That first festival was originally called the Pilton Festival, since it’s held near Pilton, Somerset in the southwest of England. It was organized by a local farmer, Michael Eaton, who reportedly felt inspired after seeing an open-air Led Zeppelin concert.
While there were some off years early on, the festival has been held annually since 1981. Over the years, Glastonbury has retained much of its hippie-bohemian aesthetic. Festival-goers typically camp (often in the rain) and overwhelm local transportation.
Today, Glastonbury is the largest greenfield festival in the world and features bands like U2, Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, Artic Monkeys and, oddly, Beyoncé.
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