Michael Eavis wants younger fans at Glasto 2008

Festival chief responds to NME's call to get atmosphere back

Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis has said he wants to get younger fans back into next year’s festival after claiming this year’s event was “too middle-aged” and “respectable”.

The festival chief has indicated that he will increase the number of tickets sold via the phone lines to 40 per cent after admitting there weren’t enough teenagers at the 2007 event.

This follows NME‘s recent editorial (July 7) which asked Glastonbury to look again at how festival tickets were distributed after the lack of atmosphere and youth at the 2007 festival.

“We’re trying to get the youngsters back – the 16, 17 and 18-year-olds -because numbers were down this year,” admitted Eavis. “People say we’re getting middle class, which is stretching it a bit far, but we’re attracting a lot more people in their 30s and 40s and need to get the Radio 1 and NME crowd back in.”

He added that the lack of younger fans at this year’s event had changed the feel of the festival.

“These kids add so much to the flavour of it and should have a lot of fun but we’re getting the 30 and 40-year-olds in, which changes the character of it,” he told the Metro. “The demographic is changing and it’s slightly worrying. We might lose the fascination the show has for the public. The people who now come have the right attitude, they grin and bear the mud. They’re fantastically well mannered and polite, and respectable, but they do change the nature of the show.”

The festival boss added that by increasing the amount of tickets being sold via phone lines next year would help younger fans.

Most of this year’s tickets were sold online.

“They’re likely to be older people, with the money for the fast connections,” he said. “By selling 40 per cent of tickets through phone lines, kids will be able to use their mobile phones to get tickets.”

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