GLASTONBURY 1980s

“MY FIRST GLASTONBURY WAS IN 1981 WHEN I TOOK THESE PHOTOS” – SIMON DAVIES

“There were plenty more but sadly lost. The view of the stage is from our tent, I guess this was Friday morning, I didn’t know the couple near the stage but it gives an idea of how close you could get. New Order were a highlight for me along with an onstage scuffle between Roy Harper and Ginger Baker. The photo of the two old ladies is in the 50th-anniversary book of the festival”…

“AT MY FIRST GLASTONBURY IN 1981 IT BECAME OBVIOUS I WASN’T GOING TO MAKE IT BACK ON SUNDAY NIGHT” – DEREK WILLIAMS

At my first Glastonbury in 1981 it became obvious I wasn’t going to make it back on Sunday night, so that was the one and only sicki I ever threw. The highlight of that year was Hawkwind, a sadly truncated set because they ran out of time, but still a classic”…

“MY FIRST GLASTONBURY WAS IN 1981 WHEN I TOOK THESE PHOTOS” – SIMON DAVIES

“There were plenty more but sadly lost. The view of the stage is from our tent, I guess this was Friday morning, I didn’t know the couple near the stage but it gives an idea of how close you could get. New Order were a highlight for me along with an onstage scuffle between Roy Harper and Ginger Baker. The photo of the two old ladies is in the 50th-anniversary book of the festival”…

“AT MY FIRST GLASTONBURY IN 1981 IT BECAME OBVIOUS I WASN’T GOING TO MAKE IT BACK ON SUNDAY NIGHT” – DEREK WILLIAMS

“At my first Glastonbury in 1981 it became obvious I wasn’t going to make it back on Sunday night, so that was the one and only sicki I ever threw. The highlight of that year was Hawkwind, a sadly truncated set because they ran out of time, but still a classic”…

“WHEN A BUNCH OF MATES DECIDED TO HIRE A VAN AND HEAD TO GLASTONBURY I JOINED THEM” – IAN MCLEOD

“By 1981 I’d only ever been to Knebworth in 1976 and Deeply Vale in 1979, so when a bunch of mates decided to hire a van and head to Glastonbury, I joined them. There were eight or nine of us in the van. Two would pay and drive in, while the rest of us would climb over or under the old hedges and fencing and somehow meet up inside.

“MY FIRST GLASTONBURY-YEAR WAS 1982” – NICKI BERRIDGE

“I recall my mate asking me what I was up to at the weekend as there’s a festival at Pilton and whether I’d fancy going? “Why not, it’s only 15 miles away,” I said”…

“WHEN A BUNCH OF MATES DECIDED TO HIRE A VAN AND HEAD TO GLASTONBURY I JOINED THEM” – IAN MCLEOD

“By 1981 I’d only ever been to Knebworth in 1976 and Deeply Vale in 1979, so when a bunch of mates decided to hire a van and head to Glastonbury, I joined them. There were eight or nine of us in the van. Two would pay and drive in, while the rest of us would climb over or under the old hedges and fencing and somehow meet up inside.

“MY FIRST GLASTONBURY-YEAR WAS 1982” – NICKI BERRIDGE

“I recall my mate asking me what I was up to at the weekend as there’s a festival at Pilton and whether I’d fancy going? “Why not, it’s only 15 miles away,” I said”…

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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!

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Submission Guidelines

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!

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