VILLAGE VOICES!

The bearded one has managed to get the bands for his annual Glasto thank you, the Pilton Village Festival...

Coldplay and EMBRACE are to play this year’s PILTON VILLAGE FESTIVAL tomorrow night (September 1) in Somerset, nme.com can reveal.

The annual event is organised by Glastonbury Festival mainman Michael Eavis as a “thank you” to the locals who put up with his much-larger June event every year.

Local band The Day and London outfit Santa’s Boyfriend complete the line-up.

Tickets cost #10 on the door, including overnight camping near the playing field site, and all proceeds will go to local charities.

Michael told nme.com: “The bands all play for virtually nothing, ‘cos it’s a fundraiser. It’s just my way of saying thank you and everyone has a brilliant time.”

It also means that Embrace and Coldplay are guaranteed to be high up the bill for Glastonbury 2001, as is traditional with whoever plays the Pilton Village Festival. However, Michael would not be drawn on any other acts that he was looking at for next year, other than to say: “We’ve had a lot of bands ring us up already asking to do next year, but nothing has been decided yet.”

Michael also announced that he would be unveiling his new 20ft high “invincible” perimeter fence on October 4, which he hopes will stop the thousands who get into the Glastonbury Festival every year without paying.

Michael explained: “Hopefully, this fence will convince the council and the police that we’ll stop the fencejumpers next year. The new fence has to work, otherwise Glastonbury is finished. People have just got to accept you can’t come in without paying. There’s not just the fact that it’s not fair on the people that do pay, there’s the safety aspect of preventing overcrowding too, especially after what happened at Roskilde.”

nme.com will be going along to the Pilton knees-up and will bring you a full review of the gig afterwards.