Glastonbury Advertisement 1995

1995 and while the billing remains egalitarian and the ticket prices resonable, the corporate sponsors have started to make their presence felt.

Only other thing to point out is that Saturdays advertised headliners, The Stone Roses, had to cancel after John Squire’s mountain biking accident.

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Andrew Collins reviews Glastonbury in the NME 1989

Andrew Collins reviews Glastonbury in the NME 1989 (part 2)

Andrew Collins ‘loiters within tent’ – da dum – to review Glastonbury for the N.M.E. 1st July 1989.

Last week I posted an advertisement for 1989’s Glastonbury in reference to the upcoming 2008 event, so it only seems right to post a review of it this week.

So did you all enjoy Glastonbury 2008? At least it didn’t rain huh? Left the ads in because all the extra period detail is one of the nice things about these articles as scans.

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Glastonbury Ad 27th May 1989

Glastonbury Advertisement – inside front cover of Melody Maker, 27th May 1989.

Scanning in some of the ads will probably be something I do more of in the future, for the moment here’s an interesting piece of topical nostalgia for you all. This happened way, way back.

Back before Jo Whiley et al sat in the BBC tent gushing about having just seen an incredible set by Kaiser Chiefs/Klaxons/insert bland T-Shirt rock band of your choice. Back before Kate Moss/Lily Allen/insert vacuous Heat friendly celeb of your choice, turned up to be papped in a pair of muddied Cath Kidson wellies. Even back before the Glastonbury weekend “lifestyle experience” cost the price of a half decent package holiday. But not quite before you could sit in a field for a weekend, taking drugs with complete impunity as this was the first year “police [were] invited by the organisers to patrol the whole site with a view to preventing crime and drug dealing”.

Aside from the £28 cost, the egalitarin billing and the single corporate sponsor, one can’t help but notice the acts on the Pyramid stage…Peel favourites The Bhundu Boys, Youssou N’Dour, Feli Kuti etc. and wonder what Noel Gallagher would have made of it.

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