Hire a human sat-nav for Glasto! The first ever hire package to make sense of mud, music and mayhem

Never mind the sat-nav, a London couple travelling to Glastonbury are to benefit from a trial innovation for their hire car – their own backseat Glastonbury guru for the journey.

Following an internet search on Twitter and music forums to find the UK’s top Glasto expert, the UK’s leading car hire company, Europcar picked Sunta Templeton from thousands of applicants to be the first ever human sat-nav and events guide for the world’s most famous music festival.

Sunta, 30, by day a music journalist will be delivered along with their rental car as part of Europcar’s weDeliver service to the home of Tracey Standbridge, 27, and her boyfriend Johnny Haynes, 30, who booked their personal Glastonbury guide in an online trial offer.

Sunta has only missed one festival since 1997 and her line of work as a backstage reporter and interviewer gives her inside knowledge on the gossip and goings-on most revellers don’t get to see. Following one backstage meet, she even appeared on the Pyramid Stage with Elbow in 2004 to join in singing ‘Grace Under Pressure’.

Sunta will be on hand for the journey to help plan Tracey and Johnny’s five days at the Pilton Farm festival site. As well as her top tips on acts to see – Gorillaz, Orbital and Rolf Harris – Sunta will be able to advise on the essentials of the experience from camping to waterholes.

Top Five Glastonbury Tip’s From Sunta Templeton Glastonbury Guru:

1. Ignore the timetable and go for a wander. Glastonbury isn’t just about watching bands. There’s so much more to it, like the Circus Field, Cabaret tent and the Healing Fields where you can lose hours listening to beat poetry while drinking Chai tea

2. The festival is set in a valley – always camp on a hill whatever the forecast. My first ever night at the festival ended up waking up partially submerged in several inches of water

3.The Park Stage is where you’re most likely to catch a secret set by an unadvertised band – I’d put money on The Strokes playing there this year

4. Away from the big stages The Queens Head and Stonebridge bar are great places to have a drink and catch some awesome bands and DJ sets

5. When it’s 3am and you are tired, wet through or suffering from sunburn and thinking about going to bed – that’s when things start getting interesting at the magical Shangri La.

According to Jenny Smith, Brand Manager, Europcar, ‘As well as delivering a car to customers homes, work or hotel, we wanted to be the first to provide the ultimate added extra to ensure customers get the most out of their travel experience. Having your very own en-route guide can make the difference between the best festival experience and being stuck in the mud.

‘If the idea catches on we’ll be looking at everything from a ‘Shakespeare Guru’ for Stratford-Upon-Avon to offering a ‘Gastro Guru’ service for some of the Continent’s top foodie locations such as Lyon in France, the European city with the most Michelin stars. Customers would simply use Europcar’s Airport Connect service to be greeted by both their car and Guru – meaning that technology could be replaced by local inside knowledge’.

‘For Glastonbury and other events and excursions this summer, Europcar has the largest fleet of cars in the UK and our up to 50% off promotion means that car hire is a great value option, with or without a guru.’

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