Glastonbury is the messiah of the festival calendar. Arguably the world’s most famous music and arts event is a three-day extravaganza that traditionally sprawls over five days with the majority of fans turning up on the Wednesday before it kicks off to watch the festival build up.
Over 170,000 festival-goers take up more than 1000 Somerset acres to witness performances from the world’s biggest artists down to the outright obscure. Irrespective of nationality, genre, fashion or age any band, artist, speaker, thespian or poet can be booked for the greatest stage on earth.
The best ‘current’ acts will take up most of the bill on the main stages, but the festival will always welcome back old favourites with Leonard Cohen, Shirley Bassey, Van Morrison and Johnny Cash performing in the past.
More than 1000 acts play across dozens of stages and arenas, including the Pyramid Stage, Other Stage, John Peel Tent, Jazz World, Dance Village, Left Field, Avalon, Acoustic Stage and Emily Eavis’ recent addition, the Park Stage.
But Glastonbury Festival is often about looking beyond the main arena with a magical maze of creative fields, relaxing leas and late-night obscurity. Many discover the famous Green Fields, infamous Stone Circle, Shangri-La and Tipi Fields for a completely unique festival experience.
Glastonbury 2009 is also heavily committed to charity and green issues with recycling encouraged, an emphasis on renewable energy sources and the highlighting of world issues.
… and there’s so much more. Glasto is almost impossible to describe, it just has to be seen.
AGreenerFestival say this about the festival: Jay-Z’s headline slot may have grabbed the headlines but Glastonbury continues to promote sustainability. Always inspirational, Glastonbury’s ‘Love the farm, leave no trace’ eco-message really worked in 2008 with everything from biodegradable tent pegs, the Green Trader Award, a fleet of bio-tractors running on sustainable bio-diesel from waste vegetable oil, totally compostable beer cups and the always innovative and informative Greenfields, Glastonbury is a worthy winner of the Greener Festival Award for the second year running.