friend arrived early on Friday, set up our tent in a nice spot. There were only around 3 other tents in the whole field at this point as it was not long past 12 on Friday. After we were all set up we walked to take our wheel barrow back, and returned to find that a group of inconsiderate idiots had pitched their tent literally 30cms from the entrance of our tent making it virtually impossible to get into, let alone have any room to sit outside, socialise and so on.

Keep in mind it was only around 1pm by this point, there was alot of room around, it was unnecessary to pitch that close to us, blocking our entrance. If it had been the back, or side of the tent thats fine, no problem, but it was the entrance!
People camped by us later informed us that these people were overheard to say 'Oh well they will just have to deal with it' whilst we were away.

They didnt say anything when we returned, they didnt appologise, give an explanation, offer to move or anything other than eyeball us. So, we had to unpitch (is that even a word) our tent, and move it! We didnt say anything at the time, because as mentioned it was arrival time on friday and we didnt want an atmosphere all weekend, but made it apparent that we were not impressed.

However, if it was you and your clan who did this, thanks for being such inconsiderate cnuts.

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Re: Normal Camping

Postby A Magician » Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:33 pm

I thought that the camping was alright. Although it was a bit noisy but I guess its like that at all festivals. The grip I had was on Saturday night, someone pitched there tent right next to mine and through it would be a good idea to use my tent pegs so I had no tent pegs on the right side of my tent, fortunately for me I had spare pegs. I gave up on using the guide ropes as everyone was tripping over them...
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Re: Normal Camping

Postby Jon » Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:53 pm

A Magician wrote:I thought that the camping was alright. Although it was a bit noisy but I guess its like that at all festivals. The grip I had was on Saturday night, someone pitched there tent right next to mine and through it would be a good idea to use my tent pegs so I had no tent pegs on the right side of my tent, fortunately for me I had spare pegs. I gave up on using the guide ropes as everyone was tripping over them...

Same thing happened to me, some silly bitches stole one of our pegs when they arrived on the saturday morning, and then decided to be kind and replace it with a bent one.
But camping seemed good to me, we arrived on the friday night at about half 8, so we set up pitch about 100 meters from the arena entrance, and a minutes walk to the toilets, and I saw no trouble all weekend, the only negative I can think of was the lack of water points in the camping area - admittadly I didn't look to far around but in the 10 minute walk from the enterance, and from trips to near the supermarket and both arena enterences I didn't come across a single water point, and had to go into the arena to refill (which wasnt massive hassle, just inconvinent and meant I couldnt fill up anything larger than a 500ml bottle.


Also, more bins would be useful, there were a few large ones on the friday night, but by saturday morning they had all gone, and I could only use the ones next to food stlals, which were mostly overflowing, or dump the rubbish in a pile next to the toilets. One steward wouldn't let me put rubbish in a bin 5 meteres from where I was standing because the entrance to the arena was 'exit only' despite the bit being a good 20 meters away from the way in :roll:
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Re: Normal Camping

Postby alexcore » Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:58 pm

I thought guide lines were done well here. at reading they're lethal, but people here seemed to realise that they can be shorted so I didn't trip once all weekend :D
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Re: Normal Camping

Postby FireFingers » Mon Aug 03, 2009 2:00 pm

Was a tad noiser than othr fests I have , but with a couple of drinks i drift right off.

But there should have been more water taps in the campsite. There really wasn't enough.
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Re: Normal Camping

Postby King_Walnut » Mon Aug 03, 2009 2:05 pm

I paid 10 quid for early entry ... when I got there I had to wait 3 HOURS for the campsite manager to come and 'open' the other campsite because security were lame and didn't bother enforcing the 'no gazebos' rule so there was no space left.

Then when the douchebag manager had opened it (which he didn't even do .. he just told the security to let us through, which was frakking bollocks, we shouldn't have had to wait 3 hours for that) we realised we were camping 100000 miles away from the arena.


Bad one there to be honest ... those who pay extra to come early should get to be close to the arena. I could have got there saturday at 12pm and been able to get right next to the arena entrance, but instead I paid 10 quid to camp really far away.
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Re: Normal Camping

Postby alexcore » Mon Aug 03, 2009 2:12 pm

pretty cheeky, but I don't mind, cos we had flat ground, and it was quiet enough to sleep when you wanted. no random raids through the campsite either, so although it was a few mins walk further, I really didn't mind.
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Re: Normal Camping

Postby King_Walnut » Mon Aug 03, 2009 2:15 pm

I suppose the only bonus was I could get away with eating loads of gooseberry .. cos I'd work it off walking back up that damn hill :P
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Postby alexcore » Mon Aug 03, 2009 2:18 pm

on a side note...how's your gf? she was PISSED OFF after log :lol:
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Re: Normal Camping

Postby King_Walnut » Mon Aug 03, 2009 2:20 pm

alexcore wrote:on a side note...how's your gf? she was PISSED OFF after log :lol:



Oh she was fine .. I wasn't really paying attention to why she was pissed off but she cheered up when Machine Head came on .. it's all good :D
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Re: Normal Camping

Postby Alex533 » Mon Aug 03, 2009 2:55 pm

The point about people who got there early, had to camp further away from the arena is a good point, something which annoyed me. And also could have done with more security on the Sunday night/Monday morning.

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Re: Normal Camping

Postby GodHatesMeMost » Mon Aug 03, 2009 3:42 pm

Being an old fart, found the racket at night a tad weird to get use to! I will freely admit that I originally didn't want to go camping as I thought my tent would either get (a) cleaned out or (b) burnt down! I am pleased to say neither happened (especially after I spent over £400 on t-shirts!!) but was also sensible - didn't leave money, cards, 'phone etc in tent. Thought the watchtowers aided this (even the dopey tit in the one next to our spot seemed to asleep most of the time!!) and the Police patrols were a welcome sight (even if some of the plod there didn't look old enough to have graduated Police College!!). I also took the advice and befriended our nearest campers - so we kept an eye on each others tents when the others weren't about.

My only other grumble was the camping 'stewards' - were there any around, coz i didn't see any! I had to ask plod about shuttle bus times today and no one explained the white line system (I only worked out later which side we were supposed to be plonked on but I think we weren't causing any blockages so got away with it). :?
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Re: Normal Camping

Postby EmarrXD » Mon Aug 03, 2009 4:21 pm

to be honest the bands were great but i hated the fact that i paid for an early bird ticket and we all got put at the back camp and that i had to want and hour and a half for re camp to open so i could set up.. how stupid!!! and the lockers didnt work... tuttt!!!! yeah other than that... Great weekend... metallica are never dissappointing!!
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Postby Monopoly » Mon Aug 03, 2009 4:34 pm

EmarrXD wrote:to be honest the bands were great but i hated the fact that i paid for an early bird ticket and we all got put at the back camp and that i had to want and hour and a half for re camp to open so i could set up.. how stupid!!! and the lockers didnt work... tuttt!!!! yeah other than that... Great weekend... metallica are never dissappointing!!


Yeah I found it so stupid that early bird were the furthest away despite paying more to get in early. Made it easier for me and my mates though, 10min walk to the entrance :)
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Re: Normal Camping

Postby Cerpin Taxt » Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:02 pm

Not enough water points. I had to walk for 10 minutes to get to either the bogs or a tap.

Just a couple more would have been nice.

Otherwise, no complaints. If it wasn't for that and the fact that some asshole that arrived on the Saturday and camped over our doorway and put his guy lines over it as well to make any attempt at entering completely impossible the camping would have been perfect.
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Re: Normal Camping

Postby triaxis » Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:15 pm

No complaints really - got a decent spot and the whole experience was much better than other fests I've camped at in recent past. Aside from the odd fire and a couple of fence panels coming down, there was no major disturbance near our camp over the whole weekend. Atmos was so laid back

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Re: Normal Camping

Postby fatperson » Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:20 pm

We had a campervan so were very pleased to see we'd be parking just 200m from arena entrance.

I couldn't understand why they seemed to be filling up the camping from furthest point inwards. Some people arriving late Saturday were pitching tents right next to arena entrance, surely a more desirable pitch than those miles away in the main camp site?

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Re: Normal Camping

Postby davetkd666 » Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:24 pm

Early Entry was Brilliiant, although furthest from the arena it was the best pitch due to the flat ground.
Layout was good
Walking (carpark/gates. village etc) was .well acceptabe, but certainly better than the layout of another certain fest.
Could've been doing with antother food wagon near the early entry areas
Bigger security presence in the campsite ( more watch towers) would have been good
Felt as if everyone had more space than other campsites

Overall it was exellent

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Re: Normal Camping

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

Gonna have to join the group irritated by the early entrance pass = camping the furthest away. I've only ever done Reading Festival before (albeit five times) and as the idea there of paying extra money and arriving a day early was to get the best spot, as close to the arena as possible, I assumed the idea would carry over to Sonisphere as well.

Unfortunately my group ended up in the campsite furthest away from the Arena (we were right next to the car park), and had that lovely hill to negotiate to get to the arena. For myself this wasn't too bad, but one of our group has Cystic Fibrosis, and walking that far to get to the arena where his treatments were in the morning was a hell of a struggle (Admittedly, could have uprooted and headed up to the other campsite later, but he didn't want to leave the rest of the group).

This was literally the only bad thing about this festival, and is pretty easily rectified for 2010. I can pretty much guarantee the return of everyone in my group (providing funds allow it) and early entrance passes will be bought again, hopefully allowing us to camp closer next time around.

Good points: Excellent security, Good police presence, fantastic music, everything just generally awesome.

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Re: Normal Camping

Postby fluffygrue » Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:02 pm

Was pretty pleased with the camping, but surprised at the amount of blatant rule-breaking in terms of gazebos, camp fires, gas stoves etc. Surely the stewards should have been enforcing this better? If not, then change the rules, ta. :)

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