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Why Portable Shelters Matter In Small Festivals Too

This summer may see major festivals like Glastonbury, The Isle of Wight and Rewind attract tens of thousands of music fans, but they will not be the only ones making good use of portable shelters.

While the size and number of such shelters might be lower, the importance of them as practical spaces for storage, retail and the provision of temporary catering, toilet, or administration facilities will be no less important in the plethora of much smaller festivals set to take place.

As the BBC reports, these are the hundreds of smaller events, described by one organiser as “Glastonbury meets the Vicar of Dibley”. Indeed, of an estimated 975 music festivals in the UK, 778 are classed as ‘micro festivals’, accompanied by fewer than 5,000 people.

The article went on to highlight the appeal of such small events, which many love because of features like being family-friendly, providing a stage for local talent and cheap ticket prices. Many focus heavily on ensuring food and drink prices are also kept down.

Nonetheless, many of these events have grown significantly in size and duration, meaning they need increasing facilities and logistical support. Examples include Devauden in Monmouthshire, which went from being an event for a few hundred coming for the day to a three-day event where 4,000 will attend, many of whom will camp on site.

Devauden 2023 takes place over the bank holiday weekend of May 26th-28th, with a line-up of unfamiliar acts such as The Rogues, Redland Tea Party, Grizzly and the Grasshoppers and Outrun the Rain.

The good news is that thelong-range weather forecast looks set fair. But if that turns out not to be the case, the presence of temporary shelters means ‘Outrun the Rain’ can be of the acts, not how festival goers have to respond to the weather.

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