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.”

Glastonbury 50 is set to be published on 31 October – via Orion Publishing / Trapeze Books – four months after the 2019 edition of the festival – You can now pre-order a copy signed by Michael and Emily Eavis HERE.