‘Year of the Mud’: Glastonbury’s five muddiest ever festivals

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Discover Glastonbury's muddiest festivals in the 'Year of the Mud'. Explore the legendary events drenched in mud and music

The Muddiest Moments in Glastonbury Festival History

 

‘Year of the Mud’ Glastonbury’s five muddiest ever festivals

Glastonbury - renowned for its lush countryside backdrop, occasionally transforms into a haven of mud and mayhem when the weather takes a turn. Over the years, festival-goers have endured unforgettable moments battling the elements while reveling in the spirit of music. Here's a look back at some of the muddiest Glastonbury festivals in memory:

 

1982 – Slippery in Somerset

Despite tickets costing a mere £8, Glastonbury 1982 will forever be remembered for its torrential downpour, transforming the verdant fields into a swampy quagmire. Undeterred by the mud, attendees danced on, creating enduring images of camaraderie amidst the muck.

 

2005 – Lightning Strikes

In what became known as the "year of the flood," Glastonbury 2005 witnessed two months' worth of rain in mere hours, accompanied by dramatic lightning strikes. Festival-goers navigated the marsh-like terrain using inflatable boats, a testament to their unwavering determination.

 

2007 – The Wettest Glastonbury Ever

Officially crowned the wettest on record, Glastonbury 2007 saw relentless rainfall throughout the weekend, totaling 60.1mm on Friday alone. Yet, amidst the deluge, crowds swayed to the music of headliners like the Arctic Monkeys, embodying the festival's resilient spirit.

 

2016 – Mud Wrestling

Nine years later, Glastonbury faced its worst mud onslaught yet, with torrential rain preceding the event. Festival organizer Michael Eavis likened it to the infamous 1997 mudfest, marking it as one of the muddiest in the festival's history.

 

Looking Ahead to 2024

As Glastonbury 2024 approaches, anticipation mounts for another unforgettable gathering of music lovers. With headliners like Dua Lipa, Coldplay, and SZA set to take the stage, attendees hope for clear skies and dry grounds, yearning for a memorable festival experience devoid of the infamous mud.

 

Glastonbury Festival's legacy is etched in its ability to weather the storm, both metaphorically and literally. From mud-soaked fields to electrifying performances, each festival embodies the resilient spirit of music enthusiasts, forging enduring memories amidst the chaos of nature.


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