The 2017 Glastonbury festival wrapped up on Sunday as a record-breaking success for the BBC, which has sole broadcasting rights to the five-day music event near Pilton, Somerset, England. Variety reports that stay-at-home viewers topped 20.9 million: an increase of 12% from last year. Ed Sheeran, who closed the show on Sunday night drove a huge share of those numbers, with a peak audience of 4.1 million tuning in for his performance which held an average of 2.9 million viewers.
In addition to Sheeran's performance, the BBC also captured some Hollywood notables in attendance, including Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and Bradley Cooper who was shooting a scene for an upcoming remake of "A Star Is Born." Of the Hollywood crowd, however, no celebrity made more of an impact than Johnny Depp, who was there to introduce a screening of his 2004 film "The Libertine." Depp's remarks about American president Donald Trump quickly went viral, drawing fire from the White House as well as conservative American media pundits. Depp later apologized. “I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump,” the actor said in a statement to People Magazine. “It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone.”
While Tinseltowners partied and played, a celebrity of another type also created a stir at the festival. British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn made a brief speech calling for "a world of human rights, peace, justice and democracy all over the planet" to thunderous applause in an appearance with Glastonbury festival founder Michael Eavis.
"Do you know what? When people across the world think the same, cooperate the same, maybe in different languages, in different faiths, in different cultures, peace is possible, and must be achieved."
Corbyn also pulled pints for festival-goers. No. Seriously.
The event, though massive, isn't terribly profitable for the organizers. In 2016, Insider Media reported that Glastonbury Festival Events made a pre-tax profit of £1.39 million on revenue of £40 million in 2015, which, though relatively small, marked a dramatic increase from 2014's pre-tax profit of £85,704. It's all for a good cause, however. The Telegraph reports that almost all revenue goes towards operating costs and charitable causes. The organizers have decided to take a break for 2018, so the festival will not be returning until 2019.
Those who probably enjoyed a much greater profit margin were the owners of the over 250 food stalls and trucks present at the festival. A recent report by ParcelHero notes that the 120,000 attendees at the annual Download Festival in Donington Park in Leicestershire, England consume an average of 1.2 million pints of beer and 650,000 burgers. If you're thinking about investing in a British food truck for 2019's festival, keep it simple: ParcelHero says that the most popular festival foods are pizza, sandwiches, hot dogs, kebabs, and burgers.