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Glastonbury festival founder confirms move

Michael Eavis reveals he has identified a new site to host the festival, twice a decade, during its ‘fallow’ years

By IQ on 21 Dec 2016


An as yet unnamed site in the Midlands will become Glastonbury Festival’s home for the first time in 2019, organiser Michael Eavis has revealed.

The land, about 100 miles from Glasto’s home at Worthy Farm in Somerset, will be used every five years or so, when Eavis gives both the land, and its local residents, a rest from the annual disruption.

Eavis and his team have been exploring options for some time and had even spoken to the owners of the Longleat Estate, about 15 miles from Glastonbury, about using some of their land. But now it seems that a solution has been found further north.

“I am arranging for one year off, say every fifth year or so, to try and move the show to a site that’s more suitable.”

Eavis has reassured people that he wants the festival to remain in its spiritual home, quashing rumours that it could move elsewhere permanently. Speaking to the BBC, he said, “I am arranging for one year off, say every fifth year or so, to try and move the show to a site that’s more suitable, I have to say. But it would be a huge loss to Somerset if it went there forever, would it not?”

However, the fallow year move may see a rebranding of the giant event, because Eavis’s daughter, Emily, has suggested that any festival held away from Worthy Farm would not be allowed to use the Glastonbury name.

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