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this day in history 1971

First Glastonbury Fayre is held

Whether You’re On a Tightrope or in The Toilets at Glastonbury. Just Don’t Look Down

If you are facing the prospect of being up to the nostrils in mud while trying to listen to the distant sounds of ZZ Top in a urine drenched pasture at Glastonbury, then congratulations! You are part of a celebrated and proud musical history.

As it was on this day in 1971 that the first, sort of proper, Glastonbury festival took place. There has been an event the previous year, snappily titled the  Pilton Pop, Blues & Folk Festival, but in 1971 the word GLASTONBURY was thrust front and centre in the name, even if the edge was slightly taken off by adding the very twee ‘fayre’ after it.

1971’s Glastonbury Fayre featured David Bowie, Gong, Hawkwind and Traffic and, if the pictures are anything to go by, a great deal of hair. The next festival occurred in 1978 when a bunch of hippies turned up in a field mistakenly thinking some kind of event was taking place. It wasn’t. But a few bands were dredged up to keep them entertained. In the 1980’s Glastonbury slowly gestated into the colossal, Dolly Parton loving shindig it is today.