The Glastonbury Festival of the Contemporary Performing Arts in Worthy Farm, Pilton will take place this year Wednesday June 26 – Sunday June 30. After a fallow year in 2012 where no festival took place, tickets for this years event sold out in one day.
Glastonbury is the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. It was started in 1970 with the premiere event taking place the day after Jimmy Hendrix’s death. Attendance that year was 1,500 guests and tickets were priced at only £1 including free milk from the farm. Today the attendance has grown into the hundreds of thousands and headlining acts have included Beyonce, Coldplay, U2, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, and Van Morrison. It is the template and precedent for all other festivals that have come after.
Going to Glastonbury is similar to finding yourself in a new country. The 900 acres of festival grounds, essentially a huge tented city, have their own culture and community. “British law still applies, but the rules of society are a bit different, a little bit freer. Everyone is here to have a wild time in their own way.” In the Vale of Avalon, the land is immersed in symbolism, mythology, and religious traditions.
A Map of Glastonburg: