Slumming it in style...

Say farewell to unwashed weekends and frizzy hair and hello to solar-powered private showers and every GHD lover’s festival dream; electrical power sockets! The British summer festival presents its softer side. Abigail Parkin (12 Jun 11)



17th – 19th June, Location – It’s a secret!

The Tipi Company is coming to Winterwell and offering glampers unashamedly luxurious Tipis. Try the five-metre bell tent with a plush queen-sized bed, and that sought-after festival luxury-electricity!

Absolut vodka is Winterwell’s drink of choice and will slake your thirst so head on over to the magic light bar in the main festival area and the Sunset cocktail bar high up on the Winterwell hill to cosy up in. Sip the view.

Who’s on: Norman Joy, The Nextmen, Man like me, The Milk, Rockaoke, The Jinks, London afrobeat collective…



22nd-26th June, Worthy Farm, Pilton

Worthy farm’s neighbours are on hand to ensure the glamper not only gets luxury but a choice of luxury accommodation when coming to Glastonbury. Our choice:Camp Kerela - a village of 75 tents overlooking the festival. As well as the expected luxury offerings of toilets and hot showers, Camp Kerela offers its guests massages, bar, restaurant, hair salon and helicopter service! Upon arrival you will find a goody bag of luxury camping essentials in your festival abode including Hunter wellies, dressing gowns and cosmetics for you to enjoy before you are whisked away to the festival just a few minutes away on electronic golf buggies.

LBHQ and the Halo Group will be bringing luxury to the Glastonbury fields this year with a VIP chill-out and cocktail lounge in the heart of the Shangri-La arena. Why wouldn’t you want tolounge on Chesterfield sofas, sipping a special Barrio bar cocktail with festival chums?

Who’s on: U2, Coldplay, Beyonce, Morrissey, Elbow, Pendulum, Biffy Clyro, Wu Tang Clan, Tinie Tempah, Plan B, Paolo Nuitini...


Secret Garden Party

21st-24th July in a secret garden in Huntingdon

Secret Garden Party keep experimenting with the social science of ‘glamping’ and continue to offer that much extra for this year.

On arrival, glampers are checked in at the boutique reception and shown to the private car park where ‘barrow boys’ are waiting to wheel your luggage to your luxury yurt. What awaits in the VIP camping area? Swanky toilets and hot showers for your exclusive use, indoor sitting rooms, chill-out areas and butlers! That’s right, as a boutique camper you get the services of butlers who are on hand to deal with your every desire, from breakfast in bed to post-partying munchies.

Secret Garden also caters for the glamper’s stomach rumbles with the Soul Fire restaurant, offering indulgent dishes for brunch and more formal three-course meals in the evening. The house pianist provides atmosphere and entertainment whilst you tuck in to your chargrilled breast of guinea fowl. Already whet your appetite? Well there is more, large groups of diners also have the option to enjoy the Soul Fire restaurant’s culinary delights in their own private dining yurt with a dedicated server on hand throughout the duration of your feast.

Later, the Boutique Sanctuary offers revellers the chance to unwind. Acupuncture; Swedish Massage; Holistic massage; Shiatsu; Indian Head Massage; Chinese Massage & cupping; Reiki; Vortex Healing; Crystal Therapy; Aromatherapy; Manicures and Pedicures are just some of the treatments on offer.

Who’s on: Blondie, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Guillemots, Leftfield, The Bees, Mylo, I am Kloot...


Global Gathering

29th-30th July, Long Marston Airfield, Stratford-upon-Avon

Global Gathering gives its VIPS their very own fields, located next to VIP camping and on the fringes of the action, the VIP Fields and enchanted forest with searing areas and meeting places built amongst the trees, the real enchantment comes when you reach the heart of the woods and stumble across the exclusive luxury clubhouse complete with bar and DJ.

Glamping at Global Gathering comes in a variety of shapes from yurts and pop-up hotels to their most luxurious offering ‘The Pimp Bus’. Imagine 50 cent’s ‘Pimp my ride’ and you’re still only half way there. The Pimp Bus comes with gadgets galore including hot tub; BBQ; air con; walk in wet room; open sun deck with loungers, night lighting and speakers; kitchen with micro-oven, gas hob & fridge; 36” HD flatscreen TV with satellite free view; Sony PS3 with blu-ray disk player; sound system with iPod docking station and surround sound speakers.

"This year's’ revellers will get to experience the best VIP offering the festival has ever seen. The VIP Fields will be the perfect place to drink in a truly authentic festival atmosphere, while the Clubhouse in the VIP Woods is set to be the place to be seen. Coupling all of this to a remodelled separate VIP campsite area located closer to the main arena, improved facilities and an incredible line-up, VIPs are set for an unforgettable festival experience.”" James Algate, Festival Organiser

Who’s on: Tinie Tempah, Pendulum, Jaguar Skills, Underworld, Sasha, Eric Prydz...


V Festival

20th-21st August, Weston Park, Shropshire and Hylands Park, Chelmsford

V style glamping gives you a dedicated parking area, a private walkway to the main arena and access to an exclusive hospitality area when you get there.

As well as the usual luxury essentials of toilets and showers, glamping at V gives you access to a complimentary beauty room, filled with mirrors, hairdryers and straightners!  The camping area also boasts a lounge cafe and bar and a festival recovery spa.

Pop-up hotel rooms will leave you feeling like you have stayed in a boutique hotel not a festival field with facilities including a double bed, an en-suite wet room with power shower, flushable toilet and bespoke toiletries, a full air-conditioned heating system and all the essentials for your morning cuppa.

Who’s on: Eminem, Rhianna, Plan B, Arctic Monkeys...


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