Glastonbury Festival in England

Lonely Planet Travel Editor Tom Hall is on a mission to discover 52 of the most awe-inspiring places to visit across the world. This week is all about Glastonbury festival.

Glastonbury Festival

Since 1970 this new-age Somerset town, or to be more precise the nearby Worthy Farm in Pilton, has hosted a long weekend of the performing arts. The festival has grown from anarchic, small-scale roots to become not just one of the big-hitting social events of the English summer, but one of the world’s most prestigious stages for bands of every musical genre.

For the uninitiated, Glastonbury comes as a wonderful jolt to the senses. Sure, the big-name headliners are there, but the real fun is to be found exploring some of the dozens of other stages and small venues, often showcasing unknown acts from around the world.

The rambling site becomes home to huge displays of public art, theatre, circus and eco-activism and everywhere you walk someone is doing a turn. Though the festival is best-known for its rainy years, there are plenty of sunny days in Glastonbury’s history. You can’t really say you’re a festival-goer until you’ve experienced the full three-and-a half-day extravaganza.

Getting tickets for Glastonbury Festival

Tickets for Glastonbury go on sale up to eight months before the event, which normally takes place on the last weekend in June.

Tickets cost £175 plus booking fee and you need to register before being allowed to buy. Should you wish to go to sleep, a tent is a good idea. See Glastonbury Festival for more details.

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