Glastonbury may not return until 2022 admits Michael Eavis
After Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary celebrations were cancelled this year due to coronavirus, revellers were hoping to spend a weekend next June getting sunburnt at Worthy Farm.
But they may have even longer to wait.
Michael Eavis has admitted that Glastonbury may not return until 2022, due to the high numbers that attend the festival.
Speaking on ITV News West Country, Eavis, who organises Glasto with his daughter Emily, said: ‘500 people is OK, isn’t it. But my job, 250,000 altogether, is too many people I suppose, isn’t it really.
‘I’m still hoping I’m going to be running next year and I’m going to be moving heaven and earth to make sure that we do. But that doesn’t mean it will necessarily happen. That is just wishful thinking really.’
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Despite concerns that Glastonbury will have to take a two-year break, the 84-year-old is sure that the legendary festival will survive the pandemic.
He said: ‘No, I do not worry at all, I am so confident that it will survive. The only certainty I think is the year after, 2022. To be perfectly candid, so we might have to wait for two years maybe.
‘But I am still hoping and we are fighting and working at it all the time to make sure it happens next year.
‘You can’t kill it off just like that. It will come back. It will come back, probably stronger actually.’
However, Eavis had previously signalled that skipping another year could cause serious issues for the festival.
He told The Guardian in June: ‘We have to run next year, otherwise we would seriously go bankrupt… It has to happen for us, we have to carry on. Otherwise it will be curtains. I don’t think we could wait another year.
‘We haven’t got unlimited resources. We carry enough to float the next event.’
Glastonbury had already taken 2018 off as a fallow year to help the ground at Worthy Farm recover.
The 50th anniversary edition of the world famous arts festival was cancelled back in March, shortly after its first wave of acts was confirmed.
Taylor Swift, Sir Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar had been announced as headliners, with Diana Ross confirmed for the legends slot.
Those who had already put down a deposit for their ticket were given the option to roll over to the next festival, and Emily Eavis promised a whole lot of excitement for 2021 (if it goes ahead, that is).
She recently told BBC Radio 6 Music: ‘We’re rolling two festivals together for 2021. We’ve got a hell of a lot of surprises and things that we were planning for the 50th (anniversary) and we’re going to try to get those things going for next year.
‘Logistically it’s a little bit complicated because we’d already pencilled in many of the acts for 2021.
‘It was one of those very unusual years where you’re quite far ahead, two years ahead, on the line-up. So we’re trying to work out how much we can fit into next year.
‘We’ve had lots of amazing letters from people with ideas of how we could make it into like a two-week holiday or run over three weekends. There’s lots of ideas going.’
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