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Music Festivals in the UK
A 1960's invention
The large-scale music festivals have their roots in the 1960's hippie festivals, first the Isle of Wight Festival, soon followed by the Woodstock Festival in the USA. People were craving this kind of huge gatherings where a common interest - music - was the centre of attention. Since 1970 the annual Glastonbury Festival is considered to be the biggest and most important music festival in the UK.
It would take a few decades, however, for the festival culture to get really cemented. It isn't until now, during the 21st century, that we have seen the real boom of music festivals. Today there is a lot more, many of which are smaller, so called "boutique" music festivals, being arranged.
The Glastonbury Festival
The first Glastobury Festival was held way back in the 1970's. It is a contemporary music festival near Pilton in Somerset. The Glastonbury festival is mainly focused on music, but there is also other performing arts participating, like dance, comedy and circus.
At the Glastonbury Festival you are guaranteed to see leading pop and rock bands as well as less known up and coming bands and artists. Over the years countless musicians have performed here, some already famous and some just being discovered.
Tha Glastonbury Festival is the world's largest green field festival, attracting more than 175 000 people every year. Millions of pounds are being gathered for charity organisations through this arrangement.
From punk to opera
There are almost countless, annual music festivals being arranged all over the UK. The variety of genres is huge, making sure that all tastes are covered many times over. Blues, opera, punk, classical and country - all music genres are represented in the flora of British music festivals.
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