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Glastonbury festival calls for end to poverty

by Phil Whaite
Issue No. 1958

The Make Poverty History (MPH) message resonated throughout the Glastonbury festival weekend. When people arrived they were given a special Glastonbury MPH white wristband.

At 4pm on Saturday the music stopped as tens of thousands joined hands to send a message to the G8 leaders.

Bob Geldof flew in especially to address the main Pyramid stage. He invited the crowd to go to Edinburgh to join the G8 protests. “On 6 July we will face down those eight men that can do this thing,” he said.

Throughout the weekend many of the artists expressed their support for the demands of MPH.

The Left Field, which aims to promote campaigns through music and debate, was a big success again this year.

Saturday’s Love Music Hate Racism night attracted a big crowd to see Babyshambles, Kano and The Others. Some 5,000 packed in on Sunday night to watch Tony Benn, Billy Bragg, The Beat and Steve Earle.

There was also space for ideas to be discussed. Respect MP George Galloway was a big hit when he spoke in the Green Field. The marquee was full, with more people standing outside listening.

His message — that the system that breeds poverty also breeds war — was a popular one with the crowd.

The torrential downpour last Friday morning meant many people lost tents and possessions, but it didn’t dampen spirits.

People helped each other out, and the festival organisers tried to make sure that everyone was looked after. There is a real sense of community at Glastonbury that you don’t see at other festivals.


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Sat 2 Jul 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1958
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