Bittersweet symphony: ‘Glasthomebury’ and the rise of the virtual festival

Image description: a large crowd and colourful flags in front of Glastonbury Festival’s Pyramid Stage The world-renowned Glastonbury Festival attracts 200,000 seasoned festival-goers and newcomers alike to its home in Pilton, Somerset, every year. While well-accustomed to the odd ‘fallow year’ to allow the site’s land to regrow, the festival first opened its gates to […]

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The Summer in Music

Brexit, Brangelinexit, and Bake Off-exit: it’s certainly been a summer full of depressing news. But can you remember what’s gone in the world of music? Fear not, for OxStu will help refresh your memory about what’s been happening over the Vac… 23rd June – As morning breaks over the field of Worthy Farm, so does […]

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Profile: Michael Eavis

Passing Michael Eavis on the street, you might not think he was the man behind one of the world’s largest and most successful music festivals. Over 125,000 people descend upon Worthy Farm every June, but Glastonbury – which began in 1970 – has much humbler origins. Arriving at the Oxford Union in his signature shorts […]

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Get down to the Cellar in 9th Week

Next week sees the return of Glastonbury which, with around 165,000 attendees, is the biggest festival of contemporary performing arts in the world. Whilst you may have missed out on tickets this year and are resigning yourself to just a May Ball – perhaps featuring Laura Mvula, Stornoway (again…) or even the Venga Boys this […]

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Glastonbury

Hettie Burn gives the lowdown on Glastonbury The reason that Glastonbury is unique – the reason that thousands of festival goers of all ages migrate to Somerset year after year – is that it is a festival to be experienced completely on your own terms. Firstly is the sheer breadth of experiences available, from the […]

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