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The Glastonbury Festival Guide for 2015 & Beyond

Exploring the Glastonbury Festival – the way it originated, who features in the 2015 lineup, and what else there’s to do within the Neolithic settlement of Glastonbury.

The Glastonbury Festival is the crown jewel of UK summer time pageant culture – a very colossal occasion as it has been for many years already. Operating over 5 days, the occasion has grown from a cult attraction into one thing which is each a part of and larger than the mainstream musical area within the British Isles.  The event’s inventive aspirations throughout its adolescence, together with the erection of impromptu art reveals, indicators, sculpture and work have also stamped their legacy. Affectionately known as ‘Glasto’, the fashionable day pageant virtually escapes definition within the immenseness of its scope and activity.

Modern guests to the pageant see that it has advanced to encompass principally all spheres of creativity. While the musical is all the time mainly necessary, the presence of comedy, dance, literary readings, circus performances and religious celebrations of nature render Glastonbury greater than a mere music pageant. The quantity of paying guests has been capped at 135,000 in recent times, with the tastes and inclinations of these attending varying very extensively.

Hosted by Michael Eavis on his dairy farm for 45 years, the pageant has pushed the fertile fields that he owns to their very limits. Initially the pageant made no income, with Eavis and his associates hosting it out of the assumption that the joy they noticed when younger individuals from across the UK flocked to the in any other case serene location would catch on. Their hopes turned out true, as as we speak all types of people watch great musicians carry out of their drovs. Largely, the pageant has taken place yearly, although typically a yr’s break is given to permit the sector to lay fallow and recuperate.

Crowds gathered in anticipation of the subsequent efficiency at Glastonbury’s legendary Pyramid stage

Although the Glastonbury Festival has lengthy since turn into worthwhile, its dedication to charitable causes and the entertainment of all has impressed many imitators up and down the UK. Detractors point to the presence and infiltration of commercialism, whereas these supporting the fashionable Glasto point out that volunteers hold the show on the street, that charities similar to WaterAid and Greenpeace benefit to the tune of tens of millions of pounds, and that tons of of smaller artists, groups and acts carry out as well as the extra iconic and commercially outstanding headline acts.

While many festivals in the UK and worldwide are special, none of them may even strategy the distinctive spirit and coronary heart that includes the Glastonbury Festival.

Where all of it started

A lot of the pageant’s current day attraction is because of its roots in the counterculture and hippie actions which had their genesis within the 1960s. Highlights of the era embrace speedy divergences in musical tastes, advances in know-how and the invention of electrical devices, and the emergence of excellent talent reminiscent of soloists like Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix and teams similar to Led Zeppelin and The Beatles.

Off the again of this cultural upheaval came Glastonbury. The first pageant was in 1970 and concerned a small group of native college students and hippies congregating in the fields informally, with a makeshift stage and primary amenities swiftly put up. The young Eavis and his associates had the thought of offering free milk from the farm cows to attendees, and this proved an early staple that distinguished Glastonbury from different occasions such as the Isle of Wight Festival.

Glastonbury's Pyramid stage at nightCelebrations and expressions proceed all through the day and night time at Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage

Successive many years saw a gentle rise in attendees and performers alike. The pageant’s proximity to places akin to Stonehenge, the gorgeous surroundings of the West Country, plus receptive cities akin to Bristol and towns similar to Totnes in Cornwall ensured it will grow. Music at giant also turned extra numerous: the emergence of electronica and dance music somewhat followed the previous hippie ideals, with the foremost groups and DJs hosted at Glasto accordingly. The amenities and facilities have been improved upon, with devoted campsites and stall internet hosting growing the circumstances upon which tens of hundreds descended yearly.

Before lengthy, documentaries have been being filmed because the media flocked to offer coverage yr by yr. Not a mere niche event for hippies younger and previous, by the 1990s the presence of hit bands of the day resembling The Prodigy, Oasis and Radiohead underlined the truth that Glastonbury had turn out to be entwined in the very important material of UK music tradition. The pageant website turned formally organised into campsites, with areas allocated to inventive and dance efficiency, while particular person tents have been conceived for comedy acts, smaller area of interest bands with diehard followings, and even magicians and mystics.

New Period – New Acts

In recent times, the Glastonbury Festival has courted controversy for inviting and internet hosting a succession of musicians which depart the traditions of earlier many years. Once a bastion for common renditions of rock and people music, in recent times Glastonbury has branched out into genres reminiscent of rap and R&B. Inviting a few of the largest stars in these genres, similar to Snoop Dogg in 2010 and Kanye West proper here in 2015, the presence of those musicians has been seized upon as a sign of decline, with dying threats sent to organisers in the wake of the announcements of those headliners.

Kanye WestKanye West, who is headlining the Glastonbury Festival in 2015 has confirmed to be a controversial addition to the lineup

Regardless of the negativity emerging from a minority of discontented fans, most attendees are very happy to accommodate artists of different genres. They adopt the pageant’s view that the only standards on performers ought to be their reputation at giant. This yr’s line-up is ample testament to the on-going commitment Glastonbury possesses in showcasing the perfect in musical leisure. Traditional old skool acts akin to The Who, George Clinton, The Moody Blues and Patti Smith function strongly, while trendy rock teams such as the Foo Fighters even have headliner standing.

Glastonbusy 2015 headline acts lineupGlastonbury 2015’s lineup is rich and assorted, with several genres of music amply represented

Those who lambaste and forged a wholesale judgement of self-importance are themselves exposed as shallow: Glastonbury 2015 features one thing for virtually everybody, no matter age and background. The principal hassle is just deciding what to observe and where to be over the whole 5 days. Typically those visiting will plan every day trip both roughly or precisely; nevertheless with many occasions overflowing with curiosity, it may be arduous to maximise enjoyment, especially for first timers.

The Pyramid Stage in 2015

WhoWhenWhy
FOO FIGHTERSFriday 21:15 – 23:45The last time the Foo’s performed Glastonbury it was in torrential rain after England had crushed Colombia 2-0 within the World Cup. Convey an umbrella in case! There’s a heady stew of other post-grunge rock probably.
FLORENCE & THE MACHINEFriday 19:15 – 20:25Liked by Beyonce, the Grammy nominated Florence returns with a rejuvenated Machine. “You’ve gotta hand it to the girl: She always makes you feel something” reckon Spin journal. Can’t argue with that.
MOTÖRHEADFriday 17:30 – 18:30No sleep till Glastonbury! The legendary Lemmy and Motorhead of their 40th yr and still one of the biggest and loudest metallic bands on the planet. Ace (Of Spades).
MARY J. BLIGEFriday 16:00 – 17:00Mannequin, songwriter, actress, producer, singer and a correct RnB legend with a string of hits behind her. Anticipate a hip-swaying groove to descend all over Pyramid central – a spiritual expertise is guaranteed.
ALABAMA SHAKESFriday 14:30 – 15:30With their second album simply out and the world’s love of vocalist Brittany Howard’s gruff, soulful melancholy – and the Shakes’ gritty riffs – this ought to be a second to savour.
JAMES BAYFriday 13:00 – 14:00All strumming BRITS Critics’ Selection winner with a number one UK album this yr, chiseled cheekbones and a sound that’s Sam Smith meets Marcus Mumford.
CHRONIXXFriday 12:00 – 12:40The 22-year previous reggae revivalist and US RnB chart topper bringing old fashioned riddims and Rastafarian values to the fore. Natty!
MICHAEL CLARK COMPANYFriday 11:00 – 11:30The award profitable dancer, former member of the Ballet Rambert and famend choreographer has worked with everybody from Leigh Bowery to The Fall. His distinctive trendy dance creations are exceptional. Convey a tutu!
KANYE WESTSaturday 22:15 – 23:45Multi-gong profitable, Macca-sparring, singer, songwriter, producer, actor, designer, rapper, businessman and Mr Kardashian with a lengthy record of chart topping tunes to his identify. Guaranteed to take the Pyramid into hip hop heaven.
PHARRELL WILLIAMSSaturday 20:00 – 21:15Will lead the whole of the Pyramid subject in an uproarious model of ‘Happy’ with rudimentary dance routine and cheerleading, in addition to hopefully dropping the perfect membership banger of 2014 – ‘Move That Dope’.
PALOMA FAITHSaturday 18:15 – 19:15Award profitable singer and actress with a love of all things retro, bringing her mixture of clean jazz and soul into a modern pop focus.
BURT BACHARACHSaturday 16:30 – 17:30The legendary songwriter (Stroll On By, I Say A Little Prayer, Look Of Love and lots of more) brings his mellow grooves to the Pyramid for the most important bachelor pad get together on the earth.
GEORGE EZRASaturday 15:00 – 16:00Last yr it was the BBC Introducing stage, now it’s the Pyramid for the bluesy new people pop star of ‘Budapest’ fame.
THE WATERBOYSSaturday 13:30 – 14:30Will increase the bar on soul-infused rock’n’roll poetry alongside their hits which can embrace Entire Of The Moon and Fisherman’s Blues. Basic Glastonbury band that laid the groundwork for many.
COURTNEY BARNETTSaturday 12:10 – 13:00The Australian rambling raconteur and sub-psyche singer enjoying chunky riffs behind her witty yet acerbic and acidic observations. Gotta love her.
THE UNTHANKS WITH CHARLES HAZLEWOOD & HIS ORCHESTRASaturday 11:00 – 11:45Celebrating ten years of beautiful new people music, The Unthanks play a special set with orchestra and environment liberally ladled on.
THE WHOSunday 21:45 – 23:1550 years on and nonetheless making an attempt to overlook, er… It’s The Who – the mighty faces of mod with a triumphant closing set of mic-swinging theatrics and arm flailing guitar. Doubtless one of the biggest amp-smashing rock bands ever.
PAUL WELLERSunday 19:30 – 20:45Now dabbling in spaced out jazz and Hawkwind-like synth stabs behind his chunky post-grunge riffage as well as toying in psyche pop, you possibly can anticipate a veritable pot pouri of sound and a nod back to earlier daze too.
ALT-JSunday 17:45 – 18:45Mercury Prize profitable artwork rock combo whose symphonic experimentalism, intelligent time signatures and swathes of sound have made them into an distinctive reside experience.
LIONEL RICHIESunday 16:00 – 17:15It’s the second of the weekend. Get there early for the graceful soul man’s set and be a part of in the choruses of ‘All Night Long’, ‘Hello’, ‘Say You Say Me’, ‘Dancing On the Ceiling’, ‘Three Times A Lady’ and ‘Easy’ (even whether it is strictly talking now Sunday afternoon).
PATTI SMITHSunday 14:15 – 15:15Poet, artist, writer, activist and astute songwriter a lot beloved by Bono, Michael Stipe and Madonna amongst many others, whose ‘People Have The Power’ from 1988 by no means sounded more poignant.
HOZIERSunday 13:00 – 13:45It’s two years because the release of the humungously profitable ‘Take Me To The Church’ and this Irish singer songwriter continues to unleash superb amalgams of soul, people and blues in an indie rock groove.
SONGHOY BLUESSunday 12:00 – 12:40Desert blues and acoustic ballads, trippy soundscapes and resonating, chiming guitars from this wonderful Malian combo.
BURTLE SILVER BANDSunday 11:00 – 11:40The local Somerset brass band.

Click here to view the complete listing of performances across all levels within the Glastonbury Festival 2015

Attending to Glasto

Drivers

Should you’re unfamiliar with Southwest England, it can be bewilderingly exhausting to seek out the pageant in case you are driving. When you arrive in the basic space, street indicators will assist you to the remainder of the best way – nevertheless as a rule it is best to persist with the primary roads for as long as attainable before starting to rely on smaller ones.

Word that your Sat Nav won’t convey you all the best way to the pageant grounds.

Nevertheless, one will get you shut sufficient such that you could then depend on street signs to get you the remainder of the best way. Determine beforehand what entrance you’d favor, and anticipate delays regardless of which one you choose. As a rule, depart an hour sooner than a beneficiant estimate of your time spent getting right down to Somerset to allow for any fallacious turns or sat nav hiccups as you close to the location.

As soon as close sufficient, Glastonbury Festival’s stewards will direct your car to the most effective area to park.  Typically you’ll get fortunate and have to wait less than an hour; different occasions you could be waiting two hours or more to be parked up.

There’s no means of telling which of the 4 entrances might be beneath demand most in any given yr. Drive expecting delays and don’t complain concerning the lengthy wait!

  • From London, comply with the M3 then A303 and A37. (Sat Nav TA11 7DP).
  • From the North East: A1 or M1, M25 to M3 (Junction 12), then A303 and A37. (Sat Nav TA11 7DP)
  • From the Midlands: Preferably M40 and A34 to A303 and A37. (Sat Nav TA11 7DP)
  • From the  North West: M6, M5 to A39 (Junction 23) then A361. (Sat Nav BA6 9XE)
  • From Wales: M4, M5 to A39 (as above) (Sat Nav BA6 9XE)
  • From the native South West,  use A37 North or A361 East (Sat Nav BA4 4LY)

Public transport

Reaching Glasto on public transport such because the coach or practice is far more simple than driving, and is extra environmentally pleasant. Travelling to the pageant this manner will help you plan out the timing of your journey in a much more simple trend, whereas prices are clearer since you’ll be booking your tickets prematurely.

National Express coachNational Categorical coaches run special providers straight to the guts of the Glastonbury pageant

Coaches

Nationwide Categorical providers operate straight to and from the pageant website. Relieving to weary and worn-off festival-goers, the dedicated coach service has acquired robust suggestions from these opting to use it. Since everyone on there’s going to Glastonbury, you’ll be able to guess the journey to the pageant might be a vigorous one.  Not having to deal with an automated sat nav voice as your stress levels rocket is another huge plus.

Routes for the coach depart from all main cities throughout the UK. What’s more, the costs are typically fastened at an inexpensive fee; for those who’re coming in lengthy distance from the North of England the utmost you possibly can anticipate to pay is £70 for a return journey, while when you’re coming all the best way from Scotland you’ll pay about £100. For those who’re , simply go to the Nationwide Categorical website: http://www.nationalexpress.com/wherewego/events/music-festivals/glastonbury-festival-2015.aspx

Practice & Bus

When you favor rail as a way of reaching the pageant, you’ll be happy to listen to that that is also a reliable route. You’ll need to purchase a ticket to Fort Cary practice station out of your regional station, transferring where needed. Once at Citadel Cary, it is best to get on the frequent buses leaving for the Glastonbury Festival Bus Station from that practice station. These buses are operating all through the complete pageant, and depart every fifteen minutes.

All the time permit your self loads of time: guide an early service, and anticipate to have to carry all of your package in backpacks between the practice and bus, and the bus and your eventual campsite. Although practice is usually a soothing approach of journey, do anticipate the brief durations of stress you’ll have getting your tickets and checking out your belongings.

Tenting Amenities and Fundamental Levels

Glastonbury's 'Other' stageFestival attendees pitch their tents and roam round near the Other Stage

So you’ve arrived at the Glastonbury Festival and are questioning where to pitch up. This can be a good thing to think about, and there’s no absolute proper reply: much of how you strategy your keep is right down to particular person choice.  There are tenting zones dedicated greater than households, as well as extra raucous areas higher suited to younger or extra party-orientated attendees. Inside the pageant are areas of distinct cultures and feels: Pennard Hill Ground, between The Park and The Healing Fields has eternally been a spot of liveliness, attracting the identical attendees yr after yr.

Meanwhile, locations which lay nearer to the borders of the pageant, for instance the Limekilns and Hitchin Hill Floor, lean more towards quietude and tranquillity. Some camping grounds are busy and refill shortly in response to their proximity to the primary levels or main points of interest.

When pitching up you also needs to bear in mind security issues, reminiscent of leaving your self sufficient area out and in of the tent, and maintaining barbecues outdoors of tents to minimise the hazard of carbon monoxide poisoning.

When deciding the place to pitch up all the time account for potential foot visitors and noise levels.  A standard pattern is for individuals to stay central for an evening or two, before transferring to the western reaches of the location near Glastonbury Park to spherical off their stay in a extra relaxed style. You’ll possible have your bearings quite properly after the first two days, however for those who’re in any doubt simply discuss with the Glastonbury map under. Notice additionally the presence of the Household Tenting area in the north-westerly portion of the pageant grounds: Wicket Ground can, like others, be spotted on the official pageant map.

The general camping amenities have seen dramatic improvement, with 2011 seeing large renovations and upgrades to the tenting area near the western automotive parks. Providing a transparent path to the primary areas, the paved roads have found a massively favourable response with attendees.

Glastonbury Festival MapThis is the official website map of the Glastonbury Festival from 2014 but should still be accurate for 2015. Click to view the full-size picture.

After you have set your self up, you’ll in all probability want to try the precept points of interest – the primary levels. There are a number of giant levels which host the core of the occasion’s hottest musical offerings. Foremost among them is the Pyramid Stage, which is the place a lot of the headline acts play annually. That is an unmissable part of the event, with probably the most staggering performances happening plus fireworks occurring on the final night time to close off a pageant properly accomplished. Steadily the world round this fundamental stage is occupied by up to half of the whole attendees; crowds stretch on and on, lending an epic environment.

Southward and considerably reverse the Pyramid is the Other Stage, which despite the marginally dismissive identify hosts many influential and widespread acts. Some of these acts on the primary stage have a tendency toward an digital or dance feel, with prime DJ Deadmau5 being amongst 2015’s acts. Historically the stage made its identify in the course of the legendary 1994 performance of Orbital, which was among the largest groups driving the-then emergent wave of electronica music.

The third foremost stage is the John Peel, which takes the looks of an enormous striped circus massive prime tent. Residence to a few of the extra experimental and trailblazing genres of music on supply, typically it’s groups or soloists who’re just making their debut onto the music charts which function. Current yr’s festivals providing the likes of Mumford and Sons and Calvin Harris, while this yr will see Demise From Above and Django Django carry out.

Occasions and Facilities

The Glastonbury Festival recommends working on a principle of ‘If in Doubt, Wander’.

Typically the perfect discoveries and reminiscences are cast in the event you merely let go of planning and let the mood take you. Areas which you may stumble throughout embrace the smaller levels reminiscent of West Holts, that are hosting acts akin to Run the Jewels and the Parliament Funkadelic this yr. Additionally the Park Stage is internet hosting all manner of acts, such because the 1970s throwback Father John Misty, and niche bands akin to Perfume Genius.

The Theatre and Circus Fields are ground zero for a number of the best performing arts exhibits in the whole pageant. All manner of bizarre and eccentric displays are on supply, with Bella’s Area providing readings from famend modern poets, and the Glebeland area hosting lots of of particular person exhibits and performances each day of the pageant. The circus tents often draw plenty of spectators, with stunts and acrobatics a standard display amidst all the fantastical lighting and props.

The Inexperienced Fields in the meantime are the centre for inventive crafts. Giant scale crafted monuments are displayed right here, with inspirations coming from all manner of cultures. Asian, Native American, and Indo-European traditions are all represented in the woodwork and other builds. For those who’ve introduced youngsters, a devoted play area filled with fascinating points of interest and inventively made décor is round to keep them occupied and entertained.

The Left Area is the Glastonbury Festival’s centre for music and political debate. The current resurgence of left-wing politics in South America and Southern Europe has offered a lot of curiosity for the extra politically inclined of attendants. In years past luminaries akin to Tony Benn would make speeches relating to issues of the day. With the exciting current political developments, issues are sure to be energetic here in 2015.

There are lots of particular, particular person tents devoted to arts and comedy performances. The Arcadia is a yearly construct of fascinating, mechanically intense sculptures, lots of whom are so formidable as to be putting. In 2015, the emphasis is upon using renewable forms of power comparable to solar power being demonstrated as a viable means of retaining these otherworldly creations functioning.

What’s listed right here barely scratches the surface although! To actually see and recognize what’s on supply, it’s a must to be there at Glasto!

Glastonbury superfence wallThe Glastonbury Festival erected a wall or ‘superfence’ a couple of years back to keep non-paying spectators out, while protecting campers from felony exercise akin to theft.

It’s also value noting that there are a mess of eateries within Glastonbury to visit: spectacular kinds of vegan and vegetarian food can be found, while the standard fast food pageant fare of burgers and scorching canine are also out there. All the stalls are well being and security certified, which means you needn’t worry ending up feeling unwell after eating. There’s additionally a powerful array of providers comparable to safe lockups for your belongings. Should you fancy a soothing drink, there are dozens of tents which function bars throughout the pageant grounds.

A walk-in medical facility is present to treat minor wounds akin to any bumps or scrapes you may maintain. To take care of order, the police have their own small facility for coping with on-site crime. Please word that recreational drug use isn’t allowed on website, and that officers do make arrests yearly for those who flout the regulation. Crime has fortuitously fallen because the pageant fence was erected some years in the past, with native drug dealers now securely stored out of bounds.

For those who favour a mobile phone, obtain the Glastonbury app earlier than you head out for stay updates and information as it occurs: www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/download-the-official-glastonbury-2015-app/. You may also use the app to plan out your pageant, constructing a line-up and acquiring routes around the park to fulfil your goals for a great time.

What else can you see near Glastonbury, Somerset?

The pageant takes place closest to the village of Pilton. Although house to lower than a thousand residents, the beautiful little settlement has a pretty church named for St. John the Baptist, complete with iconic stained glass windows. The close by Glastonbury is directly a quintessentially pretty and highly presentable provincial English town filled with engaging village structure and pretty landmarks. Situated about six miles west of the Glastonbury Festival itself, buses can be found straight to the city.

Glastonbury town in Somerset countyThe picturesque town of Glastonbury is discovered within the peaceable county of Somerset.

It’s dotted with necessary landmarks such because the St Michael’s Tower (pictured) on the hilltop of Glastonbury Tor, and an attractive city centre complete with market and village outlets. The residents of the city and wider Somerset are acquainted with New Age and various beliefs; as such welcome pageant goers so long as they are well-behaved and respect the setting of which they’re friends.

For a city of its measurement, Glastonbury has a staggering variety of meaningful links with antiquity. There’s prominence of buildings indicating necessary highlights of distant antiquity, reminiscent of Glastonbury Abbey for religion and the Glastonbury Canal for trade. A lot joy might be had simply strolling the streets of the town and browsing its fascinating and various shops and floral shows. Soaking up the various myths and legends, some of which are inscribed on plaques by way of the town centre, is one other pleased pursuit, while for nature and chook lovers the Ham Wall Nature Reserve is situated within strolling distance a couple of miles away from the centre of town.

St Michael's Tower on Glastonbury Tor hill.Lovely historic monuments are located round Glastonbury so visitors have a lot to see before and after the pageant. For example, pictured right here is the roofless St Michael’s Tower, a Grade 1 listed building, topping the well-known hill referred to as Glastonbury Tor.

Different fascinating places embrace the George Lodge, a 16th century structure which was made to accommodate pilgrims attending the local Glastonbury Abbey: a perform it nonetheless considerably performs as a well-liked tourist-frequented pub. Additionally the Somerset Rural Life Museum presents a history of the locality’s conventional and agrarian roots. At the foot of the Tor, the Chalice Nicely provides forth water – amazingly dependable, the nicely is assumed to be spiritually blessed provided that it flows enormously even during droughts.

Whether or not or not you do determine to pay Glastonbury town and wider Somerset a visit earlier than or after your pageant, it’s clear that for a soothing break there are few other counties in the UK which supply up such an fascinating and naturally vivid time.

The Glastonbury Festival 2015 beings on Wednesday 24th June and ends on Sunday 28th June 2015.

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2015 Publish-Festival Roundup

29th June 2015

The Glastonbury Festival 2015 drew to an in depth final night time. As 100 thousand attendees tramp out of the Eavis farmstead and fields reflecting upon the spectacular nature of the pageant, it is the combined reactions and weather which might be more likely to type this yr’s legacy. When it comes to character, the pageant definitely brought buckets – let’s reminisce over some of this yr’s particular sights and sounds.

Musically, there was splendour combined with rancour. With the Foo Fighters rendered out of motion because of Dave Grohl breaking his leg, the surprise – and really in a position – Friday’s headlining by Florence and the Machine shocked followers with a show directly delightful in its flamboyance; the performance possible profitable Florence more followers from the older era as she coated the Foos’ Occasions Like These. The Saturday night time crowd reactions to Kanye West’s typically lopsided efficiency have been predictably polarised because the star veered between proclamations and track. In the meantime that night time on the Other Stage the vast experience of George Clinton’s Mothership discovered a uniformly better receival; the funk star and his entourage giving a consistent, strong and sometimes eccentric good present.

On Sunday amid rain and dirt came the appearance of the Dalai Lama. Contrasting the uninteresting climate was his message of warmth emphasising the significance of peace, compassion and concern over worldly affairs. The environment of homage to the actions which Glastonbury was founded upon was palpable. Accompanied on stage by previous rock greats The Who, the religious leader of Buddhism eloquently advanced his arguments whereas lambasting modern day violence.

In order the music ebbed away, so did rules return: Glastonbury 2015, though flecked with flaws, was capped off in fashion.