The first ever Glastonbury Festival in 1970.
Whilst there are a smorgasbord of iconic moments in music, there are only handful events that must be recognised as truly shaping the history of the music world. Here are the top 5.
5) STORMZY, THE FIRST BRITISH BLACK MALE SOLO ARTIST TO HEAD LINE GLASTONBURY.
In July 2019, Stormzy monumentally performed at one of the most wold-wide famous festivals, Glastonbury, by being the first British black male to headline. He was also the first grime artist to headline the festival with his own album. During his performance, he played a speech by David Lammy, a Labour MP, on the disproportionate number of black, Asian and minority ethnic people in the criminal justice system. Stormzy, whose real name is Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr, was seen wearing stab vest, designed and created by british artist, Banksy. Waves of enormous pride and praise for the artist was unleashed on all social media platforms, with input from millions of fans and celebrities alike.
4) ARIANA GRANDES’ ‘ONE LOVE’ CONCERT TO COMBAT TERRORISM.
Following the suicide-bombing terrorism attack at an Ariana Grande concert on the 27 may 2017, which killed 22 concert goes and injured 500, the artist held a benefit concert and television special called ‘One love Manchester’. The event was held on the 4 June 2017 and saw 55,000 people attend with Guest stars included such as; Justin Bieber, The Black Eyed Peas, Miley Cyrus, Little Mix, Katy Perry, Liam Gallagher and many more. A charity was established by The British Red Cross and they reported it received more than £10 million in donations in the 12 hours following the concert.
3) ‘TORONTO ROCKS’ SARS BENEFIT CONCERT.
Organised in just over a month, the concert quickly became one of the biggest events in history, after the outbreak of SARS earlier in 2003. Intending to aid the Canadian downfall in tourism after the SARS outbreak, ‘Toronto Rocks’ on the 30th June 2003, saw between 450,000 and 500,000 people attending the concert, among some of the most famous musicians of all time. Performing were; The Rolling Stones, ACDC, Rush, Justin Timberlake and a plethora of smaller artists. The event is the largest outdoor ticketed event in Canadian history, and one of the largest in North American history.
2) THE GREAT IMPACTS OF WOODSTOCK.
32 Major Artists were joined by the 400,000 attendees of arguably the most famous festival to date. Woodstock, on the 15-18 August 1969, was held in Bethel, New York, to increase the feeling of Peace and Love in America during such a war driven period time of the Vietnam war with the US. It was such a pivotal moment for US history, that not only was there a soundtrack made but also a film of and about the festival.
1) LIVEAID; AIDING MILLIONS OF STARVING ETHIOPIANS.
Organisers, Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, set out on an ongoing music-based fundraising initiative in order to help and subsidise the famine crisis in Ethiopia. Two simultaneous concerts occurred on the 13th July 1985, one in Wembley Stadium, London and the other in the John F. Kennedy Stadium, Philadelphia. Both events were attended by an estimated 100,000 people. Several other international concerts were held on the same day in response to the cause, and was perceived as one of the largest-scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts of all time; an estimated audience of 1.9 billion, across 150 nations, watched the live broadcast, which is nearly 40% of the world population.