Glastonbury Festival soundscapes

Be transported (back) to Worthy Farm and deep inside the Glastonbury Festival experience with these binaural soundscapes by award-winning sound designer Gareth Fry.

The Glastonbury Festival experience extends way beyond the main stages and the performances. It is mind-blowing to watch how Worthy Farm, a working dairy farm in the heart of the tranquil Somerset landscape, transforms to become a city the size of Bath. For five days, 200,000 festival-goers create a community where they camp together, creating individual memories and shared experiences. No two visits or days at Glastonbury are the same as each festival-goer becomes part of the creative tapestry of the Festival, creating a kaleidoscope of impressions and experiences, intimate and spectacular. Festivals can open our eyes, bring us together, and help define our identities.

In 2014, Gareth Fry, set out to capture the life of the Festival through sound. Away from the main stages and the music, he created binaural recordings (a method of recording sound that creates a 3-D stereo sound sensation and makes you feel like you are actually there in the same room or space) from different times of day, and across the 900-acre site.

"Glastonbury is so much more than just music – there are comedians, theatre, circus, workshops, buskers, dozens of cuisines to try, the toilets, the camping, the walking, the walking through mud, the people you pass by, the people you meet. There's something unexpected around every corner. In this work, we set out to create a sonic experience that conveyed the whole range of festival encounters from birdsong to sound checks".

Gareth Fry, Sound Designer
(Left and right:) Gareth Fry sound recording at Glastonbury, 2014. © Gareth Fry
(Left and right:) Gareth Fry sound recording at Glastonbury, 2014. © Gareth Fry

The Glastonbury Festival soundscapes

Be transported (back) to Worthy Farm and deep inside the Glastonbury Festival experience with these binaural soundscapes. For the best listening experience, please use headphones.

A day in the life of Glastonbury

The Park area

Camping in the early hours

Background image: © Gareth Fry