Glastonbury 2017: Saturday

Glastonbury 2019 by the numbers

We’ve done the number crunching and the stats behind the sheer quantity of entertainment available at Glastonbury Festival 2019 are simply staggering.

Having pulled apart the published running times and put them back together again we can tell you that if you put every piece of programmed music, comedy, circus, poetry, theatre, film, and debate back to back and tried to watch it all it would take you a staggering…

…quarter of a million minutes!

(well, 249,984 anyway from the programme – but remember all the little pop-up shows that never get announced until they happen, so in reality it’s a lot more)

That’s…

4,070.4 hours

Or looked at in another way…

169.6 days

The equivalent of…

24.2 weeks

or about…

Five and a half months!

So if you were going to set yourself this mammoth challenge the first thing you’d be doing would be spending several days mesmerised by the interactive ‘Aqua Rhythm‘ fountains over in Glebeland from 8am on Wednesday.

Aqua Rhythm – get involved

As for music – well the first live show you’d be seeing is anybodies guess, because it will be a Wednesday morning open mic slot on the Crossant Neuf Bandstand at 11am.

At the other end of the Glastonbury universe, almost six months later (with no sleep or breaks for food or the bathroom of course), the last man standing will be ‘DJ Badly‘ signing off from the 2019 show at Heds Party…wrapping up the festival as he closes the show at 7am on Monday morning.

In total over your marathon festival binge you’ll eventually see around…

1,968 different acts or shows.

Although with some playing many times there will be some repetition.

Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip, for instance, will pleasure you on no less than eleven occasions (and each will be as good as the one before)…

WEDNESDAY16:00CROISSANT NEUF BANDSTAND
THURSDAY15:20THE GATEWAY
THURSDAY20:00THE ROCKET LOUNGE
THURSDAY22:30THE OPEN ARMS
FRIDAY15:00RABBIT HOLE
FRIDAY18:35THE SUMMER HOUSE
SATURDAY15:40SENSATION SEEKERS STAGE
SATURDAY18:35THE SUMMER HOUSE
SATURDAY20:00THE SPIKE
SUNDAY14:00THE BANDSTAND
SUNDAY18:35THE SUMMER HOUSE
Sweet Leaf of the North

And whereas Mik is really putting in the hours, down at the other end of the charts we have The Ooh La Las – whose cabaret show may be repeated (twice) but lasts a mere…

…three minutes!

More esoterically, and just for comparison, working on an average of three people per act and an average height of 165cm per performer (luckily Muse aren’t playing or Matt Bellamy would have pulled the average down considerably…) that means that if you stood all of the artists in a big wobbly tower of talent it would dwarf Everest by almost a kilometre…

9.74Km of performers

A tower of performing power…

But the sobering thought is that based on four to five hours sleep per day and achieving a gallant 45 minutes in every hour of watching stuff the VERY most of the festival that any one person is ever likely to actually see at Glastonbury is a MINISCULE…

0.34% of everything that happens…

However if you could do the lot the grand total for the number of shows you’ll eventually sit through is a whopping…

3,622 performances.

And here they all are… we’ve helpfully highlighted all the shows we are aiming to get to in red... see you in the field…

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