There’s something magic about Glastonbury, and 2017 proved no exception.
The music is only part of the appeal of the festival, held every June on the Eavis family farm in southern England.
Last night saw Radiohead take to the headling slot at the iconic Pyramid Stage, delivering a performance which will be one for the ages. In addition to this, many political, environmental and socially constructive events took place around the fields of Worthy Farm.
One of the missions of this year’s festival was to organise the formation of the world’s biggest peace sign; a direct response to the increasing sporadic violence which has been taking place in the UK this year.
Did they achieve it?
You bet they did!
The Metro published that ‘the aim was to get 5,814 participants together – the record held since 2009.’ According to NME they pulled in 15,000 attendees, absolutely smashing the existing record.
Glastonbury 2017 opened with a minutes silence for the victims and the families of those effected by the recent terrorist attacks and tragedies which have taken place in the UK.
It was led by Peter Hook, bass player of Joy Division and New Order, whose daughter was taken to hospital after the Manchester Arena attack last month.
‘Good morning and welcome to Glastonbury,’ said Hook as he addressed the attendees. ‘I have been very kindly asked by the Eavis family to lead this minute’s silence.
‘Could we please use it as a chance to send our hopes and our prayers for love and life and freedom – the things that we are here to celebrate.
‘We send our sympathies to everyone affected by the events in London and Manchester and everyone affected in Grenfell Tower.
‘God bless you all. Thank you.’