Now and Then: Going Behind the Scenes at @glastoofficial

To see more photos from this year’s Glastonbury Festival, explore the #glastonbury hashtag on Instagram. For more music stories, check out @music.

Let’s talk numbers: More than 100,000 music fans, 15,000 workers, 5,000 portable bathrooms and 10,000 hand-painted trash bins, dispersed throughout the grounds. It’s a far shot from what the Glastonbury Festival (@glastoofficial), which takes place every June in southwest England, was when it first started in 1970. The oft-told tale from that inaugural year: tickets cost one British pound and admission included free milk from its home on Worthy Farm. Things are a bit different now – there are more people, more bands (this year’s headliners include Kanye West and Florence and the Machine), more money and new exhibits. But the spirit has stayed the same.

“It’s never rested on its laurels,” says Emily Eavis, co-organizer of the festival – and the one standing in the middle of those bins up top. “Every year we dramatically add lots of things and take some things away and move it on and keep it completely fresh.”

–Instagram @music


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