1998 was a tough year for Glastonbury. Following the hideous mud fest of 1997, many punters bailed out early as it looked like ’98 was going to be another swamp-filled event. To add insult to injury, the Dance Tent suffered even more. With many festival-goers congregating there to shelter from the downpour, the newly-enlarged area was packed, but still taking on plenty of water.
To alleviate the situation on the Saturday afternoon, one of the sewage trucks used to clear out the portaloos was put into service – the thinking being that the extra water could be pumped out of the tent. Unfortunately, someone pressed the “blow” switch instead of “suck” and the shit really did hit the fans. With many monged ravers strutting their stuff knee deep in human ordure, health and safety chiefs were moved to close the tent for a time until order was restored.
Were you there when the Dance Tent really was full of shit? Was it as bad as the stories claim? Let us know.