As Glastonbury 2011 edges ever closer, we’re taking a look back at the event over the years through the lenses of NME’s photographers. This shot was used as a pull-out poster in the mag. “It’s not often we get scorching weather at Glasto,” says snapper Danny North. “And the best place to celebrate is sunset at the stone circle!”
2010 was Florence And The Machine’s fourth Glastonbury in a row. This time she did a storming cover of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Chain’. Later on, she teamed up with The xx for their remix of ‘You Got The Love’.
Glastonbury 2010 was one of the sunniest years in the history of the festival, and temperatures reached upwards of 30 degrees. This year’s forecast is “mixed”, apparently.
Muse headlined the Pyramid Stage and as a gesture to U2 (who had to pull out due to Bono’s back injury) they brought The Edge on stage with them for a storm through ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’.
The Flaming Lips hit Glastonbury’s Other Stage in 2010. Despite Wanye Coyne’s conservative, white suited attire, the stage featured multi-coloured balloons, gorilla suits and orange munchkin outfits.
Glastonbury as seen from the sky in 2007. During the last weekend of June, the site becomes the second biggest city in Somerset after Bath.
Glastonbury 2005 saw Coldplay, Basement Jaxx and The White Stripes headline. Andy Willsher was on the Pyramid Stage as Meg and Jack wowed 80,000. “I think people thought it was quite brave to have them headline but they were amazing as ever” he remembers.
Pete Doherty onstage with his back to the crowd in 2005. Babyshambles played during the Friday afternoon on the Other Stage.
The flood at Glasto 2005 was so powerful that the muddy waters knocked over the port-a-loos. Hope no one was in there at the time.
Still donning their scruffy, long hair looks, Kings of Leon pose backstage for NME at Glasto 2004.
Jay-Z caused quite the controversy in 2008 when he became the first major hip-hop artist to headline the festival. He was partially blamed by some (including Noel Gallagher) for slow ticket sales, so he fought back by performing a cover of ‘Wonderwall’, along with a few strong words for the Oasis member.
Kaiser Chiefs on the Pyramid Stage in 2007. Danny North remembers: “This was one of the first times I’d ever shot on stage at a festival. There was some EPIC rain falling and the scene looked like something from the battle of Agincourt.”
“I had to run 100 yards with pins and needles in me leg to get this photo” says Leeds-based snapper Danny North of this pic of a druid in 2007. “I shot three frames before the flares extinguished. It was well worth the pain.”
Chris Cain and Keith Murray of We Are Scientists pose at Glasto 2008. That’s what the toilets look like backstage, you know, porcelain and everything.
“The Dead Weather are just one of those bands you see on your hitlist that gets you excited about the whole festival” says Andrew Whitton. “They have a members from four of my favorite bands so I couldn’t believe my luck when I got to shoot side of stage. As a fan it was just a great great experience.”
“My favourite live image from Glasto 2009” Danny North says of this Glasvegas shot. “I love them as a band and as people. The gig felt like a triumph, a full stop to two years of relentless touring. I was genuinely moved by the performance.”
“One of the best bits of my job is simply wandering around the festivals”, recalls Andrew Whitton, who took this picture of The Horrors. “I took this after a big trek up the hill to the Park stage. We found a spot with a buzzing crowd in the background and even the sun came out to play! There’s nowt like a good Glasto evening!”
This ‘LOVE’ sign, inspired by The Beatles, has since become a important stop for every festival goes and a graffiti message-covered shrine.
Trash City brings interactive art, late night music, burlesque, theatre and disco to the festival.
La Roux onstage in 2009. “I’d been working with her a lot over the previous six months” remembers Andrew Whitton, “and this was the first gig of hers I’d shot. When you’re in the bubble you don’t realize how many people are paying attention. It hits home when you start seeing people walking around Glasto with La Roux hair!”
NME photographer Tom woke up one morning during Glasto 2005 to find that his tent had been washed away and that the site was flooded. At least some punters were prepared with a canoe.
The iconic Pyramid stage resplendent in white light and surrounded by flags. Kings Of Leon are up on the stage, doing their headline thing.
Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis told the crowd: “Wow, there’s so many of you. From up here it looks mythical.”
After two decades of hosting late-night parties, the festival’s Lost Vagueness area was replaced in 2008. Here’s a shot of The Killers enjoying tea and cake with NME back in 2004.
The Enemy’s Tom Clarke stands in the spotlight and enjoys the view from the stage in 2008. For all the latest news, reviews, photos, comment and video from Glastonbury this year, head to and bookmark NME.COM/glastonbury.
Bjork never disappoints when it comes to out-there outfits. Here’s what she wore to the festival in 2007.
This photo from 2007 is the favourite of NME’s photo directors: “We love the look of pure escatasy and joy on Lovefox’s face after she fearlessly launched herself into the crowd.”
Festival co-organisers Michael and Emily Eavis pose in a field of tents at Glasto 2004.
Flares greet The Enemy’s Friday night set at Glastonbury 2008.
This is apparently what life is like for CSS on their tour bus. Looks like they enjoyed Glasto 2008.
Amy Winehouse and her beehive on stage at Glasto 2007.
In 2004, English rockers The Others (remember them?) played at the New Tent (which was renamed the John Peel Tent in 2004 following the DJ’s death).
NME’s famous festival cow poses with a few festival-goers.
Lily Allen stops by the NME bus at Glasto 2008 to check her emails and enjoy glass of wine.
Here’s a beautiful shot of the sunset from behind the Dance Stage at Glasto 2007.
The Klaxons pose backstage in their shiny ponchos for NME’s Tom Oxley at Glasto 2007.
Headline act The Arctic Monkeys at Glasto 2007.
Kasabian played the Sunset Slot in 2007.
Kings of Leon headlined the festival in 2008. Caleb Followill told NME: “We’re pretty excited and equally nervous, actually we’re probably more nervous than excited but it’s a big opportunity, so let’s see how we handle it.”
Fun in the mud at Glastonbury 2005. For all the latest news, reviews, photos, comment and video from Glastonbury this year, head to and bookmark NME.COM/glastonbury.