Emily Eavis says ‘80%’ of Glastonbury 2016 bookings are in place

The latest, a Sunday afternoon teatime slot, is 'a major coup for us and a genuine surprise'

Emily Eavis has given a winter update on Glastonbury, revealing that around 80% of the bookings for the 2016 festival – which takes place in late June – have already been made.

Talking to the BBC, Eavis said:

“We are about 80% of the way there already. We are so lucky at the moment to have so many huge bands touring and wanting to play. That’s one of the reasons we are doing a festival in 2017 – we already have the headliners pencilled in for that too, which is unusual.”

“I feel quite passionately that there are enough headliners for at least another 15 years and that doesn’t take into account the new bands coming through, of which there are more all the time. There’s so much great music out there,” she continues.

Two of the three 2016 headliners are confirmed in writing, according to Eavis, with a third one verbally agreed, but yet to be contracted. Last year’s headliner Kanye West was described as ‘brave’ and ‘individual’ in the interview.

Eavis adds “We have booked up to mid-afternoon on most of the main stages. I’ve also been seeing most of the area organisers over the last few weeks, getting plans in place for next year – that includes creative ideas for different fields, things we are going to do differently as well as budgets and passes.”

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The organiser also revealed the festival’s latest booking is one they are particular excited about, though she was typically tight-lipped in terms of giving any clues to the new booking’s identity:

“The most recent confirmation was our Sunday teatime slot, which is something I’m personally very excited about,” she said. “It’s a major coup for us and a genuine surprise. I don’t think anyone has rumoured or guessed this one.”

Eavis also talked of development of the festival, with a number of new aspects coming into play in 2016:

“We are introducing a new area in the woods, which is going to be really magical,” she said. “The other change is one that is happening to the John Peel stage, but more information will be coming on that soon.”

“We also have some other additional small stages and areas and we’re doing a bit of tweaking to one of the markets too. Strummerville had a great year on the hill, so will stay there, and Arcadia have some ambitious plans for next year too.”

Both Adele and Oasis appear to have ruled out headlining in 2016, with Noel Gallagher saying the festival “don’t pay enough” for his former band to reform, and Adele concerned about the size of the audiences.

Coldplay hinted at a return to the festival earlier this month, calling Glastonbury their “spiritual home.”

The festival sold out in just half an hour, despite server difficulties, back in October.