Glastonbury Festival by numbers: How many times Coldplay has been a headliner, when the first festival was held and how much tickets cost

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The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day One
Above are six jolly festival attendees and below are some more figures for Glastonbury (Source: Getty)

The canny organisers of Glastonbury Festival are notorious for keeping music fans guessing about which bands they'll be treated to but they have let slip today that Coldplay will be among the headliners at the 2016 show. In honour of this information reveal, we've tracked the facts and figures you need to know about the festival:

When was the first Glastonbury festival?

The first incarnation of the festival took place back in 1970, the day after Jimi Hendrix's death. However, the 1971 event, complete with the first pyramid stage, was more like the show we've come to know. An estimated 12,000 people attended without even having to pay a penny as admission was free.

Ticket stats and prices

A total of 135,000 tickets have been sold for this year's festival for the price of £228 plus a £5 booking fee each. The main batch of 120,000 tickets sold out just 30 minutes after being put on sale.

Number of times Coldplay has headlined the festival

Coldplay will have headlined four times after this year, and they'll be the first artists ever to do so as well. The band has already graced the pyramid stage in 2002, 2005 and 2011, with the 2011 performance having previously been voted the top Glastonbury moment by BBC Radio listeners.

How much people spend at Glastonbury

As expensive as the ticket is, people don't tend to tighten their purse strings once they're at the festival. A 2007 Economic Impact report revealed that festival-goers spent an average of £293.24 each during the course of their stay.

People employed

It's not all about the music – the festival is also a serious creator of jobs too. The 2007 report calculated that Glastonbury was responsible for generating around 1,110 jobs across the south west that year.

Rest years

Although the amount of noise it makes (both literally and figuratively) may lead you to believe that Glastonbury is an annual affair, it actually takes a break once every five years. The festival's last rest year was in 2012.

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