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Glastonbury Festival, Glastonbury

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Glastonbury Festival (formally Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts) is a five-day festival of contemporary performing arts that takes place in Pilton, Somerset, in England. In addition to contemporary music, the festival hosts dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret, and other arts. Leading pop and rock artists have headlined, alongside thousands of others appearing on smaller stages and performance areas. Films and albums recorded at Glastonbury have been released, and the festival receives extensive television and newspaper coverage. Glastonbury is attended by around 200,000 people, requiring extensive infrastructure in terms of security, transport, water, and electricity supply. The majority of staff are volunteers, helping the festival to raise millions of pounds for charity organisations.
Regarded as a major event in British culture, the festival is inspired by the ethos of the hippie, counterculture, and free festival movements. It retains vestiges of these traditions, such as the Green Fields area, which includes sections known as the Green Futures and Healing Field. After the 1970s, the festival took place almost every year and grew in size, with the number of attendees sometimes being swollen by gatecrashers. Michael Eavis hosted the first festival, then called Pilton Festival, after seeing an open-air Led Zeppelin concert at the 1970 Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music. The festival's record crowd is 300,000 people, set at the 1994 festival, when headliners the Levellers performed a set on The Pyramid Stage.
Glastonbury Festival was held intermittently from 1970 until 1981. Since then, it has been held most years, except for "fallow years" taken mostly at five-year intervals, intended to give the land, local population, and organisers a break. 2018 was a "fallow year" and the following festival took place from 26 to 30 June 2019. Glastonbury has had two consecutive "fallow years" since the last festival took place in 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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  • I have been and worked it 3 times, I love it and really missed it this year. Re Glastonbury Feedback 2020 We were all disappointed that Glastonbury 2020 did not take place in the usual way but I...  more »
  • brilliant festival but not as good as it used to be too many normal type people too many cops too much phone coverage to many glow sticks and novelty hats. still much better than the other big...  more »
  • The best festival in the world where its not only about the music on the main stages. The general vibe of all people are very relaxed and friendly. I can certainly recommend coming here even if the main stages are not to your your taste as you can easily spend the whole time seeing the smaller stages and other events. Do not expect be able to see/do everything in one year.
  • Loads of well-heeled people being lectured about how great Socialism is, while sitting behind a 12 foot high fence designed to keep poor people out. No thought ever given to single parents or those less fortunate than themselves, and that's directed at the organiser and his daughter. A mad money-making exercise which has got worse since BBC involvement. It was much better......once.

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