The world (well, Twitter) was full of people the other day who did get Glastonbury tickets and simultaneously full of people who didn’t get Glastonbury tickets. There was a clear divide. It was mostly amicable – not like the usual acrimony and bile that online differences bring with them.
It’s a more or less annual pilgrimage that sees Bristol decamp to Pilton in June for the week of The Glastonbury Festival. It’s something we’ve had to look forward to for almost fifty years. Summer 2020 heralds the 50th edition of this world leading gathering.
If you’re not yet one of those bound for Worthy Farm next June, you can at least console yourself with the fact that this November, Worthy Farm is coming to us instead. To celebrate the half century of their modest family shindig, Michael Eavis and Emily Eavis, are releasing a 50th anniversary commemorative hardback book, resplendent with many of the finest photos from the biggest stages over Glasto’s long history.
The mayor and mayoress of the best temporary city in the world are coming to the best permanent city in existence to Rough Trade on Saturday November 2nd to sign copies of the book. The book itself takes us right back to the first festival, when tickets cost 1/270th of what they’ll set you back now, and of last year’s headliners, only the members of The Cure were even walking the Earth.
The book contains contributions spanning an alphabet of luminaries from Adele to Jay-Z. It could, in due course, also contain the signatures representing two of the biggest names in global festival history. You could even whisper surreptitiously in their ears the name of the Bristol band you reckon ought to be headlining The Pyramid Stage in 2020.
You can rejoice in the glories of IDLES playing ‘Danny Nedelko’ on the Park Stage this year here: