Bill Klemperer, steward
Best memory: I saw two guys a few years ago all covered in mud. And they ran up to people trying to hug them and everyone went “nooooo”. And I thought, “You’re enjoying it now, mate, but you need a shower in the morning!”
Festival advice: Keep cool and keep walking. And if you’re tired, stop, have a drink. It’s confusing. It’s great to get lost. Get lost, be nice to people, find the little nooks and crannies.
Claire Alison, 48, camp staff
Best memory: One time I was told they needed extra stewards for something, so I said OK, I’m coming, and we all went to the meeting point and it was the steward for the Dalai Lama. I was two meters away from him as he gave his speech. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.
Festival advice? Put everything in the lockups. If you do, you will give yourself so much relief from having to worry about stuff in the tents. Car keys and house keys. I didn’t put my bank card in and I lost my bank card the first night. I’m normally that good. So I’m living proof that not using them is a bad idea.
Hilary Hare Duke, 64, steward
Best memory: I came with my kids when they were little. The first time my oldest son was nine months old. We didn’t know any better! Then you could still take the time to camp next to your car. At that point it was easier to be a young parent. I don’t know how the parents are doing now.
festival advice Make sure you know where the shade is – to keep children out of the sun. And don’t worry about the music – go to the Kidzfield. So much is happening – cabaret and street performers. You can have such a great time as an adult and your kids have a ball too. You make memories as a family.
Pip Hayes, 64, GP
Best memory: Oh, it’s the good teamwork. The festival’s medical service is a great organization. Well established. Have been working together for years. Really very well organised.
Festival advice: Enjoying! I’m relatively old and I think life is all about having fun. My mother said last week that my two sons are following in my footsteps – and she said this disapprovingly. They like to have fun. And life is for fun!
Deb Klemperer, 64, steward
Festival advice: You need less than you think. Boots and shorts. And try not to take too many things with you and just enjoy it. If you think you forgot something, don’t worry because you can buy things here. Festivals like Glastonbury are essential as adults have to play. Life is very, very serious. So come here and play!
Louis, 33, traffic controller
Festival advice: Always make a mental note of where you camped before heading out for the first time. A large flag is helpful. If you are going to pack, make a list, because you always forget at least one or two things. And sensible clothes, as well as your party clothes. And cereal bars.
Stacey Collett, camping crew
Festival advice: Just relax. Don’t worry about trying to do everything because you won’t be able to do it. Have an idea instead of a plan. Because it will go out the window when you are here. And you may find yourself spending too much time doing something that you miss something else. I’ve been coming here for 20 years and still find new things.
Travel light. Staying here for a while sounds comfortable with a nice big tent and inflatable mattress, but Monday morning you’ll have to drag it through the mud, possibly up the hill. So I always say travel light. Of course, bring spare pants. Or not.
Duncan McCallum, 57, steward
Best memory: I think the muddy years are the memorable ones, when you just see a bunch of people falling into a big puddle. And often they do it on purpose and just roll in the mud and really enjoy it. But you think they’ll struggle to get the mud off later on.
Festival advice: Wear shorts and walking shoes as everything will get wet and muddy along the lower part of your leg. I would also say, start early. I started too late in life. Ideally you come when you are one and then you get used to it.
Laura Stewart, 62, nurse
Best memory: As a gambler I have been coming here for about 20 years. I work here as a nurse, this is my seventh year. Yes, it’s nice to see the bands, but in the end we’re here to do some good and help people. And you get some really nice kids in and they’re just really happy that you were able to help them.
Festival advice: Take a time out if you feel overwhelmed. There are welfare places here but it is important that you have some time off as sometimes people get carried away when it is their first time.
Steve Toye, 50, flight attendant
Festival advice: Prepare well. And make a plan and stick to it or don’t make a plan at all. Because you make a plan for who you’re going to see and it never happens. So if anything, I’d say pick a person every day and just go to them. Other than that, just go with the flow.
John Hext, 51, police officer
best memory† My best memory is being promoted to inspector at Glastonbury in the middle of the field – not many people can say that. I managed to pass my promotion sign, and the boss was here, and he was standing in the middle of a muddy field and he was handing me my inspector spits.
festival advice† Try to get a map, as it is very important, and use the Glastonbury app. Take a lot of money with you, but keep it safe. Or use your card, that’s even better. The important thing is to really have a good time and enjoy yourself, and just take care of each other. That’s what it’s all about.