Glastonbury Festival

If you haven’t heard of the Glastonbury Festival you probably haven’t been on planet earth for long. It’s the UK’s — and possibly the world’s — biggest music festival held at Worthy Farm every June. Here’s three reasons to go.

It’s the ultimate

From the Pyramid Stage to the pedal-powered Tibetan monks’ tent, the range of venues to watch music at Glastonbury is huge, and that’s before mentioning all the other weird and wonderful activities that
go on — you can even get married there!

The line-up is bonkers

Glasters prides itself on its idiosyncratic billing, which has seen performers such as Shirley Bassey and Paul McCartney line up alongside the crème de la crème of bleeding edge talent. Before she got ill, Kylie Minogue was invited for top billing in 2005, and Jay-Z was the first hip-hop act ever to headline in 20008.

It always rains…

Not that the recent mudslides and flash flooding have stopped the stampede for tickets or anyone from having a great time. There’s been talk of moving the festival to the dryer month of July, but purists
will tell you that Glasto is all about the atmosphere — not keeping your kecks dry. Still, the 2008 festival was mostly bathed in glorious sunshine, so perhaps it’s time for a change of fortune in the weather stakes.

Other sites

Glastonbury might be innundated with 140,000 music fans in June, but there’s more to see here during the other 11 months of the year. Explore the remains of Glastonbury Abbey, trek up to the summit of Glastonbury Tor, visit the historic town hall, duck into the Rural Life Museum and drink from the calcium-rich White Spring.