The most iconic Glastonbury pictures of all time from muddy celebrities to royal ‘ravers’

Glastonbury has a long history and there’s plenty of iconic moments to look back on (Picture: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

With over 50 years of incredible performances and insane moments to dive into, Glastonbury one of the biggest festivals in the world.

Since the first-ever festival in 1970, the scope of the event has grown exponentially with over 210,000 people set to attend in 2024.

While fans may grumble about line-up clashes and artists feel pressure over their performances, there’s something captivating about Glastonbury.

Whether you go for the over 3,000 performers or for the Stone Circle hike traditions, getting tickets is like winning the lottery for many.

As artists old and new head to Worthy Farm on June 26, we dive into the archives and look at the most iconic pictures from Glastonbury over the years.

Mud-drenched gig-goers, epic headliners, and historic stages; the festival really has it all.

The first year the Pyramid Stage was ever used, in 1971 (Picture: Ian Tyas/Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

David Bowie’s second and last Glasto performance in 2000 is widely regarded as one of the greatest ever (Picture: Jim Dyson/Getty Images)

This 2023 picture has become symbolic of the festival in a short space of time (Picture: Anna Barclay/Getty Images)

Who can forget Pete Doherty and Kate Moss’s muddy Worthy Farm adventure in 2005 (Picture: MJ Kim/Getty Images)

Stormzy’s 2019 set wearing a custom Banksy stab vest was jaw-dropping (Picture: Samir Hussein/WireImage)

It was humble beginnings for the main stage at Glastonbury Festival, pictured here in 1970 (Picture: Robert Blomfield Photography/Getty Images)

British humour is at it’s best when the weather is awful, such as in particularly muddy 1997 (Picture: David White/REX/Shutterstock)

Van Morrison first performed on the Pyramid Stage in 1982 and seven times since (Picture: David Corio/Redferns)

The King Charles hands flag, need we say more (Picture: BBC)

2011 saw Beyonce take the crown as the first solo black female headliner and the first since Sinead O’Connor in 1990 (Picture: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

An awe-inspiring aerial view of Glastonbury to show just how huge it really is (Picture: Mick Hutson/Redferns)

What’s Glasto without somebody in a rain poncho (Picture: Oli SCARFF / AFP)

The Arcadia’s firebreathing spider is reportedly returning for 2024 (Picture: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

After cancer forced her to cancel in 2005, Kylie Minogue cried when she finally stepped on stage in 2019 (Picture: Harry Durrant/Getty Images)

Last year’s legends performance from Sir Elton John was one for the history books (Picture: Jim Dyson/Redferns)

Did we mention 1997 was a little bit muddy (Picture: David White/REX/Shutterstock)

The Stone Circle has become a must-do pilgrimage for Glasto-goers (Picture: Mick Hutson/Redferns)

Pulp’s headlining performances are widely regarded as some of the best (Picture: Michael Putland/Getty Images)

What a view! (Picture: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Barbie was such a cultural moment, it even crept into Glastonbury (Picture: Leon Neal/Getty Images)

In 2010, then Prince Charles headed to the festival to meet baffled gig-goers (Picture: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Icon Dolly Parton took to the stage in 2014 performing hits like Jolene (Picture: Jonathan Hordle/REX/Shutterstock)

2005 proved a little more than muddy as tents were flooded (Picture: Jon Super/Redferns)

Is there anything more iconic than fans having the time of their lives? (Picture: Anna Barclay/Getty Images)

Well perhaps maybe Metro’s very own Adam Miller brushing shoulders with Bradley Cooper (Picture: Adam Miller)

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