Glastonbury Festival may have to move location, says founder Michael Eavis

The festival has been hosted at Worthy Farm since 1970

Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis has claimed that the annual event could be forced to move to a new location in the future.

Glastonbury, which runs this year from June 24-28, has been taking place in its current home of Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset from its inaugural event billed as the Pilton Pop, Blues & Folk Festival in 1970.

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The 79-year-old festival organiser has spoken of increasing problems in staging the festival due to the fact that the Eavis family does not own the entire site that it takes place on.

“I’m always worried about the future, about the land not being available because I only own the middle bit,” Eavis said in a recent interview with Sky News.

“Where the Pyramid is and all the land around it is owned by other people, so that could be a problem long-term.”

He added: “I may have to find a site that’s bigger and is all under the control of one person. That’s the ideal situation, so that might happen in the long-term”.

Glastonbury Festival currently plays host to 135,000 music fans every year. This year’s event will be headlined by Florence And The Machine, Kanye West and The Who.

Other major acts set to perform include Lionel Richie, Motörhead, Pharrell Williams, Paul Weller, Alt-J, Paloma Faith, George Ezra, Patti Smith, The Chemical Brothers and more.

Florence + The Machine were recently announced as the replacement headline act for Foo Fighters, with the band forced to pull their Friday night appearance after frontman Dave Grohl broke his leg.

Speaking of Florence Welch’s promotion to headline status, booker Emily Eavis said: “I think people will be really blown away by it on the night. And there’s no doubt from our side that this is absolutely the right thing to do.”

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Florence + The Machine were already booked to play directly before Foo Fighters at the festival. Recent examples of Glastonbury headliners pulling out of the festival include U2 in 2010, who were replaced by Gorillaz, and Kylie Minogue in 2005, who was replaced by Basement Jaxx. See six other times Glastonbury headliners have dropped out and how their replacements fared.

Glastonbury recently unveiled the set times for this year’s main stages, with several frustrating clashes arising.