When it comes to phone signal at Glastonbury Festival, it can be a bit hit or miss. Like many festivals, Glastonbury is held in a rural area, which can make it a bit harder to get a strong signal.
But don’t let that discourage you!
Glastonbury is absolutely huge – and it’s a big deal for lots of high profile people. So, Glastonbury has moved on from EE and partnered with Vodafone for 2023 as part of a multi year agreement to provide the network needs and a brand spanking new app for festival goers.
But, just like any other festival or large crowded event, you can still text and call, but you may have to walk around a bit to find a spot with better reception.
Or, you may find that your messages are sent but don’t get delivered until several hours later.
And if you’re planning on using data, like for social media or streaming music, then you might want to consider downloading things before you go, or using wifi when it’s available.
Is There Phone Signal At Glastonbury?
Phone signal is very limited at Glastonbury Festival. It has be a challenge to find any signal that sustainable in previous years.
Following Vodafone’s pledge to provide a new app and all other network requirements the festival needs, They have also claimed that they will boost the network to it’s highest capacity ever!
Seeing as data consumption at the festival has doubled between 2019 and 2022, if it can be accomplished will improve the festival for a lot of festival goers.
So for 2023 at least we will have to wait and see what Vodafone can do!
Glastonbury Has Some Hills & Very Crowded Areas
Glastonbury Festival is known for its hilly terrain, which can add to the unique and immersive experience of the festival.
The hills at Glastonbury have an impact on the levels of phone signal you may have.
Higher up the hill (by the Glastonbury sign) may give you a better chance!
Will I Be Able To Use My Phone At Glastonbury?
At certain times of day (e.g. during the headliner on The Pyramid Stage) I would often find that messages sent between me and my friends would get delivered hours later – this is made worse by the other 200,000 people also trying to get a signal!
You’ll definitely be able to take your phone out and about at the festival to take photos and videos, but you may not be able to share them online until you’re in a better spot.
But again until we get to experience Vodafone’s shot at being the network provider for Glastonbury, we will have to wait and see!
Make sure you have a decent portable phone charger with you, as there is no electrical hookup at the festival itself.
Final Thoughts: Put Your Phone Away!
I totally get it, you wanna document every moment of the festival, get those perfect shots for the ‘gram, and stay connected with your friends and fam back home to make them jealous because you’re having an amazing time at Glastonbury!
Putting your phone away for a bit and just being fully present in the moment can be a game changer for your festival experience.
First off, it’ll allow you to fully immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the festival. You’ll be able to take in all the sights, sounds, and energy around you without constantly looking through a screen. You’ll be able to fully appreciate the music and the performances without distractions.
Plus, when you’re constantly on your phone, you’re missing out on all the little moments that happen around you.
You might miss a spontaneous set, a cool art installation, or even just a good conversation with a stranger.
And let’s not forget about the social aspect of festivals. When you’re constantly on your phone, you’re not fully present in the conversations and interactions you’re having with the people around you.
It’s a great opportunity to connect with people, make new friends and memories.
So, while it’s totally cool to take some snaps and videos, try to put your phone away for a bit and just be in the moment. Trust me, you won’t regret it.