First of all, here is what you need to know about Glastonbury Festival: it is an annual 5-day summer music festival which takes place in Somerset, England and has been around since the 1970s. In fact it started the day after Jimi Hendrix died. You can also find comedy, dance, cabaret and other kinds of art there. It is the largest greenfield fest in the world, and sees up to about 175,000 attendees every year. These are the facts, now here is what gets us excited about it:
Most of the staff working in Glastonbury are volunteers, helping to raise millions for good causes. Glastonbury works together with Oxfam, Greenpeace and Water Aid. We love anything that combines music and art with people and doing good for the world. What better combination than Adele, fun and good vibes? Maybe add in some cute wellies! That famous British summer is just as they say it is; totally unpredictable.
2. Hippy culture
While the hippy culture of the 70s has passed for a lot of people, there is a section of the festival which still retains that earthy, hippy flavour, committed to helping the planet and working for a sustainable world. Braids and environmentally-friendly innovation? Hell yes!
3. Tributes to Prince, Lemmy and Bowie
There will be a number of tributes to the recently departed Prince, David Bowie and Motörhead’s Lemmy. Bowie played at Glastonbury in 1971 when both he and the festival were relatively unknown. Flash mobs to include festival-goers, a giant sculpture and musical performances are just some of the ways tributes are rumoured to be made.
4. A women-only venue
There are many reasons to want a women-only venue in a festival, one of which is to create an empowering zone where women can feel comfortable and free from gendered oppression. Festivals have been known to include sexual harassment, unfortunately, so we’re super excited at the inclusion of The Sisterhood this year. The organisers stated that “Sisterhood seeks to provide a secret space for women to connect, network, share their stories, have fun and learn the best way to support each other in our global struggle to end oppression against women and all marginalised people, while showcasing the best and boldest female talent in the UK and beyond.”
5. Jeremy Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party in Britain is a vegetarian left-wing politician who will be talking at this year’s festival. He’s super popular amongst young people in Britain because he’s famously not corrupt and people trust him; he’s like the Bernie Sanders of Britain. Other debates at the festival will include: Is Feminism for Everybody? Immigration: A World Without Borders and #EUref: What Now for Europe and Britain? Basically, we’re excited at the prospect of political and social debates which are much needed in our times, and we think that music and social change go hand in hand. Power to the people!