Glastonbury Festival: an unparalleled experience at Crescent Nine – Jammu Kashmir Latest news | Tourism

One of the world’s most flamboyant festivals, Glastonbury Festival, has returned after a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Considered a major event in British culture, the festival draws inspiration from the hippie spirit, the 1960s counterculture and the free festival movement. More than two lakh people thronged in the 50e edition of the musical extravaganza and had the time of their lives.

The Crescent Nine organizer spoke of the importance the festival had in generating “community feeling” among the staff and the masses. She also talked about the lavishness and major titles of the event that attendees have experienced this season.

This year the festival has received the slot from June 22 to June 26e and saw performances by highly acclaimed artists like Paul McCartney, Billie Ellish and Kendrick Lamar. However, managing around 100 different stages in over 30 areas across the vast Crescent Nine, including over 3,300 toilets, was a Herculean task in itself.

“It’s almost a year-round job,” Sally Howell, the organizer of Crescent Nine Field at the Glastonbury Festival, said in the blog.

She said that with around 175 people in her management team, including the venue crew, stage and sound crew, tent crew, 24-hour stewards, venue stewards , campsite stewards and gate staff (not including stage performers), recruitment usually starts just after Christmas. Howell further stated that the stewards in her area simply work for her and come back for work every year. Seeing the same face every year is bound to develop a familiar feeling among staff. She calls it creating a “sense of community.”

Crescent Nine is one of the oldest Glastonbury Festival venues. It included the main Crescent Nine tent, where the main acts played, a bandstand – where musicians played during changes in the main tent, a café, a dozen exhibits and a handful of stalls.

Howell points this out, saying, “Our field is a bit like a green village, really.”

The grounds had a pond, garden and seating areas, they were all hosted with a green ethic. The entire site and all lighting and communication systems were powered solely by solar energy. Even the Block9 nightlife district, whose IICON main stage, shaped like a metal head, took about three months to build and used nearly 100 tons of building materials.

Besides getting lost in the world of music, laughter and fun amidst all the glory of the festival, the main activities and attractions that attendees experienced this season were – Lotus Flower Burning, Arcadia Spider, Drive-in Cinema, mega set from Beatles legend Paul McCartney, The Spike, Shangri-La and many spectacular performances from legends like Diana Ross, The Bicep and Belfast duo Andrew Ferguson and Matthew McBriar.

Jan G. Gilbert