The lineup for this year’s Glastonbury lineup has just dropped, and we think it’s already looking incredible! So we figured it’s about time we got all nostalgic with you, and took you on a journey through the history of the now legendary Glastonbury festival and its 46 year lifespan.
Take a look through some of the lineups from years gone by. How do you think 2016 compares?
A little known Pop Folk and Blues festival began in 1970, the day after Jimi Hendrix died on Saturday 19th September. Just 1500 people attended in this year, and the price of a ticket was £1, which included free milk from Worthy Farm. Send your fee by post to M. Eavis, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Shepton Mallet, Somerset!
Acts included The Kinks, Steamhammer, Duster Bennett, Alan Brown and more.
A small price increase and a change of name, Glastonbury Festival in 1981 was the first “Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament” festival (hence the Glastonbury CND Festival name). It was this year that Glasto decided to build a new Pyramid stage, this time as a permanent structure, doubling as a cowshed and animal food store during the winter months. Attendance hit 18,000 in this year!
Acts included New Order, John Cooper Clarke, Hawkwind, Taj Mahal, Aswad, Gordon Giltrap and more!
Glastonbury Festival decided it was outgrowing its surroundings on Worthy Farm in 1985, and therefore purchased its neighbouring Cockmill farm land. £100,000 was raised for CND and local charities in this year and the festival went from strength to strength, with attendance at 40,000 and ticket prices growing to £16.
Acts in attendance this year included Echo & The Bunnymen, Aswad, Joe Cocker, Style Council and The Boomtown Rats.
As it hit its 20th anniversary, the festival took the name of the Glastonbury Festival for Contemporary Performing Arts for the first time. 1990 was the first year with a professional car parking team and £100,000 of donations were made to CND and other local charities. Attendance was up to 70,000 and prices had been raised to £38.
Acts included The Cure, Happy Mondays, Sinead O’Connor and World Party.
The 25th anniversary of Glasto was celebrated in ’95 and saw the return of the two performers from the first event – Keith Christmas and Al Stewart. Ticket demand was so high that the event sold out completely in 4 weeks. A dance tent was introduced and headliners The Stone Roses were replaced by Pulp when they were forced to pull out. £400,000 was donated to charities and attendance was up to 80,000.
Acts included the likes of The Cure, Oasis, Orbital, P J Harvey, Simple Minds and Portishead.
With more in attendance comes more space to camp, with a family friendly campsite being added in 2000. This year saw a huge influx of gatecrashers and a new outdoor dance venue was introduced and proved a great success. Tickets were now shooting up to £87 and (licenced) attendance was now over 100,000.
Acts appearing in 2000 included Chemical Brothers, Moby, Travis, Morcheeba, Basement Jaxx and David Bowie.
Two months worth of rain fell over Glastonbury in 2005 and left Worthy Farm in a pretty soggy state. Still plenty of room for generosity though, as a remarkable £1,350,000 was paid to charities and good causes. Tickets sold out in under 3 hours and 50% of all waste was recycled. The New Tent was re-launched as The John Peel Stage and the Dance Tent became the Dance Village. 153,000 were in attendance this very wet year.
Acts included Basement Jaxx, White Stripes, Magic Numbers, Coldplay, The Belly Dance Superstars, Razorlight, New Order and tonnes more!
Happy 40th Glasto! 2010 brought with it plenty of sunshine. Gorillaz filled the Friday night Pyramid headline slot with grooves and guests, following U2’s enforced cancellation, although that band’s guitarist, the Edge, did turn up do a song with Muse for their storming Saturday night slot. Ticket prices might now have been £185, but that didn’t stop an attendance of 135,000 weekend tickets alone turning up for the party.
Notable acts in 2010 included Gorillaz, Muse, Stevie Wonder, The Flaming Lips, Pet Shop Boys and loads more!
Fast forward to last year’s festival, and there were lineup changes aplenty. Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl fell off stage a few weeks before and broke his leg, forcing their late withdrawal. Florence + The Machine were moved to Friday’s headliner, while Florence’s vacant gap was filled by The Libertines. Ever the generous festival, Glasto revealed that hundreds of pairs of discarded wellington boots from the 2015 festival were donated to the migrant camp at Calais.
Other acts for 2015 included Kanye West, The Who, Motorhead, Pharrell Williams, Deadmau5, Patti Smith, the Strypes, Lionel Richie and more!
Here we are. Present Day! Some of you might already have tickets for this year’s Glastonbury Festival, but if not, keep your eyes peeled for the resale – details to be revealed soon! Headliners this year include Muse, Adele and Coldplay. It’s not one to be missed!