Glastonbury Festival to move from Worthy Farm in 2019

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 December 2016
Michael Eavis

Michael Eavis

Glastonbury Festival still looks set to move in 2019 and according to a new report, organiser Michael Eavis is looking into a spot "towards the Midlands"

Glastonbury Festival could be moving to the Midlands once every five years from 2019.

The annual music extravaganza's organiser, 80-year-old Michael Eavis, is currently working out the logistics to move the event to a new site "towards the Midlands" every five years so that his farmland can recover.

However, he doesn't want it to be a permanent move as he feels it would be a "huge loss" to the Somerset site in South West England.

He told BBC News: "I'm arranging to move the show [but] it would be a huge loss to Somerset if it went there forever.

"We've got a wonderful product, what we do, and we can do it almost anywhere.

"I love my own farm ... I might have to move it eventually.

"Most people are on side now and it's a wonderful, wonderful boost for the whole of Somerset and beyond as well. I don't want to lose it forever, no way."

It comes after Eavis addressed rumours it was to be held at Longleat a short distance away at the 9,000 acre stately home estate in Wiltshire by 2019.

However, the owners of Longleat, Viscount and Viscountess Weymouth, turned Eavis down as they are worried there would be 'too much mud' to clean up, it was previously reported.

Michael previously stressed any move would only be for one year.

He added: "That's its home, that is probably the best place for it, Pilton is.

"Worthy Farm is very warm, it's full of atmosphere and character and history as well.

"But I really do need an alternative site, no doubt about it."

And he admitted he was worried that the future of the festival is "unsafe" while they have no confirmed site.

He said: "It really worries me it keeps me awake at night worrying that we won't have anywhere else to go for the event because it's so successful and so huge and people love it so much. It's a bit unsafe at the moment."

So far the only confirmed headliners are Radiohead and Ed Sheeran and the Foo Fighters are said to be the final headliners, although it's yet to be confirmed.

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