A new book describes 50 years of the Glastonbury Festival by the people who played…

NEXT summer will be three long years since the Glastonbury Festival took place.

The 2020 and 2021 editions of the world’s largest greenfield festival have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In 2020, Glastonbury was set for a big 50th anniversary party, celebrating half a century since dairy farmer Michael Eavis decided to hold his own pop, folk and blues festival on his land in Pilton.

Last year your County Gazette marked the anniversary with a special supplement, Glastonbury 50.

And this year, we’re going to keep the party going, with the publication of a new supplement – and a little extra for festival-goers.

Glastonbury Festival editor and anorak Paul Jones spoke to artists from past festivals to find out what the event means to them.

From Steamhammer to Status Quo, Marsupilami to Maximo Park, the supplement – titled View From The Stage: 50 Years of Glastonbury by the People that Played – will explore what it feels like to tread these sacred boards and what the performers themselves think of the festival.

And Glastonbury fans can also get more insight and intrigue from the years spent at Worthy Farm, in the form of a special View From The Stage book, due out alongside the publication of the supplement on June 10. .

Paul said: “I never set out to write a book about Glastonbury, but speaking to such a wide range of artists about the huge history of the festival, I found it would be impossible to leave out such insightful stories.

“So if you want to know who ended up driving around the festival site looking for Michael Eavis’ cottage, or how Damon Albarn ended up with a ‘cream pie’ on his face, you have to read View From The Stage!”

You can pre-order the 164-page book now, for £6.50 (including UK delivery), with international postage available.

Click here to pre-order

Jan G. Gilbert