43 years ago a humble Somerset farmer organised what would soon become one of the biggest music festivals on the planet, Glastonbury, proving that small beginnings really can grow into legendary success.
In 1970 Glastonbury is born- hosted the day after Jimi Hendrix died, charging £1 for entry with a crowd of 1, 500. Michael Eavis brought to life his vision, inspired by the Blues festival at the Bath & West Showground. And 4 decades later, a ticket to Glastonbury has become almost gold dust, selling out in seconds, and the weekend see’s performances from some of the biggest artists alive. (Legends, The Rolling Stones appeared on this years line up.)
So many festivals are scheduled every year, but what sets Glastonbury aside from the rest? From day one this festival has created an individual personality- handing out free milk to all ticket holders. And today it is seen as much more than a music festival, for 4 days a completely separate world is created where painted faces and quirky clothes don’t stand out from the crowd, they are normality. Glastonbury not only provides a weekend of incredible music, but also a form of escapism.
A small gathering in a field, now holding 135, 000 people, proves that success real does start in small and humble places.