Fake cows to be Wi-Fi hotspots at Glastonbury Festival

Artist Hank Kruger putting the finishing touches to a herd of fibreglass cows at Glastonbury festival

A herd of cows will help festival-goers at Glastonbury receive superfast Wi-Fi for free this year.

The life-size cows, which have been modelled on Worthy Farm's famous dairy herd, have been converted into 4G Wi-Fi hotspots.

It means people can get online and upload photographs and videos during the five-day music event in Somerset.

The cows are made of fibreglass and have been installed by EE, the festival's technology partner.

We've loved bringing these 4G beasts to life and I think they look brilliant. My team and I have even named them: Dolly, Daisy and Molly seemed the perfect fit to me
Hank Kruger
Artist

Spencer McHugh, director of brand at EE, said: "Staying connected has become an essential part of any festival-goer's experience and we are thrilled to be back supporting Glastonbury Festival, helping to ensure those on site have the best possible experience.

"We wanted to have some fun this year while providing a much-needed service."

The cows have been decorated by festival artist Hank Kruger, whose team have been painting steel drum bins placed around the 1,200 acre farm since the 1980s.

Kasabian are headlining this year's Glastonbury, alongside Arcade Fire and Metallica.
Image caption Kasabian are headlining this year's Glastonbury, alongside Arcade Fire and Metallica

Mr Kruger said: "It's not the first cow I've ever painted but it's certainly the most high-tech.

"We've loved bringing these 4G beasts to life and I think they look brilliant. My team and I have even named them: Dolly, Daisy and Molly seemed the perfect fit to me."

One of the cows has been named Dolly, like singer Dolly Parton who is performing at this year's festival.
Image caption One of the cows has been named Dolly, like singer Dolly Parton who is performing at this year's festival.

Glastonbury starts on Wednesday with acts this year including Arcade Fire, Metallica, Kasabian and Dolly Parton.

Festival-goers will also benefit from contactless payment, with more than 100 card readers in 25 main bars on the site.

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