Labour MP wants Glastonbury Festival moved to London

Politician Gareth Thomas is hoping a London edition of the festival could happen if the city is named European Capital of Culture in 2023

Labour MP Gareth Thomas has outlined his plans to move Glastonbury Festival to London for one year if the city is named European Capital of Culture in 2023.

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Thomas, the MP for Harrow West, is one of the contenders to be the party’s candidate for the London mayoral elections. He recently described how he would push for a series of Glastonbury “pop-up” events in the English capital if he were Mayor Of London.

As the Independent reports, Thomas said: “The next opportunity for a European city to be capital of culture is 2023. Bidding starts in 2017, meaning the new mayor would have six to 12 months to pull the bid together.”

“London is already well-served by major cultural institutions in the centre, but outer London has had a lot more pressure on arts funding and arts venues. There is a huge amount of artistic talent in London.”

“And as part of the overall bid why not bring Glastonbury to London for one year to help anchor the year of arts and culture. We know the mud of Glastonbury is high quality – the mud of outer London is even more refined than Glastonbury.”

Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis recently claimed that the annual event could be forced to move to a new location in the future.

“I’m always worried about the future, about the land not being available because I only own the middle bit,” Eavis said in a recent interview with Sky News.

“Where the Pyramid is and all the land around it is owned by other people, so that could be a problem long-term.”

He added: “I may have to find a site that’s bigger and is all under the control of one person. That’s the ideal situation, so that might happen in the long-term”.

Glastonbury Festival 2015 is currently being held in its traditional home of Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset. Day two saw stage invaders,packed tents and one-off collaborations as acts including Kanye West, Slaves, The Maccabees took to the stage.

Kanye West ended his headline performance by proclaiming himself the “greatest living rock star in the world.” The Chicago rapper performed a nearly two hour set on the Pyramid Stage, playing tracks from throughout his career as well as a short cover of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. He was joined on stage by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and performed some of the set while hoisted above the audience by a crane. A man made his way onto the stage at the very start of the set and was immediately tackled by security and removed, causing West to restart ‘Black Skinhead’. The man has since been identified as comedian Simon Brodkin, aka comedian Lee Nelson.

Glastonbury 2015 comes to a close tomorrow (June 28) with a headline performance from The Who. Stay tuned to NME.com for all of the action.
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