Glastonbury Festival Gets Going…Rolling Stones Set To Headline

Posted 26 Jun 2013 in General News, Music, News

Its hard to believe how long the Glastonbury Festival has been around but today the gates opened for another year.  There are more than 2,000 acts scheduled to perform this year but many are awaiting the performance from the Rolling Stones.

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are set to headline the Glastonbury Festival.

The first Glastonbury event took place in 1970…I wasn’t even alive then…and the crowd, if you can call about 1,500 people a crowd, was mainly made up of hippies looking for a place to hang out and hear some tunes.   The admission fee was one pound and the ticket holders were given some free milk.  Man have times changed.  Aside from an obviously much larger crowd the entrance fee to this year’s Glastonbury Festival was 205 pounds (that’s $315 per ticket).  The crowd has also grown considerably as there are an expected 135,000 fans who will be attending the monster show.

The owners of the festival have done a tremendous job growing the festival over the years and getting the most popular bands and artists to perform throughout the years.  Its become a right of passage for a band to make it to Glastonbury.  The owner has said that they have gone through the years and have had just about every major act perform…with the exception of the Rolling Stones.  They can now check that off the list too as the Stones will be celebrating their 50th year in music with 135,000 fans.  You might think that a lot of the younger crowd wouldn’t be all that excited to see the Stones but the average age of an attendee at Glastonbury is about 36.

Other notable acts are the Arctic Monkeys, Kenny Rogers, Elvis Costello, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Primal Scream, Public Enemy, Smashing Pumpkins, Mumford & Sons and a shitload more great music spanning all genres.

Glastonbury Festival

The Glastonbury Festival is notorious for its mud and great music.

Maybe this year it won’t rain and the fans won’t get covered in mud but I really doubt that matters to most of the people in attendance anyway.  Stay tuned and we’ll keep you updated with any news coming out of this year’s Glastonbury Festival.


Dave has been eating, living, and breathing music since before he could talk. This makes Dave perfect for his role here at Guitar News Daily.

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