The Pyramid Stage, arguably the most iconic festival stage in the world. This is where the highest profile acts on the bill play, and where you are likely to find the most popular mainstream / alternative choices of music by the headline performances.
The distinctive pyramid shape has occult connotations and is built next to the Glastonbury Abbey/Stonehenge ley-line.
The Pyramid Stage manages hosting crowds of anything from 10,000 to 100,000 people, and with massive screens and speakers situated on either side of the stage, it is definitely possible to have a good view of what is going on well away from the stage itself.
FIRST PYRAMID STAGE – 1971
The first pyramid stage was built in 1971 by theatre designer Bill Harkin and his crew from scaffolding, expanded metal and plastic sheeting. It was believed that a pyramid is a very powerful shape: the apex projects energy upwards while energy from the stars and sun are drawn down. The original Pyramid resembled a diamond transmitting pure vibrations into the night.
SECOND PYRAMID STAGE – 1981
In 1981 a permanent structure doubling as a cowshed and animal foodstore during the winter months was built on the same site using redundant telegraph poles and surplus box section iron sheets from the Ministry of Defence. This Pyramid grew to symbolise the magic of Glastonbury Festival.
In 1994, shortly before the Festival, it burned to the ground.
THIRD PYRAMID STAGE – 2000
In 2000 the phoenix rose from the ashes. Using designs based on the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, Pilton villager Bill Burroughs constructed a Pyramid Stage four times the size of the original. The glittering 30m steel structure now covers 40m x 40m, uses four kilometres of steel tubing and weighs over 40 tonnes. All materials and processes passed a Greenpeace environmental audit.
– Pyramid Stage via Glastonbury Festival
Some of the biggest names that have played the Pyramid Stage include The Rolling Stones, Radiohead, Oasis, Jay-Z, Franz Ferdinand, U2, The Prodigy, Joan Baez, Pulp, Tom Jones, Neil Diamond, Shakira, Johnny Cash, Gorillaz, Dizzee Rascal, Paul Weller, Peter Gabriel, Van Morrisson, Sinead O’Conner, Bjork, PJ Harvey, English National Opera, REM, Coldplay, Robbie Williams, Beyonce, Willie Nelson, Metallica, Lily Allen, Bruce Springsteen, Pet Shop Boys, Black Eyed Peas, Morrissey, Paul McCartney, Scissor Sisters, Tony Bennet, Pink Floyd’s Roger Water, Kings of Leon, The Reverand Al Greene, Rod Stewart, Jimmy Cliff, Dolly Parton, David Bowie, White Stripes, Dame Shirley Bassey, Arctic Monkeys, The Who, Brian Wilson and many many more.
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