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‘Glastonbury 50’ named a ‘Book of the Year’ by The Times

‘Glastonbury 50’ named a ‘Book of the Year’ by The Times

Glastonbury Festival’s official book celebrating its 50th anniversary has been named one of the ‘Books of the Year’!

Following ‘Glastonbury 50‘ becoming the highest new non-fiction entry and shooting straight into 3rd place in the Sunday Times Bestseller List for hardback books earlier this month – The official book of the behind-the-scenes, inside story of the legendary Festival – composed by organisers Michael and Emily Eavis, has now been named by The Times newspaper as one of the ‘Books of the Year’ for 2019.

Festival organisers shared an image of the book’s listing in the newspaper on social media this afternoon (November 24), saying “Our Glastonbury 50 book has been named one of the Books of the Year!”.


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

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).

When news broke of the book entering the Sunday Times Bestseller List, Emily Eavis expressed her appreciation, saying: “Wow! Staggered by this. Thanks to everyone who has bought our book – hope you enjoy reading it”.

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 including exclusive photos and artwork, also includes stories, interviews and a look at memorable events from the festival’s colourful history – featuring 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 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.

Glastonbury 50: The Official Story of Glastonbury Festival
  • Emily Eavis, Michael Eavis
  • Publisher: Trapeze
  • Hardcover: 304 pages

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.

‘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.

After the lunch – Glastonbury founder, Michael Eavis, and his daughter and Festival organiser, Emily Eavis, both held in-store signings of the book, giving fans the opportunity to get their very own copy signed.

Meanwhile, Paul McCartney was the first headliner to be announced for the 2020 edition of the Festival and joins Diana Ross who was officially confirmed earlier this year as Glastonbury’s 50-anniversary ‘Legends’ slot performer – while Mike Skinner and Carl Cox are the two latest big-scale artists to self-confirm for the Festival’s 2020 bill.

Despite the fact that the full line-up for Glastonbury 2020 has yet to be released – all tickets for the Festival’s 50th anniversary have now sold out, with General Admission tickets selling out in 33 minutes, following Coach + Ticket Packages which sold out in just 27 minutes.

There are still ways to go to Glastonbury next year, and in addition to being able to volunteer – there will also be a resale of any cancelled tickets in the spring, with coach + ticket packages going up for resale on April 16 – followed by a general admission tickets resale (which don’t include travel) on April 19.

Glastonbury 2020 will take place at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset – from Wednesday 24th to Sunday 28th June.

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