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The Glastonbury guru's benefit for the farming community takes place at the Millennium Stadium in September...

GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL guru MICHAEL EAVIS is set to stage a FARMAID benefit gig in CARDIFF in September.

Eavis was in the Welsh capital this week to view the probable venue, the 62,000-capacity Millennium 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.

He said: “We want to draw attention to the fact that farmers are having a really hard time.

“We want to show that the public do sympathise and support them.

“I met the stadium manager and heard some acoustics in a demonstration. I think people will really respond to the stadium.”

Stadium officials are considering the Eavis bid and a response is expected before the weekend.

The President of the Welsh National Farmers’ Union, Hugh Richards, said: “The FarmAid concert could be a way to bring town and country together, while helping a worthy cause.”

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.

The stadium is already hosting gigs by Bon Jovi, Robbie Williams and Stereophonics this summer.