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The Glastonbury Festival
The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, commonly abbreviated to Glastonbury or Glasto, also originally called Pilton Pop, Blues & Folk Festival; formerly Glastonbury Fair or Glastonbury CND Festival is a performing arts festival that takes place near Pilton, Somerset England, known for its music and also contemporary dance, comedy, theater, circus, cabaret and other arts.
The festival organizer is Michael Eavis, a farmer in a Somerset valley. Once he stated that he decided to organize the first festival, then called Pilton Festival, after seeing an outdoor concert of Led Zeppelin at the Festival of Blues and Progressive Music Bath in 1970. The first festivals in the 1970s were influenced by hippie ethics and movement of free festivals. The festival retains vestiges of this tradition such as the Green Fields area which includes the Green Futures and Healing Field. After 1970 the festival was held almost every year and grew in size with the number of attendees sometimes being enlarged by casting. The festival has also been part in films and albums and it has been reported extensively on television and in newspapers.
The size and nature of the festival, held for three or four days outdoors, with artists, equipment and festival public staying in tents, caravans and motorhomes, attaches great importance to climate. Attended by about 150,000 people requiring extensive security infrastructure, transportation, water and electricity supply. Most of the staff members are volunteers, helping the festival to raise millions of pounds for good causes.
U2 wrote a song called “Glastonbury”, supposed to debut with an appearance at the festival, but an injury of Bono forced them to cancel. Instead, it premiered at a concert in Turin on his tour 360 Tour. Robbie Williams, in his song “The 90s”, refers to Glastonbury “Everyone is worried” What´s wrong with Robbie? He doesn’t answer his phone, he’s not talking to me, I saw him on TV in Glastonbury”.