The annual Glastonbury festival in Worthy Farm, Somerset attracts hundreds of thousands of people in person and millions worldwide virtually to celebrate five days of contemporary performing arts and catch global superstars performing.
2023 will see the 43rd Glastonbury Festival. However, the festival has been a national treasure since its founding in 1970. Michael Eavis was inspired to host the first festival after seeing Led Zeppelin at the 1970 Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music. The first festival cost £1 and included The Kooks and T.Rex.
It wasn’t until the 1980s that the festival became an annual event that also saw TV coverage for the first time, with ITV showing festival highlights. 1994 saw Channel 4 broadcast the festival live for the first time, concentrating on the main music stages. Viewers were treated to music and cultures previously only murmured about in the mainstream. The latter part of the ‘90s saw attendance first breach the 100,000 mark.
The turn of the millennium demanded a headliner like no other, and that came in the form of David Bowie, playing Glastonbury for the first time since 1971. In 2002, a record 150,000 tickets were sold in one day which became the first-time tickets sold out before the full line-up was announced. By 2007, over 700 acts played over 80 stages and 2008 saw the first hip-hop headliner Jay Z.
Working charity Water Aid, water kiosks were introduced in 2014, where people can refill their bottles for free. 2019 saw Emily Eavis, daughter of founder Michael Eavis, introduce a plastic bottle ban for environmental reasons, which also included bars, traders, and backstage areas.
2022 was the year Glastonbury festival came back with a bang, after a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, with headliners including Billie Eilish, Paul McCartney, and Kendrick Lamar.
Glastonbury 2023 will take place from Wednesday 21st to Sunday 25th of June 2023 and will feature over 3,000 performances across dozens of stages, including Lizzo, Blondie, Fatboy Slim, Lewis Capaldi, Lil Nas X, Manic Street Preachers, Queens of the Stone Age, Alt-J, Lana Del Rey, Chvrches, Wizkid, Yusuf/Cat Stevens, and many more.
Friday Pyramid Stage headliner is Arctic Monkeys. Saturday Pyramid Stage headliner is Guns N’ Roses. To close the festival, the Sunday Pyramid Stage headliner is Elton John, which will be the final UK show of his last-ever tour.
Being in such a beautiful spot in Castle Cary, we are only a 10 minute journey to the drop off point of Glastonbury Festival. This year, we are excited to offer luxury Glastonbury glamping packages, which includes luxury accommodation in the form of safari tents from Monday 19th June to Monday 26th June , travel to the site and back 24 hours a day, a breakfast pack each day and all linen including bedding and towels. Please note, tickets to Glastonbury Festival itself are not included.