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Glastonbury Festival founders announce ‘Glastonbury 50’ book release date

Glastonbury Festival founders announce ‘Glastonbury 50’ book release date

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

Glastonbury Festival has officially announced the release of their new anticipated book titled ‘Glastonbury 50‘ – the authorised, behind-the-scenes, inside story of the music festival that has become a true global phenomenon.

Earlier this year Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis sat down with Lauren Laverne at the Hachette Books event, 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.

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

Drawing on archive material and including exclusive photos and artwork, the book will include stories and interviews, and 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 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.

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 – will also contribute.


‘Glastonbury 50’ will also feature 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.

Glastonbury Festival founder, 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.”

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.

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