Some of The Big Issue’s most adventurous vendors swapped the high street for the green fields of Somerset to work selling the magazine at Glastonbury.
Four vendors – William from London (below, who has hop-footed it from Westminster after attending the Queen’s Speech on Wednesday), Stuart from Cardiff, Garry from Bristol and Constantine from Carmarthen – enjoyed the fun in the sun while working hard to boost their sales among music revellers at the world’s biggest music festival.
(You can find our hard-working team at Shangri-La! 🎪) pic.twitter.com/UVJPWrqxwN
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The Big Issue team were based at the Shangri-La field, where they worked alongside a fantastic new installation created by renowned artist Jim Woodall: a portrait of Birmingham Big Issue vendor Dave, made up entirely of The Big Issue’s magazine covers (below).
“His face was so striking it jumped out at me when I was looking through images,” Woodall explains. “You’re competing with a lot of bold, bombastic things at Glastonbury, so I wanted to create something human and accessible, and thankfully lots of people have stopped to ask more about the vendor and about The Big Issue.
“It seemed a great way of bringing The Big Issue into this year’s theme of recycling, by reusing old magazines.”
I wanted to create something human and accessible
The Big Issue’s partner Shangri-La created the only area at Glastonbury 2017 built from recycled and repurposed materials. Aiming to set a new standard of sustainability at UK festivals, organisers hosted a series of art events, talks and documentaries showing based around the theme of “recycle, reuse and resist.”