Glastonbury is 50!

The V&A is launching a seven-day digital celebration of Glastonbury to mark what would have been the festival’s 50th anniversary.

The museum, which is home to the Glastonbury archive, today launches a new collection on its website dedicated to the annual festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset. This weekend (26-28 June) would have been the 50th anniversary Glastonbury Festival.

The online exhibition will look at the festival’s inception, history, fashion, and stage design. It will include past posters, programmes, designs, interviews, film, photographs, backstage passes and other memorabilia.

The V&A continues to work with Glastonbury Festival to collect and archive material from each Festival.

Camping at Glastonbury; a sea of tents.
Bowie and Quintessence performed on the first Pyramid Stage in 1971. The 1971 Festival was captured on film by Nick Roeg and David Putman in Glastonbury Fayre (1971). The film is a great record of the Festival and reveals how it attracted hippies who identified with the counterculture movements that emerged in the late sixties. Sadly it does not include Bowie’s memorable performance.
Glastonbury Festival banners, 2014.

Festival Fashion

The ‘festival fashion’ industry has only really existed since the mid-2000s, following several appearances at Glastonbury Festival by the model Kate Moss.

The height of her influence was in 2005, when she was photographed with her then boyfriend (and frontman of The Libertines) Pete Doherty. Her now-iconic look – tousled hair, gold dress, leather jacket, Hunter wellington boots and the ultimate accessory, an indie band boyfriend – suddenly decreed that festivals could be places for style and glamour, rather than just mud and mayhem.

Kate Moss (in less practical footwear) and Pete Doherty at Glastonbury Festival, 2007. Copyright Jason Bryant; Pair of wellington boots, ‘Hunter Green’, made by Gates Rubber Company, 1989, Scotland.
Tim Walker fashion shoot at Glastonbury. © Tim Walker

More information at : https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/the-history-of-glastonbury-festival

Pop the wellies back in the cupboard ready for next year! Watch highlights of the festival this weekend available on a number of platforms.

https://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/check-out-our-virtual-glastonbury-2020-line-up/

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