Bruce Springsteen was fantastic. The Rover coach to take us from newcastle to the Hope Estate was fine (if a little smelly in the loo, but that's generally what you find on coaches...). We arrived to join a queue for 45 minutes, blazing sun and no shade and no advice as to why the gates weren't open.
Once in, we grabbed some food from one of the stalls - an Italian sounding names which escapes me. A burger which was a bit underwhelming and a salmon topped Caesar salad which was really good. We had ordered a hamper but thought we'd save that for dinner later.
Bar queues were really small and were kept moving although only Carlton or Carlton cold available.
We spent the next couple of hours lounging around on the grass enjoying the atmosphere. When it came to collecting the hamper, they'd had the great idea to separate queues into the first letter of your surname. Funnily enough, the S to Z queue was empty. Seems though they'd had a refrigeration issue, so rather than collecting a pre-packed hamper, they were making them up as we waited. The wine was also only just being put into ice while we waited (so we went for the red which wasn't bad).
Once we did collect it, and excitedly rummaged through to see what wonderful treats awaited us, I couldn't have been more disappointed. 4 slices of shrink wrapped deli meats (I don't carry scissors with me so that was a challenge getting into), 2 large baguettes (but no butter), Greek salad minus the Greek (dry lettuce with an olive and a lonely cube of feta), the tub of antipasti was ok and the potato salad was huge but boring. Cheeses were quite nice and we didn't bother with the blobs of unidentifiable desserts. The water was as described thankfully. We expected much much more for $109 and would never buy a Hope hamper again.
Luckily, the concert was great, the venue was generally good and so we would go back but only for a smaller expected crowd.
One last thing though, the exiting scramble was downright dangerous at times. All coach-goers herded out of one gate, with wine bottles underfoot but insufficient light to see where you're treading. Hope estate do need to sort our there crowd control if they are to continue hosting such large crowds.
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