Glastonbury Festival Essay

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Glastonbury Festival opened in 1970 the day after the death of Jimi Hendrix on 19th September, the festival was held by Michael Eavis on his land Worthy Farm, Pilton in Somerset. The small scale festival accommodated for 1,500 people with a £1 entrance fee and offered free milk to all the festival goers! When you compare these figures to the current day Glastonbury’s attendance figures and ticket prices you can recognise the huge development the festival has undergone in the past 45 years. The festival is now legendary, recognised all over the world, its tickets are some of the most sought after - which explains the record breaking 30 minute sell out time. Michael Eavis’ reasoning behind why he created and started the festival is down to inspiration, he had attended the Blues festival at the Bath & West Showground which obviously sparked an idea in his mind to create his own event for the public to…show more content…
It was in 1971 the ‘Pyramid’ stage was constructed which is now the biggest stage at the festival holding artist such as Oasis, The Rolling Stones and Dolly Parton. The wide variety of music which has grown with the festival is also a key aspect to its success as it caters for a range of different music genres, in turn attracting a bigger and wider ranging audience. A unique aspect about the festival is in its name ‘Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts’ the festival has a lot more to offer than just music, it explores all forms of art including crafts, theatre, circus performances, dance, comedy and poetry. This results in it attracting people of many interest and cultures. Art is also expressed in the finer details scattered around the festival in forms such as sculptures and paintings on fences and buildings, even waste

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