Sept. 19, 1970: First Glastonbury music festival

Kelly O'Mara

This year, 135,000 people paid $327 each for tickets to the four-day Glastonbury Festival in England at the end of June. But 43 years ago, when the festival premiered on Sept. 19, 1970, it was just one day long and cost just one British pound ($1.60 today).

That first festival was originally called the Pilton Festival, since it’s held near Pilton, Somerset in the southwest of England. It was organized by a local farmer, Michael Eaton, who reportedly felt inspired after seeing an open-air Led Zeppelin concert.

While there were some off years early on, the festival has been held annually since 1981. Over the years, Glastonbury has retained much of its hippie-bohemian aesthetic. Festival-goers typically camp (often in the rain) and overwhelm local transportation.

Today, Glastonbury is the largest greenfield festival in the world and features bands like U2, Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, Artic Monkeys and, oddly, Beyoncé.