Festival Spotlight: The Original Farm Fest of Glastonbury

Glastonbury in 2010. Photo Credit: Glastonbury

Before Bonnaroo there was Glastonbury. Started on the day after Jimi Hendrix died on 1970 Glastonbury is the largest greenfield festival in the world. With a perimeter of eight and half miles and enough bands to fill the space, good luck getting tickets. They usually sell out in under 24 hours.

Pilton, UK
Dates: Last weekend in June
Number of Days: 3
Crowds: 175,000
Music Genre: Everything
Alumni: The Cure, Oasis, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Van Morrison , Joe Cocker

Glastonbury in the early days. Photo Credit: Glastonbury/Chazz Mervyn

1. The Lineup. The Lineup. The Lineup. Glastonbury’s “everything and the kitchen sink” mentality for picking artists ensures three days of nonstop tunes.
2. Get Discovered. Greenpeace will will have two stages for unsigned artists to perform and be voted on by the audience.
3. Meet The Ghost of King Arthur. The Worthy Farm is 900 acres in the Vale of Avalon (sweet name), an area full of mysticism, beauty, and and mythology.

Photo Credit: Glastonbury

Farmer turned festival organizer, Michael Eavis, owns the Worthy Farm and is as much an institution as the festival he created. He donates a chunk of the profits from Glastonbury to non-profits.


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