RADIOHEAD – WORTHY CONTENDERS!

Michael Eavis is already making definite plans...

GLASTONBURY organiser MICHAEL EAVIS has told NME.COM that he hopes to get RADIOHEAD as a headline act when the festival returns next year.

He also said he was relieved the festival wasn’t granted a licence for this coming summer as he “didn’t feel that it was right for this year”.

“Ideal headline for 2002 – it has to be Radiohead, not doubt about it, Radiohead.” He added that REM, who were mooted as a headline act for this year’s aborted festival “will do it again, I’m sure”.

Speaking at the NME CARLING AWARDS yesterday (February 6) he said: “We’ve got a couple of good confirmed bookings for next year. We’re coming back really strongly. We’re meeting every two weeks to put together the application for next year and we’re very confident it’ll happen. We’ll solve all the problems one way or another.

“It’s a good thing to have a break every five or so years. We always come back stronger. We had a break in ’88, ’91, ’96 so we’re used to it, it’s a good idea. We’re not on a treadmill, we don’t have to do it, we only do it if we think that’s its right. I didn’t feel that it was right for this year.”

But he warned that if people didn’t curb fence-jumping, the festival could be over forever.

He admitted: “If we can’t stop fence-jumping the festival will actually finish. Seriously, I won’t get the licence if I can’t convince the authority that we can stop it. I think people are beginning to realise that now, they need to know about that.

“The authorities definitely don’t want to stop it, but I have got one last chance next year to convince them that I can control numbers. I think they’re prepared to raise numbers if I can convince them that we can control them.”