The most famous festival of them all (in fact it's the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world) finished it's 5 day marathon yesterday, and so in today's post, we thought we would celebrate this year's event with some images! First let's set the scene with some music from one of the headline acts - Lana Del Rey via the video below.....
The scale of Glastonbury is obvious when you see the huge tented city that springs up every year and with a line up that is so vast (across 100 stages!) it would be impossible to see even a quarter of it, the performers read like a who's who of past, current and up and coming acts from all aspects of the Performing Arts. From all genres of music, to D.J sets, art, cinema, theatre and the English National Ballet, it is not hard to see why this Festival really is all things to all people.
The first Glastonbury took place in 1970, attended by 1500 people on Michael Eavis' Farm in Shepton Mallet, Somerset the day after Jimi Hendrix died. Michael was inspired to host his own festival after seeing another local Blues Festival. Tickets were £1 each, available in the post direct from the farm. That's Michael on the left!
Fast forward to 2014, where 120,000 tickets were released, selling out in a record 1 hour 27 minutes (more than one million people registered). By the time the support crew, catering, performers and security is added, total number on site are estimated to be around 175,000.
Take a look at some of the acts that performed this year - scroll through the images below.
Despite the majority of publicity focusing on the Headline Acts (last year was the first time The Rolling Stone's headlined in their 51 year career) - the Festival's social conscience is never far away. For example, in 2013 as an act of solidarity with musicians from The West African country Mali (where Northern rebel groups had banned music), an artist from Mali opened the Pyramid Stage daily.
In many ways, Glastonbury is like loads of different festivals converging on the same gorgeous countryside for the weekend. Each area of the Festival has its own character, its own loyal fans and its own special attractions.
As with every Glastonbury aside from the performances, one of the most entertaining elements are of course, the people! Add in lack of sleep, lots of partying, and unreliable weather, and you get some of the images below!
I am kicking myself that I didn't take the opportunity to go to Glastonbury when I had the chance (born and bred in the UK) and now I live on the other side of the world it will take a lot more planning and commitment to make it happen! Since then, Glastonbury has broadened it's appeal to include activities for the kids, so who knows, we may make it part of our family holiday one day!
This is how I would feel too after 5 days of Glastonbury! Until next year.......