Summer has arrived and with it many festivals are taking place around the globe. UK is no different. The Glastonbury Festival 2017 sponsored by BBC UK took its turn at the Worthy Farm located near Pilton, England. Founded by Michael Eavis, the event brought vast number of influential artists to promote integration, representation and communication among the world.
June 23 marked its starting date for 2017, and it counted with approximately 200 thousand tickets sold and artists like Foo Fighters, The Killers, Radiohead, Kaiser Chiefs, The XX, Phoenix and Major Lazer and more. Foo Fighters took the main stage (Pyramid Stage), opening the Saturday concerts on June 24. The band first performance at Glastonbury occurred in 1998, when they, on an interview available on Youtube for BBC Music, admittedly played for “not many people” or played “to each other”.
The festival featured many alternative entertainment and cultural activities like the Poetry & Words stage, Technoshamanism, Earache Express, Cinerama and the Theatre and Circus field. Also, the Pilton locals provided 514 food trailers to their public with various international and local dishes from Mexican food to Australian vegan.
Jo (Johanne) Whiley, radio DJ and television producer, interviewer for BBC Music at Glastonbury Festival had the chance to talk to Liam Gallagher, vocalist of Oasis, who sang “Don’t Look Back in Anger” for the first time on Glasto stages to approach what he called “the song for the moment” addressing political dispute happening around the world lately.
Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the UK’s Labour party, gave few words up to Michael Eavis congratulating the founder over his generosity for sharing his farm field with thousands of young people and artists to provide multicultural awareness and popular engagement.
“You brought the spirit of music” Corbyn thanked Mr. Eavis, “you brought the spirit of ideas and you brought the spirit of great messages”.
Mr. Eavis said the next Glastonbury Festival in 2019 (2018 is scheduled to be a fallow year) will not be held at Worthy Farm anymore. He claims that the field can no longer support the increasing amount of people that attend every edition and, therefore, they must relocate to Midlands, which is not yet confirmed.
Glastonbury audience and prospect attendees are already able to register to the next edition online.