Michael Eavis hails Glastonbury 2007 ‘a fantastic weekend’

Festival chief drops hints for next year's headliners

Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis today (June 24) hailed this year’s three-day bash as “a fantastic weekend” despite the weather conditions.

Following headlining sets from Arctic Monkeys and The Killers, in between regular downpours of rain, Eavis said he was delighted with the way the festival has panned out overall.

“It’s gone well, it’s gone very, very well in spite of the rain and in spite of the mud,” he said. “Its been a fantastic weekend from John Fogerty to The Killers to Arctic Monkeys. John Fogerty was brilliant, fantastic. I’m very pleased.

“It’s a pity about the rain but then the rain does seem to be a regular feature of the English summer now. So in some way the show compensates for the English summer and cheers us all up in the rain.”

Eavis also ruled out moving the timing of the festival because it is guided by the summer solstice and the event is the first in the European festival calendar.

Although the event has been expanded up to 177,500 people this year, he ruled out any further plans to make the festival any bigger.

The 71-year-old also apologised about complaints about the quality of the sound during the headline acts on the Main Stage.

He added: “I’m sorry about the sound. We used a similar system to what we use at Glastonbury Abbey every year. But some people’s experience was that it wasn’t loud enough on the Pyramid Stage. I was disappointed with it and I’m looking to move to a different system for next year.”

Eavis confirmed a headline act has already been booked for next year but he remained tight-lipped about who it might be.

He explained: “It’s not going to be U2 and to be honest we don’t actually need U2. It’s not Muse either.”

With his daughter Emily organising the Park Stage this year, Eavis added it will be still some time before he hands the job of running the festival to her and will be very much in charge next year.

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