Posted by: Jim Hutchins14 JUN 2010
Thisweekend saw Medicine Man Pharmacy units operational at Download Festival and atthe Isle of White Festival. With a mixture of sunshine and rain (and mud!),this was good practice for potential conditions at the Glastonbury Festivalthis year. The logistics, organisation and, of course, the sheer scale are verydifferent though. Both smaller festivals have a separate arena where marketsand the main performance stages are. This is the busiest area for customers butthere are also good opportunities to trade near the camping areas. The Isle ofWhite had another pharmacy (operated by St Marys Hospital on the island) insidethe arena. This pharmacy had both dispensing and retail pharmacy functions. Ashappens at Glastonbury, James Powell (Med Man) liaised with the other team toprovide a ‘joined up’, professional pharmacy service to the festival goers. Onthe business side, however, this means that medicine sales were shared too! At avery muddy Download, Medicine Man was the only pharmacy.
With only8 or 9 days until many of us head up to Glastonbury, there has been some panicamong family and friends about tickets and parking. Many still have no ticketyet, simply because workers tickets are often among the last to be distributed.There has also been disappointment for some over car passes & guesttickets. For my own part, other ticket problems will now prevent two familymembers attending and working this year. Since they had offered to help with childcarewhile we worked our shifts, others have thankfully agreed to step in. It lookslike both pharmacies do have full staff though and everyone is excited aboutgetting back to Glastonbury.
I enjoybeing part of the event and living out in the open with thousands and thousandsof people. A lot has changed over the years I’ve been going to the GlastonburyFestival but I still love how it feels, smells and sounds! In the nineties ittook me ages to get used to the noise of the crowd. Someone would shoutsomething and the replies would turn into a ‘Mexican Wave’ circling around thevalley day and night. Through the noughties, I also got used to the constantsound of drums from the Sacred Space. This year, since the Vuvuzela hornsfrom the World Cup also made their way to the Isle of White Festival, I predictwe won’t get much sleep at Glasto! Never mind. That’s not what we’re there for!
Nine days ‘tilI get there! Yay!