Many towns and cities around the world
up a particular image or memory as soon as they
whether it is due to a catastrophic earthquake that shattered it,
an aeroplane that came down just outside it,
or a madman with a gun
amok through the streets on the dim and
Glastonbury is now established as
to this group.
Have you been to Giastonbury?
will rarely be a query as to whether you have
passed through the town on your travels.
Almost certainly it will be a reference to the twenty-odd-year-old
Festival of Music whose home it is.
What is (7)
in the media as 'an Instant town the size of Oxford'
appears there few three days in late lime and
inhabited by around 100.000 people. most of whom will have
up to £100 a ticket for the privilege.
In the last year or so,
a sometimes quite heated argument has
along the lines of "Aren't you too old for Glaslonbury?"
As we milled yesterday amongst the crowds,
opinion seemed evenly divided. Never
been to such a fistival before,
19-year-old Georgina Smith failed to see why
had their day
should spoil things for people like her who
to Glastonbury for the first time.
She suspected the former would be
like mad for middle-aged has-beens" and ignore up-and-coming
young bands who had
to break into the big time.
On the other hand, reformed hippie and university lecturer,
Dented out that it was his generation who had
Glastonbury on the map. There had
like it before, and he failed to see why they could not follow through what they had
in the late seventies.
The Festival's future and its ethos seem uncertain.
Will grandfathers still
attending in ten years' time, or will they
been barred in the interests of today's (and tomorrow's) music?