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You are here: Pop Up Tent News NewsHow to Fold A Pop Up TentTaking down a pop up tent is not the easiest thing in the world but once you get the hang of it you will have it back in the bag in minutes.   If you have bought a new pop up tent we recommend that you have a test run at home before you leave for the great outdoors.  1) Take everything out of the tent and give it a sweep out.  As with any tent be sure to let the tent dry off so it doesn’t get mouldy once back in the bag.  Also do not attempt to take a pop up tent down on rough ground as the abrasion could tear the fabric around the poles as it is pulled so tight.2)  Take out all the pegs.3)  Take hold of the poles at opposing ends of the floor of the tent and bring them together – imagine bending a large fabric taco.4)  When the two or three hoops have been brought together turn the tent so that it is stood on its side.5)  Once stood on its side whilst still holding the ‘fabric taco’ together with one hand, use your other hand to grab the poles at the top furthest away from you.  Pull these poles down towards the ground and towards you at the same time.  The tent should fold in on itself and resemble a multilayered disc.6)  Once you have this disc shape put the restraining strap around the tent and pop it back in the bag.
Note: With brand new pop up tents the poles are very resistant to folding and will try to re-erect themselves so please be careful.Obviously it is quite hard to explain in words how to take down a pop up tent so we have a video on our home page to help you. See here – How to fold a pop up tent video
Pearl Jam Confirmed for Spain’s Bilbao BBK Live FestivalPearl Jam are confirmed headliners for Spain’s Bilbao BKK Live festival which is held on Spain’s north coast in July.  The band were formed in Seattle back in 1990 and with the release of their studio album Ten they went massive in the grunge movement of the early 90s with other bands such as Nirvana.  Their ninth studio album Backspacer was released back in September 09 and managed to gain a number position in the US chart.Bilbo BBK Live festival has proven to be a huge success with national and international festival goers who have voted for the 2009 edition to be one of the finalists of the European Festival Awards in the category of ‘Best Medium Festival’.Bilbao BBK Live has a 40,000 capacity and two main stages.  Last year the festival saw bands such as Depeche Mode, Jane’s Addiction, RHCP and Primal Scream perform.
Dizzee to play Glastonbury Festival?In an interview with Lauren Laverne on 6 Music today organiser of Glastonbury Festival Emily Evis hinted that Dizzee Rascal could play the festival again.  The British born rapper released his fourth studio album in September ’09 and with the two number one singles ‘Dance Wiv Me’ and ‘Holiday’ he’s a massive crowd pleaser and he is sure to be well received at Glastonbury 2010.Also in the interview Emily said “A lot of bands really want to play but because we’ve only got three nights to headline, I think a lot of people are going to be doing secret sets. There will be a lot of surprises, more than we’ve ever had.”Tickets for Glastonbury’s 40th anniversary are currently sold out although more will be released at some point this year….watch this space!
Pop Up Tents – The HistoryThe pop up tent was the brainchild of a Bournemouth University (BU) student.   BU Product Design graduate Franziska Conrad came up with the initial design for the pop up tent as part of her final year project at BU.  Her first design was the Quick Pitch SS which has been in production since 2006 and has now sold over 150,000 worlwide.  It has also been voted ‘Best Festival Tent’ by The Guardian newspaper and ‘Best Festival Product’ by Channel Five’s The Gadget Show. When the university saw the potential of the initial design by Franziska they helped her protect the intellectual property rights of the design and also helped her search out a suitable company to manufacture and market the Quick Pitch pop up tent.  In the end Franziska and BU Innovations Ltd signed and licensing agreement with Gelert.  Gelert are one of the UK’s leading manufacturers for camping and outdoor equipment in the UK and they offered a great route to market for these ingeniously designed pop up tents.  Two European companies have tried to copy and launch the Quick Pitch design abut BU’s in-house legal team managed to enforce Franziska’s intellectual property rights and won compensation for lost sales and legal costs.Since the initial Quick Pitch SS design that was licensed to Gelert, Franziska has come up with the Quick Pitch SS+, Quick Pitch SS XL, Quick Pitch Evolution 2, and the Quick Pitch Revolve.  According to Franziska’s blog some new designs for the pop up tent are in the pipeline.
Bilbao BBK Live FestivalDepeche Mode front man Dave Gahan is to resume touring after having a malignant tumour removed. ‘Tour of The Universe’ will resume on the 8th June and this interruption will not affect the date set to headline the Bilbao BBK Live festival (9th-11th July) in Spain.The band temporarily cancelled their tour earlier this month after Gahan was diagnosed with severe gastroenteritis. Further tests revealed a malignant tumour in his bladder. The tumour has been successfully removed, but the singer has been ordered to rest for a couple of weeks. A statement from the band reads: “Dave Gahan thanks fans for their support, understanding and patience. Depeche Mode deeply regret any problems or inconveniences the cancellations and postponements may have caused.”See the band’s official website,, for more details of the cancellations and re-schedules.Bilbao BBK Live festival continues its £40 three day pass promotion (incl. camping). Headliners Depeche Mode (9th July) will be joined by Jane’s Addiction, Primal Scream, Kaiser Chiefs, Babyshambles, The Ting Tings, Placebo, Editors, Basement Jaxx, Gaslight Anthem, Supergrass, Dave Matthews Band, Motor and Fischerspooner.
The line up is not closed yet so expect more exciting acts to be announced soon!
For more info visit the Bilbao BBK Festival website
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It hasn’t even been advertised on the Glastonbury Festival website but there are still some tickets available to purchase through See Tickets.  We don’t know how many tickets are left or how long they will remain on sale so be quick to grab one while you can….The tickets are priced at £175 plus booking fees see here
Glastonbury Festival Sells OutThe final few Glastonbury tickets went on sale yesterday (Sun 5th April) and sold out within an hour. 
If you bought a ticket but are unable to attend the Festival, you can get your money back as long as you contact See Tickets before midnight Friday 8th May.  Do not attempt to sell your tickets because if you get found out the festival will cancel the ticket.
 If you were one of the lucky ones to get a ticket and you’re feeling flush there are still a few tips available to rent.  The cost is £800 for up to 6 adults more info here
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