Glastonbury 2002 can go ahead, says council...

This year’s GLASTONBURY festival has been given the green light.

After a six-hour meeting of Mendip Council’s regulatory board, councillors approved a licence for this year’s festival. Members of the council were satisfied over safety issues following over-crowding at the last Glastonbury festival in 2000.

Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis has now been given the green light for a Glastonbury festival in 2002. The successful outcome of the council meeting follows public appeals by Eavis telling festival-goers not to attempt to get in without paying. Eavis was fined £6,000 by the council for breaching the terms of his licence in 2000, when up to 200,000 people – double the number permitted – were said to have attended the festival.

Bands tipped to play Glastonbury this year include The Strokes and Starsailor.