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Thank you for the music: How to get out of Glastonbury

Festival goers are advised to get things to their car early. Photo: Yui Mok/PA

Glastonbury Festival may be coming to an end, but crowds wanting to enjoy the home comforts of a night indoors and a hot shower first have to escape the site.

After the traffic issues which hit Somerset when the festival first opened it's gates on Thursday - which left some in a gridlock for more than 16 hours - festival organisers have released some guidelines in how to get out more smoothly than you got in.

PACK EARLY & LEAVE NO TRACE

If you’re leaving tonight, it’s worth getting your stuff back to your car during the day (although you won’t be able to move your vehicle to a new position within your car park).

Reduce, reuse, recycle! There's even a spot to drop off your tent Credit: ITV News

Organisers are keen to minimise rubbish and waste on the site, and are asking people to help out.

Where to recycle your tents and canned food is something we're really pushing this year, so we don't get a lot of tents abandoned on the site.

You can't move your car but you can take stuff to your car early and just help get yourself set up for the exit.

– Gez Smith, Worthy FM

STAY INFORMED

Tune in to Worthy FM on 87.7FM on your vehicle’s radio and follow @glastoinfo and @policeatglasto on Twitter for the latest traffic updates.

PLAN YOUR EXIT

The quietest time to leave is usually 3-6am. But be aware of your alcohol consumption, so that you’re in a fit state to drive.

BE PREPARED

There are likely to be some delays leaving the site. Go to the toilet before you set off. Have drinks, snacks and any essential medication with you. And if your vehicle has a towing eye, please attach this ready for possible towing.

Prepare to wait - there were long tailbacks near the site last Thursday Credit: ITV News

CAMPERVAN EXIT

If you are leaving from the campervan / caravan fields, make sure you have your tow eye attached ready to set off.

Tractors and tow crews will be on hand to help those who need assistance getting off site. Please notify a steward if you need help, and be patient whilst the tractor crews help others, as this will help them get to you sooner. The Bath & West showground is now drop-off and exit only. No new campervan arrivals will be admitted today.

FOLLOW TRAFFIC OFFICERS’ INSTRUCTIONS

Follow directions, and you will get off site as quickly as possible. When driving, try to get into second gear, to avoid wheelspins.

ONCE YOU’RE OFF SITE

As you leave, please ignore SatNav and follow traffic officers’ instructions, even if this means not going in your desired direction to begin with. This is in order to make your journey quicker and safer. Do not U-turn and drive back past the car parks.

Your SatNav isn't part of Glastonbury Festival - the marshals are.

– Gez Smith, Worthy FM

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