Now called ‘Glastonbury Festival’, 1981 was the year that Michael Eavis took the helm. The event raised £20,000 for the Mid-Somerset ‘Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament’ following ticket sales of 18,000 at £8. Festival-goers were treated to performances by New Order, Hawkwind, Taj Mahal and Aswad, whose collective dressing room was Mr Eavis’ farmhouse. The Pyramid Stage was re-built out of telegraph poles and ex-MOD metal sheeting to form a permanent structure that would double as a cowshed and animal food store during the winter months.
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