Glastonbury Festival set to temporarily move in 2019

Festival founder Michael Eavis has said a move away in two and a half years' time may be necessary to protect Worthy Farm

Glastonbury Festival may have to move its 2019 event to a new location, with organiser Michael Eavis suggesting that the festival could be held “100 miles away, towards the Midlands.”

There had been speculation about the festival having to move to a new location in the coming years, with Eavis saying earlier this year that Glastonbury’s traditional location of Worthy Farm in Pilton might not be viable in future years due to concerns over the safety of a gas pipe. Eavis however moved to shut down reports during this year’s festival, saying any plans to move the festival “were on the backburner.”

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However, Eavis has again brought up the notion of Glastonbury having to move locations in the near future. In a new interview with BBC News, the 81-year-old mooted the idea of moving the festival 100 miles away from its current location.

“I am arranging one year off, say every fifth year or so, to try and move to a site that’s more suitable,” Eavis said. “But it would be a huge loss for Somerset if it went there for ever, would it not?

“But I’ve found a site about 100 miles [away], up towards the Midlands,” he continued. “We’ve got a wonderful product what we do and we can do it almost anywhere. I love my own farm… I might have to move it eventually.

“Most people are on side now and it’s a wonderful, wonderful boost for the whole of Somerset and beyond as well. I don’t want to lose it for ever, no way.”

Glastonbury, 27/06/2014, live, atmos

Glastonbury 2017 will be held at its usual location in Pilton, Somerset, while the festival will take a year off in 2018.

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