Thousands of people will come to Worthy Farm in Somerset We’re looking forward to the Glastonbury Festival in the next few days and look forward to a legendary line-up with artists like Elton John, Lizzo and Lana del Rey.
The festival has become a byword for music lovers and has hosted everything from weddings to full-scale climate change protests.
But a lot has changed since the event began, including the number of participants.
How many people are at the festival this year?
How many people are in Glastonbury this year?
This year marks the 53rd anniversary of the Glastonbury Festival, which began in 1970.
When it first started, tickets were only £1 each and only a few thousand people saw the headliners.
The event outgrew Worthy Farm in 1985 and the adjacent Cockmill Farm was purchased to allow for the festival’s expansion.
This year about 210,000 fans will attend the event.
Which year was the turnout the highest?
This year the official attendance record could be broken and overtaken 2002is festival when 153,000 Tickets were sold with The White Stripes and Coldplay as headliners (though Kylie Minogue sadly had to pull out after her breast cancer diagnosis, although she made a triumphant return to Legends slot in 2019.
Unofficially, there were higher numbers in other years, and many gatecrashers found their way to the festival every year.
The largest number of visitors was probably in 1994, when around 300,000 people came – a significant proportion of them who had not bought tickets.
It is estimated that there were enough fence jumpers to double the size of the festival.
In 1999, the festival was again overcrowded due to fence jumpers, and in 2000 another 100,000 people stormed the site, bringing total attendance to an estimated 250,000 people.
This raised public safety concerns and the local district council refused all further licenses until 2002.
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