Glastonbury’s Michael Eavis considering festival flag ban

Boss may follow example of Reading And Leeds Festivals

Glastonbury festival chief Michael Eavis is considering banning flags from the Somerset site following the announcement that they will be banned from the Reading And Leeds Festivals this year.

Melvin Benn, head of Festival Republic, which runs the Reading And Leeds Festivals and also helps to organise Glastonbury, told BBC News that he had had discussions about a possible ban on Worthy Farm with site owner Eavis.

Speaking about this year’s Glastonbury event, which was headlined by Blur, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young in June, he said: “You couldn’t see the acts. The flags were everywhere. There have always been flags, but not to the level that there has been. And the flags have become very long and tall.”

Festival-goers have been divided on the matter. Sarah Jelly from Nottingham told NME.COM: “Flags are a big part of UK festivals, just like the mud at Glastonbury.” Ashley Wilkinson from Reading, however, said, “I cannot stand flags at festivals. There’s nothing worse than getting a great position then fools in front of you arrive with a huge flag.”

For more on the flags at festivals debate see the new issue of NME, out tomorrow (August 26).

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