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Glastonbury turns 50

Glastonbury turns 50

We can’t believe that 2020 will be the 50th anniversary at Worthy Farm. We’ve been turning up religiously for five years now, setting up our flagship Powder Room glamping village just outside Gate D.

This was our first major bell tent gig back in the days when we were a tiny company and Charles, Laurence and Ben (now fulfilling super-important MD and Director roles) were running around putting up tents and trying to work out how to plumb in a new-fangled vacuum toilet system. ‘We just kind of made it up as we went along’ says Ben.

There’s lots of gossip about what Michael and Emily are planning for the 50th birthday celebrations and as much as we’d love to claim to have insider knowledge, we’re as much in the dark as everyone else. It’s going to be big though! Is it even possible to top Kylie Minogue, Queen of Pop gracing the stage in 2019, Jeremy Corbyn’s 2017 appearance and Jay-Z’s 2007 controversial performance as the first headliner rap act?

Glastonbury is surely now the most iconic of the UK’s festivals, with many people citing it as a must-do at least once in their lives. It started in 1970, on the day after Jimi Hendrix died and it cost a whole £1, with free milk from the farm. There was even an Ox roast.

In 1971 the date moved to the now traditional Summer Solstice and expanded dramatically from 1,500 festival goers to 12,000. In 1979, the farm owner (and now legendary) Michael Eavis got involved for the first time, to financially back the event, borrowing against the deeds of the farm. It was also the birth year of Emily Eavis, Michaels youngest daughter, now the driving force behind the festival.

Today the festival attracts 135,000 revellers, with the site measuring over a mile and a half wide, featuring over 3,000 performances on 100 stages with 400 different food stalls to choose from. We simply can’t wait to see what fabulous surprises are in store for 2020.

As usual our Powder Room will be a haven for Glasto revellers, with the option to stay in our bell tent village or buy a weekend access pass to our posh loos and showers, complete with luxurious pamper areas, to wash off the Glastonbury grime and reapply the Glastonbury glitter.

Tickets to Glastonbury Festival 2020 go on sale on October 3rd. Our Powder Room weekend passes and luxury accommodation in our Glamping Village will be available to buy on the same day.

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