Glastonbury Festival and Festival Republic sever decade long ties

The two started working together at the end of 2001

Glastonbury Festival and music promotion company Festival Republic have parted ways after working with each other since 2001.

Headed up by Melvin Benn, Festival Republic had managed site operations for Glastonbury Festival since 2002. They are also manage operations for Reading and Leeds Festivals, Latitude and Electric Picnic. They issued a statement on Tuesday (June 26) which states that the split was “mutual and cordial”. The statement, via Music Week, reads: “Time moves on and now is the time for Michael [Eavis] and the Glastonbury team to pick up the reins again and build for the future. This will then allow Melvin and the Festival Republic team to focus on growing new Festival Republic events and the existing FR owned festivals…”. It continues:

The separation has been mutual and cordial and Melvin will oversee the change and the selection of the new Operations Director.

Melvin Benn, who has recently been appointed Chairman of Wembley Stadium, added: “From an operational point of view, myself and my team have taken the festival as far as I can and it is time for a change I think… I am committed to ensuring as smooth a handover as possible to the new team in Pilton and enjoying Glastonbury for many years to come as a festival goer myself.”

Of Benn’s departure, Michael Eavis said: “I’ll be sorry to see him go but he has masses of responsibility with all of his shows across the world and now is a good time to part company… See you all next year with a very promising line-up.”

Tickets for next summer’s Glastonbury Festival, which will run from Wednesday June 26 to Sunday June 30 2013, will go on sale on October 7 at 9am.

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