Glastonbury Festival Has Over 3,300 Toilets, And 21 Other Interesting Facts About Glastonbury

    Dreaming of the days when Glasto tickets were only £1.

    Glastonbury is considered by many to be the greatest music festival in the world, and as someone who's been, I can confirm it most definitely is. With Glasto right around the corner, I wanted to look into some fun facts about the history festival. Here's what I learned...

    1. The first Glastonbury Festival (originally called the Pilton Pop, Blues & Folk Festival) was held in 1970, the day after Jimi Hendrix died.

    2. It was started so a local farmer could clear his overdraft.

    3. And his "one wish" is to get Fleetwood Mac to perform.

    4. The iconic Pyramid stage has been through several iterations.

    5. The location, shape, and design of the stage hold a lot of power.

    6. In 1971 – the first year the pyramid stage was introduced – tickets were FREE.

    David Bowie at Glastonbury in 1971.
    Photographer unknown.

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    It's estimated that roughly 12,000 people attended this year, and David Bowie was one of the performers.

    7. Glastonbury takes a "fallow year" (a year off) every five years so the farm land can recover.

    8. In addition to its headliners, Glastonbury also has a "legends slot", which has seen many iconic artists perform, including Diana Ross in 2022, Dolly Parton in 2014, and Paul Simon in 2011.

    9. Glastonbury is not just about the music! It also has strong ties to sustainability, philanthropy, and local causes.

    10. It also has relaxing/therapeutic areas such as the Healing Field.

    11. There are also loads of secret and immersive areas that require insider knowledge to access, such as The Rabbit Hole and The Underground Piano Bar.

    12. There's even a pop-up New York Disco inspired gay club, NYC Downlow.

    13. The festival site is bigger than two countries combined!

    14. And with a population of over 200,000 people, for 1 weekend out of the year, the festival site at Glastonbury becomes the 7th biggest city in the south of England.

    15. With that many people, imagine the amount of toilets needed... Luckily, there are over 3,300 toilets and over 700 metres of urinals across the site.

    16. Van Morrison holds the record for the most Pyramid Stage performances ever.

    17. Speaking of breaking records, Sir Paul McCartney made history in 2022, becoming the oldest ever solo headliner at the age of 80.

    18. And, on the opposite end of the spectrum, Billie Eilish also made history in 2022 by becoming the youngest ever headliner of the festival.

    19. Jay-Z became the first rapper to ever headline Glastonbury in 2008.

    20. And in 2019, Stormzy became the first Black solo British artist to headline.

    21. You technically don't have to pay to get a ticket.

    22. Which is good to know, since tickets have been known to sell out in 33 minutes!!

    From personal experience, I can truly say there is no place on this earth like Glastonbury. If you're trying for tickets in 2024, I wish you the best of luck! But remember, there's thousands of toilets you can always clean to go for free.

    Glastonbury 2023 is taking place from Wednesday 21st June to Monday 26th June, with headliners Arctic Monkeys, Guns N' Roses, and Elton John.