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A Brief History of Music Festivals

Over the past few decades, music festivals across the globe have turned from bastions of the counter-culture to commercial triumphs which provide billions of pounds to the economy and attract revellers from across the world. The history of these events goes back centuries; here we provide a little information on the past and present success of music festivals.

The Ancient World

The very first examples of festivals which involve music date back thousands of years to Ancient Greece during the Pythian Games at Delphi. These games were held in honour of Apollo - who was the god of music - and involved music as well as sport. This set of games predated the Olympic Games and spanned three days of drinking, music and revelry.


Although both Reading and the Isle of Wight festivals predate Woodstock, this festival caught the attention of the world in a far more explosive way. This is still arguably the most famous music festival of all time, held on a dairy farm in New York and attracting around half a million party-goers to its gates. The festival included performances from Jimi Hendrix, Crosby Stills, Nash & Young, The Band, Joe Cocker, The Who, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and many, many more.


The first Glastonbury Festival happened in 1970 and set the tone for the ensuing years of British music festival culture. Tickets in this first year were only £1 and included free milk from Worthy Farm! 50 years on and it’s become the largest festival in the UK; arguably the world!

Professional Container and Storage Hire in Manchester

Here at Manchester Cabins, we have decades worth of experience providing expert portable services for our clients in Manchester and beyond. If you’re starting up your own festival or another type of outdoor event, you will need portable toilets for your guests. We can provide you with all of the toilets and shower facilities that you’ll require.

To find out more, please feel free to contact us today. You can find us at Tweedale Way, Chadderton, Oldham, Lancashire, OL9 7LD, call us on 0161 684 3333 or email us at

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