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Glastonbury 50: The Official Story of Glastonbury Festival

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In their own words, Michael and Emily Eavis reveal the stories behind the headlines, and celebrate 50 years of history in the Vale of Avalon. They're joined by a host of big-name contributors from the world of music - among them Adele, JAY-Z, Dolly Parton, Chris Martin, Noel Gallagher, Lars Ulrich and Guy Garvey and many more.

Glastonbury 50 by Emily Eavis, Michael Eavis | Waterstones

My first time at NYC Downlow – in the summer of 2015 – was acomplete blur. At the time Iwas working for Dazed &Confused and had arranged to meet Stephen and Gideon in acampervan to discuss their vision. We ended up getting deep into how gay culture had become pinkwashed in recent years and how Downlow was in some ways aresponse to gentrification, with all the most chaotic, alternative gay clubs in the city replaced by luxury flats, bank chains and branches of Pret aManger. In essence, they wanted to create aspace where people could have the freedom to do what they like – and be whoever they want – even if just for the weekend. Glastonbury 50 is the authorised, behind-the-scenes, inside story of the music festival that has become a true global phenomenon. c) evict all members of any group of persons where GFEL or the PLH consider that group is behaving in a persistent anti-social manner.

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The writing was very basic and quite low level but I suppose the aim of the book wasn’t award-winning writing. The setting was the main theme of the book – which was what I was here for! There was also an overall theme of the deeper meaning and importance of music festivals in society which I can 100% relate to.

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The artist and performer line-up and all billed attractions are subject to change at any time without notice, and access to any performance may be restricted, specifically or generally, to ensure public safety. And then, one by one, these clubs began to disappear, as if eradicated by avirus in the middle of the night. There are amultitude of reasons for these mass closures – and we don’t have time to go into them here – but LGBTQ spaces became this rare and precious thing. There were no longer so many places to escape from reality or in which to lose your shit. In some ways it felt as if queer culture had turned inwards – existing online, in other people’s flats, on our phones – and while some of that reflects the natural evolution of our times, Ithink there was definitely asense of loss during those years, and maybe ever since. Where departure times are not stated, you must be available to travel at any point (AM/PM) during the specific day you have selected.b) used by any person for promotional purposes, including as a prize or other reward in a competition or lottery, except with the prior written permission of GFEL The organisers of the Shangri-La stage, which was due to host Killdren, said they “in no way condone violence and will not allow this matter to overshadow the incredibly inclusive spirit of Glastonbury”. Read an exclusive extract from Glastonbury 50, by Michael Eavis

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