Organiser Michael Eavis is spending an extra #1 million on security...
GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL organiser MICHAEL EAVIS has declared this year’s event will be the last ever for “fence jumpers” and that everyone will pay to get in next year, as he’s spending #1 million on new security measures.
Up to 20,000 have breached the perimeter to enter the festival without paying this weekend, with Michael blaming corrupt security guards and gangs of baseball-bat wielding “bandits” who are letting people in a #10 a go.
He told [n]nme.com this morning (June25): “The fence isn’t working. It’s not effective and it’s going to cost #1 million to make it effective.”
“We’re putting prongs in the ground underneath it so you can’t dig under it and you won’t be able to get over the top, but it’ll take four weeks to build. At the moment, it takes 17 days. We’ll need an extra 10,000 people in to pay for it.”
He continued: “We’ve had lots of problems with security this year – they’re not brilliant are they? I caught four people myself yesterday trying to get in through the fence. They’re quite young the kids working the fence and some of them are carrying baseball bats too. I call them bandits. But once we get the invincible fence, they’ll have no work.”
Michael said he disagreed with the police estimate of some 20,000 illicit festival-goers, and put the figure at between 10,000 and 15,000.
But he insisted: “We want to advertise the fact with all the youth media like the NME that we’ll have an invincible fence next year, so if you want to come to Glastonbury in the future, you’ve got to buy a ticket.”
He also revealed that just last month, he feared this year’s festival would be the last ever due to poor ticket sales. He explained that on May 1, he had only sold half of the 80,000 tickets when usually have sold out and blamed it on the fact that he couldn’t secure the two headliners he’d originally tried to book for this year’s event – Oasis and Radiohead. “I thought we’d go wallop”, he joked.
The event, which cost #7 million to put on, eventually sold out on Thursday evening (June 22) and Michael said that even without his original choice of headliners, he thought the festival had been “the best ever, incredible”. He added that the event would also raise up to #700,000 for charities including Water Aid, Oxfam, Greenpeace and local housing charities in Somerset.
“The weather keeps everyone going, doesn’t it, and it’s been relatively rain-free. The bands feel better, they play better, they sound better,” he said, singling out Travis, Leftfield and Moby for special praise.
He also confirmed there would be many more festivals for years to come as long as he kept feeling fit and well and said he already had a few bands in mind for next year, though he refused to say who.
Still to come today however are performances from Doves, Happy Mondays, Embrace and David Bowie. Keep clicking back to nme.com for all the latest news, reviews and interviews from the last day of this year’s Glastonbury Festival.