Glastonbury through the ages: Fascinating pictures of Britain’s foremost music festival since 1970

Since its debut in 1970 Glastonbury has attracted thousands of eager music fans to support their favourite artists come rain or shine. 

But how much has the festival changed over the past 50 years? From tickets sold at just £1 for only 1,500 campers at the Somerset festival’s first year to the dizzying heights it has reached today, Glastonbury has grown to something bigger than its creator Michael Eavis could have expected. 

In 1970 the headline acts were Marc Bolan and Keith Christmas with 1,500 guests getting in for £1, a ticket which included free milk from the farm. 

By 1981 a new Pyramid stage had been built – a permanent structure which doubled as a cowshed and animal food store during winter months. That year’s festival was held to raise money for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. 

Ticket prices only went up to £8 but Michael Eavis was able to hand over £20,000 to CND. Headliners that year included New Order and Gordon Giltrap who performed for 18,000…

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