글래스톤베리 페스티벌의 주최자 마이클 이비스(Michael Eavis)가 ‘입장권 없이는 들어올 생각을 하지 말라’는 요지의 올해 행사에 관한 입장을 발표했다. 이비스는 “Glastonbury – Time To Get Real”이란 글을 통해 ‘너무 많은 사람들이 몰리기 때문에, 작년 덴마크의 로스킬드(Roskilde) 페스티벌 사고(펄 잼의 공연 도중 9명이 압사한 사고) 같은 일이 글래스톤베리에서도 일어날 수가 있다. 올해 페스티벌에서는 입장권 없이 들어오는 방법을 모두 막고, 안전에 신경 쓰겠다. 이것들이 지켜지지 않으면 페스티벌은 영원히 열리지 않을 수도 있다’고 밝혔다.

글래스톤베리는 공식적으로 10만 명 이상의 청중은 입장을 허용하지 않는다. 그 이상의 인원이 입장할 경우 청중들의 관람 환경과 원활한 행사의 진행이 어려워진다는 판단 때문이다. 하지만 매해 (표를 구하지 못한 혹은 무료로 즐기려는) 수만 명이 갖가지 편법으로 입장해왔다. 사실 표 없이는 오지 말라는 이비스의 경고도 매년 반복되어온 것으로 새삼스러운 일은 아니다. 작년에 열리지 않은 글래스톤베리 페스티벌은 올해 6월 28일부터 30일까지 열릴 예정이다. 20020114 | 송창훈 [email protected]

+ Glastonbuty – Time to Get Real 전문

I need to ask you all a big favour.

Most of you probably know that for years a lot of people have been getting in to Glastonbury without tickets. Over or under the fence, forgery, scams – whatever. This year things have to change for good, otherwise the Festival will be gone, for ever.

I’ve spent most of my life working on this show, and hundreds, perhaps thousands of people have helped to make it what it is. Let me explain why I’m so worried.

(In 2000), nearly twice as many people came to the festival than we were allowed under the terms of our licence. Meanwhile, on the same weekend, just across the North Sea at the Roskilde Festival near Copenhagen, a tragedy occurred. Nine people died in a crush as Pearl Jam came onstage. It doesn’t take much to realise that the same thing could happen here if we don’t do something about the overcrowding.

We have taken a year off to calm things down, and to think about the future. There have been monthly meetings with the authorities to work out acceptable ways to run the event properly, and above all, safely.

We’ve completely reviewed our security arrangements to make sure safety is of paramount importance. We’ve designed a new fence, one that can’t be taken apart, climbed over or tunnelled under. The approaches will be patrolled constantly by a professional security organisation. We’re also taking steps to stop people without tickets reaching the site. Cars without ticket-holders won’t be let into the car parks. People without tickets won’t be allowed on to the buses coming to the site.

So this message has to be understood – you will not get in without a ticket.

The festival site can’t practically be made any bigger than it is. There is only so much room. In order for the festival to continue, we have to keep the numbers within limits that can be shown to be safe. And this is the last chance we have to succeed. If we fail, we will, understandably, be denied our licence in future. No-one wants to allow a tragedy like Roskilde to happen here.

Please make sure that a new generation of young people can experience the magical, memorable moments that others have had over the last 30 years. Please respect the festival, and all that it stands for. It has become a real part of our culture. You need it, we need it, the charities we all support need it.

I’m pleading with you to help me keep it alive.

Don’t come without a ticket.

– Michael Eavis

관련 글
Sunny Days at ‘Glastonbury 2000’ 유람기 (1) – vol.2/no.19 [20001001]
Sunny Days at ‘Glastonbury 2000’ 유람기 (2) – vol.2/no.19 [20001001]