Over 400 feet of camera track and a large inventory of camera support equipment were fielded by The Camera Store (TCS), a Vitec Group company, for the high-definition broadcast coverage of this year’s Glastonbury Festival.
“Glastonbury is one of the most popular events in the annual broadcasting calendar,” commented David Fader, operations manager at TCS. “Given the festival’s rural location and the unpredictability of British weather, it can also be one of the most challenging as camera crews and their equipment have to be ready for anything from a rainstorm to a mud bath. The big-name stage music performances take place under cover but others are held out in the open. Precise camera movement is a vital ingredient for television directors so offering mountings that go on rail is an integral part of our business.”
Working closely with Arena Television and SIS LIVE, TCS supplied two of its own-design fixed and tracking Skquattro (pictured) pedestals, 14 Vinten Osprey Elite pedestals, 15 Vinten Vision 250 pan and tilt heads 11 Vinten tracking skids and nearly two kilometres of SMPTE grade camera fibre.
Set-up commenced on Monday 24 June in preparation for the event’s five-day duration at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset. The 26-30 June festival itself attracted very high attendance, all 135,000 tickets selling in a record 1 hour and 40 minutes from first going on sale.
Highlights of the festival were broadcast on BBC 2, including a two-hour Glastonbury debut by The Rolling Stones, which achieved an estimated peak audience of 2.6 million viewers.
Photo credit (top): Glastonbury’s legendary Pyramid Stage (image by Chris Goor, Camera Supervisor, OBCrews.com)