Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis has distanced himself from reports that the event could move to a new site permanently, although the festival could relocate for a one-off event.
It was previously reported that Eavis had suggested the festival would no longer be held at its traditional location of Worthy Farm in Pilton due to concerns over the safety of a gas pipe.
Loaded reported that Michael Eavis had confirmed they would stage a one-off festival “20 miles up the road” in 2018, with rumours suggesting Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire could be the new location.
However, Eavis has now told the Glastonbury Free Press: “It’s really on the backburner now. But it’s something we’re looking at for the next fallow year, which is likely to be in 2019.”
Eavis said it was possible Longleat would hold a festival that year, when Glastonbury’s Worthy Farm site takes its traditional year off to let the land and livestock recover from the effects of the festival.
He said: “It’s important that we try another site. We could have all kinds of problems here with livestock, which could close us down. Longleat is only 18 miles down the road, and it looks like a good place if we ever did an alternative site.”
Emily Eavis previously told BBC News: “The main thing to set straight is that Glastonbury Festival itself will always be at Worthy Farm.”
She also confirmed plans for a separate festival to take place during Glastonbury’s next fallow year. “It’s going to be the whole team behind the Glastonbury Festival but it’s not going to be called Glastonbury,” she said.
Meanwhile, Michael Eavis has thanked festival-goers for their patience after traffic delays meant it took traffic six hours to go two miles.
Adverse weather badly affected roads into the festival site, and for several hours Glastonbury’s social media accounts advised fans not to attempt to travel by road that day.
Acknowledging the problems, Eavis told the festival’s on-site newspaper Glastonbury Free Press: “There were tailbacks in places there used to be 10 or 15 years ago. Things have been much better in recent years, but the weather in advance this year has been a real problem. We’ve got an incredible crew, but the conditions have been against us. Unfortunately, some people were sat in their vehicles for a long time. Their spirit is wonderful, though.”