Glastonbury Festival needs better crowd control… and more toilets for 2024

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Glastonbury Festival organisers have been told by the local council that it needs better crowd control for 2024, among a number of other recommendations. 

The UK’s flagship summer festival takes place in Pilton, Somerset with the local council recommending more toilets, better crowd control and suggestions for allergen information to be displayed more clearly at food outlets and bars.

Somerset Council, which is the official licensing authority for the festival, made the suggestions at a recent committee meeting, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

The BBC reported that Dave Coles, head of regulatory services at Somerset Council, said that the 2023 Glastonbury Festival was overall “very well-run”, with the majority of feedback from the 2022 event taken on board and actioned.

Further recommendations included better walkways and additional water refill stations at The Park and The Stone Circle areas of the festival site.

A spokesperson for organiser Glastonbury Festival Events told the BBC: “We were very pleased with the local authority’s overall feedback that the event was ‘once again well-planned and managed’.”

The firm added that it would work closely with the council and its licensing team to make sure the 2024 event went as smoothly as possible.

Elsewhere, there have been headaches over booking headliners for next year’s event, according to reports.

Organiser Emily Eavis has reportedly struggled to secure a third headliner, after a fee for Madonna was deemed too high and the artist pulled out.

Last month Andy Copping, boss of rock festival Download, admitted that booking headline acts for next year’s event had been a “struggle”.

Copping revealed that he had approached up to 21 acts to headline Download in 2024.