Every summer, many music festivals take place across the UK. From Leeds Festival in the north to Bestival on the Isle of Wight (the small island just off the south coast of Britain), festivals are everywhere. There are festivals for children, for literature enthusiasts and for young adults. Despite the huge amount of choice, one festival remains “the one” to go to: Glastonbury.
Glastonbury is a hugely popular festival, located in the countryside near Bristol. Formally known as Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, it is a five-day event featuring numerous singers and performers. The festival takes place over the last weekend in June. Every five years there is a “fallow year” – this means the festival does not take place, allowing the land to recover.
Tickets, which cost £225 each, are released in the autumn prior to the festival. Many people want to obtain tickets and they usually sell out very quickly. Tickets for the 2015 festival sold out in just 26 minutes! For those who missed out, there will be a resale in April. This year, I will be stewarding at Glastonbury for Oxfam. It’s a great way to see the festival, support a good cause and see how a festival is run.
The organisers don’t release the full line-up until after the tickets have been sold. This means people buy tickets without knowing which performers will be there. You might think this is silly – but the festival has a good reputation so most people don’t mind the suspense. So far, only two headliners have been announced: Foo Fighters and Kanye West. When Glastonbury announced that Kanye West would be one of the headliners lots of people were frustrated. One person even set up a petition asking the organisers of the festival to cancel Kanye’s performance!
I’m really looking forward to experiencing Glastonbury for the first time this summer! I’ll definitely be taking my wellies – Glastonbury is notoriously muddy!