Glastonbury At A Glance

Dolly Parton glastonbury A crowd estimated to have been in the region of 200,000 strong descended on Worthy Farm near Pilton, Somerset at the weekend for the annual Glastonbury Festival. The music festival, which has taken place 31 times since its founding in 1970, ran from Friday 27th June until Sunday 29th and, as ever, the British weather delivered in spades all the rain and mud revellers have come to expect. Nobody seemed overly concerned, however, as it is now an integral part of the Glastonbury experience. Glastonbury is arguably the most famous music festival in the world and has grown to such an extent that there are now 9 different stages showcasing an eclectic mix of the best and most current talent on the planet. On Friday evening, when the Leeds band Kaiser Chiefs opened their set on The Other Stage with their hit I Predict A Riot the tone was set for a rowdy weekend that epitomised what the Somerset event is all about. A rainy Friday night also featured the band Elbow, veteran US New Wave act Blondie and dub-stepper Skrillex. As the rain abated on Saturday, the crowds were entertained by Welsh rockers The Manic Street Preachers, Jack White, Nottingham singer-songwriter Jake Bugg, metal pioneer Robert Plant and one of his contemporaries, the smooth Bryan Ferry. Sunday was set to be thunderous climax and the acts on the main Pyramid Stage did not disappoint. Reports suggest that over 100,000 fans watched Leicester’s Kasabian bring the house down as main headliners of the whole festival but possibly the most remarkable performance of the weekend came from country star Dolly Parton. She played to the largest crowd of the festival, decked out in her trademark diamante finery, and led massed sing-alongs of favourites such as Jolene and I Will Always Love You. Reflecting on conditions under foot, Parton had penned a song especially for the Glastonbury faithful. As she belted out “Mud, mud, mud, mud/Up to our bums/In all this crud” the assembled thousands showed their appreciation. Glastonbury founder and organiser, Michael Eavis has confirmed that next year’s event will go ahead, saying he has already booked the 3 main headline acts, but he also sparked speculation that the festival may end in 2020 by suggesting that he would then bow out after devoting 50 years of his life to one of Britain’s greatest cultural phenomena. To book any of our music acts for your party, function or corporate event through Champions Speakers, please fill out our online form or call us on 0207 1010 553.