It’s that time of year once again. After Covid did what Covid does, and wreaked havoc, it’s great to see Glastonbury back after a three-year (forced) break. As this world-famous music festival holds belated celebrations for its 50th anniversary, music fans who are travelling from all over the world are in for a treat with five days packed full of some of the biggest names around.
Seeing field after field brimming with fans who just can’t get enough, you may be left wondering if this cost-of-living crisis is real. The thing is, we all need a treat, we all need an escape, and, after the last few years, we all deserve fun. A music festival can give you all of these things, and so much more.
The best in music
What makes a music festival worth the money is the fact that you get to see some of the best groups and solo artists from around the world. There’s also the chance to experience new sounds from those who are just breaking through, anyone remember a certain Mr. Ed Sheeran debuting at Glastonbury back in 2011?
Sally Howell has spent the last 36 years in charge of the Croissant Neuf field at Glastonbury and is responsible for booking the acts. Speaking to Betway, Howell reveals the sense of responsibility that she feels as she works hard to ensure that she gets it right.
It’s not just about the music
Of course, whenever you attend a festival, the music matters. In fact, it more than just matters, as you wouldn’t book tickets to go and listen to something that really didn’t appeal. However, when looking at getting value for money, there is so much more to a festival than the music.
Howell, when speaking about Glastonbury, refers to a sense of community and that’s something that fans certainly experience. The sheer number of people, all brought together for the same reason, creates that sense of community, but also an atmosphere that’s electric.
There’s a lot going on behind the scenes
It’s easy to turn up at a festival and almost take the experience for granted. The thing is, there is far more that goes into getting a festival live than many people realise. When you take a look at Glastonbury, you’re talking about a temporary city being built just for 5 days. This is a city so big that it would make it the 27th biggest in the UK.
The work that goes into creating this, the 100-plus stages, the atmosphere that it creates. That’s what you’re also paying for.
What else can you get for your money
Are music festivals cheap? Well, no, but they’re worth every penny. Where else can you pay less than £300 to receive five days of the very best in entertainment? You might be able to take in a West End show and have a fancy meal, all of which is over in a single evening.
Festivals represent great value for money and once you’ve travelled to one yourself, you’ll understand exactly why.