Glastonbury Festival organisers defend sound levels

Michael Eavis blames poor weather conditions

Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis has defended the event’s sound system after studying an environmental report.

Despite initially criticising the new sound system for not being strong enough for the site, the 71-year-old, has retracted his comments following a full report from the site’s environmental team.

He has now stressed that the PA system and technical team were in “no way responsible or at fault for complaints” during the The Killers‘ headline slot in particular.

He argues that “unusual meteorological conditions caused abnormally high off site noise measurement levels” which needed to be reduced swiftly in order to comply with the terms of the licence.

As a result sound engineers on the Pyramid Stage had to dramatically reduce the sound level for The Killers in order to comply with the authorities’ and licence demands to ensure the future status of the festival.

A spokesman for Glastonbury added: “The eventual decision to turn it up during the latter part of the set was reached by the sound crew who had become concerned for crowd safety stemming from the frustration of the Pyramid audience.”

Festival sound co-ordinator Chris Beale also defended the sound on site and argued that criticism directed at organisers was unfair.

He added: “The crew that worked on the Pyramid Stage sound system were second to none – in fact one of the fastest, most organised and professional teams that I have ever had the privilege to work with. The press reports about the sound levels on Saturday evening for the Killers are unfair to those people and to the system. The environmental team were limiting sound levels all over the site but the main stage system was restrained to the point where it was unworkable.

The Who’s sound on Sunday was 103dBA at the console and carried loud and clear to the rear of the arena, whilst the offsite levels were 5dBA lower than they had been the previous evening.”