Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury Festival UKGlastonbury Festival takes place at Worthy Farm, Pilton

Glastonbury Festival 2012 dates – TBC

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The History of Glastonbury Festival
The first Glastonbury Festival was held on the day after Jimi Hendrix died in 1970 over a two day period and before long “word had got around”. It was the Blues festival at the Bath & West Showground that had inspired Michael Eavis to begin a festival of his own although on a smaller scale.

Acts at the first festival included: Marc Bolan, Keith Christmas, Stackridge, Al Stewart.
1,500 people attended at a price of £1 per person including free milk from the farm !

The following year ‘Glastonbury Fayre’ attracted 12,000 people and was free !

In 1981 the festival changed it’s name to Glastonbury Festival and Michael Eavis took the helm running the event again. This was the first “Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament” festival. Michael helped positively towards the peace movement by holding the Festival at Worthy farm to benefit the Mid Somerset CND campaign. Michael had to convince National CND and said that with proper management the Festival could be turned into a profitable venture. Agreement was reached with National CND sending out information in their mailings, handling advance ticket sales and allowing the use of the CND logo. It was up to Michael to provide the money, arrange entertainment and organise the event, liaise with the authorities and organise market stalls etc.
Acts included: New Order, Hawkwind, Taj Mahal, Aswad, Gordon Giltrap.
Attendance: 18,000. Tickets: £8.

Glastonbury Festival 2011 – Line Up
U2, Coldplay, Beyonce, Anna Calvi, BB King, Big Boi, Chemical Brothers, Crystal Castles, Friendly Fires, Fleet Foxes, Gruff Rhys, James Blake, Janelle Monae, Laura Marling, Mumford & Sons, Primal Scream, Warpaint, Elbow, Everything Everything and many many more


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