Glastonbury is also famous for turning into a muddy extravaganza if it rains. It continues in its free-spirit traditions though (regardless of weather) with much of the profits donated to worthy causes. A colourful history has seen not only mud but stages burning down, excessive numbers of gate-crashes, new festival ideas appearing, weddings, wind turbine energy being used and televised coverage. Basically this festival is a temporary town, your home, for your stay and you're going to love it mud and all.
Various acts such as David Bowie, PJ Harvey, Radiohead, Pulp, Tony Bennett, Oasis, Muse, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Orbital and Dame Shirley Bassey have all featured. Initiatives such as donating the Wellington Boots discarded by attendees to the migrant camp in Calais have continued in recent years. The figures in regards to logistics are staggering and the event truly has a place in the national mind of a the UK.
When is it?
Tips and tricks
The festival is held in Somerset (southwest England) and, as part of the massive logistical organisation, there are dedicated trains from London, coach options and packages to consider.
Most punters end up camping. The festival runs for five days and there is a huge effort put into the comfort of attendees and consideration of the local landscape.
Being such a massive event, there are official crime figures and in previous years there have been deaths from drug overdoses.
The festival takes a break every five years (apart from The 2012 Olympics) to allow the fields, local community and organisers to recover.
Tickets sell-our quickly (within half an hour even); this is a very popular festival, particularly with UK residents.
Pack your gum boots just in case.