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Glastonbury's first band return

Stackridge
Stackridge opened and closed the show in 1970.

The first band to play at the inaugural Glastonbury Festival have returned to perform at the event 38 years on.

Stackridge opened and closed the show in its first year in 1970.

The psychedelic folk group came back to play on the acoustic stage on Sunday. Their set included the first song ever played at Glastonbury, Tea Time.

"I really enjoyed it," said singer and flautist Mutter Slater, from Bridport, Dorset. "The scale of it now is completely different to the first one."

The group, now an eight-piece, split up in 1976 but reformed last year.

The first Glastonbury was all in one field with a stage made out of scaffolding, Slater said.

'Hippy dream brigade'

"There was one bloke doing security and two policemen. Some people say there were 1,000 people there but it never looked that many.

"The changing rooms were [festival founder] Michael Eavis' kitchen and living room in the farmhouse."

The crowd was mainly made up of "the hippy dream brigade", he recalled.

"You didn't get the cross section of people you get now," he said.

On Sunday, the band played three or four of the tunes they performed on that day in September 1970.

This year was the first time Slater had been back to the festival and he said he "wasn't really looking forward" to seeing what the event had become.

"But I'm really pleased," he said. "It's a really nice atmosphere. Everyone's happy and going along their way.

"I thought with all the things going on it wasn't going to work, but everyone has their favourite venues and areas.

"I've really enjoyed the day. I hope it keeps going."




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