The UK’s biggest music festival, Glastonbury saw The Kings Ferry Group transport a massive amount of passengers. Here’s how we did it along with some insider secrets.
Glastonbury Festival is the UK’s biggest music festival and the largest Greenfield festival in the world!
2019 saw the annual festival return to Worthy Farm following a fallow year. It was held over the 26th–30th June and saw an impressive 175,000 festival-goers attend.
Glastonbury Festival has always been home to some of the biggest names on the planet. David Bowie headlined the festival back in 1971, the only year the festival was free. The 1980’s saw headlining acts such as; Hawkwind, Van Morrison, UB40 and The Cure. The 90’s brought with it a rock and roll vibe, whilst the noughties had something for everyone; pop, rock and electronic!
This year’s festival was headlined by The Killers, Stormzy and returning for the fourth time, The Cure. The infamous Pyramid stage saw Stormzy sport a Banksy vest, Kylie Minogue’s emotional Glastonbury debut and a surprise speech from Sir David Attenborough praising the festival for going plastic-free which secured the biggest cheer of the event.
Transporting the Thousands
When 175,000 people descend onto one farm in the middle of Glastonbury, it’s no surprise the council fear the overwhelming traffic levels. That’s where the ticket and coach combo’s come in, and subsequently us!
When it comes to complex transport requirements, there aren’t many that top Glastonbury. For years we’ve been transporting thousands of festival-goers and this year was no different as we transported an enormous 44,000 passengers.
The Secrets behind This Mammoth Task
Transporting 44,000 people is no easy task, it requires planning – lots of planning and plenty of coffee!
We started arranging the transport for Glastonbury at least 8 months in advance as 875 movements took place. This is where our network of sub-contractors were maximised. Our own fleet and network of operators transported passengers from 29 cities across the UK including; Edinburgh, Newcastle, Norwich, London, Exeter and Swansea.
With over 23,000 Glastonbury tickets to distribute to passengers, it was paramount that we get the right tickets to the right coaches. Did you know, each ticket has its passengers photograph on it? In hindsight, this could have been a logistical nightmare, but luckily we’re pretty experienced at it.
The Force of the Operation
120,000 miles, 44,000 passengers, 23,000 tickets, 875 movements with a force of 362 drivers were at the wheels of this operation.
We’ve asked our drivers time and time again what they enjoyed about transporting passengers to Glastonbury. In the past, many have said it’s the atmosphere on the coaches, the buzz around the festival but this year we had a totally different response.
This year the thing the drivers enjoyed THE most was the lack of mud – there wasn’t a patch of mud in sight. We had clean coaches all round and welly sales were possibly at an all-time low!
The Langa Methodist Church Choir
Amongst the thousands of festival-goers on our coaches, we transported the amazing Langa Methodist Church Choir. Originating from Cape Town, South Africa, the choir travelled to Glastonbury for their Sunday opening slot on the Pyramid Stage. Watch them get ready for their big performance on-board our coach on BBC Two iPlayer
Where It All Began
Over 10 years ago, The Kings Ferry Group won a tender for See Tickets. After undergoing a trial at Paddock Wood’s Hop Farm, we were asked to transport festival-goers to Glastonbury. Needless to say, we delivered and the rest is history!
Now that Glastonbury Festival 2019 is over, it’s not long before we start arranging the transport for 2020. Every November we get to work arranging the hundreds of coaches needed for the festival the following June.
Next year Glastonbury Festival celebrates its 50th Anniversary and we can only imagine that 2020 will be bigger and better than ever before, definitely not one to be missed!
One Amazing Effort
We would like to say a huge congratulations, thank you and well done to the team and our partner operators!
This mammoth job ran smoothly and without a hitch. That’s all thanks to the Business Development, Sub-Contracting, Contracts, Engineering, Operations and Administration teams at The Kings Ferry Group. As well as, a huge thanks to the 362 drivers and our fantastic sub-contractors, of whom we would not have been able to do this without.
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