Glastonbury Festival Begins: A Look Back

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Bono of U2 performs in the rain on the P
Bono of U2 performs in the rain on the Pyramid stage during the Glastonbury festival near Glastonbury, Somerset on June 24, 2011. Veteran Irish band U2 headlined the Glastonbury festival, the world-famous celebration of arts and music which got into full swing today. Now in its fifth decade, the event has grown from a humble gathering of 1,500 people on Michael Eavis's Worthy dairy farm in 1970, each paying one pound and receiving free milk, to a giant five-day celebration of music costing 195 pounds for a basic ticket. AFP PHOTO / Adrian Dennis (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Glastonbury Festival Takes Year Off As UK Prepares To Host London 2012 Olympics
Glastonbury Festival Takes Year Off As UK Prepares To Host London 2012 Olympics
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Plants grow in a field of uncut grass in front of the skeleton of the main Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 20, 2012 near Glastonbury, England. Today would have been the day that the gates would have opened for what has become Europe's biggest music festival, but because of the London 2012 Olympics it was decided by the organisers to take this year off. However, this week it was announced that the festival - which started in 1970 when several hundred festival-goers paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan and has now attracts more than 175,000 people over five days - will feature in a mosh-pit style tribute in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Festival will return in June 2013. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Glastonbury Music Festival: 40th Anniversary - Day 2
Glastonbury Music Festival: 40th Anniversary - Day 2
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 25: The Gorillaz perform on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival at the 2010 40th Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 25, 2010 in Glastonbury, England. The gates opened on Wednesday to what has become Europe's largest music festival and is celebrating its 40th anniversary. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Glastonbury Music Festival: 40th Anniversary - Day 3
Glastonbury Music Festival: 40th Anniversary - Day 3
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: The sun rises over the 2010 40th Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2010 in Glastonbury, England. The gates opened on Wednesday to what has become Europe's largest music festival and is celebrating its 40th anniversary. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND -  People enjoy the sunset at the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 24, 2010 in Glastonbury, England. The gates opened yesterday to what has become Europe's largest music festival and is celebrating its 40th anniversary. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Glastonbury Music Festival: 40th Anniversary - Day 1
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: People enjoy the sunset at the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 24, 2010 in Glastonbury, England. The gates opened yesterday to what has become Europe's largest music festival and is celebrating its 40th anniversary. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - People enjoy the sunset at the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 24, 2010 in Glastonbury, England. The gates opened yesterday to what has become Europe's largest music festival and is celebrating its 40th anniversary. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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The Prince Of Wales Visits Glastonbury Festival On The 40th Anniversary
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales speaks with festival goers during day one of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 24, 2010 in Glastonbury, England. The gates opened yesterday to what has become Europe's largest music festival and is celebrating its 40th anniversary. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images
Autumn Colours Throughout The UK
Autumn Colours Throughout The UK
GLASTONBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 13: The sun begins to rise over the Somerset Levels looking towards Pilton on October 13, 2009 near Glastonbury, England. England, particularly in the south, is currently enjoying a spell of dry, fine weather, allowing the begining of the Autumn foliage colours - brought on by shortening daylight hours and cooler weather - to be fully appreciated. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Debris litters the area near the Pyramid
Debris litters the area near the Pyramid
Debris litters the area near the Pyramid stage in the early hours of the morning after the annual Glastonbury festival near Glastonbury, Somerset on June 29, 2009. Indie rockers Blur returned to Glastonbury Festival on Sunday for the first time in 11 years to close out three days of music that included sets by Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young. The recently re-formed Brit pop kings played classics including "Song 2" and "Park Life" as the sun set on the temporary city of 137,500 people gathered here in southwest England for the world-famous music and performing arts event. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal (Photo credit should read Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)
The Big Clear Up Begins After Glastonbury 2009
The Big Clear Up Begins After Glastonbury 2009
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: People pass discarded tents and rubbish on the start of the big clear-up of the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 29, 2009 near Glastonbury, England. After the 137,000 music fans leave the site, over 1200 people remain to litter-pick and sort the 100s of tonnes of rubbish that has been left behind, which can include wellies, bedding, tents, cans of alcohol and other personal effects, in a finger-tip clear-up which removes all items, including every last cigarette butt, so that the land can be returned to dairy farming. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Volunteers Begin The Clean Up After 137,000 Fans Leave Glastonbury Festival
Volunteers Begin The Clean Up After 137,000 Fans Leave Glastonbury Festival
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Volunteer workers sort rubbish for recycling at the Glastonbury Festival recycling centre on June 29, 2009 in Glastonbury, England. Every year the festival employs a team of 1200 volunteers - who work for four, six hour shifts for a festival ticket - to sort what can be up to 2000 tonnes of rubbish generated during the festival. The recycling of all the cans, plates, cups, plastics and food waste left by the 137,00 people who have have began leaving the site today, is started on the Friday of the festival and lasts a week - but the complete clear-up of the festival site can take until August. The festival organisers hope that more than 50 percent of all rubbish will be recycled - including 230 tonnes of compostable food and biodegradable plates, cups and cutlery. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Glastonbury Festival 2009 - Day 4
Glastonbury Festival 2009 - Day 4
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: Keith Flint, vocalist with The Prodigy performs on the Other Stage at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 28, 2009 near Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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Glastonbury Festival 2009 - Day 3
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Bruce Springsteen performs on the main Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 27, 2009 near Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images
Glastonbury Festival 2009 - Day 2
Glastonbury Festival 2009 - Day 2
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: A woman in the crowd cheers Lady GaGa as she performs on the Other Stage at the Glastonbury Festival on June 26, 2009 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Glastonbury Festival 2009 - Day 2
Glastonbury Festival 2009 - Day 2
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Lady GaGa performs on the Other Stage at the Glastonbury Festival on June 26, 2009 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Glastonbury Festival 2009 - Day 2
Glastonbury Festival 2009 - Day 2
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: The sun sets over tents at the Glastonbury Festival on June 26, 2009 in Glastonbury, England. Heavy rain and thunderstorms have greeted the 137,000 music fans who are expected on site for what has become one of Europe's largest festivals. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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Glastonbury Festival 2009 - Day 2
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Music fans cover themselves in mud near the main Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival on June 26, 2009 in Glastonbury, England. Heavy rain and thunderstorms have greeted the 137,000 music fans who are expected on site for what has become one of Europe's largest festivals. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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Glastonbury Festival 2009 - Day 1
Glastonbury Festival 2009 - Day 1
GLASTONBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 25: Music fans move around the tents at the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 25, 2009 in Glastonbury, Somerset, England. The gates have opened for the first of the 140000 music fans arriving, at what has become one of Europe's largest music festivals, but weather forecasters have warned that bad weather may be on the way. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Glastonbury Festival 2009 - Day 1
Glastonbury Festival 2009 - Day 1
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 25: Cars and tents can be seen from the air at the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 25, 2009 near Glastonbury, England. The gates have opened for the first of the 140000 music fans arriving, at what has become one of Europe's largest music festivals, but weather forcasters have warned that bad weather may be on the way. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Glastonbury Festival 2009 - Day 1
Glastonbury Festival 2009 - Day 1
GLASTONBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 25: Music fans move around the tents at the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 25, 2009 in Glastonbury, Somerset, England. The gates have opened for the first of the 140000 music fans arriving, at what has become one of Europe's largest music festivals, but weather forecasters have warned that bad weather may be on the way. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Fans Begin To Arrive For This Years Glastonbury Festival
Fans Begin To Arrive For This Years Glastonbury Festival
GLASTONBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 24: People gather to watch the sunset at the stone circle as music fans start to arrive at the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 24, 2009 in Glastonbury, Somerset, England. The gates have opened for the first of the 140000 music fans arriving, at what has become one of Europe's largest music festivals, but weather forecasters have warned that bad weather may be on the way. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Glastonbury Prepares For 2009 Festival
Glastonbury Prepares For 2009 Festival
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Festival signage is organised on the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 18 2009 near Glastonbury, Engand. Next week the site willl be occupied by more than 170,000 music fans, enjoying over three days of live music at what is generally considered Europe's biggest music festival. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Glastonbury Lost and Found Team Tackle Over 2,000 Items
Glastonbury Lost and Found Team Tackle Over 2,000 Items
GLASTONBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 01: Mobile phones handed into the Lost And Found Services (LAFS) office are sorted into containers at the Glastonbury Festival Welfare Centre, Worthy Farm on July 1, 2008 in Glastonbury, Somerset, England. The office dealt with over 2,000 items during the festival which included approximately 400 mobile phones, 100 cameras and 400 wallets as well as passports, airline tickets, car keys as well as tents, wellies and rucksacks. Items brought to the office in previous festivals have included prosthetic legs, a piano, wetsuits, a barrister's wig and a substantial sum of cash handed in by a naked man. The office aims to have up to a third of items returned to their rightful owners and employs a team for six weeks after the festival closes to do so. Any items not claimed or identified are either recycled or given to charity. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Some Of The Lost Property Left Behind At The Glastonbury Festival
Some Of The Lost Property Left Behind At The Glastonbury Festival
GLASTONBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 01: Wallets and purses handed into the Lost And Found (LAF) office are stacked at the Glastonbury Festival Welfare Centre at Worthy Farm on July 1, 2008 in Glastonbury, Somerset, England. The office dealt with over 2,000 items during the festival which included approximately 400 mobile phones, 100 cameras and 400 wallets as well as passports, airline tickets, car keys as well as tents, wellies and rucksacks. Items brought to the office in previous festivals have included prosthetic legs, a piano, wetsuits, a barrister's wig and a substantial sum of cash handed in by a naked man. The office aims to have up to a third of items returned to their rightful owners and employs a team for six weeks after the festival closes to do so. Any items not claimed or identified are either recycled or given to charity. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Glastonbury Festival 2008 Day 3
Glastonbury Festival 2008 Day 3
GLASTONBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 29: Police officers (L-R) PC Sean Skelhorn, PC Nick Hoon and Sgt Craig Osborne stand in front of the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 29 2008 in Glastonbury, Somerset, England. Nearly 175,000 people were expected to be on site for the three-day music festival which ends today and features headline acts Kings of Leon, rapper Jay-Z and Britpop veterans The Verve. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Glastonbury Festival 2008 Day 2
Glastonbury Festival 2008 Day 2
GLASTONBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 28: Festival goers relax in the sunshine at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 28 2008 in Glastonbury, Somerset, England. Nearly 175,000 people were expected to be on site for the three-day music festival which started yesterday and features headline acts Kings of Leon, rapper Jay-Z and Britpop veterans The Verve. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Pop lead singer of British band the Kais
Pop lead singer of British band the Kais
Pilton, UNITED KINGDOM: Pop lead singer of British band the Kaiser Chiefs performs in front of the crowd on the Pyramid stage during Glastonbury music festival, Pilton, Somerset 24 June 2007. 177,500 people are expected to attend the annual outdoor festival. AFP PHOTO/CARL DE SOUZA (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)
Glastonbury Festival 2007 - Day 3
Glastonbury Festival 2007 - Day 3
GLASTONBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 24: Dame Shirley Bassey poses backstage after she performed on the Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm, Pilton near Glastonbury, on June 24 2007 in Somerset, England. The festival, that was started by dairy farmer Michael Eavis in 1970, has grown into the largest music festival in Europe. This year's festival is the biggest yet and will have headline acts including The Who, The Arctic Monkeys and The Killers. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Glastonbury Festival 2007 - Day 1
Glastonbury Festival 2007 - Day 1
GLASTONBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 22: Pete Doherty rides one of the bikes left for him and Kate Moss at Worthy Farm, Pilton near Glastonbury, on June 22 2007 in Somerset, England. The festival, that was started by dairy farmer Michael Eavis in 1970, has grown into the largest music festival in Europe. This year's festival is the biggest yet and will have headline acts including The Who, The Artic Monkeys and The Killers. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Glastonbury Festival 2007 - Day 1
Glastonbury Festival 2007 - Day 1
GLASTONBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 22: Music fans read Glastonbury newspapers under rain clouds at Worthy Farm, Pilton near Glastonbury, on June 22 2007 in Somerset, England. The festival, that was started by dairy farmer Michael Eavis in 1970, has grown into the largest music festival in Europe. This year's festival is the biggest yet and will have headline acts including The Who, The Artic Monkeys and The Killers. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
Gates Open For Glastonbury Festival 2007
Gates Open For Glastonbury Festival 2007
GLASTONBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 21: Clare Murray and Adam Wearmouth from Newcastle sit in their tent at Worthy Farm, Pilton near Glastonbury, on June 20 2007 in Somerset, England. The festival, that was started by dairy farmer Michael Eavis in 1970, has grown into the largest music festival in Europe. This year's festival is the biggest yet and will have headline acts including The Who, The Arctic Monkeys and The Killers. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Glastonbury Festival - Day One
Glastonbury Festival - Day One
SOMERSET, ENGLAND - JUNE 25: A fan cheers the band Franz Ferdinand during the 2004 Glastonbury Festival, on June 25, 2004 at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, England. The music festival spans over 3 days and runs until June 27. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Glastonbury Festival - Day One
Glastonbury Festival - Day One
SOMERSET, ENGLAND - JUNE 25: Two festival-goers pass a roll of toilet paper between toilet cubicles, during the 2004 Glastonbury Festival on June 25, 2004 at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, England. The music festival spans over 3 days and runs until June 27. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Glastonbury Festival 2005
Glastonbury Festival 2005
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 23: A festival-goer enjoys a smoke at the Glastonbury Festival on June 23, 2005 in Glastonbury, England. The festival will run from June 24 - 26 June, and is expected to attract over 140,000 music fans to the site. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Glastonbury Music Festival 2005
Glastonbury Music Festival 2005
SOMERSET, ENGLAND - JUNE 23: Crowds gather at the stone circle to see the sunrise at the Glastonbury Festival 2005 at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 23, 2005 in Somerset, England. The festival is due to run from June 24-26 and is expected to attract over 140,000 music fans to the site. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Glastonbury Festival - Day Two
Glastonbury Festival - Day Two
SOMERSET, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Festival goers dance in the mud in front of the Pyramid stage at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, at the 2004 Glastonbury Festival, 26 June 2004. The festival spans over 3 days and runs until June 27. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Glastonbury Music Festival 2005 - Day 1
Glastonbury Music Festival 2005 - Day 1
SOMERSET, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 24: Super model Kate Moss seen at the first day of the Glastonbury Music Festival 2005 at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 24, 2005 in Somerset, England. The festival runs until June 26. (Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images)
Glastonbury Music Festival 2005 - Day 1
Glastonbury Music Festival 2005 - Day 1
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: A sign in a campsite on the first day of the Glastonbury Music Festival 2005 at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 24, 2005 in Somerset, England. The festival runs until June 26. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Glastonbury Festival 2005
Glastonbury Festival 2005
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 23: Festival-goer Claire Allen prepares for wet weather at the Glastonbury festival on June 23, 2005 in Glastonbury, England. The festival will run from June 24 - 26 June, and is expected to attract over 140,000 music fans to the site. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Glastonbury Festival - Day Two
Glastonbury Festival - Day Two
SOMERSET, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Festival goers dance in the mud in front of the Pyramid stage at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, at the 2004 Glastonbury Festival, 26 June 2004. The festival spans over 3 days and runs until June 27. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Glastonbury Festival - Day One
Glastonbury Festival - Day One
SOMERSET, ENGLAND - JUNE 25: Liam Gallagher of Oasis performs on the Pyramid Stage during the 2004 Glastonbury Festival, on June 25, 2004 at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, England. The music festival spans over 3 days and runs until June 27. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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