Emily Eavis: ‘Glastonbury pay bands about 10% of what other festivals would’

"We've got integrity in that we kind of do it our own way"

Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis has spoken of how the festival focusses more on investing in the site and charitable causes, rather than turning a profit.

Eavis was talking on the George Ezra & Friends podcast, when she spoke of how Glastonbury prides itself on its ‘”integrity and doing it their own way” – often at the expense of the huge fees that other events pay to big acts. As a result, Glastonbury 2017 raised over £3million for good causes.

“There are elements like all the charity stuff that we try to do,” Eavis told Ezra. “The fact that we’re trying to give money away to charity and not make big profits, that’s unusual for a business of this size.”

“Obviously people would try and save money on the areas, but we put all the money into the areas so you do get these incredible areas that are just like another world. But then we also don’t pay the bands big fees, and so we’re competing with really big commercial festivals who pay bands… like we’re 10% of what they’d get from any other…”

020. Emily Eavis

This week George sits down with Emily Eavis, co-organiser of the world famous Glastonbury Festival. She grew up on Worthy Farm, where the Festival takes place each year, and from her teenage years onwards has played a vital role in every part of the organisation, booking artists across the main stages, coordinating the many different areas and making the magic happen for nearly 200,000 people on site, as well as millions watching live on the BBC.

When Ezra put it to her that Glastonbury is more about the honour and prestige than the money to the artists who play, Eavis replied: “That’s really sweet of you to say about the fee, because I think that you understand it and you’ve been and you’ve got it.

“But I think it is harder for artists who haven’t been especially when they’re coming from the States and you’re going ‘this is really significant’ and the agent looks (at the fee) and is like ‘is that a joke?'”

Eavis continued: “But the thing that happens every time is because of the TV and because of the exposure that they get, they do go on to do really well afterwards, so they’ll sell records afterwards, so we’re saying ‘look, come and do this but even though there’s a small fee, we can almost guarantee afterwards you’ll make up for it’.”

So far, Stormzy has been announced as the first Pyramid Stage headliner, while Janelle Monae has been confirmed to top the bill on the West Holts Stage and Kylie Minogue will take the Sunday afternoon ‘Legends Slot’.

The Killers recently became bookies favourites to take another main stage headline slot after a flurry of bets, while Interpol are also tipped to perform due to coinciding UK tour dates. The same goes for The Stereophonics.

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Other rumoured acts for Glastonbury 2019 include The Cure, Lana Del Rey and Arctic Monkeys. Many fans have been speculating that Lauren Hill may appear, while Mel B has stated that Spice Girls are also “in talks” with the festival.