The Times newspaper has named ‘Glastonbury 50’, the book commemorating the 50th-anniversary of Glastonbury Festival, as a ‘Books of the Year’ for 2019.
Festival organisers shared a picture of the book’s listing in the newspaper on social media this afternoon:
The book is authored by organisers Michael and Emily Eavis and contains hundreds of photos from the festival and celebrity contributions.
After being released on 31st October, Glastonbury 50 came third in the Sunday Times Bestseller List for hardback non-fiction books, having sold an estimated 12,325 copies in the week ahead of entering the list. Elton John’s memoir ‘Me‘ just beat the Glasto’ book to second place selling an estimated 13,360 copies, while former junior doctor Adam Kay’s latest book ‘Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas‘ took first place with 20,650 estimated sales.
In an alternative chart released by Amazon, Glastonbury 50 placed 10th among all non-fiction books after its first week of sales.
As the Sunday Times Bestseller List was revealed, Emily Eavis said: “Wow! Staggered by this. Thanks to everyone who has bought our book – hope you enjoy reading it”.
The book had recently sold out in some stores, but festival organisers confirmed today the second print run had now arrived and all stores should be restocked soon, if not already.
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On Monday afternoon, Glastonbury organisers confirmed Sir Paul McCartney will headline the Pyramid Stage on the Saturday of the festival’s 50th-anniversary next June. Emily Eavis said: “Having Paul McCartney coming back to headline the Pyramid next year is an absolute dream come true. There really was no one that we wanted more for the 50th anniversary”.
Wolf Alice and Diana Ross are the only other artists officially confirmed for the festival’s line-up, though Mike Skinner and Carl Cox have ‘self-confirmed’. Supergrass are strongly-rumoured after reforming in September to perform at Pilton Party, a ‘thank-you’ event for the local community organised by Glastonbury.
Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary will take place at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset from Wednesday 24th to Sunday 28th June 2020.
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