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Michael Eavis pays tribute to Glastonbury’s original Pyramid Stage architect Bill Harkin

Eavis heralded “an inspirational life well lived"

  • Patrick Hinton
  • 14 March 2021
Michael Eavis pays tribute to Glastonbury’s original Pyramid Stage architect Bill Harkin

Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis has paid tribute to Bill Harkin, the architect who designed the festival’s original Pyramid Stage and sadly died last weekend.

In a written tribute published online, Eavis wrote: “Bill Harkin first came to Glastonbury towards the end of 1970. He was delivering products to the health shops in the town and decided to walk up the Tor where he met Andrew Kerr. They both became aware of very powerful feelings of spirituality and agreed the need for a new age of looking at life towards a utopian society. After more intense discussions these conversations led to the idea of a large music festival with a Pyramid as centre stage. That’s when they came to me for a suitable site!

“I liked the idea but was slightly wary of the reality, although was captivated by their childlike excitement. Bill was a top-flight architect working for British Leyland car launches at the time but he soon became caught up with the festival to be named Glastonbury Fair, and came up with the very first Pyramid at Worthy Farm.

“His enthusiasm and dedication led to what we have now – thank you so much Bill! In more recent years he was involved with the design of the structures at the Eden Project, first in Cornwall and now across the world.

“An inspirational life well lived – and simply loved by us all.”

The tribute also featured an original sketch of the Pyramid Stage drawn by Harkin, “which came to him in a dream.” See below.

Patrick Hinton is Mixmag's Digital Features Editor, follow him on Twitter

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