The Glastonbury Festival is the largest music and performing arts event in the world and a template for all the festivals that come after it. If you're looking for an English music festival, then Glastonbury is the one to go to: it's the oldest, it's the biggest, it's a world within a world and it's where everyone goes. This festival is renowned for hosting some of the best and greatest artists in the world, and has even broken a Guinness World Record for its large crowd. This year, the Glastonbury Music Festival will be held and here's what you should know about the UK's biggest music festival and its return after two years.
Since 1981, the festival has been organized by local farmer and site owner Michael Eavis (through his company Glastonbury Festivals Ltd). TimeOut has named it as the start of the European festival season, and its two-country location makes it a unique music festival experience. It is also known as a national folk festival with a local flavor, as it is essentially an annual three-day holiday that goes around the country. The festival offers something for all tastes, perfectly balancing multiple genres.
It is officially called The International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art Sónar, and is a high-level event that has become synonymous with fresh electronic music in recent years. Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) is another electronic dance music festival that has featured celebrities of the genre such as Armin van Buuren, Calvin Harris, Afrojack and Tiesto. From its humble beginnings in 1970 when it lasted only one day and tickets sold for £1, Glastonbury has become a template for all festivals that followed, with music fans from all over the world flocking to Worthy Farm in Somerset, England. For more than 20 years, Woodstock Festival Poland has been allowed to share the same name as its historic namesake.
Since its inception in 1993, this festival has grown considerably from being a discreet event aimed at students to being twice winner of Best Major European Festival. The official website of Glastonbury Festival provides ticket information, festival history and information on all aspects of the festival experience. Osheaga is an independent music festival held annually at Parc Jean-Drapeau and is Canada's largest music event. Nuit Sonores is an annual music festival that spans four nights and is one of the most respected electronic music festivals in the world.
In 1994, this was the first year that Channel 4 televised live from the festival, focusing on its two main music stages and offering viewers an insight into what Glastonbury was all about. The site usually opens on Wednesday with improvised music every night until Friday when the festival starts until Sunday.