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Glastonbury 2019 - An Introduction

Alice Penney takes us through the regular features of the most popular festival of the year, and what we can expect from Glastonbury 2019.

The undeniable godfather of British festivals, inspired by the fun-loving hippies and derived from the energetic free party movement, Glastonbury is the biggest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world and has greatly influenced all that have come along since. I shall be taking you on a journey of the history and roots of the event whilst also touching down on the ethical innovations that have stuck in place from the first year.

Gone are the days of free Glasto (unfortunately!), seeing David Bowie free of charge (I know I was born in the wrong era!), but also gone are the days of 1,500 revellers.

The most sought-after event in the UK – with 250,000 attendees and still selling out in a matter of minutes to select registered individuals. – A festival for all ages – appeals to everyone and boy does everyone try to go.

Glastonbury has won the heart of the nation over its nearly 50 years lifetime, being broadcast on TV and radio for everyone to get the glimpse of the “Glasto magic”. Glastonbury is so adored that in 2006 BBC produced a movie “Rockumentary” to celebrate the glorious event.

Showcasing an eclectic mix of fun, from the front-running entertainment of music, to a plethora of the arts, ranging from comedy to circus performances, Glastonbury will spin you around and turn you upside down with the extensive volume of creativity to immerse yourself in over the five day soiree.

A quirky community for all cultures, the traditionally hippy festival magnets everyone together for a celebration of music, love and spirituality.

Recognised as a staple event in British culture, the festival is inspired by the ethos of the hippy, 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.

Michael Eavis hosted the first festival, formally called Pilton Festival, after being inspired by an open-air Led Zeppelin concert at the 1970 Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music.