Glastonbury Festival 2007 as seen from the air. The first ever Glasto was held in 1970 and featured performances from Marc Bolan, Al Stewart and Stackridge. A mere 1,500 people attended that year, compared to the 177,500 of 2007 and the price of a ticket was Â£1, including free milk from the farm!
Pic: Andy Willsher
Jeff Buckley, Glastonbury 1995. This year saw the introduction of the dance tent which debuted with gigs from Massive Attack and Carl Cox. Estimates suggest there may have been enough fence-jumpers to double the size of the festival in 1995, a problem alleviated in later years by Glastonburyâ
CSS front-woman Lovefoxxx, clothed in a typically glitzy, sequined jumpsuit, crowd surfs during the band’s Glastonbury 2007 performance. CSS return to the festival this year as headliners of The Park Stage, which made its debut at last year’s festival. Check back here across the weekend for the latest on Glastonbury 2008.
Pic: Tom Oxley
Glastonbury 1995 saw Robbie Williams, on the verge of quitting Take That, turn up at the festival with freshly bleached hair, on a mission to party hard with Liam and Noel Gallagher. The singer topped off his weird weekend with a stint of drunken dancing on stage with Oasis, during â
PJ Harvey, looking pretty in pink, during her gig at Glastonbury in 1995. The singer joined the likes of Oasis, Jeff Buckley and The Cure at the festival that year. Keep one eye on NME.COM across the weekend for the latest in pictures, news, interviews, blogs and more from Glastonbury 2008.
Muse headline the Pyramid Stage, Glastonbury 2004. Tragically, drummer Dom Howard’s father died on site the same day: Howard only found out after he came off stage.
Pulp, Glastonbury 1995. Their Pyramid Stage headline set has entered Britpop legend, but not everyone enjoyed it: the band were actually bottled by hardcore Stone Roses fans, angered that Ian Brown and co had pulled out of the festival.
The Prodigy, Glastonbury 1995. The dance-rock maniacs headlined The Other Stage while Pulp were on the Pyramid. The show opened with Keith Flint (pictured) rolling onto the stage in a massive glass ball.
Radiohead, Glastonbury 1997. Thom Yorke has said headlining the Pyramid for the first time was one of the highlights of the band’s career: "40,000 people. And fires going in the distance, and tents. I’ve never ever felt like that… It wasn’t a human feeling. It was something else completely different."
The Stone Circle, Glastonbury 2007. Inspired by such sacred goings-on, this year NME enlisted the help of The Council Of British Druids to perform a sun dance, in the hope of ensuring good weather at this year’s bash.
Glastonbury 2007. That year saw the launch of Emily Eavis’ new Park stage, which hosted performances from the likes of Damon Albarn and Pete Doherty.
Glastonbury 2007. The sheer level of mud, combined with over-crowded conditions, caused delays. On the Sunday some cars took nine hours to leave the site.
Pic: PA Photos
A punter gets stuck into the mud at Glastonbury 2007, which saw performances from Arctic Monkeys, Shirley Bassey, The Who and The Chemical Brothers. Ticket allocation was raised to 177,500, making it the largest legitimate attendance to date.
Pic: PA Photos
Pete Doherty entices the crowd into a clap-along during Babyshamblesâ
Chief Kaiser Ricky enters the crowd for a sing-along during their Glastonbury show last year. The band first triumphed at Glastonbury on the Pyramid Stage in 2005 and made their return to the same stage in 2007, performing just before festival headliners The Who.
Pic: Danny North
Iggy Pop makes a hasty escape from the grip of front-row punters at Glastonbury 2007. The legendary rocker reformed his band, The Stooges, for a headline slot on the Other Stage on June 23, last year. The band drew the biggest cheers from the crowd for old classics such as set opener ‘Loose’, ‘No Fun’, ‘1969’ and ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’.
Pic: PA Photos
The Gossip’s Beth Ditto, 2007. The band provided muddied festival goers with the final thrill of the weekend with their closing performance on the John Peel Stage featuring storming renditions of â
Last year’s Glastonbury, featuring the likes of Arctic Monkeys, BjÃ¶rk, The Killers, The Who and Dame Shirley Bassey, was a mud-fest. However, despite the dire conditions only 15 complaints were made throughout the whole weekend, 8 of them related to noise levels.