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Glastonbury 2009

Over the weekend, approximately 190,000 people made their way to Worthy Farm in western England to attend the 2009 Glastonbury Festival. Attendees came to see performances at what is billed as "Europe's largest open-air music festival" on many stages over four days - headliners included Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, and a reunited Blur. Rainy weather did little to dampen the mood, as attendees enjoyed themselves in tent cities, concert performances, dance tents, and the surrounding countryside of Somerset, England. Collected here are a handful of images from this year's festival. (33 photos total)

Festival-goers walk through a camping area in the early hours of the second day of the annual Glastonbury Festival near Glastonbury, England on June 27, 2009. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)
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292 comments so far...

#28 is very very very Sexxxxyyyyyy

Posted by Jorge June 29, 09 12:29 PM

Can you imagine the smell of all those hippies packed so close together?

Posted by Otto June 29, 09 12:29 PM

Picture #12 is awesome. Neil Young rocks! Thanks for these images.

Posted by Matt Cofer June 29, 09 12:29 PM

Love that spirit of open-air festivals, love the pictures !

Posted by Sebastien June 29, 09 12:30 PM

Excellent series, thank you BP.

Posted by CRB June 29, 09 12:32 PM

awesome, as usual

Posted by dibesh June 29, 09 12:36 PM

Nice pictures. Hippies having fun, Niel Young and Tom Jones on stage. Looks like a good time.

Posted by raul briseno June 29, 09 12:41 PM

Number 2 looks like a scene from the lord of the rings or something. I really didn't know that Glastonbury festival was this big! Amazing pictures as usual. I wish i could have been there. Thanks to this images i ll be there next year for sure :)

Posted by Sert June 29, 09 12:42 PM

Just got back from Glasto - EPIC WIN! Good shots that sum it up well, too!

Posted by Mull June 29, 09 12:42 PM

I love pictures 16 & 21!!!
These ppl do have fun. They really do!!!
Great great photos.. :D

Posted by Katrinpi June 29, 09 12:44 PM

Incredible, as always, but #33, all that trash, and that guy is touching his face... wow... Yuck.

Posted by Dustin Finn June 29, 09 12:48 PM

WOW! Oh, what is it about music that'll make us brave the elements (#14!) for an amazing time? Seems to me that the best outdoor fests include the risk of rain, and the promise of sun.

Also: Tom Jones is Welsh?

Posted by Forrest June 29, 09 12:49 PM

I'd love to see the Spinal Tap guys live. A lot of ollllld rockers still goin strong there.

Posted by B J June 29, 09 12:50 PM

Love the shot of Spinal Tap.

Glad to see the hard work that goes into cleanup. Gonna have a great time, you need to pay one way or another.

Posted by F_Loon June 29, 09 12:54 PM

Realmente muito interessante. As fotos estão muito boas com execelente nivel, captando toda o espirito do festival.

Posted by Olavo Kucker June 29, 09 12:58 PM

Wow, trashed lands for what?

Posted by RJ June 29, 09 01:13 PM

Amazing, was a superb line up this year

Posted by Carl June 29, 09 01:27 PM

We're doing a book of photos from all the UK festivals this summer - many submitted by users. You can check some of them out at our site

Posted by Festival Annual June 29, 09 01:28 PM

fairy dust? As in, angel dust?


Posted by ilovefestivals June 29, 09 01:33 PM

#6 gives serious perspective, but 14 is breath-taking. One of a kind shots!

Posted by Liz June 29, 09 01:42 PM

u r an amazing photographer.....keep up the gud wrk..itz amazin lookin at ur pics...they r so out of the world.........i love the thunder amazin....

Posted by rihanaa June 29, 09 01:53 PM

Nice Festival :)
But, as French, I have to recommand this one :
One of the largest open-air music festival too (200.000 festival-goers).
2009 : Bruce Springsteen "The Boss" and The E Street Band, The Killers, Fiction Plane.
2008 : Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Motörhead, ZZ Top, Morcheeba

If you come in France, come to say hello :)

Posted by TetardKing June 29, 09 02:19 PM

I love boston big pictures and I`ve been following it since day one but this is the worst entry so far. large, commercial music festivals attract terrible people and worse bands. Looking at these pictures makes me ashamed of being European. I swear some of us like decent, non generic music and we don`t all look like hippies.

Posted by luca June 29, 09 02:28 PM

airbeds? those are pool rafts. girls should have rented a tipi....

Posted by sleepyhead June 29, 09 02:29 PM

a. damn hippies
b. how do you find your tent in that mess?
3. it's not unusual to be loved by anyone

Posted by carlton June 29, 09 02:47 PM

@12: 'Also: Tom Jones is Welsh?'
Er yes...always has been.
@21: lighten up!

Posted by MikeP June 29, 09 02:48 PM

Amazing photos. Leon Neal must have a ton of amazing shots - about half of this group are credited to Leon!

Dustin, the guy touching his face has taken off one of the gloves worn when sorting trash. Note the glove on his other hand.

Posted by JC Dill June 29, 09 02:49 PM

I really don't get it, how can you people so consistently be so good...? :)

Posted by Stefan June 29, 09 02:56 PM

It looks impresive, but 190.000 is not so much more than other festivals.

There is Exit festival in Novi Sad, Serbia (will be held in 2 weeks), and I believe that number of people will be very close to that. Actually, I see that they report 160.000 people in 2006...

Posted by Ivan June 29, 09 03:18 PM

Thank you so much volunteer recyclers. I commend you.

Posted by Robyn Robertson June 29, 09 03:19 PM

I'd like to pitch a Tipi for Lady Gaga!

Posted by K.K. June 29, 09 03:23 PM

I fell in love with #7. deeply and perfectly so.

Posted by Schmierwurst June 29, 09 03:44 PM

Egad, never did realize HOW big Glastonbury is. It must take forever to get to the stage from your tents. It already takes forever to get from A to B at the festivals I used to go to, but this, impressive.

It really is its own kind of culture that some people simply do not practice and simply cannot relate to. I think you really have to go to a couple of festivals to understand what this is all about. I stopped going to festivals a couple of years ago because they were getting way too commercialized for my taste (yes, I know I sound a thousand years old now) but I have nothing but good memories of those times.

And I am ashamed of people constantly being ashamed of everything.

Posted by Laughing Man June 29, 09 03:54 PM

Great pics in a messy place! It has a medieval appearance!

Posted by Luciano Stabel June 29, 09 04:01 PM

#2 looks like the Quidditch World Cup.

Posted by Crystal June 29, 09 04:30 PM

#28, please call me. My god are you beautiful.

Posted by Richard June 29, 09 04:38 PM

I have fond memories of rock festivals in the 60's and 70's. Glad to see they are still around and bigger than ever.
More power to the younger generation. It's your time now. Enjoy, Rock on.

Posted by Rodney Rodriguez III June 29, 09 04:38 PM

For those few slating Glastonbury, trust me it is the best music festival in the world! I've been going since a child in the eighties and the feel you get there is like nothing else, it's not just about the music it's everything going on away from the stages

Posted by Carl June 29, 09 06:04 PM

Glastonbury festival on mud again -
when will it ever change?

Thanks for the pictures!

Posted by Ahrsib June 29, 09 06:07 PM

wow.. i want to make it one year. looks lovely

Posted by Suppl3m3nt June 29, 09 06:24 PM

Amazing shots, as usual! Why, oh why did I not go this year, it's only an hour down the road?! EPIC FAIL!

@Ivan: I'm pretty sure the 160,000 for Exit is a total for the 4 days, if I recall correctly it's about 40,000 per day, and it will be most of the same people there each day. I was there in 2006 as it happens, it's a great festival!

@Schmierwurst: I'm totally with you on that one.

@luca: It is apparent that you have absolutely no prior knowledge of this festival. Glastonbury was founded by and has been run by a dairy farmer on his own land for the past 39 years, it makes relatively small profits and donates a sizeable sum to charity each year; it is about as non-commercial as the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world could be. The lineup consists of many hundreds of acts and is as eclectic as you will find anywhere; the point being that there is something for everyone - that's the beauty of Glastonbury. Oh, and there are hardly any of those hippies you dislike so much in the crowd these days; they tend not to be able to afford the ticket price. These pictures make me *proud* to be European.

Posted by Resonator June 29, 09 06:29 PM

Meu que doidera isso ! Cara estes gringos são chapados mesmo. As imagens são demais, nunca ouvi falar deste festival, deve ter sido muito louco. Parabéns à organização do envento pelo cuidado com o lixo.

Posted by Moisés Oliveira June 29, 09 06:43 PM

GBP 800 to hire the tipi tents? At today's change that's almost US$ 1325. That's crazy.

Posted by Jeronimo June 29, 09 06:45 PM

f*ckin' awesome pix.

are there any tech specs? i am curious with what gear were shot pics #10 and #29...

Posted by pan dan June 29, 09 06:48 PM

I got back from Glastonbury early this morning.

Fantastic place!!

Posted by Lee June 29, 09 06:50 PM

Imagine how many people they could have attracted with some worthy acts! Neil Young and Springsteen aren't quite the "headliners" that they used to be. Where's Oasis and Radiohead?

Posted by Mike D. June 29, 09 06:56 PM

They do this with only 1200 volunteers? That's amazing! I'm a 14 year veteran volunteer of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, and we have over 2000 volunteers for a festival with only 18000 people in attendance. But we do EVERYTHING. And we're treated really, really well...access to festival, good meals (created by volunteers), after parties with the same acts as main stage (including acoustic session rooms where ANYONE can sit it, and ANYONE might show up.

Posted by Martin Levenson June 29, 09 06:56 PM

Need some Peter Doherty pics from the festival! Amazing set.

Posted by Libertine June 29, 09 06:56 PM

Its is everything that I need to be happy !

Posted by Paulo Rodrigues June 29, 09 06:59 PM

#8 on the right...I just realized that's a mini skirt, not shorts...nice. Other better pics here but wondering what's going through her mind. "Where's the best spot to shag yea baby!!?"

Posted by Anonymous June 29, 09 07:03 PM

Haha 33 perfect way to end it!

Posted by RikkerPKeaton June 29, 09 07:09 PM

Why are some people using the word hippie? Totally different crowd.

Posted by Fernando June 29, 09 07:23 PM

#21 you can be ashamed of being European all you like (I don't blame you) but this festival is BRITISH and the Brits know how to have fun!


Posted by Rose June 29, 09 07:33 PM

Ê Brasil, evolui Brasil!!!

Posted by Anderson Guedes June 29, 09 08:03 PM

So glad everyone could control themselves.. not like the Woodstock II back in the day! Looks like so much fun.. I love #2! Looks like a fairy village or something!

Posted by Meg June 29, 09 08:11 PM

Love the pics, and especially one of Tom Jones, but it looks a bit like forced fun, or maybe the 800 GBP tipis that were sold out made me a bit jaded.

Posted by glad im old June 29, 09 08:12 PM

I've been going to Glastonbury for 15 years and these are the best pictures of the event I've seen.
It is the greatest show on earth, the one every festival aspires to be.

Posted by simon reid June 29, 09 08:17 PM

coachella doesn't even come close. ho hum...

Posted by June 29, 09 09:22 PM

This brings back great memories. I was at Glastonbury exactly 20 years ago. I think it might have been the only year it didn't rain :-)

Posted by AIC June 29, 09 09:24 PM

I love Neil Young but pic #32. These are the people who preach to us how we should recycle and love the earth??? Shame on them!

Posted by Anonymous June 29, 09 09:25 PM

way to photograph all the old ppl

Posted by jay June 29, 09 11:02 PM

Keep on rockin' in the free world.

Posted by Eric June 29, 09 11:16 PM

Seriously? Is Leave No Trace that hard? Pick up your freaking garbage / recycling / Matter Out Of Place (MOOP) and take it with you. 50,000 dirty hippies in the desert manage that every year, dust storm whiteouts and all.

Other than that it looks like quite a time.

Posted by Weird Fred June 29, 09 11:33 PM

felt like I was there the whole way through. thanks.

Posted by kaykay June 29, 09 11:38 PM

Wow!! I really wish I had been there - all the sticky mud, warm beer, torrential rain, biting bugs, thick crowds, endless piles of trash, rude drunks, extortion prices - oh well, there's always next year I'd like to attend a festival that isn't about trashing the countryside with garbage, converting every shred of grass into 6 inches of impassable mud, where sucking down vast quantities of booze is not seen as cool, where people don't allow others to lie unconsciouis in puddles of mud, where money and celebrity and power aren't placed on a pedastal of elitest snobbery. and class distinction, where love of music and humanity is used to unite and energize humans to make this a better planet for all - but there's always next year,,,

Posted by ckaspereli June 29, 09 11:43 PM

this is so awesome!

Tom in Houston

Posted by Anonymous June 29, 09 11:58 PM

Great Pix - a wonder to behold...thx :o)

Posted by Cimarron2 June 30, 09 12:04 AM

Spinal Tap, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Jones??
And who is Lady Gaga?
This is the talent pool of todays generation ?
This is why Western Culture is dying.
These performers are all from the 60s. It's equivalent to having Benny Goodman
and Peggy Lee perform at Woodstock. Only difference being Peggy Lee and Benny goodman were actually good.

Posted by iamjohngalt June 30, 09 12:14 AM

Dreamy as hell . Reminds me of Phish festivals

Posted by Betty Bartsch June 30, 09 12:28 AM

' What is billed as "Europe's largest open-air music festival" ' Actually it's the World's largest Greenfield Music & Performing Arts Festival in the world.

Other than that, an awesome collection of photo's.

Posted by Ghosts June 30, 09 01:22 AM

#28 and #5 in the boots.

At the same time.

Posted by Thomas June 30, 09 01:22 AM

Fantastic set to start the day. Makes me want to party too!!

#21 why would you comment like that, if you don't have anything to contribute stfu.

#51 you don't have to get all anti-european because of one @#$%!, we love the Brits. And looking at the nr of Britisch people attending festivals on the continent they love us back :-)

Posted by Edje June 30, 09 02:18 AM

The picture of spinal tap makes them look like old women.

Posted by drummerboy03 June 30, 09 03:41 AM

is glastonbury an excuse to dive into mud puddles. would they do it if they saw one and it wasn't glastonbury.

Posted by rambo June 30, 09 04:15 AM

Obviously the 1980's was the only decent music era. They are still the stars of the show....

Posted by 80's child June 30, 09 04:15 AM

that just is the best festival on earth .
have you every gone crazy with 120 thousand people in a concert

Posted by ilker ender June 30, 09 04:37 AM

God Job!!!!!!Keep on going!!!!!!!These photos are just perfect!!!

Posted by Anna Zachou June 30, 09 04:52 AM

@pan dan Both of those shots were taken on a Nikon D3 with a 50mm f1.4 lens at 3200ISO.

Thanks for your very kind comments. It's such a great festival that it's nearly impossible to put your camera down! If you get chance to go, make sure you don't miss it.

Posted by Leon Neal June 30, 09 05:02 AM

Incredible set of pics, sum it up perfectly, just wish I was still there!

Posted by Danny June 30, 09 05:54 AM

The pic which captured lightning is awesome. It's once in a lifetime to capture on camera.

Posted by Jonathan June 30, 09 06:03 AM

I bet that smelled like a monkeys wedding.

Posted by Steveo June 30, 09 06:18 AM

Fantastic pictures!! the last one saddens me only because im in it!! We've worked in that centre for the last 4 years and it is HARD! The day that picture was taken it was like being in a sauna and really unbearable! Everyone worked so hard!

Posted by recovering June 30, 09 06:29 AM
83. why don't we go???!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Dreamson June 30, 09 06:35 AM


Posted by George June 30, 09 06:41 AM

I'm also a Glasto vet I think it was my tenth one. These pictures are awesome. Best I've seen. Everyone was in good spirits. I will say though the extra people were very noticable when trying to get around.

Posted by chris June 30, 09 06:45 AM

I am looking for my grandchildren, have you seen them? Al & Lily.

Posted by jerrywise June 30, 09 07:11 AM

memories like the corner of my mind

Posted by Nick June 30, 09 07:19 AM

last year was a lot better w/ The Verve headlining...still, it's always a fun time.

Posted by FJ June 30, 09 07:30 AM

I was there. And yes it was as good as it looks in those stunning photos.

Posted by Steve June 30, 09 07:52 AM

Would it not be better to present these images as a thumbnail gallery. It would load quicker, not use so much bandwidth and you could click on a thumb nail image to see a larger image on it's own. Rather like other image galleries I've seen.

It's better than having to scroll through an endless dump too. I do like the pictures.

Posted by Andy June 30, 09 07:57 AM

I hope the folks respected the land. I'm sure they didn't. When I was drinking and smoking dope, i never cared.Life was all about me. Now that I'm older and wiser, I try to clean up after myself. Awesome pictures of the tents.

Posted by Weirdbill June 30, 09 08:04 AM

Awesome, never seen this kind of event. What pictures , it really make you feel there and get u in to the mood. Thanks for sharing ;)

Posted by Jateen June 30, 09 08:27 AM

Hey Schmierwurst, I fell in love with #7 also. I keep going back to her picture and I can't help but stare into her eyes. yum-yum. I am going to plan for this fest next year and it looks like an absolutely blast to attend.

By the way, "tipi" is actually spelled, "tee-pee".

Posted by Yank June 30, 09 08:59 AM

LOL #18. Look closely... the glasses fell off his head and lay in the water, remaining perfectly lined up with his head.

Posted by nugget June 30, 09 08:59 AM

It's just like Woodstock, man! Only with better camping gear.

Posted by Lostmoose June 30, 09 09:21 AM

photo #1 im the one with the hat with lights and cape :) i also got snapped in the park but cant find them ones hopes they gets uploaded :(

Posted by Dominic James Place June 30, 09 09:21 AM

I'm 45 years old but those images make me want to risk the back pain to camp there next year.

Posted by Vince in Cincinnati, Ohio June 30, 09 09:22 AM

woah....the meadow was filled w stars....

Posted by matt jackson June 30, 09 09:25 AM

Hippies make me sick!!!!

Posted by YuckHippies June 30, 09 09:27 AM

Fantastic pictures! You have captured the atmosphere amazingly!

We had a brilliant weekend, can't wait for next year!

Thank you

Posted by katie Hayes June 30, 09 09:56 AM

The last photo is the best one of the whole series. it is good to see that they are doing something worthwhile to handle the mess that is created.

Posted by Beaker June 30, 09 10:08 AM

190,000 is just a few over my limit for my close friends list. not that i don't like mud and people who pass out in it. certainly the 800 GBP 'tipi" people had shuttle service to Tom & Bruce.

Posted by bongosdad June 30, 09 10:19 AM

Beautiful photos. Thank you. And to everybody who is getting a little bit angry on this page... shhhh. You don't have to go, or look at the photos. Stop trying to bring people down who have had an amazing and fairly green and educational weekend. And cheer up! x

Posted by kel June 30, 09 10:21 AM

It is funny how some of you are bitching about this

Go find what you enjoy and enjoy it you pretentious pr*cks

It is usually best to keep your mouth shut..kaithaxbye

Posted by geeraph June 30, 09 10:50 AM

I have to laugh at the people who keep using the word "Hippies" to pigeon hole the people attending the event when it is full of people from a total cross-section of society.

Love all of the photos especially the storm on no.14 - I was hiding in a beer tent at the time in the Park...and Springsteen was awsome.

Resonator's reply to @luca on item 39 is perfect !!!!! You really have to be there to appreciate it.


Posted by David Tucker June 30, 09 11:02 AM

The mere use of the slogan "leave no trace" does nothing to help and change the issue of rubbish, litter, and awareness of our planet. The festival needs to find more enforceable ways of brining personal responsibility back to the individual. It is each of our responsibility to take out what we bring in and not leave it up to hundreds of people to clean up after as "someone else's problem". Therefore call it a Rave but don't use the Leave no Trace slogan until the festival is ready to do what is necessary to productively start changing the attitude of people.

Posted by Evan Graj June 30, 09 11:23 AM

#31 shot with a 600mm lens from on top of a ladder in the crowd! massive kudos to matt!

Posted by Anonymous June 30, 09 11:27 AM

itz amazin photos...1st, 2nd & 6th r out of the world.........

Posted by ajay June 30, 09 11:50 AM

Great shots.

Just got back had a blast. Yes it smells yes it rained yes the line up was not 100% to my taste but having been to V, Reading and Phoenix Glato is the 1 true festivl for me.
The beer was chilled the people were chilled and yes it was damp.

It would be great to meet you all next year but hey some of us don't know how to let our hair down! Roll on 2010!

Posted by Mr Harvey June 30, 09 11:50 AM

Some brillaint photos!

Posted by Kevin June 30, 09 12:00 PM

Absolutely excellent photographs. Kudos.

And yes, they are contemporary hippies. Same crowds are in my neck of the woods, at Burning Man and Coachella.

Posted by Tom June 30, 09 12:01 PM

180,000 is alot of people. A good proportion of them take their litter with them at the end of a band,and a hell of alot of recycling goes on around the site too.
When 70,000 odd turn up for one band, they aren't all going to take their litter with them, but if all of them didn't, believe me it'd look alot worse than that!
Personally I'll tend to drop a cup or can during a gig, but pick up someone else's on the way out to make up for it!
Oh - and we do pick up people in puddles when they're not posing for the cameras!

Posted by Anne June 30, 09 12:15 PM

Beautiful photos :)

I just got back yesterday, its the best festival in the world, totally stunning and sooooo hot!! a couple of thunder storms didn't really make it that muddy at all, I was in flip flops most of the weekend ;)

Posted by Silver June 30, 09 12:39 PM

Great Photos. My new wallpaper will be one of these. Why do European festivals totally kill American ones. Also you've got to commend those that help clean up. And pretty good teeth on the English girls!!

Posted by Beantown13 June 30, 09 12:46 PM

Thank you for these amazing photos - Just got back from one of the greatest festivals, and these images make me wish I was back there.

Posted by Alan June 30, 09 01:29 PM

Regarding photo #22 - proves ignorance toward Native American/First Nations culture & religion is alive and well in England (as well as America)

Posted by michael June 30, 09 01:32 PM

Love this pics!

Summerfesitvals are the best!

Posted by June 30, 09 01:41 PM

I wish I was the stone, and looking up to the sky in #5...woohoo

Posted by Take the Long Road and Walk It June 30, 09 01:58 PM

This festival is amazing..Anyone who is typing stupid inane comments about hippies or commercialism needs to go to this festival and experience it. Its truly a magical place.....i didnt see one spot of bother the whole time I was there. It is a pity that people leave litter though when they could just pop it ina bin....Cant wait for next year, your photos capture it so well.....excellenty....

Only criticism i did have was security person going through my stuff on arrival check....who didnt speak English...or more specifically know the general English names of drugs such as Tums, Deflatine, Evening Primrose etc...Surely if they want to check for illegal drugs, they should have the ability to eliminate over the counter medicines which Im sure the majority of people bring to the festival.
We were stopped and basically humilated by having my medical items thrown about the place by her after a 16 hour coach journey and having to shout urine infection at her pointing at the area so she would understand!!!....she even almost took my hairbrush off me because it could be used as a weapon???????? Please sort out the security on entrance guys....then it'll be perfect.

Posted by Vixen June 30, 09 02:10 PM

Just read the comment from (iamjohngalt *68) about the festival having no new talent and only stars from the sixties. My friend, you were obviously not there. Check out the listings for all of the stages and you will see far more 'new' music than old. I was there and I have come away with a huge list of new artists that I will be buying material from in the following weeks and memories that will be with me for life. Maybe you should go there next year, you will be pleasantly surprised I assure you. Modern culture is not dying, its just that certain people will not get off their arses to discover/support it.
PS Fantastic set of pics. Thank you.

Posted by CJ June 30, 09 02:56 PM

The best collection of photos yet on this site. I love how you end it with the trash cleanup, that was the most interesting thing I've ever seen! Those people who clean for a ticket, jesus.

Posted by Nicole June 30, 09 04:09 PM

Looks bluddy great!!best wishes from Luzern

Posted by Fiji7 June 30, 09 04:18 PM

Vixen, I suggest you send your comments to Worthy Farm, I doubt that those in charge of the festival have the time or inclination to read every comment on every website :-) You have a very valid point and I would hate to think it didn't reach the right ears.

There was a massively eclectic mix of music at the festival, as well as all kinds of different forms of entertainment and art, the mainstream media don't do the festival justice at all, they simply don't show the weird and wonderful stuff that makes the festival what it is, or the alternative lifestyles which we don't see in everyday life which show the beautiful differences of humankind. They don't show the political side of Glastonbury, or the range of experiences available to the people who go there. They don't show the sunshine and baked ground because they want to laugh at the 'dirty hippies in the mud'. They don't show the pure joy that is experienced by thousands and thousands of people.

Posted by Mandy W June 30, 09 04:21 PM


would love to see a collection of glastonbury pics over the decades

Posted by egan June 30, 09 04:34 PM

I'm calling shenanigans. I lived near SF my entire life. Never have I seen such good looking hippy girls. The hotties in the pics are posers. Hippies are usually fat slobs that don't bathe and shun hygiene as it is symbolic of some sort of social injustice.

Posted by Fluroic June 30, 09 04:41 PM

I'm amazed how some folks will take a look at a few pictures and feel the need to make judgements about their fellow human beings. This is an event that allows many to escape the drum of normal life. A time to get way from endless garbage spouted by our lying politicians. A time to take stock of all that is good about being alive. A time to celebrate the amazing good nature of mankind. Glasto represents more than just a festival of music, arts and performance. It's a kaleidescope of human nature. There is so much good that comes from this event, not least the hundreds of thousands of pounds raised for charity. What is life if not a collection of memories? I for one am damn happy I now have a few Glasto's behind me. Each one different in it's own way, but a growing collection of very happy memories that will stay with me forever. All power Michael Eavis and your hoards of happy helpers, who make it possible for us memory hunters to live the dream

Posted by Glastolover June 30, 09 05:10 PM

Stunning. Absolutley captured the magic of glstonbury.

Posted by Emma Bryant June 30, 09 05:44 PM

Can't help but laugh at the comments moaning about mud; out of five days, it was a BIT muddy for about 12 hours, other than when everyone was leaving. The rest of the time was glorious sunshine. Also, those mocking the line up; the photos are of one or two acts, when there were over 1,000 acts playing on over 40 stages in every single genre you could possibly imagine. Literally everything. Until you've been, you have absolutely NO idea. I promise you.

Posted by Dan, Exeter (1 hour from Glasto) June 30, 09 07:02 PM

Great pics, and looks like an amazing time!

800 to rent a Tipi? And, do they come with those fake headdresses?
Ironic it's the same country that killed all the native americans.

Posted by Gah June 30, 09 07:17 PM

to Evan Graj (Comment 116.) Now that you've had your rant, do you actually have any suggestions, rather than your sweeping statement implying the festival organisers are "not ready" to deal with the litter issue? The festival is ready mate, it's just that some people aren't, and never will be. While we're talking about suggestions .. and something I'd like to see on Brighton beach as well - I suggest video crew busting people leaving their trash behind, interviewing them on camera as to why they did it and who they think is going to pick it up, challenging them to pick it up .. then shaming them on a very big screen - often!

Posted by jaznz June 30, 09 07:23 PM

lovely. absolutely lovely. i just wish people would learn to clean up after themselves. that photo of the trash near the end killed it for me. glastonbury revelers could learn a few things from burning man. pack it in. pack it out. leave no trace.

it's not that hard people!

Posted by winelips June 30, 09 07:48 PM

That's so amzing pics!

Did someone think about get a book , a catolog, dont matter, with these photos??
Congratulations !

Posted by Giovanna Ana Ana June 30, 09 08:14 PM

Amazing photos, I'm heading off to take HDR pics at Rothbury this weekend and hope I can get shots this good. I posted the ones I took last year on my blog under the Rothbury heading.

Posted by Ann Teliczan June 30, 09 09:20 PM

it was my first year, and i thoroughly enjoyed the festival...
the only thing i don't understand is the inability of all of us to dispose of our rubbish in bins that are clearly provided for such a purpose. it's not that hard. i've done it. and i've picked up yours. it only takes a moment. and our awareness keeps festivals like this alive... please. be aware of yourself. awareness keeps these magical events alive. without it they will all eventually fail.

Posted by brittany June 30, 09 10:57 PM

where is the sound ?

Posted by uatio July 1, 09 01:18 AM

I enjoyed the lightning photo, the aerial views of this impressive tent city and the lucha libre man lying in the mud.
England has to be the only place in the world where people willingly pay £800 for an 'effing TENT! what a bunch of suckers!!

Posted by P-a July 1, 09 06:13 AM

Your pictures are awesome. That last one of the recycling is fascinating too. What camera did you use?

Posted by Ed July 1, 09 07:11 AM

Great weekend once again! I can only assume that all the people above slating what is surely the world's greatest festival haven't actually been...

Posted by Joey Big Smokes July 1, 09 07:25 AM

Wow - any chance of sharing the full res versions?

Posted by Dan Thomas July 1, 09 07:31 AM

RE:136, Only The tipi tents are £800, and they can hold 6 people who all get a ticket each as well, included in the price.

Plus in regards to 'oldies' playing at the festival, they're only on the main 2 stages. there are dozens of tents and stages where you'll find far more alternative, and 'young' acts. Most people who have been to glastonbury will tell you, you need to go and see any bands to have an amazing weekend. There's so much toher stuff going on. It's like a city in itself.

Posted by gutbomber July 1, 09 07:44 AM

This festival was the best weekend of my life so far. The atmosphere was magical and other worldly, the people were fantastic, the music was of such a high standard and the weather was amazing - thunder storms included. It was a perfect 5 days. Thank you Glastonbury.

Posted by Tom July 1, 09 07:57 AM

absolutly amazing place, first time this year defo wont be the last! long live GLASTONBURY. F**king amazing pics and all :-) love and peace
Aled xxxxxxxxxx

Posted by Anonymous July 1, 09 08:01 AM

I'll have to put this on my bucket list.

Posted by StayBankdotcom July 1, 09 08:41 AM

...gorgeous, really brilliant! we liked your photos so much, we thought Glanbury and the pics are worth an extra post in our blog on
congratulations to the photographer(s) as well!

Posted by catch up July 1, 09 08:55 AM

I went to this, I've been to festivals before but this is by far the best that I've been to and I'll hand on heart say it's one of, if not the best weekend I've ever had.When I left, I had a tear in my eye.
@ People saying we're all hippies - We're not
@ People saying it's too commercial - It's not, only 3/4 artists were imaged above, there are loads and loads of tents and venues all playing music from Dub, Reggae, Hip Hop, Dubstep, Drum and Bass, Techno, Rock, Indie, Jazz etc etc playing on both small and large stages You should really see who actually played before you pass judgement. I'll be going next year for sure.

Posted by Glasto Virgin July 1, 09 09:05 AM

No Martin,
Martin Forster the litter picking/recycling is done by 2000 volunteers, there are far more on site doing lots of other jobs (eg Oxfam recruit 2000 more to man the gates - ).

Posted by Martin Forster (Oxfam stewarding volunteer) July 1, 09 09:28 AM

haha looks like MGMT video "time to pretend"

Posted by Lisa July 1, 09 09:30 AM

#93 It's not. Do you think no-one checked the spelling during the marketing of this event, and no news sub-editor checked it either? Tipi = thípi from the Lakota

Posted by MrPedant July 1, 09 09:32 AM

140 - £800 divided by 6 is less than £140 each. Your sums don't add up. A ticket alone is £175 so how can it be cheaper for a ticket + tipi? I paid about £140 for our tent but it'll do us for a few Glastos yet!

Never mind - It is the best holiday I could imagine and tipis are large and comfortable. £320 total compares favourably with say a week in Greece and I would rather have my 5 days in Glastonbury. If people want to pay that bit extra to be comfortable on their annual holiday - good luck to them. I am sure many on here that would like to claim this as some kind of disgusting extravagance spend this on their annual week in the sun.

Posted by Anne July 1, 09 11:06 AM

la madre que me parió!!
vaya descontrol de festival, impresionante!!!!

Posted by jonhytecnoeska July 1, 09 11:58 AM

I was one of those extravagant tipi dwellers this weekend, along with 5 of my good friends. We had an absolute blast. The entry ticket was NOT included in the tipi hire price. I must admit at first I thought the price was a little OTT. But if you amortise both costs over the five days the total comes to £63/day/pp. We had a roof over our heads, no hassle setting up and breaking down tents, a spacious secure field and hot showers to use. Oh - and the £63 included more entertainment each day than anybody can handle. It's the best value i've ever had from a holiday anywhere. Period.

Posted by Bigchiefsittingbull July 1, 09 12:37 PM

First time at Glasto and it was amazing. Ready to book my tickets for next year.

We even managed to be in one of the photo`s on the main web site......

Posted by sybil Fowler July 1, 09 12:49 PM

Dear Vince in Cincinnati, Ohio - that's bollocks mate I've got 20 years on you and expect to be going for the next 20.

Posted by GG July 1, 09 12:52 PM

Love to read the ignorant comments.

The tipis sleep up to 12 people, for 4 days, so that's £17 a night each. Not bad for a comfortable living space, in a mud-free field, not crowded in by other tents. I feel a sucker for not hiring one now.

Just because there's a couple of pictures of 80's stars on this page we can only assume that the other thousand or so acts must have been just the same. Oh and Radiohead played Glastonbury many years ago - should they be made to come back every year to keep things up to date?

Finally, I had trouble identifying the hippies. Were they the ones watching the Prodigy, the ones with the football shirts and 36-packs of lager or the ones listening to Tony Benn speak politics?

Posted by Jerry Huxtable July 1, 09 01:25 PM

Awesome Pics! Sound would be good.

Posted by lorraine July 1, 09 01:56 PM

I was there , glasto is a fantastic expereience. I saw NO drunks, NO trouble or even a hint of it. The majority do try to keep the place clean , but 150000 people are going to make a mess . The mud is of no concern , in fact this year it was minimal. The toilets are still a disgrace, with no attempt by the organisers to provide a modicum of privacy or dignity. As for expensive , £175 for 4 days of never ending entertainment is probably the best value in the world. The prices of food and drink is fair and does not take the piss. £5000 premium for the cheapest pitch and the vendors are trying to make a profit. It is quite simply magnificent, and I`m looking forward to next year

Posted by Vernon Cook July 1, 09 03:45 PM


Posted by kita July 1, 09 05:03 PM

seems like all had a f*cking great time

Posted by sam July 1, 09 05:10 PM

hello! i didn`t mean to spark all these nasty comments! I was just exaggerating for irony`s sake and I really like to trash hippies cause they are such an easy target. anyway, you guys are right, I`ve never been there and I`m glad so many people are able to enjoy it! despite the amazing lineup of terrible, dated musicians. haha, just kidding. take it easy.

Posted by luca July 1, 09 06:48 PM

All year I have been in denial... I may have to make the round the world pilgrimage from Aus next year after seeing these photos.

1. How old does Tom Jones look these days, bless his welsh sox!?
2. Blur = Gold.
3. Fair play to Glasto in their rubbish recycling efforts. But my goodness would that job stink!

Peace and moonbeams x

Posted by Jess Brookes July 1, 09 08:59 PM

#22 What's that watches woman is wearing?

Posted by Daniil July 2, 09 01:05 AM

It was a great festival and the photo's portray the essence beautifully, but I was disgusted with all the rubbish. It is possible to not have a single piece of trash lying around. 40 000 people at Burning Man manages that and they would be able to if they were 150 000. Just don't let anything ever touch the ground, manage your own rubbish because it is impossible for a small team to manage it for such a vast number. It's much more fun if every person takes some responsibility.

Posted by burn baby July 2, 09 04:51 AM

I wish we triumvirates were to see people having fun in wet tents

Posted by Brahmin July 2, 09 05:23 AM

Great photos, but as the organiser of the Poetry&Words Tent ( I feel bound to point out that it is Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, NOT Glastonbury Music Festival ;)

Posted by Helen Gregory July 2, 09 05:31 AM

I have been attending the festival since 1992, and the campsite has got bigger but many more people use the bins, and the toilets this year were great, trust me in 1992 you could not move for rubbish and you did not go near the portoloos after friday night! the festival is so much more than drunks and crashed out mud skimmers, there is a genuine feeling of comradery and peace and fun. People do help each other and we went this year with our children & 24 others. We went to see the headliners but also the 100's of other things to do, its varied and magical and Unless you've been, you will never know!!! roll on next year xx fantastic photos

Posted by Dragonbreath July 2, 09 06:18 AM

nice picture i love this

Posted by jocelyn July 2, 09 08:29 AM

These pix are great. You may be surprised to hear this but Glastonbury Festival is the world's largest open-air music festival, not just Europe's. You don't have anything quite like this in the States.

Posted by Daniel Gilpin July 2, 09 08:48 AM

These photos made the hairs on my arms stand on end and tears well in my eyes. I love this festival with all my heart and these photos really express how amazing Glastonbury really is.

Posted by Louise July 2, 09 09:06 AM

My first Glasto and I absolutely loved it! Turned up with a load of friends from Sheffield, where I live at the mo, and Leicester, my home town. We partied hard and fast and all had a brilliant time. Forget the few hours of rain and clumping about in the mud first day, it really doesn't dampen spirits. Done a fair few festivals in the past but nothing really prepares you for the sheer size of the place and amount of activities going on. Still up at 6am? So are 1000's of others, all out having the time of their lives. It was truly, truly awesome, and anyone with a whiff of a negative comment either wasn't there and is jealous, or has no sense of adventure. Will most definitely be there next year! Great photos too.

Posted by Anthony Beanlands July 2, 09 09:29 AM

The best year yet....., and cracking photos. I remember being stood in that lightning storm and the photo captured it perfectly. Beautiful!! Roll on next year tho I fear tickets are gonna be harder to get hold of with the ever growing tv and radio coverage and the fact it's the 40th aniversary. ( rumour has it the rolling stones are gonna be down on the farm) as for all this hippy nonsense, grow up children. You can be from any walk of life to enjoy Glastonbury!! Get down there and find out for yrselves

Posted by Lurchio July 2, 09 10:35 AM

I found this photo gallery kind of boring for me, nothing new in the photographs you would see at any other concert photographs. Not on the same level of prior Big Picture photo galleries.

Sill it good to see Spinal Tap still playing. :)

Posted by Bill from NYC July 2, 09 10:50 AM

My 10th glasto, had a great time.....

just to clarify, the main stage plays a lot of 'cheese' music, hence why you only see the pictures there...... I think in total over the weekend about 1000 acts play, ranging thru music, acting, comedy, circus etc etc......

Bill, are you talking about the big picture photo agency? These images wipe the floor with any pictures the goon big pictures paparazzo take.

Posted by sim July 2, 09 12:12 PM

I'm a 28 year old British guy who's been visiting Glastonbury for many years, and I have to say that this year was probably the best yet. Every single year it is a highlight and I totally agree with those who said they would rather go to Glastonbury then have a weeks holiday on the continent.

If you've never been, believe me, it's pretty magical. The people are so friendly, there is an impossible amount of things to see and do - not just musically, but comedy, arts, learning, poetry, circus, lightshows... the list goes on.

To those haters who say it's for hippies, they're wrong. I am a young professional, who does all the same things that any other young guy would do, but the experience you get from Glasto is something above and beyond anything else I've ever experienced.

These photos are some of the most beautiful I've seen. I do agree on the litter front, but a hell of a lot of people are relying on other people's laziness for a free ticket!
Roll on 2010.

Posted by Anonymous July 2, 09 12:29 PM

Amazing photo's......

I had to leave the festival on Saturday lunch time because my wife went into labour so I missed quite a lot of it....but the 2 days I was there I had a brilliant time and these photo's brought it all back.

Oh and I am now a very proud Dad to a beautiful little girl called Mia

Posted by Richard Beevers July 2, 09 12:30 PM

Congratulations to you Richard Beevers on the birth of your daughter Mia!
These photographs are just stunning. Gave me goose bumps. And I didn't go to Glastonbury - but I oh so wish I did. 2010 I'm there.

Posted by Sammy Castillo July 2, 09 03:48 PM

4 kg of rubbish per person per day?
what those real 'friends' of Earth were doing?

Posted by firex July 2, 09 04:06 PM

There are always people ready to knock. Go knock some place else.
The festival is a superb occasion and we should all be proud that it happens here.
This country has lots of things wrong with it but a visit to Glastonbury makes you feel good again.The atmosphere is awesome - youngsters get such a bad press but here they are the nicest and politest bunch you'll come across.All age groups mingle as one.The music,a superb variety,is just a small part.There is something interesting or nuts at every turn.Weather is British - we are used to a little dampness..Thank you the Eavis's.Long may you continue.

Posted by The Dodger July 2, 09 05:13 PM

Hahaha! Photo #17: Where's Waldo?

Posted by Ruben July 2, 09 05:15 PM

#168 - Louise - Couldn't have put it better myself x

Posted by Dylan July 2, 09 05:49 PM

I've been most years since 1997 and many other festivals inbetween. Glastonbury is a truly magical place.

Posted by Roo July 2, 09 06:06 PM


Posted by Anonymous July 2, 09 06:40 PM

man i so wana go!!! im an aussie and lived in UK for 2 yrs and didnt get a chance to go....anyone got advice on how I can get tickets another way for next year as I've been told there pretty hard to catch

Posted by Kylie July 2, 09 06:55 PM

truly amazin picks of a truly amazin glasto...why does it have to end??????

Posted by mrmist July 2, 09 08:04 PM

As a Glasto veteran of over 30 years, and safety supervisor for 10 - these pics have to be some of the best I have seen. Really evocative. Just a shame there are none of the Greenfields/Circus during the day to give a flavour of the magic going on during the day, too. And no Trash City?!!

Two comments for the moaners;
1. during the whole festival period (Wed 8.00am to Mon 5.00pm) I heard about only one registered violent incident, and less medical incidents than you can count on one hand, during probably half a million plus visits to the all-night Stone Circle site, and
2. rubbish management is staggering now. Almost NO rubbish anywhere until after dark. Everyone trying to use the recycling (46% recycled last year). I saw Litter Picking Teams wandering through the Greenfields in the early hours with nothing to pick up! Even Trash City was pretty trash free.

For the Aussies - we had 2 Aussie first-timers in our party. They are total converts and committed to taking the message back down under to you. Check out the band Lord Byron's Myspace.

Posted by Floriblunda July 3, 09 03:46 AM

That's what I call a photographer(s)!

Posted by Will Stone July 3, 09 04:31 AM

wow!..fantastic pix..brings back memories of glastos gone by as well as pangs as to how i missed out this year...
if anyone got some good pics of this or any other festies..we are building an archive at
Please join and connect to all festival lovers worldwide!..

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Posted by Squadron Leader July 3, 09 06:11 AM

absolutley stunning collection of photos!

Posted by Abs July 3, 09 06:33 AM

just beautiful, so professional

Posted by john weir July 3, 09 07:02 AM

WOW_ the best photos of glasto i have ever seen...

Posted by Alice Scott July 3, 09 07:11 AM

awesome pics!

Posted by Frankie Milner July 3, 09 07:24 AM

#21... you couldn't pay me enough to get that much mud on me. I'm always reminded that for the rest of the year it's a cattle farm and that's why the mud smells so bad. I spend the whole time while walking in muddy glasto times thinking "please don't fall, please don't fall, please don't fall"

Great photos, brings back memories. When I woke up on the Friday morning to the rain I thought "never again, this is the last time I want this" but by Monday I was keen for next year.

Posted by Jock from Paris July 3, 09 07:57 AM

I was preparing to travel to the festival on 25th as rumours began to fly around the internet about the death of Michael Jackson...Your stunning lightening strike picture was taken around this time...........

Posted by sue July 3, 09 08:09 AM

É... realmente é o Sole!!!

Posted by Jamildo July 3, 09 08:09 AM

These are beautiful pictures, i was there and the photographers capture the spirit and magic completely. I'd also totally agree with 103 Stop trying to bring people down! The organisers of the festival not only provide a great muscial experience but an educational one to. Artists perform for free and folks have been going for years because Glasto is well respected and well loved. Give it a go sometime you may like it!

Posted by Annie July 3, 09 08:29 AM

Best photos I've seen of 09.. thanks. There could have been so many more though.. Springsteen playing with the Gaslight Anthem, Karen O's outfit, people dressed as bees, the flag "Glastonbury welcomes Spaniel Tap", Florence Welch climbing the lighting rig. What a fab weekend, can't wait til next year!

Posted by Bimblinghill July 3, 09 09:40 AM

Amazing pictures of an amazing weekend!

For those of you who worry about the mud, don't! Last time I checked grass grows back....

Have a look at the farm on Google Earth to see how beautiful a place it is for the rest of the time :-) We really are lucky that the Eavis family choose to share it with us all each year.

51° 9'20.31"N 2°35'0.40"W

Posted by PG July 3, 09 10:55 AM

Amazing pictures 2009 can't wait till 2010,2009 the best Glastonbury in many a year.

Posted by sb July 3, 09 11:38 AM

Regarding That last picture recycling the rubbish..has any one found a pair of "BLACK 120 Denier Opaque nylon Tights".....i took them off first day as it was too hot ,but left them in the grass.

Posted by charlotte July 3, 09 12:12 PM

That place was AMAZING! i was that girl in pic no.8 an it rockd realy good!!!! and yes...#50, i was wearing a mini skirt ;)

Posted by Jamie-lee July 3, 09 12:55 PM

Wow - what a fantastic collection of photos which really capture the magical world that is Glastonbury! Having just returned I have spent a lot of time wishing I was still there!! The atmoshphere was amazing, everyone was friendly and happy - all the acts were fab (especially Tom Jones, Lily Allen and highlights!!) I enjoyed every part of it - from the mad partying to the relaxing times spent wandering through the green and healing fields and chilling by the stone circle til the early hours! Can't wait til next year!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Laura July 3, 09 01:17 PM

What a great festival - I had never been before but thought it was quite something else...

Posted by Simon July 3, 09 01:20 PM

thanks for these fab pics, I was there from the sunday before the festival until the wednesday after the festival (as i too worked for my ticket) and i left no trace! i left all my waste in the appropriate places! (there are glow-worms living in our field!) i wonder if we can buy bags of worthy farm compost next year?? Thank-you Micheal

Posted by leigh July 3, 09 01:47 PM

An absolute beautiful festival - musically, visually, artistically. It is complete escapism from normal life and events like this always restore my faith that there are plenty of open minded good people around that know how to have a great time and have so much to give to others. Thanks Michael and all that gave their time to another great Glastonbury.

Posted by Tom July 3, 09 02:39 PM

I am in the lightning photo with the pink shirt on YEY

Posted by George Bradley July 3, 09 05:20 PM

Very enjoyable first Glastonbury! High standard and huge variety of acts. Stone circle magic. Good to see all the charitable causes supported. Beautiful, surreal experiences to be had in Trash City, Arcadia and Shangra La. Will definitely be going again! And yes the amount of litter dumped is a bit of a bummer, especially all those abandoned tents and beach chairs..... But don't label everyone with the same brush!

What was interesting to see was the wide range of ages there. I believe in the past, when the tickets sold out within the day, the age range was a lot older!!!

Posted by Vishnu July 3, 09 06:16 PM

impresionante ese festival!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Jota July 3, 09 08:30 PM

I've been going to Glastonbury every year since 1984 (not a boast - just that I have some perspective on how it has developed over the years). It is no longer the 'hippy' festival it once was - but then there really aren't many genuine hippies left around anyway (you may or may not be pleased about that). But Glastonbury has always been, and remains, a truly magical festival. As it has grown in size, it has also grown in its diversity (of music, art, theatre, circus and people) and in its wonderful wackiness. Like New York, you simply can't describe to anyone how amazing it is - you have to go there. These wonderful pictures capture just a hint of how astonishing this festival really is. Don't mock it, try it.

Posted by ayupmeduck July 4, 09 03:37 AM

Fantastic Pictures, captures the festival well I think. For those who were not there and are commenting about the rubbish etc, this was my first Glasto, I am 52, I found there a human spirit that I thought had long gone. A wonderful place with wonderful people and 180,000 people left soem litter whiel they were dancing ... well theres a suprise?
For me Glasto 2009 will live forever in my head the Headliners to the small indi bands that I have never heard of but may do again to the lunacy of trash city, what a place. I would recommend it to anyone.

Posted by Jim July 4, 09 05:15 AM

@187: Just coming!

Posted by Steven July 4, 09 05:55 AM

What magnificent photos of a truly awesome festival.

And to all the haters - do us all a favour and please don't ever come. It's going to be hard enough to get a ticket for next year.

Posted by circelily July 4, 09 06:08 AM

sent shivers down my spine-evocative photos for sure!!!! Just magic...I love the one of the couple kissing...
I missed it this year-gutted isn't the word, all my mates have been raving about it!!!!
ps-I think i read on someones comment (an american boy) put -" the english girls have got nice teeth!" Not all english people have 'snaggle' teeth!!!hahaha...come to the UK and sample some of our fantastic music and good teeth!!!hahaha

peace x

Posted by lauren in leeds July 4, 09 10:02 AM

These are some of the best pictures I've seen, your link was posted on the facebook Glastonbury 2009 group, so glad as otherwise wouldn't have ever thought to look at an American site for Glast photos.
It is ashame about the litter, as other people have said on this site it's not everyone, if it was I can't imagine how bad it would be. If people could just pick their stuff up and carry it away to a bin it would make the organisers life much easier. Credit to those who collect the rubbish during the festival and spend weeks clearing the site up afterwards. I've seen them in force and it's impressive.
I think this whole festival is amazingly organised considering it's on an active farm and the vast amount of people they have turning up. It's the highlight of my summer and hope to be going for many more years to come!

Posted by Claire M- London July 4, 09 11:42 AM

Fabulous Pictures from a truly fabulous Glastonbury festival. i performed there in the circus fields as a stilt cyclist in glourious red and white stripes- 9yh pic down at ,
the glastonbury crowds were lovely as was the weather and everything!

Posted by steve kaos July 4, 09 04:04 PM


Posted by Audrey July 4, 09 05:26 PM

I'm a young professional, white, chubby male with very limited hippie tendencies and loved my 4th Glastonbury. Those who don't go and slag it off, f*ck 'em!! I don't give a rat's arse if they miss out.

Posted by Dave July 4, 09 07:08 PM

Lovely pics. Went all the way through the 90's, make me want to go next time I return back to my home country. Glastonbury has a special place in my heart and many fond memories

Posted by Bruce July 4, 09 07:33 PM

lo mejor que hay!...rocka sur....muuuuuy pronto! bsas argentina

Posted by boludo de joni July 4, 09 08:31 PM

Beautiful, WOnderful....its what music is all about

Posted by gush July 4, 09 08:55 PM

I'm also a Glastonbury vet with first memories from the late seventies. I was back for the first time since 1994. The festival still has the the same atmosphere and outlook it had in 1979. Sure, it's bigger and flashier, become security obsessed and has gone cheerfullly commercial just like everything else, but it still manages to stick two fingers up at the establishment in its own special way...

Posted by christian July 4, 09 08:57 PM

Wow an awesome set of photos!! Iv not been to glasto for 15 years..but MUST go back soon! :)

Posted by Andrea wright July 5, 09 06:27 AM

where's the toilet?????

Posted by DAve July 5, 09 07:20 AM

Amazing pictures......

Posted by Pablo July 5, 09 07:54 AM

Fantastic photos, best i've seen, even better than the ones on the glasto site-- where i got this link from. We are lucky enough to live near Pilton, and have been going for years, those who are knocking it please come and have your minds changed - literally! Magical is not an exaggeration, tv coverage doesnt begin to show you what the festival is all about, which is the culture away from the main stages.

Posted by michelle July 5, 09 09:42 AM

glastonbury is good for the soul

Posted by swampy July 5, 09 06:07 PM

VERY NICE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by SEKTOR July 5, 09 06:28 PM

Woow Number *200 Comment.!
thats not you. its my friend tilly dodd u tw*t.!
Jamie-lee ergh what a lier. kllllllllll!

Posted by Clemmie. July 5, 09 09:07 PM

They don't pick up their own garbage? Sounds like a great festival, but that shot of the field of litter at dawn says a lot.

Pack it out, people.

Posted by jon July 6, 09 02:03 AM

Springsteen brought his own security, what a difference that made. Security was stepped up 500% and everything was a threat. You could smell the fear and tension, and when someone in the crowd used a little lazer pen there were warnings throughout the back stage area and it was a constant awareness of an impending attack, as if it were possible or likely. They were heavy and over the top yes way over the top. Professional, yes and unnecessary too. It was such a difference in the way in which the UK and the USA handle the fear. Within the UK it is the authorities and traveling singers from America that live in fear.

Posted by Fraia July 6, 09 03:39 AM

Wow, great photos. Are any of these available for sale?

Posted by Al Pewsey July 6, 09 05:55 AM

Lovely pictures, a few of those I actually caught myself and was amazed to see them again... I cant imagine that a festival could be better than Glastonbury - enough material at Glastonbury to keep you busy for 4 hours a day for a year - and prob more!

Posted by Ina shambles July 6, 09 06:07 AM

ONE SERIOUSLY JEALOUS AMERICAN HERE. SERIOUSLY JEALOUS. This is certainly on my list of things I'm definitely doing before I'm 30.

Posted by bee July 6, 09 07:10 AM

I only went to the 2nd ever Glastonbury festival ! How it;s changed over the years - but it still seems Great !!!

Posted by michele carter July 6, 09 07:24 AM

What an amazing set pictures. Makes me even more depressed that it's over! Bring on next year!

Posted by Bex July 6, 09 08:20 AM

Enjoy Matty :) Rock'on" Cheers From The Smed's :)

Posted by Brian Smedley July 6, 09 01:41 PM

@#222 "Dave"

If you have the stomach to see, it's here. Possibly not safe for work if you work somewhere with sensitive stomachs!

Posted by Leon Neal July 6, 09 02:13 PM

#236 Leon Neal, excellent photo Quite comical, and I can still smell the toilets from looking at it.

Posted by Steve (Gurningbadger) July 6, 09 04:07 PM

Best festival EVER!

This year was my 3rd Glastonbury and it was the best so far. Highlights include Florence & The Machine, Blur, Trash City, the whole area around the Park stage and the stone circle for sunrise.

If you have never been then you'll have no idea of how amazing those 5 days are.

Posted by D Williamson July 6, 09 06:10 PM

Luca (#23 / #159), your ignorance is nothing short of astounding. How can you generalise 175,000 people and literally hundreds of performers as ‘terrible’, ‘worse’ and ‘hippies’?? The fact that you have never even attended the festival does nothing to help your credibility so it you don’t like it, feel free to stay away – your absence will only make it better next year.

It was one of the best weekends of my life, thanks Glasto!

Posted by Rohan July 7, 09 05:20 AM

Absolutely Amazing Pictures ! I really must try and get there one day soon !

Posted by Ann July 7, 09 09:34 AM

I have been going to Glasto forever as im a piltonian born and bred i was there in the very begining for Mark Bolan in the top field and it just keeps getting better I hope I will still be going when i qualify for my Zimmer

Posted by Mo July 7, 09 11:31 AM

I'm coming...

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Posted by Global Squadron July 7, 09 02:53 PM

Springsteen brought his own security, what a difference that made. Security was stepped up 500% and everything was a threat. You could smell the fear and tension, and when someone in the crowd used a little lazer pen (which is quite normal here) there was panic and warnings throughout the back stage area and there was a constant awareness of the impending attack, as if it were possible or likely. They were heavy and over the top yes way over the top. Professional, yes and unnecessary too. It was such a difference in the way in which the UK and the USA handle the fear. Within the UK it is the authorities that use it for obtaining more power over us and traveling singers and tourists from America that live in fear.

Posted by Fraia July 8, 09 01:39 AM

Amazing pictures, you've really captured the spirit of glasto...the sunsets, the people, the music & energy! Cant wait for next year.

Posted by Jo July 8, 09 04:12 AM

Thanks Mo for sending me this.

I've been going since 1971. 2009 was great. and the spirit lives on.

God bless Michael and all his angels

Posted by Andrew Kerr July 8, 09 09:16 AM

I WANT TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by JEANNE RUTHERFORD July 8, 09 05:38 PM


Posted by NANARO July 8, 09 06:14 PM

These pictures are awesome, the picture with the couple laying in the grass definitely caught my eye-- it is brilliant!!! i love how it's so peaceful. Absolutely HAVE to make it to glasto in the next couple of years.

Posted by Lauren July 8, 09 06:45 PM

yes me too.. travelled from australia for my second glasto
about as much fun as you can possibly have!
these pics are a lot better than the 800 i took!
can we talk about NEIL and his aboriginal flag t shirt now? AWESOME!!!

Posted by paul mcneil July 9, 09 05:07 AM

my first ever glastonbury and by far and away the best place i ever been. to anyone thinking bout going,just do it....your love it. if you have been and wana complain then fine, if you havent been then SHUT UP!!!!. you got no idea what your talking about.

Posted by andy July 9, 09 06:15 AM

People who can afford hundreds of pounds for a music festival are the sort of people who are used to having others clean up after them. It's not really a progressive cross-section of society, more a country club for trustafarians and stockbrokers on their weekend off.

Still, looks like fun and amazing pictures

Posted by Quoth the Raven July 9, 09 08:05 AM

Okay, loads of people slagging the festival off, so I’m going to say I went in 2008, and hope to go back in 2010 as a spectator. I worked for security (steward, stood on gates and stages inside - not outside vixen) in 2008 and we only had one major incident; someone overdosed. They were taken to hospital, and concerned passers by tried to help out all they could. They were not 'left lying in the mud' like someone suggested (most of that is posed for anyway! And considering the festival is famed for mud, many like to get as messy as they can in the closest puddle!). Yes, it's sad but that was of their own doing but they weren't violent, and didn't spoil the festival for anyone else, except maybe their friends. Everyone else came up to us for directions or a chat, so we met loads of great people! I can only imagine what is was like to be pat of the crowd rather than in a florescent jacket! J There is a true community spirit at Glasto that is honestly amazing.
I didn't see many hippies but to be honest, in my opinion that's what the festival is all about! Plus after a week spent in a tent and limited shower facilities people are going to smell, and guess what? You will too so you wont even notice! The rubbish is too be expected, nearly 200,000 people do tend to make a mess! Half the problem is the bin facilities aren’t sufficient; but the Friday they were already full and people were piling stuff perilously near them. Yes the motto is ‘Love the farm, leave no trace’ but not everyone listens unfortunately. It was hardly ‘dirty’ though. They say the clean up can last until august; I think that was 2005 - Google the pictures; it was a mud bath so hard to clean up after. The man that runs it feels it’s safe enough to run a dairy farm off of the land the rest of the year which is where he makes his money, most of the cash from the festival goes to charity.
@ 116, it’s just someone having fun in dress up! Calm down… Also ‘Tipi’ is deliberately misspelt, and if you can afford it, why not? You get too sleep near showers, not have to haul a tent with you and get a proper bed in a non-crowded field near the stone circle. We met a couple on there honey moon who had rented one, and a friend of mine travelled up there and saw Kate Moss walking out of one! They have there market anyway and raise more money for charity so what’s the problem?
To people who moaned about the musicians; they only showed main stage acts. My leaflet from last year tells me 10,000 people perform every year. People like Bruce get attention because they are big names, so they play the main stages. There are actually over 20 official stages, and many impromptu stages and performances all over the site. The BBC introducing stage for example has just-signed bands on it, or there are smaller tents for up and coming artist, but photographers find it harder to sell those pictures I guess so they concentrate on the big acts. There is big varity of music too, last year Jay-Z headlined, along with The Verve and Kings Of Leon. There is a Jazz stage, Actousic tent, Dance tents, with Dee-jays and many more.
All in all despite 12 hour shifts we managed to have a great time, see most of the sites and some behind the scenes madness too! It really is magic and it’s hard not to get caught up in that when you’re there. They’ve shown so much mainstream stuff but there are fields dedicated to allsorts, there like Greenfield‘s and Trash city. You wont want to sleep the whole weekend (Like we tried to do!) because there is always something going on. At 6am the ‘clubs’ on site (Silent disco and the one in trash city) close but there are still people everywhere. Some of the stalls don’t close at all, one night in park we saw people ‘raving’ outside a coffee shop with good music! The randomness and craziness is incomparable and I’d recommend it to anyone. Look at the impression it left on me, and I had to deal with working there too! The worse memory is the smell of the loo’s (which I don’t think will ever leave me!) but that’s maybe part of the experience?

Posted by Hayley July 9, 09 03:08 PM

I am getting near 60 in age and felt Glastonbury was something I had to do so I signed up to go with my 3 daughters, my sister, niece and son-in-law. I felt I could tick it off my list and never go again. My biggest dread was the toilets, not camping as I love it anyway. Well I cannot find words to say how wonderful an experience it was and I have registered again for next year and will continue to do so as long as I am able. There was everyone from tiny babies to people older than me, family groups, friends,wheelchair users, people on crutches and every mixture of humanity, dress, era etc etc It was awesome and the pictures here brought back the atmosphere and view and sheer size of it all. There is so much to see and do and explore and make and listen to. I went to many of the "older" artists but also loved seeing younger musicians that I had never heard of and now look for their music and recognise it on the radio. I feel rejuvenated, excited, sexy and full of love for an experience that everyone can take part in and find something to enjoy. I went to the circus area by chance and must applaud the daring and entertaining acts I saw. Well I could go on but most of all thanks to the crews who cleaned toilets(and yes they were sometimes bad but mostly good) and picked up litter and looked after the site in many ways. I do agree that more people could have put their litter in the bins. GLASTONBURY YOU ARE AWESOME AND LONG MAY IT CONTINUE

Posted by Fiona Howarth July 9, 09 04:34 PM

#246 "
Thanks Mo for sending me this.
I've been going since 1971. 2009 was great. and the spirit lives on.
God bless Michael and all his angels" Andrew Kerr.

*the* Andrew Kerr? I assume it must be. Wonderful to know you're still around and enjoying it.

For anyone who doesn't know, Andrew was instrumental making the festival happen in those early days.

Posted by Anonymous July 9, 09 05:11 PM

Beautiful pics. Did you get any of Kava Kava?
My favourite band at Glastonbury. Awesome!
No floods this year. Possibly the best yet!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Gritt July 10, 09 07:05 AM

What's a Hippy....!

Posted by Gary (former Hippy) July 10, 09 12:04 PM

da hooooora

Posted by marcello santesso July 11, 09 11:35 AM

these photos are incredible ;) could have been fun

Posted by t.amsdora July 13, 09 08:08 AM

I was there living the dream....Happy Days

Posted by Ian Ewing, Plymouth UK July 13, 09 05:50 PM

this looks day ill make it to this.......

Posted by magoo July 13, 09 07:35 PM

Absolutley fantastic festival and brilliant pictures, is their any way i could get hold of some of these pictures in high resolution as i would love to put a couple of them on canvas, please if anyone can help please mail me at

Posted by Richard Harrison July 14, 09 11:20 AM

First photos I've seen on the net that truly represent Glastonbury!!!


Posted by emma lewis July 14, 09 06:08 PM

amazing atmospheare have to be great an size of this party :-) helo from Slovakia friends

Posted by Lubos Klestinec July 16, 09 03:17 PM

Fantastic photo's! They really capture the essence of Glastonbury. 2009 was my third year and I actually watched that lightning bolt strike! If you haven't been before then you must. Everyone is so happy, friendly and it's like living in a different world! No other festival in the UK compares to it and i've never known anyone to go that hasn't liked it. We were actually lucky enough to spot Michael Eavis in the crowd and he posed with us for a picture!

Posted by Hayley July 18, 09 05:44 PM


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Posted by marta July 21, 09 03:46 PM

Ahhhhh... Prefiro o Camping Rock...


Posted by Gordão July 23, 09 02:17 AM

great serie, want to go there to see that kind of stuff ! never came to a so big festival !
fantastic pictures, you can ear the music !

Posted by romain July 23, 09 09:00 AM

Rock 'N' Roll fi duma égua!!!

Posted by bamboocha July 23, 09 04:15 PM

oh£¬fantastic... great tones !

Posted by minx July 24, 09 02:36 AM

afudê... mas tbm sou mais o camping rock....

bruno eu te amoooooo!!!!!!

Posted by paulinha July 25, 09 05:08 PM

I was at the 1st glastonbury iwas 17 then wanna go again BUT cant get my GELERT pop up tent in its bag.... can anyone help????? farout fotyes by the way

Posted by marilyn July 28, 09 03:27 PM

Awsome photos. They really capture the bubble that is glastonbury so well. 2009 was my second year of Glastonbury and it just keeps getting better.

Posted by Steph M July 29, 09 08:28 AM

There aint no more to be said..............awsome........roll on 2010

Posted by ROGER H July 30, 09 02:43 PM

this is not the biggest european festival !!!!!!!! Przystanek Woodstock in Poland this year was the biggest ( nearly half million people)

Posted by zaza August 3, 09 11:05 AM

maravilloso, son cosas para disfrutar en la vida y para nunca olvidar,hermoso.

Posted by carlos riaño August 12, 09 11:58 PM

Amazing photos, which go some way as to sum up an amazing festival.

Posted by Ellie Slack August 17, 09 02:59 PM

Wow , what an amazing set of photos !!!
Wish they were mine !

Posted by H September 3, 09 11:28 AM

Absolutely Fantastic

Posted by Rene September 24, 09 12:48 AM

Simply Awesome!

Posted by Rick Lomas October 6, 09 03:37 PM


Posted by Marcelo October 7, 09 11:25 PM

@Floriblunda - great post for a great photo-article.
I'm English and living in Australia, missing Glasto terribly as the gigs here are just that, and day long festies are not really up to much. They try though.
Anything which remotely resembles a 3 days camping festival event is over booked, flights go up, way over priced, accommodation booked out and not enough camping site for tickets - also the number is tickets is no where near the 190,000 of Glastonbury. This always surprises me as they have more than enough land here!
I'm hoping some of the Glasto effect will rub off on the Aussies and they make more of their vibrant music scene down here.

Posted by Rubdocker13 October 12, 09 11:33 PM

Amazing photos, really captures the magic of my favourite festival!

It just keeps getting better and better, role on 25th June 2010!!

Posted by Jonas October 15, 09 03:19 PM


It's interesting.


.....NEXT YEAR............

Posted by ouizaa October 17, 09 04:54 PM

Some were written by youth and some by adults, each retaining their own style and world- view. ,

Posted by Wolf98 October 22, 09 05:50 AM

Contagem regressiva para 2010, 40 anos de festival, já garanti o meu...
Ê Felicidade.
Belas fotos.

Posted by Flavio November 16, 09 10:51 AM

I was there again had a wail of a time even thoe michael j died

Posted by Eric November 25, 09 10:44 AM

My 3rd Glasto and my best. Not the best line up but gave me a chance to see different areas. The photo's are lush. Have them on my laptop back ground to remind me this is what I work towards.

Roll on next year

Posted by Danny December 1, 09 11:17 AM

Wow these photos are brilliant - a great reminder of a brilliant festival this year. Have a feeling 2010 is going to be even better...cannot wait....

Posted by Becs December 2, 09 10:22 AM

I'm in the photo of the recycling crew slopping through the bin juice. It's the first year i've worked and got to say yes it was hard work especially getting up for 6am after having a few cans the night before. But it was not at all that bad well worth it for the feel good factor alone.
Beside's got my ticket for this year it's my 10th year and i'm proud to celebrate glasto's 40th without the bin juice.
many happy returns for june glasto god bless ya one and all xx

Posted by faye 10 year vet February 3, 10 03:43 PM

Anyone know whether these photographers went for the just finished 2010 Festival? I'm only just back and am desperate for photos of this quality again.

Posted by Cub June 28, 10 05:53 PM
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