Somerset, England’s Glastonbury Festival has come a long way since its early years in the 1970s to evolve into one of the biggest annual music events in the world. While the 2019 edition of Glastonbury treated the 200,000+ fans in attendance to performances from artists like Tame Impala, Lauryn Hill, Mac DeMarco, Maggie Rogers, BABYMETAL, and more, it’s also fun to look back on what the festival’s experience was like in previous decades before smartphones and whatnot came along and ruined everything.
Recently-discovered video unearthed from the BBC film archives shows footage from the 1983 event, which was a very different Glastonbury than the one fans know today.
UB40, Marillion, The [English] Beat, and Curtis Mayfield were some of the top-billed performers that year. The 1983 event also marked the first time in which Glastonbury Festival required a state-sanctioned license to take place, according to the festival website. Only 30,000 tickets were permitted to be sold for a fee of just £12 (roughly $15). The 1983 event was also the first year that Glastonbury had its own radio station, Radio Avalon.
The festival also acted as a rally for the Campaign Against Nuclear Disarmament (CND) as the event took place during the heart of the Cold War era, and successfully raised £45,000 for the anti-nuclear initiative in addition to other local charities.
Check out the nostalgic footage from the 1983 Glastonbury Festival below.
Glastonbury Festival 1983