The Pyramid stage burst into life at Glastonbury in 1971, it was a fairly ad hoc cobbled together affair and most probably held together by the sheer vibe of that particular festival.
This first Pyramid Stage was constructed by Bill Harkin and his crew in 1971 out of scaffolding, expanded metal and plastic sheeting. Glastonbury's official website says that those that saw the original Pyramid at night likened it to a diamond transmitting almost tangible energy as people danced on the stage - as one who was there - yes, it most certainly was and yes it did!
In 1981 a permanent structure doubling as a cowshed and animal foodstore during the winter months was built on the same site using redundant telegraph poles and surplus box section iron sheets form the Ministry of Defence. This Pyramid grew to symbolise the magic of Glastonbury Festival before it famously burned down in 1994, shortly before the Festival
Glastonbury festival organisers are never kept down for long though, and in true Glastonbury style a new structure was completed in 2000, this structure was designed and built by Pilton villager Bill Burroughs based on the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, four kilometres of steel tubing, weighing over 40 tonnes were used in the build, and all materials and even better the processes used passed a Greenpeace environmental audit.
The pyramid is widely held to be a powerful structure that draws energy and has healing powers. Given the magic that happens at Glastonbury this particular pyramid is obviously a very potent structure and one that has certainly performed it's magic for many thousands of people over the years.
You don't need us to tell you that the Pyramid is the most instantly recognised festival stage in the world!
Many, many bands have played this famous stage over the years including:
Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Morrissey, Radiohead, White Stripes, Johnny Cash, Brian Wilson - the list just goes on and on and on ....
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