Did Olympic toilet demands make Glasto select 2012 as off year?
By CMU Editorial | Published on Monday 18 October 2010
It was widely reported this weekend that Glastonbury bosses have decided to skip 2012 because of fears that the Olympics will push up the price of portaloos.
Glasto, of course, takes a year off every five years or so. Some expected 2011 to be a fallow year, but then Michael Eavis and co announced 2012 would be the next year off instead, leading to much speculation the London Olympics were behind the decision.
Expanding on that theme, the tabs reported this weekend that there were two Olympics related reasons for 2012 being a fallow year for the festival. First, Glastonbury chiefs fear there will be a shortage of local police to help with their event because the whole of the Somerset & Avon constabulary will seemingly be in London on Glasto weekend, despite it being a whole month before the Olympics starts.
And second, the games will need so many portaloos, the price of portable toilets will sky rocket upping the logistical costs of staging the Glastonbury Festival. I wouldn’t have worried about that myself. The way the current government’s going with the cuts, by 2012 all the Olympic visitors will probably be told to just piss in the Thames. And let’s face it, if the Olympics really are planning on using the same toilets at Glastonbury, that would be far less unpleasant.