Emily Eavis: ‘Jay-Z not to blame for Glastonbury registrant numbers’

Glastonbury organiser claims recent bad weather is to blame

Glastonbury festival organiser Emily Eavis has claimed that the number of people registering to be able to buy Glastonbury tickets in 2008 is down on last year’s figures because of the bad weather at the festival in recent years.

Eavis said that she thought that figures were down because the last two Glastonbury festivals, in 2005 and 2007, were characterised by mud and rain, putting people off, and that suggestions that the announcement that Jay-Z would be playing a headline slot was to blame were unfounded.

“I’m sure it’s because of the weather,” she told NME.COM. “People only remember the last festival, so if it was really muddy… I don’t blame them, to be honest. Everybody needs a rest.”

Eavis went on to explain that the registration process went well, and she was very happy with how proceedings were going.

She explained: “As soon as Michael made that announcement [that registration numbers were down on last year] we had tens of thousands of people suddenly registering, because they thought they’d have more chance. It went really well – I always worry about registration, I worry about whether people are going to come at all!”

For more from Emily Eavis see the new issue of NME, out today (March 26).