50 Glastonbury Facts To Celebrate The Festival’s 50th Anniversary

There have been many helicopter charters to Glastonbury for Atlas Helicopters, with most travelling directly from London but some have flown in from places like Jersey, Manchester, Leeds, Ireland and the Isle of Man.

A few have brought guitars but sadly our discreet service means we can’t divulge who, so here’s 50+ interesting facts to celebrate this festival’s 50th anniversary in 2020 and long may it reign (not rain) as the King & Queen of Festivals.

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Our First Fact about Glastonbury is…

In the first 50 years of Glastonbury there have been 36 festivals

The event became annual (barring fallow years) from 1980

Glastonbury Festival is held 9km from Glastonbury village

If you were travelling to Glastonbury Festival from central London (Battersea) on a good day it would take approximately these times to cover the 126 miles…

Foot 42 hrs
Bicycle 12 hrs 12 mins
Train 4 hrs 15 mins
Car 2 hrs 56 minutes
Helicopter 55 minutes


Two Albums For Your Glastonbury Flight

The English countryside from a helicopterThe English countryside from a helicopter

During that 55 minute charter with Atlas Helicopters you could watch the English countryside roll by while getting into the mood by listening to these classic albums back-to-back:

The Beach Boys – Wild Honey (1967) 24 minutes

Nick Drake – Pink Moon (1972) 24 minutes

[source: www.loudersound.com]

Highest official attendance was 153,00 in 2005, but it is thought 300,000 saw the Levellers play the Pyramid Stage in 1994. [source: en.wikipedia.org]

Attendance is now capped to 135,000

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There are 63,000 complimentary passes covering all performers and staff including medical, security, volunteers, traders and more. [ source: www.somersetlive.co.uk]

Van Morrison has played the festival 7 times, the first in 1982 (headline), the last in 2005

Glastonbury has three worthy causes Oxfam, Greenpeace and Wateraid [source: www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk]

Founder Michael Eavis was born October 17th 1935, his star sign is Libra.

He was 35 when the festival was held. It cost £1 to enter, 1500 people came and he made a loss of £1500.

Micheal Eavis and his daughter EmilyMicheal Eavis and his daughter Emily

Worthy Farm still produces 10,000 litres of milk a day [source: www.somersetlive.co.uk]

Michael Eavis’ family set up at Park Farm by walking their cows from Dorset in the 1860s [source: www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk]

Typical luggage helicopter flight to Glastonbury to peopleTypical luggage for a musician flying To Glastonbury

U2 cancelled twice in 1982 and 201 before finally headlining in 2011 [source: en.wikipedia.org]

Glastonbury Festivals are not new to the area with as arts festival being held between 1914 and 1926. [source: en.wikipedia.org]

In 1970 Glastonbury was originally known as the Pilton Festival, that name continues with the Pilton Party – arranged by the organisers as a thank you to the local residents. [source: www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk]

In 2019 Supergrass were the Pilton Party surprise guests

1997 was the year of the mud.

Sunday 7 October 2012, 135,000 tickets were sold in a record time of one hour and forty minutes.

Worthy Farm is situated at grid reference ST 590 397, on the southern edge of the Mendip Hills

There was a free festival in 1971, the band Free have not played the festival

The festival was first televised by Channel 4 in 1994

In the festival’s 40th anniversary Michael Eavis appeared on the main stage with headline artist Stevie Wonder to sing the chorus of the latter’s “Happy Birthday”

The Legends slot on Sunday afternoon has become much coveted after Dolly Parton pulled the biggest crowd of the weekend in 2014

The defining moment for Glastonbury? Some say it was Orbital’s performance in 1994 [source: www.nme.com]

The best performance, others say it was David Bowie’s in 2000 (he also played in 1971) [source: www.nme.com]

There are 40,000 litter bins at Glastonbury [source: www.itv.com]

Litter pickers once found a cannonball. [source: www.nme.com]

Waste, especially discarded tents, was a big problem but it 2019 the organisers claim 99.3% of tents had been taken home from the festival. [source: www.nme.com]

In 2003, 400,000 pints of beer and cider were drunk from the official bars and Glastonbury festival itself consumes 30 megawatts of electricity over the weekend [source: www.mf-refrigeration.co.uk]

You can volunteer at the festival through charities such as Wateraid. [visit: www.wateraid.org/uk]

Founder Michael Eavis has honorary degrees from Bath and Bristol universities. [source wiki: en.wikipedia.org]

In 2009, Eavis was nominated by Time magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world

Glastonbury is said to be in the Vale of Avalon.

During the festival Glastonbury has a radio station – Radio Worthy on 87.7fm

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