Glastonbury’s longtime head of production resigns

Dick Tee has cited 'irreconcilable issues' as the reason for his departure

Glastonbury‘s longtime head of production, Dick Tee, has resigned.

Tee, who had worked with the festival for 18 years, has cited ‘irreconcilable issues’ as the reason for his departure. Speaking to Event Industry News, Tee commented: “I am extremely sad and disappointed that my concerns regarding the way certain elements of the festival are now being structured and managed are not being adequately considered and dealt with, and as such I have found myself in an untenable position regarding my continuing role.”

Tee explained that since Festival Republic stopped working with the Somerset event two years ago, the changes in management and operations have left his team unable to continue. “Whilst I will obviously miss my involvement with Glastonbury Festival which has been a major part of my life for nearly two decades, I am looking forward to focusing on new projects and challenges,” added Tee. Glastonbury have not commented on Tee’s departure.

Meanwhile, it was recently revealed that the firm which runs Glastonbury Festival made a profit of just £764,000 in 2013, despite selling £35m worth of tickets. Among the costs incurred by Glastonbury Festivals Ltd, owned by Michael Eavis, were payments of £2.6m to companies owned by Eavis and his relatives. These included land rental, staff costs, management fees, loss of earnings by the land’s Worthy Farm and hire of the Pyramid Stage. Records filed to Companies House showed the business paid £348,000 in charitable donations.

All 135,000 of the £225 tickets for Glastonbury’s 2015 festival sold out in a record time of 26 minutes when they went on sale earlier this month. No acts have been confirmed, though Fleetwood Mac, Muse, AC/DC and Queen are among the early names rumoured to be appearing at the festival on June 24-28 next year.