Michael Eavis thanks Glastonbury festivalgoers for patience over traffic delays

Festival organiser says fans showed ‘wonderful spirit’

Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis has thanked festivalgoers for their patience after traffic delays meant it took traffic six hours to go two miles.

Adverse weather badly affected roads into the festival site, and for several hours Glastonbury’s social media accounts advised fans not to attempt to travel by road that day.

Acknowledging the problems, Eavis told the festival’s on-site newspaper Glastonbury Free Press: “There were tailbacks in places there used to be 10 or 15 years ago. Things have been much better in recent years, but the weather in advance this year has been a real problem. We’ve got an incredible crew, but the conditions have been against us. Unfortunately, some people were sat in their vehicles for a long time. Their spirit is wonderful, though.”

Expanding on his recent revelation that he was looking at Longleat as an alternative site to hold a festival, Eavis said: “It’s really on the backburner now. But it’s something we’re looking at for the next fallow year, which is likely to be in 2019.”

Eavis said it was possible Longleat would hold a festival that year, when Glastonbury’s Worthy Farm site takes its traditional year off to let the land and livestock recover from the effects of the festival.

He said: “It’s important that we try another site. We could have all kinds of problems here with livestock, which could close us down. Longleat is only 18 miles down the road, and it looks like a good place if we ever did an alternative site.”