Glastonbury Festival: As thousands of people pour into Worthy Farm, Somerset amid continued rail strikes, Glastonbury has opened its gates for the first time in three years. Glastonbury 2022 is slated to be a destination of music, art, and pleasure and is adored by music lovers everywhere.
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From the very young to the very old, people of all ages will assemble at Worthy Farm to take in performances by artists including Billie Eilish, Sam Fender, Kendrick Lamar, and HAIM.
Over 80 artists, including Lorde, Olivia Rodrigo, and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, will perform over the course of the five-day event, which is expected to draw about 200,000 visitors. However, the biggest industrial action in a generation has resulted in three days of significant rail strikes, making it impossible for festival attendees to reach the Pilton location.
Tuesday saw only a fifth of the trains in service as 13 train operators and some 40,000 members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at Network Rail staged a walkout over wages, employment, and working conditions.
The Glastonbury Festival said in a statement that due to the increased traffic, attendees could start arriving at the venue as early as 4 p.m. on Tuesday while “traffic volumes are low.” However, the majority of the audience is anticipated to begin arriving at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, when the gates officially opened.
On one of the busiest weekends of the year for live music, Jon Collins, the chief executive of Live, the organisation that represents the UK’s live music industry, claimed that fans and employees were forced to take alternate routes, creating significant delays and serious safety risks.
Jamie Njoku-Goodwin, CEO of UK Music Diversity, added: “For the thousands of music fans who are so eager to return to festivals and concerts after two years of lockdowns, these strikes risk generating havoc.”