Glastonbury Festival

Mystical field of dreams, Valhalla of alternative-culture unity, imagination and hedonism, psychedelic playground of the drug-blitzed and free: The Guardian.

Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts is just around the corner so we have put together a handful of facts you might have overlooked, regarding the biggest British festival of popular music:

History

  • The first festival was held on the day after Jimi Hendrix died (September 19th, 1970), over a two day period.
  • Michael Eavis (age 78) is the founder of the festival; he and his daughter Emily remain as organisers of the event.
  • The 10th edition of the festival was headlined by The Cure and Psychedelic Furs.
  • Glastonbury 2005 broke all attendance records with 153,000 tickets sold.
  • On the other hand, Glastonbury 2013 became the leader in the “fastest ticket sell out” department.
  • Muse, Gorillaz and Stevie Wonder headlined the 40th anniversary festival in 2010.

Glastonbury pyramid stage

Dimensions

  • The festival is set in over 900 acres in the Vale of Avalon. 900 acres is equal to 3,642 square kilometres, that’s 1.9 the total area of Monaco. Almost 9 times bigger than Vatican City.
  • Expected attendance (135,000) for this year’s festival is equal to 4 times the population of San Marino.
  • The Pyramid Stage area has capacity for 90,000 eager music fans.
  • 135,000 fans can produce 9.4 megawatts of heat (assuming an average heat production of 70W). They need airflow of 1,080 cubic metres per second to compensate for body odour.
  • The 2013 festival had 5,487 toilets on site. That is one loo serving 25 guests during 4 days!

Glastonbury 2014 will take place on between Wednesday, June 25th and Sunday, June 29th, featuring Metallica, Kasabian, The Black Keys, Jake Bugg and Massive Attack among many other bands.

MEMORABLE ACTS: Blur performing at Glastonbury 2009.
MEMORABLE ACTS: Blur performing at Glastonbury 2009.

 

June 23rd, 2014.

 

TRC

 

Sources:

BBC

Glastonbury

Wolfram Alpha

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