So, I guess that I won’t be going to any festivals this year, so I reverted to the next best thing. Watching Glastonbury on the TV. While watching it, I thought I’d do a little research into the festival. It turns out that the 2021 event has sold out 🙁
Glastonbury is by far one of the most highly commended music festivals in the world, and one of the most famous. Here are a few interesting facts about the Glastonbury Festival, and its history.
The first ticket only cost £1.00
The first-ever Glastonbury festival was held on Worthy Farm back in 1970, and saw around 1,500 people attend. Tickets now cost around £260.
The first festival fee included free farm milk.
The 1970 festival has held on the 19th September and cost only £1, that included fresh milk from the farm.
1971 Was Free?
The 1971 festival saw around 12,000 people attend, and access was free. The headliner was David Bowie.
The festival then took a few years off, it’s rumoured this is due to financial problems. The festival held an impromptu event in 1978, with around 500 attendees. Following then, the festival has been held every year except for fallow years
The festival has fallow years
Glastonbury Festival is one of the few festivals that take a fallow year, this is to allow the land to recover.
We’re on the 3rd iteration of the Pyramid Stage
The first pyramid stage was built for the 1970 festival and was built in the iconic pyramid shape. This burnt down in 1994 and a temporary stage was erected, however not in the pyramid shape.
The 1990 festival didn’t end well
The festival promotes peace, however, one fateful festival in 1990 fell into unrest and total anarchy. The festival took the following year off to rethink and built the huge security fence around the site.
Its the biggest in the world!
While Glastonbury is not the biggest festival in the world, it is the biggest grassroots festival.
The festival is so iconic and performers love it!
The festival does not pay its headliners as much as they would usually charge. The festival pays around 10% of what artists will usually cost, and the performers play at the event for the love of it.
The Glastonbury weather has become almost as iconic as the event, most years seem to be very warm before the event, tip it down for the event turning it into a mud bath then being sunny following the event.
The festival employs a full-time team to organise the event
Glastonbury Festival employs a full-time team of event managers to create and organise the event. Michael Eavis, now in his 80’s still books most of the headline acts and is very involved with the organisation of the event, along with his daughter Emily.
Its an award-winning festival
Glastonbury Festival was 2nd in the DJ Magazine, under the worlds best festival category in 2019. It has also won the NME best festival awards every year since 2010.
The event has been quite political, opening it up for politicians to make speeches at the event.
West Holts is actually named after a train station
The popular west holts stage is in the location of an old train halt, so the stage was named after the old train halt.
So there are a few things you may not have to know about Glastonbury.