Emily Eavis discusses ‘Glastonbury: 50’ book ahead of anniversary in 2020

A highly illustrated book compiled by Michael and Emily Eavis to celebrate Glastonbury Festival’s 50th anniversary

Glastonbury Festival organiser, Emily Eavis sat down with Lauren Laverne earlier today (February 25) to discuss the upcoming Glastonbury Festival book.

Taking place at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, the Hachette Books event saw a spread of authors chatting about their upcoming books.

The showcase event was Glastonbury themed complete with a Glasto style line-up poster featuring the names of the speakers and a beautiful “Hachette Festival” stage backdrop.

Entitled ‘Glastonbury: 50’, the highly illustrated book compiled by Michael and Emily Eavis is set out to celebrate Glastonbury Festival’s 50th birthday.

The book is set to feature a host of big names including some past headliners which have signed up to contribute pieces to the official book.

Alongside co-authors Michael and Emily Eavis, who run the festival, featured names will include Noel Gallagher, Dolly Parton, Jay Z, Chris Martin, Billy Bragg, Guy Garvey, Caitlin Moran, John Humphreys, John Cooper Clarke and Lauren Laverne have all written original pieces for the book.

Drawing on archive material and including exclusive photos and artwork, the 40,000-word book will feature stories and interviews, and look at memorable events from the festival’s colourful history.

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The special edition book is set to be published by Trapeze and is set to be released in hardback at the end of this year (October 2019).

Previous to the event, Michael Eavis said:  “This book has been 50 years in the making,”

“There really are so many images and memories that tell the incredible story of the festival’s five decades here at Worthy Farm, and we’re honoured that so many brilliant people have helped us to collect the most iconic ones together for this book.”

A spokesman for the publisher said: “In 2020, Glastonbury turns 50 years old, and Glastonbury: 50 celebrates this momentous occasion with a beautifully designed, illustrated book full of exclusive and never-before-seen photos, archive material and artwork.

“The 60,000-word book captures the magic of this unique festival with stories and interviews looking back at memorable events and treasured moments from across the Festival’s colourful history.”

The spokesman added: “It all began in 1970, the day after Jimi Hendrix’s death, when Somerset dairy farmer Michael Eavis invited revellers to his field in Somerset to attend a ‘Pop, Folk & Blues’ festival.

“Tickets cost £1, giving the less than 1,000 attendees music, dance, poetry, theatre, lights and spontaneous entertainment – as well as free milk from the Worthy Farm cows.

“Since then, Eavis’s festival has grown to a mammoth ‘city in the fields’ with a total population of over 200,000, attracting people from all over the globe, making it the most-enduring and largest greenfield festival in the world, and arguably the best-loved and most well-known.”

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