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Win a signed copy of the acclaimed ‘Glastonbury 50’ book

Win a signed copy of the acclaimed ‘Glastonbury 50’ book

Serious Stages are giving away a copy of ‘Glastonbury 50’ signed by Emily Eavis

Glastonbury Festival‘s stage builders, Serious Stages, are currently running a competition for the chance of winning a signed copy of the ‘Glastonbury 50’ book.

With this summer’s Glastonbury Festival being postponed to June 2021 as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic – the Festival’s organisers have recently taken to social media to encourage past attendees to share some of their favourite photo memories from past editions.

Inspired by the Festival’s plea to Glasto-goers to share their #GlastoPhoto’s, Serious Stages have launched a competition of their own earlier today (April 3) – asking Glasto-fans to share photos and videos of their very own Pyramid Stage home-build on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #isyourstageworthy.

The winner’s Pyramid Stage build will be judged by none other than Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis herself and will receive a signed copy of ‘Glastonbury 50’. Please note that all entries need to be in by April 12.

Serious Stages – who won the Industry Legend Award at the Event Production Awards 2019 – have been working with Glastonbury Festival for over four decades and were integral in the installation of the now-iconic Pyramid Stage.

For the 2019 edition, it once again supplied almost 60 structures which included the flooring and trussing on the Pyramid Stage, the four main stage roofs, most of the dance tent stages including the John Peel Stage and the Sonic Stage, the Ribbon Tower, plus multiple structures throughout the festival site including camera runs, media platforms, front of house structures, accessible viewing platforms and structural supports.


 Last year saw the ‘Glastonbury 50‘ book became the highest new non-fiction entry while shooting straight into 3rd place in the Sunday Times Bestseller List for hardback books. The official book of the behind-the-scenes, inside story of the legendary Festival – composed by organisers Michael and Emily Eavis – had also been named by The Times newspaper as one of the ‘Books of the Year’ for 2019.

Following its release on October 31, 2019 (via Orion Publishing / Trapeze Books), ‘Glastonbury 50’ sold an estimated 12,325 copies in the week ahead of entering the Bestseller List.

At the time, Adam Kay’s latest book ‘Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas‘ (estimated 20,650 sales) remained at 1st place, and Elton John’s memoir ‘Me‘ at 2nd (estimated 13,360 sales).

In Amazon’s Top 20 Most Sold & Most Read Books of the Week, ‘Glastonbury 50’ is currently placed 10th among all non-fiction books after its first week of sales.


The book which draws on archive material and includes exclusive photos, artwork, stories, interviews and a look at memorable events from the Festival’s colourful history features a host of big names, including some past headliners which contributed pieces to the official book.

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

The Chemical Brothers – whose 1994 Glastonbury headline performance was one of the festival’s first sets to be televised nationally and was credited with helping bring rave and dance music into the mainstream – also contributed to the book.

‘Glastonbury 50’ also features photography from the likes of Jill Furmanovsky, Brian Walker and Greg Williams, in addition to artwork from Banksy, Stanley Donwood (who designed the book’s cover art) and Kurt Jackson.

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