|Glastonbury Fayre - 1971 *|
"The National Audit Office says the BBC spends more per hour covering Glastonbury than it did on the Beijing Olympics."David Stephenson in today's Express (sorry Paul) tells us that there are 144 hours of coverage in 83 programmes (remember it's essentially a long-weekend festival!), 263 staff ("the presenters alone cost £90,000 a day"). Can anyone come up with any decent excuse that justifies this? This year U2 finally showed up (third time lucky?) but the 'Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts' is a far cry from the 'hippie' fair in 1971 where David Bowie headlined and entry was free; the greatest irony is that it began because the organisers thought all other festivals at the time were over commercialised...* Photo credit: Geoffrey Bowler at Glastonbury Fayre, summer solstice 1971.