Top 5 Music Festivals


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Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts
Dawn rises over the festival site during day three of the Glastonbury Festival in June 2008.
Dawn rises over the festival site during day three of the Glastonbury Festival in June 2008.
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Held the last weekend in June, Glaso, as it is often called, showcases a wide range of musical talent. All types of rock music, as well as dance, folk and punk styles are on display at this outdoor venue in Pilton, England. The event covers over 900 acres (3.6 square kilometers) and consists of more than 700 live performances on more than 80 stages. While unofficial attendance has reached upward of 250,000 concert goers, strict enforcement in recent years holds attendance at around 100,000.

Glastonbury has featured acts such as David Bowie, R.E.M., Radiohead and the Pet Shop Boys. The event, which is a tremendous undertaking, is run mainly by volunteers. OXFAM International provides volunteers to work at the concert, and in return, OXFAM receives a sizable donation from the profits. If you plan to attend the festival, check the dates. Every five years or so, the festival typically takes a year off to give the organizers and the farm a chance to recover.

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