ON TRIAL GLASTO PASSES TEST WITH FLYING COLOURS

Europe's biggest music festival looks forward to 2003 with confidence...

Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis has declared his new security measures a massive success and says is he already looking forward to 2003.

Europe’s biggest music festival was effectively on trial this year, with local authorities demanding strict new measures to rid gatecrashers who marred the 2000 event by jumping the perimeter fence. If he had failed, Glastonbury would almost certainly no longer have been able to go on.

Speaking exclusively to NME.COM, Eavis said that the lower attendance led to a much more peaceful festival.

“It’s been very exciting this year, much calmer, much more gentle than in 2000,” he said. “We spent a lot of money on security this year in an attempt to crack the problems forever. £2 million in total, including police. We were taking control again, to get the festival back into our own hands. We were setting the agenda. We haven’t done that for about 10 years.”

At the time of going to press, organisers claim crime was down by 54% compared to 2000, with 516 total reported crimes and 167 total arrests.