Revelers dance at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival in Britain, June 1989. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

Scottish band The Proclaimers pose for a photograph backstage at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival, June 1989. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

This week, Glastonbury Festival — one of the largest open-field artistic gatherings in the world — kicked off in Somerset, England, and will conclude Sunday. The five-day festival, which features a mix of theater, music, art, dance and world-renown musicians, now welcomes more than 170,000 attendees each year.

While clearing out a cupboard recently, Reuters photographer Dylan Martinez found six rolls of black and white film marked “Glastonbury”. The recently discovered photos show how Martinez and a group of friends made a last-minute decision to join the revelers at the popular music festival in southwest England, where the line-up at the time included a who’s who of notable ’80s artists such as Van Morrison, The Proclaimers, and Peter Gabriel. More than 25 years later, Martinez takes a nostalgic look back before returning to the festival this year to capture more Glastonbury moments.


Singer Van Morrison performs on the Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset, June 1989. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

Revelers sit on the grass at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival, June 1989. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

Revellers lean on a fence at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival in Britain, June 1989. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

A man sits in a car on the way to Glastonbury Festival, June 1989. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

Revelers dance at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival, June 1989. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

Trash accumulated by revelers overwhelms bins at Worthy Farm in Somerset, June 1989. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

Two revelers share an intimate moment during the Glastonbury Festival, June 1989. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

Singers Peter Gabriel (L) and Youssou N’dour backstage at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival in Britain, June 1989. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

A Police car is seen on patrol at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival in Britain, June 1989. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

Revelers are seen at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival in Britain, June 1989. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)