Michael Eavis reveals that the festival is most likely to take place on October 27 at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium...
GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL guru MICHAEL EAVIS has said that FARM AID is likely to be delayed until late October, because of concern over the pitch at the CARDIFF MILLENNIUM STADUIM.
As revealed yesterday (May 24) on NME.COM, Eavis visited the Welsh capital this week to view the 62,000-capacity stadium.
Eavis – a farmer himself, when he’s not organising Europe’s biggest live music event – has not yet named any of the bands he plans to approach for the 12-hour fundraiser, which would also feature guest speakers from environmental campaign groups.
Proceeds would be split between five farmers’ charities, to help those affected by the recent foot and mouth crisis.
However, speaking to BBC news today (May 25), Eavis said that the event is likely to take place on October 27, as the preferred date, at the start of September, is not possible, because the stadium pitch may be in a poor state after a summer of sport.
He said: “We got a whole lot of support in Wales that we may not have had in London. It seems to be the natural home for it.
“We pencilled in September 8, but there was a problem with the pitch there. So they’ve given me three more dates in Cardiff. It looks like October 27, which is getting late, but then again all the bands will have finished their summer gigs and are much less inhibited by then. I’ve got to phone around the bands and make sure they’re happy with the new dates, which is a long job, actually.”
Eavis had already looked into using the Millennium Dome in London, the Milton Keynes Bowl and Knebworth as possible venues, but it is understood that the Cardiff stadium, which has a retractable roof, is now his preferred option.