One of CND’s annual highlights is taking our campaign for a world without nuclear weapons to hundreds of thousands of people at Glastonbury Festival.
Glastonbury Festival was founded in 1970 by CND supporter Michael Eavis. The event was even named the ‘Glastonbury CND Festival’ between 1981-1990. In 1981 the Pyramid Stage was rebuilt with the CND symbol taking pride of place at the top. Glastonbury Festival became the biggest source of funding for CND during the 1980s, bringing in £100,000 for us at the 1986 festival alone!
This relationship continues today, with CND enjoying lots of support from festival goers.
The festival is an important part of CND’s campaigning calendar, providing a welcoming place for us to speak to thousands of people, both in person and through our annual slot on the Pyramid Stage. Throughout the years, many musicians and celebrities have supported our campaign.
We had a fantastic time at Glastonbury 2019 as the sun shone, over a thousand of festival-goers signed up as members of CND and Caroline Lucas MP greeted the crowds on our behalf.
As well as discussing our campaigns at our stalls at Green Futures field and near the Pyramid stage, we participated in debates at Speaker’s Forum and appeared on the on-site radio station.
We are extremely disappointed that Glastonbury Festival 2020, which was due to mark the 50th anniversary of the event, was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. But we hope to be back at the farm for 2021 – see you there!