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Eavis changes mind about retirement

By | Published on Friday 1 October 2010

Michael Eavis has gone back on a previous statement in which he said he’d retire from the day-to-day running of the Glastonbury Festival after next year’s event, saying that he now reckons he’s got another decade at the helm in him yet. He turns 75 next year.

Eavis told The Guardian in June last year that 2011 would be the last time he would run the festival, handing over full control to his daughter Emily, adding the he had already moved out of the farm house around which it is based: “I’m living on top of the hill now, away from the farm. So [Emily’s] taking over the house, which is nice. A new generation of Eavises can live here. [But] I still feel I have an important role to play. Even if I go I’ll worry about the drains, the rubbish, the recycling. There will be a gradual process of her and Nick taking it over”.

However, this week he told the BBC: “Maybe I’ve got another ten years possibly left in me. I’ve got no signs of giving up at the moment but I certainly need all the help I can get. Emily will be in a good place to take the show on eventually”.

He conceded that “there has to be a time” when he does retire from work on the festival, but at the moment he’s “feeling cock-a-hoop”.

Tickets for next year’s festival go on sale on Sunday at 9am. Registration to be able to buy tickets has now closed.