Glastonbury 50th Anniversary

Glastonbury by artist Jonathan Chapman
This year was due to be the 50th anniversary of the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts. The festival, organised by Michael Eavis and his daughter Emily Eavis takes place at Worthy Farm in Somerset. It began in 1970 when, the day after the death of Jimi Hendrix, Eavis opened his farm for the first time. Glastonbury is now the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world – with a site that is over a mile and a half in diameter. Each year, it hosts hundreds of thousands of festival-goers, who flock to see performances from the most famous names in music and immerse themselves in the vast range of performance that the festival has to offer.

But the Glastonbury Experience on the BBC will still mark the 50th anniversary of the legendary festival in style! There will be hours of classic performances and footage airing across TV, radio and online. You’ll be able to watch and listen from Thursday 25th through to Monday 29th.

Here’s the illustration of the Pyramid Stage that I created a couple of years ago. I had so much fun animating the picture, and people have continued to pick up the prints and cards I created from it. It’s a lovely reminder every year that the festival is approaching. Such a shame it’s not going live this Summer but i’ll be enjoying the classic performances all the same as I work in the studio.

Maybe i’ll be inspired to create another Glastonbury artwork, i’ve always fancied creating my own festival poster…

Where would you send an artist to be inspired? What location should I paint next? leave me a suggestion or comment here!

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