In a 1904 novel by Charles Whistler entitled A Prince of Cornwall portrays Glastonbury in the days of Ine of Wessex.


Glastonbury was heavily influenced by hippie ethics and the free festival movement in the early 1970s, beginning with the Isle of Wight Festival, which featured performances by The Who, amongst many other artists. Organiser Michael Eavis decided to host the first festival, then called Pilton Festival, after seeing an open-air concert headlined by Led Zeppelin at the 1970 Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music at the nearby Bath and West Showground in 1970.

The festival retains vestiges of this tradition such as the Green Fields area, encompassing the Green Futures and Healing Field.