Glastonbury’s Michael Eavis to announce 2011 headliners when tickets sell out

Plus festival boss says he has no plans to retire any time soon

Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis says he wants to announce the headliners for next year’s festival as soon as the tickets have sold out.

Tickets for Glastonbury 2011 go on sale at 9am (BST) this Sunday (October 3). Registration for tickets at closes at 9am (BST) tomorrow.

So far Eavis has remained tight-lipped about who will play the festival, although he previously confirmed he has invited U2 to headline it, after Bono‘s back injury forced the Irish band to pull out this year.

Speaking to BBC Newsbeat about whether U2 would play, Eavis said: “We don’t know yet. We’re obviously planning all sorts of things.”

He added: “The three headliners are incredibly impressive – I deliberately want to announce them after the tickets have been sold. The headliners next year are absolutely fantastic – I can guarantee that. It’ll be on a par with this year, and possibly slightly better even.”

Meanwhile Eavis, who is 75, said he is not ready to let his daughter Emily take over the running of the festival quite yet. “Maybe I’ve got another 10 years possibly left in me,” he explained.

He added: “I’ve got no signs of giving up at the moment but I certainly need all the help I can get. Emily will be in a good place to take the show on eventually.”