The Acoustic Stage is a festival within a festival. For the last thirty years odd, people have been trooping up the hill to the haven of the acoustic field. The crowds visit the Acoustic Stage to either avoid the rain – in the sanctuary of super-duper circus tent – or, to hear acoustic, song-based music. Mostly its blues, folk, contemporary or country music, but… it’s not always played on acoustic instruments.
It’s usually where the likes of artists such as Hozier, James May, Newton Faulkner, Kacey Musgraves, The Shires, Zac Brown, Fisherman’s Friends and Gabriel Aplin made their debut. The Acoustic Stage has also had the pleasure to welcome Ray Davies, Christy Moore, Joan Baez, Jackson Browne, The Waterboys, Robert Plant, The Moody Blues, Portishead and tent favourites The Bootleg Beatles, amongst many others.
For all these artists the tent was packed and there were just as many outside on the field looking and listening in. But all the artists, established or new, all are bonded by a common love for great music and attracted by the warmth of the audience.
Photos by Sarah and agiferencz from the Glastonbury Gallery