Reliving Glastonbury Festival!

Have you heard of Glastonbury Festival – the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world?

This incredible festival draws around 180,000 festival-goers during its five days and 200,000 people on the last day. Postponed for the last several years due to COVID-19, finally, this five-day massive soiree of contemporary arts, electrifying fun, all-night endless partying, no sleep, and frivolity is back on!

Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, Somerset, England, United Kingdom

The dates? From the 22nd to the 26th of June 2022 and I’m missing out this year!

As I can’t be there in 2022, I’m reliving the crazy and wonderful memories of the Glastonbury (Glasto) Festival with you, so, tell me which photo you like best?

Glastonbury festival, Pilton, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
Seized – 2017 (Photo credit: Steve Collins)
Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
Dancing – 2017 (Photo credit: Steve Collins)
Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, England, Europe
On-shift – 2019 (photo credit: Neil Lintern)

Glasto is where anything goes and everything does go! The mantra is: what goes on at Glastonbury, stays at Glastonbury.

ICCON stage, Glastonbury Festival, United Kingdom, Europe

Where in England is Glastonbury Festival?

Pilton, Glastonbury festival England

Although the name is Glastonbury Festival, the festival isn’t in the town of Glastonbury. Instead, the festival is held at Worthy Farm near the village of Pilton, which is around 5 miles from Glastonbury.

Fun facts from the 2019 festival

  • Takes place across 900 acres (around 500 football pitches) in the mythical Vale of Avalon, Somerset, South-west England and spreads over 14 farms
  • Festival capacity 203,000 – not including officials, police, and children under 13
  • Over 3,000 performances across 100-plus stages
  • 135,000 tickets sold in 36 minutes
  • 175,000+ festival-goers with 50,000 more on Sunday (last day)
  • Around 60,000 staff
  • About 50 people are employed full time
  • Around 250 volunteer Silver Hayes Fire Stewards
  • Approximately 1,000 volunteer Stewards in total
  • Glasto “costs about £40 million to hold of which about £2 million a year goes to charities” – Emily Eavis
  • Ticket: £248 + £5 booking includes 5 nights of camping. More for a motorhome, caravan, or campervan
  • The sale of single-use plastics was banned in 2019
  • 180 reported incidents with only 71 official arrests
  • Security for the 5 days costs around £5,000,000
  • Glastonbury Festival official website
Glastonbury Festival, England, Europe
Mud fest 2016 – My Wellies during the whole festival!

Having participated for 3 years as a volunteer steward, check out my previous posts with unique photos to get you in the groove. Even though we can’t be there this year, reminisce about this amazing festival with me…

Glastonbury Festival Virgin

Glastonbury Festival: Here Comes the Sun!

Glastonbury Festival – Sweltering in 2019!

Visit Nilla’s Photography for more images. More travel posts at Image Earth Travel.

Fly Away Ballooning allowed me to share this fabulous aerial video of the 2022 Glastonbury Festival, which gives you an idea of the expansive festival grounds.

Video: Fly Away Ballooning

Another super cool video from Maxar and shared by Daily Overview – enjoy!

19 responses to “Reliving Glastonbury Festival!”

  1. gillmorris Avatar

    I’ve been to my fair share of festivals, but never Glasto! Hope you are well Nilla! xx

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Hi Gill
      You need to go to Glasto at least once in your lifetime – it’s like no other festival. 😉
      I’m still having trouble accessing your site. I’ve tried loads of things but that message I emailed you about displays and I can’t access your posts.
      Hope all is well with you.
      Nilla xx

  2. equinoxio21 Avatar

    Well, well, Signorina, looks like you really had a good time…

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Ha, ha, had a great time at all 3 festivals – such an amazing experience! 😉

      1. equinoxio21 Avatar

        It sure looks like it.

      2. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        You should try and make it one year.

      3. equinoxio21 Avatar

        I just read Pau MacCartney will play at the next festival. But I didn’t see when. We are going to London week after next. Look forward to it.

      4. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        He played at the festival that just finished on Sunday. Bruce Springsteen and David Grohl were on stage with Sir Paul. 😉
        Wow, you’re starting to get around…enjoy!

      5. equinoxio21 Avatar

        A nice crowd on stage…
        Yes, getting around. I will let you know how I find the old country…

      6. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Fabulous! Can’t wait to hear about your adventures… 😉
        Un abbraccio

  3. Pradeep Menon Avatar

    Will definitely visit once… thanks for sharing

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Hi Pradeep
      Hope you get there in the future – it’s certainly an amazing and memorable experience.

  4. Dave Ply Avatar

    Your “been there, done that” list borders on absurd. 🙂

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Ha, ha, not yet Dave…still going… 😉
      Hope all is well with you.

  5. 100 Country Trek Avatar

    Wow !! The Glastonbury Festal was something I have never seen .

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Hi Anita
      Everyone should go once in their lifetime. 😉

  6. Yetismith Avatar

    I confess I never realized what the festival had grown into. My friend Grant went once and had a wet but wonderful time. As a person who gets nervous in crowds, it would be my worst nightmare!

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      It’s absolutely massive and so much fun! I love going and sorely missed this year but the planets weren’t aligned.
      Hi Carolyn
      I was going to take 5.5 weeks’ leave and travel to Sweden, the UK (for Glastonbury but also to catch up with friends), then onto Italy to housesit for friends for 5 days. Lots of internal flights and only one of us had to get COVID for it all to fall over and get stuck somewhere. Not a problem when you’re not working. 😉
      Next time…
      Thanks for reading my post and leaving me a comment, as always.

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