It’s almost that time of year again! The pilgrimage to Pilton is just days away and our Glastonbury Spotify playlist is about to become a reality.
For months now, rumours and gossip and line up announcements have been making the headlines, but this has to be the most uplifting one so far: Glastonbury Festival pay acts less than 10% of what they’d earn elsewhere.
“We’re not in a situation where we’re able to just give people enormous amounts of money,” organiser Emily Eavis told BBC 6 Music’s Matt Everitt. “So we’re really grateful for the bands that we get, because they’re basically doing it for the love of it.”
Ever since Oasis set the bar for six-figure festival pay outs following their headline performance at V in 2000, artist rates have been on the rise.
The festival’s founder, Michael Eavis, once revealed, “I paid £200,000 for Paul McCartney and for Coldplay, and although it sounds a lot, they could have charged me far more”.
Tickets might not be cheap, but with thousands of bands, playing across hundreds of stages, on top of the Eavis’s donating around £2 million each year to charity (split between Oxfam, WaterAid, Green Peace and others), the goodwill of these artists is what the founders rely on.
If you heard that an artist or writer or other worker was being paid less than 10% of their daily rate, there would be outrage: but bands and artists cutting their fees to bring love and music to the masses in the muddy fields of Somerset is something to celebrate.