The UK’s most famous music festival, Glastonbury is a five-day music and contemporary arts extravaganza less than half an hour from our door…
As this year’s festival begins on the 21st June, we’re bringing you a little bit of Glastonbury history taking you right back to where it all began in 1970 when you could grab a ticket for just £1!
Since 1970, the highly anticipated festival has been held at Worthy Farm near Pilton in Somerset and is renowned for its environmental ethos and contemporary culture. Covering a huge expanse of 900 acres (equivalent to 500 football pitches) there are over 60 stages where some of the world’s most famous acts have performed including David Bowie, Johnny Cash, Blondie, Paul McCartney, Shirley Bassey, The Who and Kanye West.
Acting as one of the main stages, The Pyramid Stage is one of the most famous having had three different designs since 1971. In 1981 it was recreated as a permanent structure doubling up as a cowshed and animal store out of festival season! 19 years later in the year 2000, The Pyramid Stage was rebuilt bigger than ever before measuring in at 30 metres tall.
Famous for its dramatic weather Worthy Farm has seen its fair share of rain, although this never dissuades hard-core festival-goers. 1982 saw a new record as the highest amount of rainfall in one single day for 45 years fell on the Friday, providing a muddy weekend for its 25,000 attendees.
Glastonbury Festival also has a strong charitable and environmentally-friendly presence… In 2004, their ‘Working together for a greener Glastonbury’ campaign saw 32% of all waste recycled including 110 tonnes of organic waste composted. Charities including Oxfam, Greenpeace and WaterAid share Glastonbury’s strong beliefs and receive donations annually from the event as well as volunteering each year.
Known as the place to be every festival season, the BBC now give us the opportunity to be a part of the Glastonbury atmosphere by streaming performances live for us to enjoy in the comfort of our own home. Thanks to this, Glastonbury was nominated for a prestigious BAFTA in 2013 - the first time in the festival’s history. The following year, when Dolly Parton performed Glastonbury won the 2014 Best Festival Gong at the NME Awards.
Why not use Ston Easton Park as a base for Glastonbury? We would love to welcome you. If you are attending an event in the area this Summer we have some lovely accommodation offers for you.Back to news