Music, mud, mayhem – it’s got to be Glasto

A NEW exhibition of images by one of Somerset’s best known photographers marks the return of the Glastonbury Festival. Music, Mud, Mayhem, opening on 10th June, covers 20 years of photographing the world’s greatest festival by Jason Bryant.

The exhibition at the Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury, runs to 4th September, featuring photographs chosen by Jason as his personal favourites.

Music, Mud, Mayhem: Photographing Glastonbury Festival features more than 50 iconic performances from 1997 to 2019.

Re-live stand-out moments including Stormzy’s headlining set in 2019, Dolly Parton’s legends slot in 2014, Jay Z’s famous rebuttal of Noel Gallagher in 2008 and David Bowie’s performance in 2000 – often regarded as the greatest festival gig of all time.

Jason says: “The images capture the crowds and the spectacle as well as the generosity and positivity which are so characteristic of the festival.”

The photographs also reflect the creative and physical growth of the festival, which has more than doubled in size since 1997. In 2019 it welcomed more than 200,000 people, making it a true “city in the fields”.

The exhibition, opening two weeks before this year’s festival, explores some of the event’s enduring themes from love, community and self expression to the crowds and the weather.

Glastonbury 2022, from 22nd to 26th June, has a line-up including Billie Eilish, Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar and Diana Ross. Both the 2020 and 2021 live festivals were cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. It was particularly sad in 2020, which would have been the festival’s 50th anniversary year.