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Bill Harkin – designer of the very first Pyramid Stage – dies aged 83

Bill Harkin – designer of the very first Pyramid Stage – dies aged 83

Michael Eavis pays tribute: RIP Bill (1938-2021)

Bill Harkin – who designed and built the original Pyramid Stage alongside many early arrivals during its construction in 1971 – sadly passed away on Sunday, the 7th of March 2021.

A chance meeting with Glastonbury Festival founded, Michael Eavis resulted in what we now know as the iconic Pyramid Stage.

In an official statement released by Michael Eavis himself, he said: “Bill Harkin first came to Glastonbury towards the end of 1970. He was delivering products to the health shops in the town and decided to walk up the Tor where he met Andrew Kerr. They both became aware of very powerful feelings of spirituality and agreed the need for a new age of looking at life towards a utopian society. After more intense discussions these conversations led to the idea of a large music festival with a Pyramid as centre stage. That’s when they came to me for a suitable site!

“I liked the idea but was slightly wary of the reality, although was captivated by their childlike excitement. Bill was a top-flight architect working for British Leyland car launches at the time but he soon became caught up with the festival to be named Glastonbury Fair, and came up with the very first Pyramid at Worthy Farm.

“His enthusiasm and dedication led to what we have now – thank you so much Bill! In more recent years he was involved with the design of the structures at the Eden Project, first in Cornwall and now across the world.

“An inspirational life well lived – and simply loved by us all.”

Emily Eavis said: “Bill Harkin – the man and visionary who, in 1971 created the Pyramid stage after seeing it in his dream, has sadly died.”

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