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Glastonbury Festival print-ready for revellers

From 9am yesterday, approximately 175,000 people made their way to Worthy Farm in Glastonbury to pitch up their tents ahead of this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

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Grafitec engineers oversaw the installation of a Stahl T52-4X folder to accompany the vintage Heidelberg press

The famous music and arts festival, which debuted in 1997, sees hundreds of big music names take to its many stages, as well as a whole host of activities from fun runs to ‘power ballad yoga.’

With the festival covering a staggering 1,100 acres, it is impossible to visit every part of the site. Luckily, visitors can stay up-to-date with all the latest news and events taking place during the week by reading the festival’s very own on-site newspaper – The Glastonbury Free Press.

In true Glastonbury style, the printing tent - which can be located in the Theatre & Circus fields - has been established as an attraction in itself, as the paper is printed using a vintage Heidelberg printing press.

The 1957 Heidelberg Cylinder Press weighs seven tonnes and was imported from Belgium in 2013 when it made its first appearance at the festival.

In true Glastonbury style, the printing tent - which can be located in the Theatre & Circus fields - has been established as an attraction in itself

According to an ITV report dating back to when the machine was first imported six years ago, the type is set in the traditional way using hot molten metal to cast the blocks of text to be printed.

The first publication of 2019 was printed this morning and includes a tribute to The Prodigy’s late frontman, Keith Flint, an overview of the different music to be found across the festival, a ‘Glastonbury Bucket List,’ and a nature walk map among other features.

The final edition will be printed on Sunday morning - the final day of the Festival.

In addition to the Heidelberg, a Stahl T52-4X folder is being used to finish the newspaper once it has been printed.

A vintage Heidelberg press, similar to the printing press used for the Glastonbury Free Press

Engineers from bindery and print finishing equipment supplier Grafitec, oversaw the installation of the machine. While the team has experience in installing equipment in purpose-built factories, the challenge of offloading into a field was a new challenge.

Chris Barrett, managing director of Grafitec explains: “It’s amazing to be involved with something as iconic as Glastonbury, and the team here have loved the chance to install machinery where no one else has done before.

“We have had to battle with monsoon rain, high winds and sloping fields to get the machinery into production on time. The folder is in and working well now and we look forward to enjoying the rest of the festival.”

If you have any news, please email carys@linkpublishing.co.uk or join in with the information on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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