been 36 years of fun...(Festival breaks in 1988, 1991,1996, 2001,
In 1970 Michael Eavis - inspired by the Bath Blues Festival
- organized his Pilton Pop Festival in Sept. Marc Bolan and T. Rex
headlined - arriving in a velvet covered limo. Entry for the lucky
1,500 was £1 and included free milk!
1971 The now legendary Glastonbury Fayre was timed
for the Summer Solstice in June, and featured the first Pyramid
Stage built near a ley line - making the most of the natural energies
in the magical vale of Avalon. David Bowie (on stage at 5a.m!),
Pink Fairies, Hawkwind, Fairport Convention, Arthur Brown, Quintessence,
Melanie, Joan Baez. No alcohol sales and veggie food only, midnight
curfew for amplified music.
1972 album released of the festival music and film 'Glastonbury
Fayre' - free entry to even luckier 12,000.
1972 A small free festival with Hawkwind performing.
- a film by Julien Temple chronicling the history of Britain's
best-loved music festival, it took him over three years - includes
the public's own Glastonbury footage. Includes: Scissor Sisters,
Radiohead, David Bowie, The Velvet Underground, Nick Cave and
The Bad Seeds, Primal Scream, Billy Bragg, Alabama 3 and Cypress
DVD Release date: July 17, 2006
from Glastonbury The Film - Various
Music from Glastonbury The Film,
includes Coldplay, Pulp, Primal Scream, Scissor
Sisters - described as a collection of
'weird beards, lubricated lunatics & the polaxed. Over two
hours of mud, mayhem
CD released on 10 July, 2006
An unplanned free festival following the Stonehenge Free - about
Extended to 3 day event and theatre performers joined the musical
acts. Peter Gabriel, Steve Hillage, Sensational Alex Harvey Band,
Genesis, Leyton Buzzards, Nona Hendryx and Tom Robinson - entry
was £5 and 12,000 attended. Profits to UN Year of the Child, despite
large financial loss.
1981 Glastonbury Festival is now a CND fund raiser
- new permanent Pyramid Stage which doubles as a cow shed and Theatre
tent - New Order, Aswad, Roy Harper, Supercharge, Hawkwind, Judy
Tzuke, Thompson Twins, John Cooper Clarke - £8 entrance for the
£20,000 raised for CND
- Jackson Browne, Richie Havens, Van Morrison, Aswad, Roy Harper,
Judy Tzuke, Alexei Sayle in Theatre - £8 entrance for 25,000.Muddy.
1983 Due to local Government Act Glastonbury Festival requires
a public entertainment licence. Radio Avalon hits the airwaves -
Marillion, UB40, Curtis Mayfield, Fun Boy Three, The Beat, The Chieftains,
Melanie, Alexei Sayle - £12 for 30,000. Profits to CND and
Now an annual event - first Green Field introduced - The Waterboys,
Ian Dury, Elvis Costello, Fairport Convention, Howard Jones, Joan
Baez, Billy Bragg, The Smiths, Paddy Ashdown and Bruce Kent are
speakers - entry £13 and 35,000 attended. £60,000 to CND.
1985 Festival site has grown 100 acres - Joe Cocker, Aswad,
Roger Chapman, Boomtown Rats, James, The Pogues, Ian Dury, The Style
Council, Echo and the Bunnymen - £16 for 40,000. £100,000
raised for charity. Muddy.
tent added - The Cure, Madness, Simply Red, The Pogues, Level 42,
The Psychedelic Furs, The Go-Betweens, The Housemartins, The Waterboys,
Billy Bragg - £17 entrance for 60,000.
£130,000 raised for CND and local charities.
Womad stage added - Julian Cope,
Ben E. King, Van Morrisson, Billy Bragg, The Communards, Elvis Costello,
Gaye Bykers on Acid, New Order - £21 entrance for 60,000. £130,000
raised for CND and local charities. Rain.
1989 - Police on site due to growing crime, Circus Tent added,
Rave arrives - Hothouse Flowers, The Pixies, Suzanne Vega, The Waterboys,
Elvis Costello, Van Morrison, Youssou N'Dour, The Proclaimers, The
Wonder Stuff - £28 tickets for 65,000
officially The Glastonbury Festival for Contemporary Performing
Arts - The Green Fields are extended to 60 acres. Circus,
comedy, theatre and cabaret areas. Travellers and security clash
causing £50,000 worth of damage -The Cure, Paul Oakenfold,
Happy Mondays, Lush, Sinead 0'Connor, James, Ry Cooder, Aswad,
De La Soul - 70,000 bought £38 tickets.
raised for CND and local charities.
1992 Jazz world stage added - The Levellers, Tom Jones,
Primal Scream, The Shamen, Blur, Lou Reed, Shakespear's Sister,
PJ Harvey, The Shamen, Youssou N'Dour, James, Billy Bragg - £49
for 70,000. £250,000 profits now go to Greenpeace, Oxfam
and local charities.
- Robert Plant, Lenny Kravitz, The Orb, Alison Moyet, Hothouse
Flowers, Lenny Kravitz, The Kinks, Van Morrison, Stereo MCs, Verve,
Jamiroquai, Suede, Lindisfarne, Rolf Harris, Velvet Underground,
The Lemonheads - £58 tickets for 80,000.
£250,000 to charities.
1994 The year the Pyramid burnt down, first live festival
tv broadcast - Manic Street Preachers, The Levellers, Beastie
Boys, Paul Weller, The Pretenders, Johnny Cash, The Lemonheads,
The Boo Radleys, Echobelly, Nick Cave, Oasis, Chumbawamba, Pulp,
Radiohead, Blur, Saint Etienne, Orbital, Bjork, Elvis Costello
- entry £59 for 80,000.
£300,000 raised for Greenpeace, Oxfam and local charities.
Dance Tent added, fences pulled down - Pulp, Oasis, Elastica,
PJ Harvey, The Cure, The Stone Roses, Orbital, Prodigy, Jamiroquai,
Simple Minds, Massive Attack, Sleeper, Portishead, Supergrass,
Shed 7, The Verve, Elastica, Ash, Dodgy, Goldie, Tricky - entry
£65 for over 80,000.
£400,000 raised for charities.
1997 muddy! Festival site now covers 800 acres, has own
daily newspaper and is broadcast live on BBC2 - Radiohead, Supergrass,
Sting, Fatboy Slim, Kula Shaker, Smashing Pumpkins, Echo and the
Bunnymen, Dodgy, The Levellers, Beck, Ray Davies, Massive Attack,
Ocean Colour Scene, Radiohead, Placebo, Ash, Catatonia, Sheryl
Crow, The Chemical Brothers, Travis, Super Furry Animals, Prodigy
- entrance £75 for 90,000
- Portishead, Lightning Seeds, Tricky, Robbie Williams, Primal
Scream, Nick Cave, Pulp, Tori Amos, Babybird, Underworld, Blur,
Divine Comedy, Faithless, Moby, Prodigy, Fatboy Slim, Idlewild,
Squeeze, Bob Dylan, The Doves - £80 tickets for 100,000.
£500,000 to Greenpeace, Oxfam, Water Aid and local causes.
1999 - Al Green, Hole, REM, Blondie, Bush, Marianne Faithfull,
Gomez, Orbital, The Doves, Kula Shaker, Travis, The Cardigans,
Ash, Super Furry Animals, Manic Street Preachers, Texas, Underworld,
Beautiful South, Feeder, The Chemical Brothers, Paul Oakenfold,
Joe Strummer - entrance £82 for 100,000
festival in the millenium
- new Pyramid Stage - David Bowie, Basement Jaxx, Moby, The Chemical
Brothers, Coldplay, Elastica, Macy Gray, Travis, Pet Shop Boys,
Ocean Colour Scene, The Waterboys, Reef, Doves, Embrace, Asian
Dub Foundation, David Gray, Toploader, Semisonic, Moby, Muse,
Dandy Warhols, St. Etienne, Groove Armada, Badly Drawn Boy, Nitin
Sawhney, Flaming Lips - £87 for 100,000
super-fence erected - Rod Stewart, Doves, Coldplay, Faithless,
Ash, Nelly Furtado, Dandy Warhols, The Waterboys, The Charlatans,
Fatboy Slim, Stereophonics, The White Stripes, Black Rebel Motorcycle
Club, The Bees, Starsailor, Ian Brown, Badly Drawn Boy, Roger
Waters, No Doubt, Rolf Harris, New Model Army, Lost Prophets -
tickets £97 for 100,000.
Suede, David Gray, REM, Supergrass, The Flaming Lips, Radiohead,
Waterboys, Radiohead, Feeder, Manic Street Preachers, Moby, Electric
6, Idlewild, Primal Scream, The Coral, Super Furry Animals, Doves,
Lemon Jelly, The Libertines,The Waterboys,Goldfrapp, Fatboy Slim,
Seb Fontaine - tickets £105 for 112,500
2004 Oasis, Kings of Leon, PJ Harvey, Groove Armada,
Elbow, Nelly Furtado, Chemical Brothers,Goldfrapp,
Franz Ferdinand, Snow Patrol, Kasabian, the Killers, Paul McCartney,
Keane, Black Eyed Peas, Starsailor, Lost Prophets, Scissor Sisters,
Basement Jaxx, The Subways, Muse, Morrissey,Supergrass, Orbital,
James Brown, Joss Stone, Black Rebel Mc, Divine Comedy, Zutons,
Dave Clarke, Kosheen, Fergie, Mylo - tickets £125 for 112,000
Glastonbury Festival history books