Lodestar Festival: Mud, cows and music
PUBLISHED: 16:12 21 December 2006 | UPDATED: 13:42 04 May 2010
# 1970: Admission to the first Glastonbury Festival in 1970 was £1 for the weekend (and it included free milk from Eavis s dairy farm (Worthy Farm). Acts included Marc Bolan and Al Stewart. Attendance (1,500). Tickets (£1). # 1971: The festival moved to t
# 1970: Admission to the first Glastonbury Festival in 1970 was £1 for the weekend (and it included free milk from Eavis's dairy farm (Worthy Farm). Acts included Marc Bolan and Al Stewart. Attendance (1,500). Tickets (£1).
# 1971: The festival moved to the time of the summer Solstice and was known as Glastonbury Fayre. Acts included Hawkwind, David Bowie, Joan Baez and Fairport Convention. Attendance (12,000) Tickets (free).
# 1978: This became known as the impromptu festival. A large group of travellers turned up and a mini festival was organised. Acts included Peter Gabriel, Alex Harvey Band and Steve Hillage. Attendance (12,000) Tickets £5.
# 1981: 24,000 people turned up and the event finally made a profit of £20,000. New Pyramid Stage built, which doubled up as a cowshed in the winter months. Acts included New Order, Hawkwind and Judy Tzuke. Attendance 18,000. Tickets £8.
# 1982: The highest rainfall for a single day was recorded on the first day of the festival. Acts included: Van Morisson, Aswad and Jackson Browne. Attendance (25,000) Tickets (£8).
# 1983: The Local Government Act became law and local authorities were given powers to regulate large events such as Glastonbury. Acts included, Marillon, The beat, Curtis Mayfield, UB40. Attendance (30,000) Tickets (£12).
# 1984: Mendip council announced that the licence would cost £2,000. Numbers were to be limited to 35,000.Acts included The Smiths, Joan Baez, Ian Dury and Elvis Costello. Attendance (35,000) Tickets £13.
# 1985: Worthy Farm was now too small to accommodate the festival, so neighbouring land was purchased to enlarge the site by 100 acres. Acts included Echo & The Bunnymen, Aswad, Joe Cocker, Style Council and The Boomtown Rats. Attendance 40,000. Tickets £16.
# 1986: Classical music tent added. Acts included The Cure, Madness, Simply Red and The Housemartins. Attendance 60,000. Tickets £17.
# 1987: Eavis successfully overturned the Mendip council's refusal to licence the event. £130,000 raised for CND and local charities. Acts included Elvis Costello, New Order and Van Morrison. Attendance (60,000) Tickets £21.
# 1989: Again, Eavis had to fight the local council to obtain the licence. Acts included, Pixes, The Wonderstuff, Van Morrison and Elvis Costello. Attendance (65,000) Tickets £28.
# 1990: Ugly scenes after clashes between security and travellers. Acts included The Cure, Happy Mondays and Sinead O'Connor. Attendance (70,000) Tickets £38.
# 1991: No festival due to disturbances the year before.
# 1992: Donations made to Greenpeace and Oxfam. Acts included Primal Scream, PJ Harvey, and The Levellers and Tom Jones. Attendance 70,000. Tickets £49.
# 1993: Advance tickets sold out by mid-June. Rolf Harris joins the line-up of Velvet Underground, Stereo MCs and The Orb. Attendance 80,000. Tickets £54.
# 1994: The famous Pyramid stage burnt down, but a replacement was put together by local contractors. Other stages added. Channel 4 televised the event. The event was marred by the death of a young man who overdosed on drugs. Acts included, Manic Street Preachers, Orbital, Bjork, Van Morrison. Attendance 80,000. Tickets £59.
# 1995: Tickets sold out within four hours. A dance tent was introduced. Acts included The Cure, Oasis, PJ Harvey and Simple Minds.
Attendance (80,000) Tickets £65.
# 1996: No festival. Decision made to give the farm a rest and allow the cows to stay out all summer.
# 1997: Torrential rain resulted in this festival being labelled as the "year of the mud". Solar heated showers and a Greenpeace field were new features. Acts included The Prodigy, Radiohead and Massive Attack. Attendance (90,000) Tickets £75.
# 1998: More than 1,000 performances on 17 stages. Mud surfacing became popular after heavy downpours. Acts included, Tony Bennett, Blur, Primal Scream, Robbie Williams, Pulp and Bob Dylan. Attendance 100,500.
# 1999: The year the sun shone and 300 bands joined theatre and comedy acts. The event was overshadowed for Eavis by the death of his wife Jean. Acts included, REM, Manic Street Preachers, Fatboy Slim, Blondie, Marianne Faithful and Lonnie Donegan. Attendance (100,500) Tickets (£83).
# 2000: This was the year of the gatecrasher. More stages and extra camping areas added. Acts included, Chemical Brothers, Moby, Travis, David Bowie and Basement Jaxx. Attendance £100,500. Tickets (£87).
# 2001: No festival to give organisers time to address the issue of gatecrashers. £1,000 fine received for breaking bylaws on noise (due to travellers who stayed on in the car park after the event).
# 2002: Wonderful weather and a ring of steel greeted festival-goers without a ticket. A silver service restaurant and ballroom were set up in the Great Field. Acts included, Coldplay, Stereophonics, Rolf Harris, Fat Boy Slim, Roger Walters, Rod Stewart and Isaac Hayes. Attendance 140,00. Tickets (£97).
# 2003: Tickets sold out in 24 hours. Perfect weather. More than £1 million went to Greenpeace, Oxfam, Water Aid and local charities. FairTrade also ran a high profile campaign on site. Acts included Radiohead, REM, The Damned, The Darkness and Jimmy Cliff. Attendance (150,000) Tickets (£105).
# 2004: A massive over-demand for tickets. A move for a greener Glastonbury resulted in 32 per cent of waste being recycled. All coffee and chocolate was FairTrade. One million pounds to charities, including Oxfam, Greenpeace and Water Aid. £100,000 was also donated to the Sudan appeal. The unsigned performers competition was launched. A large crowd also watch England's European Championship game. Acts included Paul McCartney, Muse, Oasis, James Brown, Franz Ferdinand and Joss Stone. Attendance 150,000. Tickets (£112).
# 2005: Two months of rain in several hours - a once in a hundred years occurrence, according to the weather-men! Michael Eavis made a rare appearance on the Pyramid Stage with Bob Geldof. Attendance (153,000) Tickets (£125) and they sold out in three hours.