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Eavis reckons he’ll be hands on at Glastonbury for six more years at least, with 2017 set to be the next year off

By | Published on Monday 30 June 2014


So, even before the weekend of mud, metal and magnificent music was over the customary “when will Glastonbury end” question was being asked.

And the rumour circulating was that the festival’s chief had hinted at 2020 as a possible grand finale year for event, though what Michael Eavis had actually told The Guardian was that Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary might be the moment for him to personally retire from active involvement in the enterprise. Maybe.

He told the broadsheet: “I think I can run on another six years, which would take me up to 50 years, then [I’ll] see what happens after that”.

Noting that love for the festival seemed to remain, despite the usual “Glastonbury’s sold out” and “it’s all middle class now” headlines in the run up, he added: “Every single person here last night wanted to shake my hand and say it’s the best thing in their life. It really is quite phenomenal that appreciation of the event – 44 years and people love it more than ever”.

Looking forward, Eavis told the paper that 2017 would be the festival’s next fallow year, and that headliners were pretty much sorted for 2015, though that doesn’t include Prince.

“We’re always having a go at [getting] Prince”, he admitted, talks seemingly getting further this year than most. “Most of the people in the world want to play here, so I did ask him to hop on the train and come down to Castle Cary station and I’ll show him around the farm some time. [That offer] hasn’t been taken up yet though”.