Krishna Tent at Famed Glastonbury Festival in England

There is a Krishna Tent at the world famous Glastonbury Festival, said to be the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world, being held in England from June 22 to 26 in 2011, according to reports. Situated in Holts camping field, near Oxylers Bridge, “Krishnas offer food and some simple welfare”, Festival website says. There are reports of some other Hindu groups also at the Healing Fields “to offer a safe space”. Krishna Tent provides vegetarian food, prasadam, kirtan, blankets and a spiritual oasis to the festival goers, reports suggest.

Acclaimed Irish rock band “U2” has already performed and American pop star Beyonce Knowles will close the event on Sunday.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, applauded the Festival and Krishna Tent organizers for the provision of sacred space in the Festival, where one could reportedly revel in Lord Krishna’s chants. Reported availability of satvik food and other services at the Tent were also a wonderful gesture by Krishna devotees.

Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said that as Lord Krishna told us in Bhagavad-Gita—I am the beginning, the middle and the end of all beings—so listening to Krishna’s kirtan could prove very fulfilling.

Ticket per person for the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts reportedly costs £204.95 (about $327 or Rupees 14,718), but all the tickets were sold out in the first four hours when sale opened on October three, 2010. Car parking is another £20. Tipis (now sold out), complete with groundsheet and rain catcher, which can house up to six adults, cost £900 to hire. Organizers warn that tipi dwelling is an elemental and “not a luxury” experience.

Festival is held at a 1,100-acre site at Worthy Farm on the edge of Pilton village, about six miles east of Glastonbury in South West England (United Kingdom). It’s a hilly dairy farm with rough tracks and uneven walkways which can be difficult to get about on. First Festival was held on September 19, 1970, on the day after American guitarist Jimi Hendrix died, over a two day period, attended by about 1,500 and the cost per person was £1, including free milk from the farm.

“It’s like going to another country, a hip and thrilling Brigadoon… you enter a huge tented city, a mini-state under canvas. British law still applies, but the rules of society are a bit different, a little bit freer. Everyone is here to have a wild time in their own way”, Festival website says. Registration for 2013 tickets is now open (there is no Glastonbury in 2012).

Organized by local farmer Michael Eavis and his daughter Emily Eavis, Festival is mainly run by volunteers. The festival reportedly has 137,500 public tickets and a site capacity of 177,500.

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