Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures

As revellers pour through the gates of Worthy Farm for Glastonbury 2022, celebrations are underway for the festival’s belated 50th anniversary celebrations.

Glastonbury turned 50 in 2020, having begun as the Pilton Pop, Folk and Blues Festival in September 1970 with 1,500 people in attendance. Admission cost £1, which included free camping and free milk.

To mark the occasion, Francis Whatley, the producer and director of the David Bowie Five Years trilogy, is re-sharing his social and musical history, The World’s Greatest Music Festival.

The story of Glastonbury is told through the festival’s principal curators, Michael and Emily Eavis, and some of the thousands of musicians who have performed at Worthy Farm over the years, including Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Ed O’Brien, Dua Lipa, Fatboy Slim, Noel Gallagher, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, and Stormzy.

The documentary will be available on BBC iPlayer for 30 days from Sunday 19 June.

Take a look at some defining images of Glastonbury from over the years. Make sure you also follow The Independent’s live coverage of this year’s event.

Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
1 of 35 © Provided by The Independent A group eating apples next to a smouldering wooden cart at the first Glastonbury Festival, 1970 (Getty Images)
Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
2 of 35 © Provided by The Independent June 1971: Hippies at the second Glastonbury Festival, which saw the first use of a pyramid stage (Getty Images)
Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
3 of 35 © Provided by The Independent 21st June 1971: Festival-goers washing and collecting water at one of the stand pipes at Glastonbury Festival (Getty Images)
Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
4 of 35 © Provided by The Independent June 1971: Hippies at the second Glastonbury Festival celebrate the summer solstice with music and dancing (Getty Images)
Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
5 of 35 © Provided by The Independent Two Glastonbury festival-goers in 1971 (PA)
Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
6 of 35 © Provided by The Independent A punk relaxes in 1983 (Nils Jorgensen/Shutterstock)
Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
7 of 35 © Provided by The Independent Crowds in front of the original Pyramid Stage in 1983 (Redferns)
Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
8 of 35 © Provided by The Independent Telephones at Glastonbury in 1985 (David O’Neil/ANL/Shutterstock)
Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
9 of 35 © Provided by The Independent Aerial view of Glastonbury in 1995 (PA)
Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
10 of 35 © Provided by The Independent Keith Flynn of the band ‘Prodigy’ performing in 1997 (PA)
Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
11 of 35 © Provided by The Independent Music fans make the best of muddy conditions as they display a wish you were here banner in 1997 (PA)
Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
12 of 35 © Provided by The Independent Radiohead’s Thom Yorke performing in 1997 (PA)
Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
13 of 35 © Provided by The Independent Two festival-goers enjoy a pizza in 1998 (PA)
Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
14 of 35 © Provided by The Independent Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim laughs at his fiance, radio and television presenter Zoe Ball (right), as the weather takes a turn for the worse in 1999 (PA)
Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
15 of 35 © Provided by The Independent A naked festival goer in 1999 (PA)
Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
16 of 35 © Provided by The Independent David Bowie performs in 2000 (PA)
Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
17 of 35 © Provided by The Independent Paul McCartney performs on the Pyramid stage in 2004 (Getty Images)
Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
18 of 35 © Provided by The Independent Two festival-goers pass a roll of toilet paper between toilet cubicles in 2004 (Getty Images)
Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
19 of 35 © Provided by The Independent Festival-goers dance in the mud in front of the Pyramid stage in 2004 (Getty Images)
Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
20 of 35 © Provided by The Independent Kate Moss and Pete Doherty walk backstage in 2005 (Getty Images)
Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
21 of 35 © Provided by The Independent A festival-goer tries to rescue belongings washed away in 2005 (Getty Images)
Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
22 of 35 © Provided by The Independent Amy Winehouse performs in 2007 (AFP via Getty Images)
Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
23 of 35 © Provided by The Independent Jay-Z performs in 2008 (Getty Images)
Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
24 of 35 © Provided by The Independent Bruce Springsteen performs in 2009 (Getty Images)
Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
25 of 35 © Provided by The Independent Beyonce performs in 2011 (Getty Images)
Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
26 of 35 © Provided by The Independent A man jumps over a fire in 2013 (Getty Images)
Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
27 of 35 © Provided by The Independent People gather to watch the sun set in 2014 (Getty Images)
Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
28 of 35 © Provided by The Independent Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama (R) joins US singer-songwriter Patti Smith (L) on The Pyramid Stage in 2015 (EPA)
Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
29 of 35 © Provided by The Independent Two festival revellers roll in the mud after they took part in a tomato fight in 2016 (Getty Images)
Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
30 of 35 © Provided by The Independent An actor wears a heart-shaped costume in the circus area in 2016 (EPA)
Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
31 of 35 © Provided by The Independent People gather to watch the Arcadia landing show in 2017 (Getty Images)
Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
32 of 35 © Provided by The Independent Fireworks mark the end of the Foo Fighters performance in 2017 (Getty Images)
Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
33 of 35 © Provided by The Independent Ushers pose in a convertible at the Cinemageddon event in 2017 (EPA)
Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
34 of 35 © Provided by The Independent Stormzy performs in the headline slot in 2019 (Getty Images)
Glastonbury and Worthy Farm through the years – in pictures
35 of 35 © Provided by The Independent Climate change protesters take part in a procession in 2019 (EPA-EFE)

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