GLASTO TAKE YEAR OFF

This year's event will be the last until 2007...

GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL has been granted a licence – but it’s likely to be the last until 2007.

At a hearing last night, the festival were granted a licence so the event can go ahead in June this year.

However, organiser Michael Eavis has confirmed rumours that he will take a year out in 2006, so as to give the local residents a break.

He told BBC News he wanted to “stand back and get new ideas” for 2007.

He said: “Every fifth year since 1987 we’ve taken it off – It’s like a fallow year in farming terms. It’s a good chance for the cows, the farm, the farm workers and villagers to recover. So they come back the year after the fallow year with renewed energy, strength and imagination…The year off can provide us time and the energy to do something other than going on like a steamroller.”

This year’s festival is due to take place over the weekend of June 24-26. Tickets are likely to go on sale on April 3, priced £125.