And Roger Waters, if it goes ahead...

Who are the latest band linked with an appearance at this year’s GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL.

As reported yesterday on NME.COM, the future of this year’s event will be decided at a meeting of the local Mendip District Council this coming Thursday (January 24).

At the meeting, councillors will consider organiser Michael Eavis’ application for a Public Entertainment Licence for the event, which is scheduled to run over the weekend of June 28-30.

Today, speaking to BBC Radio 4, he said that local business was behind the application, and veteran rockers Who are keen to join the bill, if the event goes ahead.

Spaeaking about the application, he commented: “The authorities have been very clear. This is our last chance…We have a lot of support locally. The economy relies on the festival what with the demise of the agriculture industry. The economic case is very, very strong.

“I reckon the council are going to be for it. There’s a great degree of optimism about it. Who have phoned in and they are asking for a slot. We’ve got the old Pink Floyd songs through Roger Waters, who wrote most of their songs…My enthusiasm for this festival is second to none.”

Last year, Eavis took a year out to address the safety and security issues of fans gaining entry for free. He recently wrote an open letter to potential festivalgoers, urging them not to come without tickets, so not to jeopardise its future.

In 2002, Eavis will introduce a number of new security measures, including a new perimeter fence.