Aggreko provided power to Glastonbury music festival


Aggreko provided power to the well-known Glastonbury music festival, which was held from 21-26 June at Worthy Farm, Mendip, UK.  

According to Aggreko, this year’s heatwave meant that it had to doubly ensure temperatures were kept manageable so that visitors were catered for, comfortable and safe.

Aggreko’s CEO Chris Weston said:"We take that responsibility very seriously and appreciate the trust Glastonbury places in us,” Weston noted.

Aggreko has been supplying power and heating and cooling systems to Glastonbury for many years.

It has been supplying bio-diesel generators to Glastonbury since 2009 to meet the festival organisers’ request for the use of renewable energy.

Aggreko’s 230 generator fleet onsite have used over 60,000 litres of hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) fuel to power the event and, this year, it has provided 4x4 tankers of fuel to meet any rise in demand.

The Aggreko team set up the power supply infrastructure over a month ago.

Around 70 Aggreko technicians were involved in the run-up to the event, with the team growing to more than 90 at its peak.

"It has been supplying bio-diesel generators to Glastonbury since 2009 to meet the festival organisers’ request for the use of renewable energy."

The internationally renowned festival first took place in 1970 and currently attracts over 177,000 visitors.

Aggreko stationed four project managers at the festival, who have experience in some of the world's largest events, including the Ryder Cup, the Open Golf Championship, and the Olympic Games.

This year Aggreko also laid 60km of LED festoon lighting with time clocks to cut down the power requirement during the day.

Areas powered by Aggreko included all stages and performance areas, a broadcast compound for the BBC, market areas, a medical centre, police compound, event security control, and corporate hospitality centres.

Aggreko general manager for event services and HV Jono Rose said: “Glastonbury is such an iconic festival.

"The pressure is always on and the weather plays such an important part in decision making and planning – come rain or shine."

According to Rose, the planning and the infrastructure the firm built in the month before the event, was crucial to the success of the project.