Glastonbury Festival 2019: Find out all the updates here


A plethora of memories, photographs, incidents and epic music have been created after the famous 48th Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts came to an end. The extravagant festival came to an end on 30 June 2019, making its fans wait for another year.

Glastonbury Festival 2019
Glastonbury Festival 2019; Photo:

The music festival was fired upon 26 June 2019 and had 200,000 people who came to enjoy the event. The five-day long extravaganza took place in Pilton, Somerset, England.

This year, the Glastonbury Festival saw indie rockers The Killers and The Cure, grime artist Stormzy, pop princess Kylie Minogue and soul star Janet Jackson headline the famous Pyramid stage.

Other names that appeared in the 2019 line up were of BRIT award winner George Ezra, Liam Gallagher, Miley Cyrus, Tame Impala, The Chemical Brothers, Jorja Smith, and Bastille. The line up was published months ago, multiplying the excitement of the festival-goers to the maximum.

Glastonbury Festival always had its fans and admirers from across the globe, 2019 being no different from that. In fact this year, the tickets got sold out months ago right after the website was opened for booking.

Showers at the Glastonbury festival 2019
Showers at the Glastonbury festival 2019; Photo: Leon Neal / Getty Images

So those who missed the live curtain raising, performances, and music sessions, BBC took the responsibility. BBC1, BBC2 and BBC4 devoted themselves to telecast 30 hours of the festival for the admirers.

With this, BBC has launched BBC Radio Glastonbury, especially for the festival, which was available on BBC Sounds from Wednesday 26th June to Monday 1st July. The radio channel broadcasted all performances from Worthy to the listeners.

On top of this, BBC iPlayer had over 100 performances from the main stages at Glastonbury each day for those who weren’t able to come and attend the festival in person.

The good news is that BBC has promised to run all their channels to cover Glastonbury festival live on TV and radio until at least 2022.

Keeping the environmental issue in mind, the Glastonbury festival took some praiseworthy initiative to lessen pollution caused by the 5- day long festival; banning single-use plastic bottles by the crowd, and bringing sturdy tents that can be reused and recycled is two of those. Sir David Attenborough, who was present at the festival to launch the BBC’s new natural history series Seven Worlds, One Planet, has praised the initiatives.

This year, Glastonbury installed 15,000 recycled and hand painted dustbins, which volunteers and workers have begun the clean-up right after the festival is over.  Monday early hours saw the army of 1300 cleanup workers busy on their job and 200,000 people returning home from the site.

The aim of organising sustainable festivals has seen a new height with Glastonbury. This year, 132 tonnes of food waste was turned into compost, while 4,500 litres of cooking oil was made into bio fuel.

The preparation for the 50th Glastonbury festival, which is due on 2020, is already under way. A book to mark the occasion, named Glastonbury 50, will be released in October this year, said Emily Eavis, the co-organiser of the annual Glastonbury festival.