Glastonbury, the largest greenfield festival in the world (now attended by ~135,000 people each year) and arguably the most well known festival in the world. It is a staple of British culture, for an entire week a farm in Pilton, Somerset is transformed in to a celebration of music, and hiring one of our motorhomes for your trip is the best way to experience it.
Glastonbury Festival – A Brief History
David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Ed Sheeran, Adele, the list of headline acts at Glastonbury Festival is like a who’s who of artists (incidentally The Who have also headlined at Glastonbury twice). The draw of Glastonbury for both music artists and revellers is unmatched.
Fashioned by Michael Evis in 1970 on his farm, Pilton Pop, Folk and Blues Festival is where Glastonbury can trace it’s roots. Originally due to be headlined by The Kinks and Wayne Fontana, they were replaced at last minute with Tyrannosaurus Rex and tickets to the festival were just £1. The following year saw a name change to The Glastonbury Fair and, with the help of Andrew Kerr, saw David Bowie headline for the first time.
It’s great to be here, finally standing here at the confluence of the ley lines. We are buzzing.Paul McCartney
Glastonbury Festival disappeared from the public eye until 1979 when a convoy of vehicles destined for The Stonehenge Festival was redirected to Worthy Farm (home of Glastonbury Festival) and an impromptu event took place with just 500 attendee’s.
From 1981 to 1990 Glastonbury was an annual event with major headline acts such as Van Morrison, Elvis Costello and Bob Geldof’s Boomtown Rats. The frequency of the event however was causing damage to the land and 1991 started a tradition of having a break after every 4 years to allow the greenfields to recover.
The following years saw a surge in popularity with attendance growing from just 12,000 people in 1979 to 135,000 people in 2010 when the festival celebrated it’s 40th Birthday with Stevie Wonder and event founder Michael Evis singing Happy Birthday on stage.
Glastonbury Festival Today
The core ingredients are still there, the same high-quality of music, the same high chance of rain, the same struggle to buy tickets (the first ticket allocations for 2017 sold out in 23 minutes), but, if you are lucky enough to attend it is an experience like no other.
Glastonbury is taking it’s usual break this year (after 5 years, not 4 this time) but it will be back with a bang in 2019
Accomodation for Glastonbury Festival
For some, a major turn off for attending Glastonbury is the camping aspect, but what if we told you there was another way, a comfortable nights sleep, shelter from the rain for you and your friends, a clean, hot shower waiting for you every morning. Our luxurious motorhomes are the perfect companion for your Glastonbury experience, and for a more cost effective option, our caravans offer 90% of the comfort too. Take a look at our 4 and 6 Berth Motorhomes for Hire or our 4 Berth Caravans for Hire for your 2019 Glastonbury Festival Experience