Glasto Revellers Are Not So 'Mad' For The Mud

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With tickets for Glastonbury set to sell out in minutes this Sunday, bookings of the 'pensioner's favourite' - the motor home - have shot through the roof as savvy revellers rush to secure some creature comforts.

This year was our first venture to the festival in a motor home and it made for a much more comfortable and enjoyable experience than camping. So much so that we've already booked one for next year's Glastonbury as they sell out like hot cakes.

What gets snapped up quicker than a ticket to Glastonbury? A comfortable place to wash your muddy feet and rest your banging head!

With tickets for Glastonbury set to sell out in minutes this Sunday, bookings of the 'pensioner's favourite' - the motor home - have shot through the roof as savvy revellers rush to secure some creature comforts.

Last year, more than 2,500 festival goers bagged a motor home to avoid the mud, rain and horrendous queues for over-flowing port-a-loos!

Motorholme.com, is now warning that motor homes are on the verge of selling out even before Glastonbury tickets go on sale later this week.

They asked 1,500 customers why they were opting to stay in a motor home, and found that 43 per cent wanted to avoid the port-a-loos, whilst 28 per cent wanted to make sure they didn't have to queue for a shower. The third most popular answer was so that they could enjoy a nice cup of tea, with 19 per cent. Having a warm place to sleep and getting out of the mud took fourth and fifth place, with 7 and 3 per cent respectively.

MotorHolme's company founder, Andrew Hughes, insists that the surge in demand is due to the emergence of Glastonbury's more discerning audience, who are fed up with the rigours of camping and are now seeking a little bit of 'luxury'.

He said: "Demand for motor homes at Glastonbury is exploding. After all, who wants to queue for hours to go to the toilet or take a shower?

"Motor homes sold out before the festival tickets did last year and people have been snapping them up faster than ever this time around."

Once considered 'for older people', motorhoming has seen a massive boost in popularity over the past few years, with celebrity fans including Kate Moss, Katie Price, Jamie Oliver and Sarah Cox, who eschewed tepees at last year's Glastonbury for a more sturdy stay in a motor home.

Damian Green, MP for Ashford and Shadow Minister for Immigration has already booked a motor home for next year's Glastonbury. He said: "This year was our first venture to the festival in a motor home and it made for a much more comfortable and enjoyable experience than camping. So much so that we've already booked one for next year's Glastonbury as they sell out like hot cakes."

180,000 tickets to Glastonbury 2010 go on sale from 4 October. Headline acts won't be confirmed until next year.

SURVEY RESULTS:

Motorholme.com asked 1,500 customers why they chose a motor home for Glastonbury, the results were as follows:

1. To avoid port-a-loos 43%

2. To avoid shower queues 28%

3. To make a their own tea 19%

4. To have a warm place to sleep 7%

5. To avoid the mud 3%

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