HUNDREDS of thousands of people will descend on Somerset's Worthy Farm in June for the long-awaited return of Glastonbury Festival. 

Festival lovers can get in the mood for this year's event with former County Gazette editor Paul Jones' book, View From The Stage: 50 Years of Glastonbury by the People That Played

The world's largest greenfield festival was set to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020 - a milestone the County Gazette marked with a special supplement, Glastonbury 50.

View From The Stage was published in June last year alongside a second supplement of the same name. 


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When the book was released, Paul said: “I never set out to write a book about Glastonbury, but when talking to such a range of performers from across the immense history of the festival, I found it would be impossible to leave such insightful stories out.

“So, if you want to find out who ended up driving around the festival site looking for Michael Eavis' cottage, or how Damon Albarn ended up with a 'custard pie' in his face, you need to read View From The Stage!”

The performers he spoke to for the book include Status Quo, Steamhammer, Napalm Death, Toploader, and the Burnham and Highbridge Town Band. 

Somerset County Gazette: View From The Stage is available now for £6.50 (including UK P&P).View From The Stage is available now for £6.50 (including UK P&P).

He added: “Glastonbury is the most important week of the year for me, without a doubt.

“Everything revolves around it. Other people have their holiday, I have Glastonbury.

“When I’ve been standing in those fields, marvelling at the act before me, I’ve often wondered if the feeling is the same for the person on stage - if they have the same passion that I so often feel.

“I have been moved to tears, of joy, sadness, everything, at Glastonbury - but is it just another show for them?

“I wanted to find out and give people an insight into what goes into performing at Glastonbury - and whether it is everything we imagine.”

You can order your copy of the 164-page book for £6.50 (including UK P&P) now by phoning 0800 953 0227.

Glastonbury Festival will return in June this year after two years away. 

American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish will become the festival's youngest-ever solo headliner in the Friday night slot, while Paul McCartney will top the bill on Saturday night for the second time in his career.

Diana Ross, who was set to perform in 2020, will perform on Sunday afternoon, and rapper Kendrick Lamar will bring the festival to a close.