Glastonbury say they wouldn’t let Theresa May give speech at festival

PM won't follow in the footsteps of Corbyn

Glastonbury Festival organiser Emily Eavis has stated that they wouldn’t allow Prime Minister Theresa May to give a speech at the event like Jeremy Corbyn did last year.

2017’s festival saw Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn pull one of the biggest crowds of the weekend for his emotive speech at the Pyramid Stage. The festival also saw chants of “oh, Jeremy Corbyn” to the tune of The White Stripes’ ‘Seven Nation Army’ as an ever-present feature.

Asked by NME whether the festival would allow Tory leader Theresa May to do the same, Eavis replied simply: “No.”


2018 will be a fallow year for Glastonbury Festival to allow the site’s farmland time to recover. The next festival will take place in 2019 from June 26-30.

Elsewhere in her NME interview, Eavis also teased some “site changes” for 2019, saying: “We’re spreading out Block 9 a bit, giving them more space as they’ve got some pretty mind boggling ideas that we’re putting into action. We’ve been chatting to Arcadia about doing something quite radical in that field – they’ve come up with some inspired plans. It’s best kept under wraps, but it’s certainly raising the bar!”

She also revealed that they are already planning for the festival’s 50th anniversary in 2020. “We have two lined up and a few ideas for the Sunday teatime slot too – that’s the new fourth headline slot,” she said.

This follows news that Glastonbury is set to ban plastic bottles from the site from 2019.

Last week, Glasto founder Michael Eavis dropped some hints on the line-up for Glastonbury 2019 at the VO5 NME Awards – stating there’ll be “two or three [acts] that have never played”.


Speaking on the red carpet ahead of winning the award for Best Festival supported by ID&C, Eavis dropped the hint in an interview with Radio 1. It’s sent the rumour mill into overdrive – amongst the names being floated are Fleetwood Mac and Led Zeppelin, as well as newer acts like Kendrick Lamar.