Tag Archives: Glastonbury

24 Mar

UK Festival headliners map

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As a keen festival goer, I thought it would be interesting to MAP where some the larger bands can be seen playing this summer.

I am hoping to work on a larger version of this map for a later assignment, but this is a taster of what is to come!

I took the 6 big UK festivals, Glastonbury, T in the Park, Reading/Leeds, V Festival, Download and Sonisphere and noted down all the bands who headlining, whether that is the main stage or second stage.

I wanted a clickable flash map where you could see where your favourite band was playing, and if they were playing multiple events over the summer.

METHOD

  • Find headliner information from official festival website
  • paste a map of the UK into new Flash CS4 document
  • Create a second layer and write a list of bands names down the left hand side (leaving room for further additions as Reading/Leeds have not announced any bands yet)
  • Turn each band name into a BUTTON, with the text turning red and showing red points, Festival name, and appearance date on the map for the OVER, DOWN and HIT options
  • export map as *.swf file, upload into WordPress and embed

PROBLEMS

I wanted to create a second tier to the map, where the user could click on the Festival point on the map and be shown all the band playing (marked with red boxes around their names)

Unfortunately the map was too crowded with “hotspots” and became messy

I may still simply add a list of festival names NEXT to the map, so the user can click on those and see all the bands playing.

There is a slight glitch with the map in that it has turned the FESTIVAL NAMES TEXT BOXES into buttons – so if the mouse rolls over those, it highlights one of the bands playing. (If it highlighted ALL of them, that would have solved my above problem, but it does not)

I also had a few problems working out how to embed the file into Wordress. The solution was simple

  • upload the file into Media
  • install the Kimili Flash Embed Tag plugin
  • Type in the name, tweak the size and it’s done!
18 Mar

Glastonbury data mashup

NOTE: This is very much a work in progress, so any advice, feedback or tips, much appreciated! Also some of the data used is from news reports/blogs and hence is of a speculative nature but has been included for demonstrative purposes.

As part of my MA Online Journalism I have been playing around with some data from the Glastonbury festival archives.

I wanted to show the statistical history of the festival, through a visual media.

I started a spreadsheet in Google Docs and used the ManyEyes site to create my charts.

Michael Eavis officially took over the regular running of the festival in 1981 and this is where I began my research. Using official data from the Glastonbury website, I built a spreadsheet of the standard weekend camping ticket prices and official capacity (later finding this all laid out in table form on an license application PDF!)

I started by comparing ticket prices, over the years, with capacity.

Interestingly this shows a DROP in capacity between 2005 and 2007 (there was no Glastonbury in 2006).

However, this only shows the official capacity. Glastonbury festival has had a long running battle with gatecrashers (or fence-hoppers) and I felt it would be interesting to compare the actual capacity with the official one.

Unfortunately, actual capacity is hard to come by  – I gathered some information from news reports and blogs, although I accept these figures are largely speculative and may be inaccurate.

(On a personal note I was also concerned that, despite recent successful measures to prevent gatecrashers, according to some reports thousands of people are still getting into the site without paying. I am aware that there is constant scrutiny of the management of the festival and I did feel uncomfortable publishing speculative figures that could be taken out of context by critics)

I inputted the data into a scatter diagram, as above, but this did not clearly show the distinction between the 2 sets of data. I converted it into a simple bar chart which , in this case, is a lot more effective.

Although I still have some data to gather, it is interesting to see the sizeable spike in 1995, 1999 and 2000, which led to the festival being called off the following year for a “rethink”.

Next, I decided to compare the three sets of data – price, official capacity and actual capacity to see if there is was a link between the numbers of people “fencehopping” and the price of the ticket. Instead of placing all 3 data sets on one chart, I decided to create a fourth column, showing the difference between official capacity, and actual capacity.

The problem with this chart is currently the lack of data. I have plotted the years where I do not have estimated capacity, which is making the ones where I do seem dramatically out of sync. I will retry this chart once I have more data.

This is a work in progress, so any feedback or advice – much appreciated!

NEXT STOP:

  • Try Tableau
  • create a Glastonbury chart with “events boxes” that explain the data – ie NEW FENCE, bad weather, Jay-Z headline controversy etc.
  • create a word tree
  • experiment with live data

 

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