Music Festival Month Meets Throwback Thursday: Historical Photos of Glastonbury
The first-ever Glastonbury Festival was held in 1970, one day after the death of Jimi Hendrix. Now, 45 years later, Glastonbury 2015 rages on. Running from June 24-28 this year, Glastonbury’s line up includes Patti Smith, The Who, Kanye West, The Chemical Brothers and Ryan Adams. We dug around in Glastonbury’s historical galleries and hand-picked some cool photography and interesting artwork from the library.
The second-ever Glastonbury festival saw an attendance of 12,000 people.
It was in this year that the first “pyramid” stage was constructed out of scaffolding and expanded metal covered with plastic sheeting, built on a site above the Glastonbury-Stonehenge ley line.
The pyramid stage would go on to become an enduring symbol of the festival
It rained at Glastonbury 1985, turning the parade ground into a huge mud pit.
And suddenly, punks:
Rave culture is in full-swing in 1993, as this group of festival goers party under a parachute.
By 2002, festival attendance was at 100,000. This is what Glastonbury 2002 looked like from the air:
The pyramid stage isn’t the only Glastonbury tradition: braving the mud in a set of wellies has become a traditional Glastonbury experience.
Bringing us, finally, to the present. Glastonbury organizers posted this instagram shot of the pyramid stage going up for its 45th year: