“I think we’d seen it advertised in NME (New Musical Express) or maybe our local record shop. We had just turned 17 & were doing a secretarial course in Barry, South Wales. This is what I looked like then. We each told our parents that we would be staying at each other’s houses and they had no idea that we were off to the Festival!”…
“I travelled from West Ken with my sister in a van of weekend hippies bearing brown rice, mung tea, Wacky Baccy and one, maybe 2 tents. We stopped at Stone Henge on the way wafting and reclining on the stones. We erected our tent facing the Tor made an X with sticks tied with silver balloons thus identifying our home for the next 3 nights. The line up included Bowie, Traffic, Fairport Convention, Hawkwind, Melanie, Arthur Brown and The Worthy Farm Windfuckers. Arthur Brown played late into the night to a bombed-out hallucinating audience of 12000″…
“My first year was the 1971 Glastonbury Fayre. Have not been since. It was a long time ago, we all just walked in and listened to great sounds, you could see people dancing, some in the nude, that was a new one for me. No rain. People doing their own thing, no trouble, relaxed and friendly. All brought together by music. I had never seen anything like it before”…
““For me, music was a lifesaver, I’d experienced the childhood from hell with poverty, homelessness and violent abuse thrown at me from an early age, the ’60s had been a living hell. When I felt locked into depression as a teenager music was the way out for me, I swear I owe my life to it sometimes because it certainly helped to blank out suicidal thoughts from a very early age. I’ve suffered with depression a lot since childhood, I was diagnosed with PTSD from it and still feel the effects right up to this day”…
We launched the Glastomonial Gallery – initially known as the ‘Once Upon a Time in Glastonbury’ project – back in April of 2020, due to the cancellation of Glastonbury Festival and the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, inspired to find fellow Glasto-goers who would like to share their Glastonbury stories, memories and photos!
“Legend tells of an enchanted Brigadoon that appears for only 5 days a year at midsummer, in the flowering meadows of the Vale of Avalon. It is said that there may be found entrancing music, amazing spectacles and wonders beyond compare.” – A temporary city where stories and memories are created and woven into the very fabric of one’s soul.
Since founded by Michael Eavis back in 1970, the Pilton Pop Folk & Blues Festival (as it was known back then) has taken root and blossomed from an organically intimate assemblage, into the legendary known-the-world-over [Glastonbury] Festival it is today. As the years pass and times come and go, the Festival continues to flourish into a distinctive incarnation of itself – holding true to its original spiritual past, while bonding the people through new shared experiences on the hallowed grounds of Worthy Farm.
The goal of this project was and still is to put the people who make Glastonbury Festival the most magical place on earth front and centre, while helping everyone during challenging times, uniting the community and keeping spirits high!
The submitted Glastonbury testimonials or ‘Glastomonials’ as we like to call them, will hopefully become part of a bigger archive bearing a unique historical perspective, accounting for anything from “what Glastonbury means to you” to that crazy-hazy-Glasto-4am-half-a-memory-of-a-story, you just have to tell the grandkids.
We’ve already had some amazing Glastomonials come through and can’t wait for you to contribute yours too!
Below you’ll find a submission form where you can submit your Glastomonial.
Glastomonials can be whatever you like them to be – good or bad, funny or sad, as short or long as you wish, and should be accompanied by your Glasto photos that best capture the essence of your Glastonbury Festival experience and testimonial.
We ask that you share your stories, memories and any crazy / quirky / funny / magical details you can recall – Please make it as expressive as possible.
Once submitted and reviewed, it will then be published on the website and shared across our social channels.
If you would prefer using email rather than the submission form below, feel free to hit us up at: [email protected]
Thank you for taking the time to be a part of this project!