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Glastonbury profits down to just £86,000 last year

The festival on Somerset's Worthy Farm revenues break records, but profits fall short. Credit: PA

With about 170,000 people at Worthy Farm in Somerset at the height of the five-day festival in June last year, Glastonbury is recognised as one of the biggest music gatherings in the world.

It may be the country’s biggest festival, but most of Glastonbury's record-breaking revenues last year were absorbed by sizeable charitable donations and upkeep costs.

Pre-tax profits fell from £764,000 in 2013 to just £86,000 last year, new accounts show.

Despite a £25.9 million gross-tax profit, the proceeds were almost all used to cover administrative costs and to honour a commitment to donate a sizeable slice of the proceeds to charity.

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Glastonbury 2016 sells out in 32 minutes

Festival goers at the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury 2015 Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Tickets for next year's Glastonbury Festival have sold out in just 32 minutes.

Emily Eavis took to twitter to congratulate those lucky enough to get a ticket:

It meant cause for celebration for some...

...and disappointment for others:


Discarded Glastonbury wellies donated to Calais migrants

These leftover wellies are now helping those camping outside the French port Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

Hundreds of wellington boots, which were discarded at Glastonbury festival, have been donated to migrants in Calais.

More than 500 pairs of wellies were taken to migrants sleeping in the camp outside the French port after being sized and paired by a team of volunteers. They also distributed 2,000 unused rain ponchos and some first aid kits.

The project was the brain child of Liz Clegg who visited the migrant camp known as the Jungle. She worked closely with Association Salam, who helped hand out the recycled footwear.

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Dalai Lama visits Glastonbury Festival

The Dalai Lama paid a visit to Glastonbury today, on the final day of this year's festival.

He was dodging the rain showers, along with all the other people on site, as Bob Cruwys reports.

And here's Bob's report from Saturday where the downpours of the day before had been replaced with sunshine:

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Stephen Hawking 'pulls out of Glastonbury appearance'

Stephen Hawking will no longer be appearing at Glastonbury, according to reports. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

World-famous physicist Stephen Hawking was due to give a talk at Glastonbury today, but according to reports he has had to pull out.

The Telegraph reports that the author of A Brief History of Time has cancelled due to "personal reasons", and may be "poorly".

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The Dalai Lama at Glastonbury: what to expect

The Dalai Lama is said to have "incredible charisma". Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The Dalai Lama is set to make a special appearance at Glastonbury on Sunday.

The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader is giving talks around the UK - and it's believed to be the first time the 79-year-old has been to Somerset.

His ghost writer, Alex Norman, told us His Holiness won't know much about what bands are playing, but that his audience can expect "incredible charisma" from him.


The wait is over for Glastonbury fans

Florence and the Machine will be headlining the Pyramid stage later. Credit: ITV News West Country

The wait is over for thousands of music fans as the first performers take to the stage at Glastonbury Festival today.

Since Wednesday campers have been pouring into Worthy Farm to make sure they get front row seats.

Florence and the Machine will be headlining the Pyramid stage later tonight - but showers are expected throughout the day.

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