Fact Check-Photo of litter near Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage taken in 2015, not after Greta Thunberg’s 2022 festival speech

A photo of litter strewn in front of Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage was taken in 2015 and not after Greta Thunberg’s 2022 speech at the festival, contrary to claims online.

The image shows a field in front of the Pyramid Stage covered with rubbish. One person can be seen standing among the refuse as seagulls fly overhead.

It also includes a credit for David Hedges and – the South West News Service.

One Twitter user, whose tweet has been shared more than 3,500 times, posted a version of the picture (here) along with the caption: “Pyramid stage at #Glastonbury after Greta Thunberg’s environmental speech.”

Similar posts can be seen elsewhere on Twitter (here, here and here), where they have been shared thousands of times, and on Facebook (here, here, here, here, here and here).

However, the photo was captured on June 29, 2015, after the final day of that year’s Glastonbury Festival.

It can be found in a Daily Mail news article from that date (here), where it is credited to David Hedges and SWNS.

The photographer confirmed to Reuters via direct message on Twitter that he could not have captured the image after this year’s event because he was not in the country at the time. He also no longer works for the agency.

A spokesperson for SWNS told Reuters via email that it owns the picture and that it was taken in 2015.

Images of this year’s Glastonbury Festival (here) show the Pyramid Stage with a peace sign at the apex of the structure – a different design to the angel-winged clock which can be seen in the miscaptioned tweet and other pictures from Glastonbury 2015 (here, here and here).

Thunberg’s speech at the 2022 event was reported here and here.


Miscaptioned. The photo was taken in 2015 and not after Greta Thunberg’s 2022 Glastonbury Festival speech.

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