Michael Eavis honoured by the Queen

Glastonbury organiser receives CBE for his services to music

Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis has been awarded in the Queen‘s Birthday honours list.

The 71-year-old farmer has received a CBE for his services to music following his 37 year rein over the three day bash at Worthy Farm in Somerset.

He said: “I’ve spent 37 years running my show and trying to curry favour with the authorities just to make it happen. I’m so pleased not only for myself but for the hundreds and perhaps thousands of people who have had faith in me and supported my ideas through thick and thin.”


Eavis first staged the festival in 1970 in the hope of making enough money to pay off his mortgage. To attract punters, he offered free milk from his dairy herd.

The line-up included Marc Bolan and T Rex and only around 1,500 people attended the event.

Since then the festival has grown considerably with this year’s event attracting up to 175,000 people.

The three day bash which kicks off over the weekend of June 22-24 will see Arctic Monkeys, The Killers and The Who headline.

Sheffied born singer Joe Cocker has also been awarded with an OBE, reports BBC News.

He added: “I am humbled to be in such illustrious company, along with many other British musicians that I admire.”


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