On the final day of the Glastonbury Festival 2007, Michael Eavis had a few words to say about how the Festival has gone this year: “It’s gone very well, in spite of the rain and in spite of the mud. The drains have actually worked, believe it or not. Someone called me from Spain and said they would swap all the sun they had for the Glastonbury culture.
“It’s been a fantastic weekend – from John Fogerty to The Killers and the Arctic Monkeys.”
Asked about the size and timing of the Festival, Michael said: “For the first time in my life I went up in a helicopter yesterday, and I was amazed to see that there was still spare camping space and car parking space.
“We can’t change the date of the Festival because we’re guided by the Summer Solstice, and we have no control over that. We’re going to stay where we are – where we’ve been for 37 years.”
Michael also had praise for daughter Emily, who has been in charge of the Festival’s new Park area this year. He said: “Emily’s efforts in the Park have been very good. She supports me a lot, but we disagree a lot about bands. This year I asked her if she wanted to do an area of her own. I think it’s been brilliant and works really well. She’s done a good job. We’ll give her the Park for a few more years and see how she does before giving her more responsibility.”
Questions were asked about reports of the crowds calling for The Killers to be turned up on Saturday night, and Michael apologised for sound levels of the PA. Unfortunately, he said, levels had to be lowered, due to meteorological conditions, to comply with the licence agreement set down by Mendip Council.
On the I Count campaign launched at the Festival, Michael said: “I Count has had over 50,000 signatures, it’s great – we’ve been hammering away doing our bit.”
So what about the music for 2008? “We’ve already got headline acts for next year, but it’s not Muse or U2.” POSTED: TUESDAY 26/06/07 - Source: Glastonburyfestivals.co.uk
Thousands of people have been delayed leaving the Glastonbury Festival because of the bad weather. Cars and camper vans got stuck in the mud as the rain continued to fall, and tractors were drafted in to tow vehicles out of the car parks.
Police handed out 3,000 space blankets to those trying to get home, and the Red Cross were treating queues at the railway station at Castle Cary. It was also reported that some buses had failed to turn up. One concerned mother said: "My son was on a combined ticket with coach and has spent nearly seven hours waiting in the cold and rain without shelter for a coach back to Colchester in Essex." No one from the Glastonbury Festival Office was available to comment.
A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said: "Police at the festival are working with the organisers and Mendip District Council to help ensure the welfare of festival goers leaving the site. "Provisions and contingencies between all agencies involved in the festival are being used to ensure festival-goers have as quick and safe a journey home as possible. Should their wait become longer, further contingencies are in place to ensure their welfare."
Founder Michael Eavis praised festival-goers' spirit in spite of the difficulties getting around the site. Mr Eavis, who began the festival on his farm in 1970, said the weekend had "gone very, very well, in spite of the rain and mud". Traffic around the site is reported to be busy, but moving and motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible. POSTED: MONDAY 25/06/07 - Source: BBC Online
It is the final day of the world’s biggest festival and sadly more showers are expected today. It was hoped that it would be a little drier for the final day but there will be some drier interludes.
There is another great line-up for the final day
Here is Sunday’s line-up…
Pyramid stage- The Who, Kaiser Chiefs, Manic Street Preachers, Dame Shirley Bassey, James Morrison, The Marleys, The Waterboys, Corb Lund, National Youth Orchestra
Other stage- Chemical Brothers, The View, The Go Team, Mika, The Rakes, Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly, Cold War Kids, Sunshine Underground, The Enemy, The Holloways, Kharma 45
John Peel stage- The Gossip, Jamie T, Just Jack, Mark Ronson, Scott Matthews, Young Knives, The Rumble Strips, The Horrors, The Noisettes, Tiny Dancers, Aqualung, Shoot the Moon POSTED: SUNDAY 24/06/07 - Source: BBC Online
A 26-year-old man has died in Yeovil District Hospital after a suspected drugs overdose at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset. The man, believed to be from the West Midlands, was found unconscious by festival staff in the Park Farm area of the site early on Saturday. A spokesman for Avon and Somerset police said that a full post-mortem examination would now be carried out. His death is not being treated as suspicious, he added. POSTED: SUNDAY 24/06/07 - Source: BBC Online
Music fans are coping with further showers as the Glastonbury Festival enters its second full day. Parts of the site have been turned into a quagmire by heavy rain, but long dry spells have provided respite. The conditions have not deterred most of the 177,500 festival-goers, who can expect to see a line-up headed by The Killers, The Kooks and Paul Weller. The weather has been less severe than the last festival two years ago, when flash floods hit the Somerset site. But the area that was submerged in 2005 is again the hardest-hit, with several dozen tents waterlogged after showers.
Police said crime was on a par with 2005's festival, with 163 offences recorded by Saturday morning. In addition, a 26-year-old man from the Midlands is in a critical condition in Yeovil District Hospital after being found unconscious in the early hours of Saturday morning after a suspected drugs overdose.
Friday's bill was topped by the Arctic Monkeys, with the Sheffield band headlining the event's main Pyramid Stage. Their triumphant set came just 18 months after the release of their debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, and saw them perform tracks from both that and its follow-up Favourite Worst Nightmare. "I heard rumours that we didn't have enough songs to headline Glastonbury," frontman Alex Turner joked during the set, which saw them joined by rapper Dizzee Rascal. Amy Winehouse, The Magic Numbers and The Automatic were among the other acts who excited crowds on Friday.
The busy areas of the site have turned to mud, which is several inches deep at worst. Two years ago, several hundred tents in one area suffered heavy flooding. Organisers said the drainage in that campsite had been improved, with large pipes laid to take water away. But this year, the same area has become a swamp, with tents surrounded by standing water. Some campers have already moved to different spots, while others are digging channels with tent poles to divert the water and hoping the skies do not open again. "When we got here on Thursday night, the weather was fine and it was on rock hard ground," said Kerrie O'Leary, 22, from Sheffield. "I don't mind being surrounded by all this sludge, as long as it stays all right inside the tent." Another camper, Paul Kelly, 27, from Leicester, said one of his friends had left the festival as a result of the deluge. "She just decided she'd had enough," he said. "I'm thinking about moving, which is going to have to happen at some point. "I think they've improved the drainage at the Pyramid Stage. What they now need to sort out is the camping areas." Jenna Duncan, 22, from the West Midlands, had been bailing water out of the tent's entrance and said she would also move if conditions worsened. "This sleeping area is wet," she said. "It adds to the excitement I suppose." More showers are due on Saturday, but the sun may break through later in the day. The event, held on Michael Eavis' Worthy Farm, near Pilton, since 1970, draws to a close on Sunday. The Who, Kaiser Chiefs and the Manic Street Preachers are among the other big names appearing on the Pyramid Stage during the weekend. POSTED: SATURDAY 23/06/07 - Source: BBC Online
It is day two of the world’s biggest festival and more showers are expected this morning but it is expected to be much drier this afternoon and yes even sunny, at times.
There is a great line-up today as you would expect. Here is Saturday’s line-up…
Pyramid stage- The Killers, The Kooks, Paul Weller, Paolo Nutini, Lily Allen, Dirty Pretty Things, Guillemots, The Pipettes, Seasick Steve, Liz Green
Other stage- Iggy and the Stooges, Editors, Maximo Park, Babyshambles, The Klaxons, CSS, Biffy Clyro, The Long Blondes, Brakes, El Presidente, The Switches
John Peel stage- The Twang, Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly, Patrick Wolf, Bats For Lashes, Pigeon Detectives, Calvin Harris, You Say Party! We Say Die! Holy F***, The Heights, The Rushes, The Hours, Grim Northern Social, Blue Bullet POSTED: SATURDAY 23/06/07
The performances are underway and tonight’s line-up includes Amy Winehouse, Arcade Fire, Rufus Wainright, The Coral, Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian and The Automatic. The showers have died away but are expected back in the morning with a drier afternoon.
Today's full line-up is as follows...
Pyramid stage- Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, The Fratellis, Bloc Party, Magic Numbers, Amy Winehouse, Gogol Bordello, The Earlies, The View, Adjagas
Other stage- Bjork, Arcade Fire, Rufus Wainright, The Coral, Super Furry Animals, Bright Eyes,The Automatic, Modest Mouse, The Cribs, Reverend and the Makers, Mr Hudson and the Library
John Peel stage- Hot Chip, Maccabees, Mumm Ra, Jack Penate, The Hold Steady, The New Pornographers, Tokyo Police Club, Good Shoes, The Annuals, Disco Ensemble, Fear Of Music, Look See Proof POSTED: FRIDAY 22/06/07
The music has kicked off at Glastonbury with 'The View' playing on the Pyramid stage to a very soggy and muddy crowd. The site is being dogged by heavy showers making the event quite uncomfortable for some. However many festival goers love the rain and say you haven't experienced Glastonbury if you haven't experienced the wet and the mud. POSTED: FRIDAY 22/06/07
More people and more security are greeting the last Glastonbury Festival ticket-holders as they take their places in the event's vast tent city. The campsites are packed after the capacity was raised to 177,500 - 27,500 more than the last festival in 2005. The Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian and Bjork are among the attractions as the music gets under way in Somerset on Friday. Photo tickets, sniffer dogs, CCTV and bag searches are among the measures being taken to beat touts and crime. After successfully stamping out gatecrashers, police and festival security have now turned their attention to drugs. Sniffer dogs have been deployed at train stations and on coaches, while random bag searches are taking place at festival gates. Those selected can expect to have their rucksacks unpacked, the soles of their Wellington boots examined, their sleeping bags unrolled and their bodies frisked. Police have also laid traps for tent thieves, erecting "covert capture tents" equipped with cameras. Most fans arrived at the site on Wednesday and Thursday, soaking up the atmosphere before the main stages opened. They had to contend with scattered showers - but heavy downpours were rare and the feared mudbath has not yet materialised. More light showers are forecast for the rest of the weekend. Fans who arrived early have had the chance to check out the festival's major new addition, an area called The Park. It boasts music stages, a tipi village, a silent disco and a 12-metre viewing tower with telescopes. Another new feature is an installation by cult artist Banksy, a sculpture made out of portable toilets arranged in the manner of an ancient stone circle. Fittingly for a work by Banksy - who made his name as a graffiti artist - revellers have already spray-painted all over the new creation. Glastonbury is also known for its environmental conscience and fundraising, and Thursday also saw the launch of the I Count climate change campaign. Festival founder Michael Eavis launched the drive to get 100,000 people to sign up to the commitment to reduce their carbon footprints. The Killers, The Who, Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse, Dame Shirley Bassey and The Chemical Brothers are among the big names who will perform over the rest of the weekend.Laura Fishwick, 19, from Leeds, gave the festival the thumbs-up on her first visit. "This has totally blown me away," she said. "I thought it would be smaller and more wild, but everyone's really friendly and [it is] really safe," she said. Twenty-four-year-old Angus Vine said: "Even at this stage, you can tell it's more advanced than any other festival around. "It's very well managed. The weather's the only thing they can't control." POSTED: FRIDAY 22/06/07 - Source: BBC Online (Ian Youngs Entertainment reporter)
The gates have opened for this year's Glastonbury Festival, and founder Michael Eavis spoke ahead of the event about its expansion, line-up and future. Michael Eavis was made a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours "Go on, fire away." Mr Eavis, speaking from his Somerset farm where he founded the festival 37 years ago, is in a hurry.
"I haven't got much time, okay? Just start talking." Glastonbury has become a British summer institution, its legend stretching far beyond the music scene, and is returning after a year off. And there are just days to go. We start talking, quickly, about whether there is a danger that the festival could become too big. The event is famed for its friendly, communal atmosphere, and there will be 177,500 people in Mr Eavis' back garden this year - 27,500 more than in 2005. The dairy farmer, who has just been made a CBE, says this year's attendance will still be less than the year 2000, when the fence collapsed and gatecrashers streamed in. "We're a lot better equipped now, we've got better management of the site and we're all learning more about management and crowds and things," he says. "I do hope it's not getting too big, but as far as I can see it looks even more beautiful. I've never seen the site look so good." As well as growing in size, the event has also grown in stature, gradually gaining more mainstream exposure and respectability. "I am surprised at the stature, and the press we've had this year has been unbelievable," Mr Eavis reflects. "It's part of the establishment, it's part of British culture." The former Labour parliamentary candidate talks disbelievingly about how the Daily Mail wrote some "wonderful words" about his event and how the "right-wing papers are totally on side". "I just cannot understand it. I'm so pleased," he says. After many years as the focal point of counter-culture, Glastonbury is now firmly entrenched in the bosom of the establishment. "I think they see me as a bit of an entrepreneur that's fought my corner, and there's a bit of the bulldog spirit there as well," Mr Eavis explains. "I think they think it's quite charming, especially when it succeeds on this scale. It's a hell of a success." The numbers tell the story of the festival's success - 400,000 people pre-registered for tickets for this year's event, which ended up selling out in less than two hours. "People are phoning all the time now, all day long, all through the night, saying: 'Are there any tickets?'" Mr Eavis says. "I'm in the phone book, and I don't mind answering people. I do tell them there's absolutely no chance whatsoever and I'm sorry - but there's always next year." The lucky punters who have got tickets this year will see a bill headlined by The Arctic Monkeys, The Killers and The Who. The eclectic line-up also encompasses Amy Winehouse, Dame Shirley Bassey, Fatboy Slim, Mika, Chas 'n' Dave, Tony Benn and almost everything in between. Muse were talking about playing, Mr Eavis says - but chose Wembley Stadium instead. "So I said: 'Why don't you put it off till next year.'" But he denies reports that the Rolling Stones demanded £1m. "No, they didn't actually. They wanted £400,000, and that was several years ago. But it doesn't matter any more. "I haven't specifically asked them to do it this year, but in previous years when they were younger and a bit more glamorous, I used to ask them." The festival guru prefers putting on younger bands anyway because huge names like Coldplay, Radiohead and Oasis will "all come any time", he says. "There are so many new bands that are so brilliant and they're all lining up. So I don't really want to go back too far to get old rock bands that are past their prime." A few years ago, Mr Eavis said he would retire himself when he reached 70 - but now 71, he insists he will keep going for the foreseeable future. "I'm going to keep on for another 10 years at least I reckon, touch wood and all the rest of it," he says. "One day I suppose I will feel my age, will I?" His voice rises suddenly as he questions whether he might actually keep going for ever. "I'm flying around the site on my bike every day, I've got loads of people calling in every 15 minutes," he says. "I've actually got a fencing problem I have to resolve right now, so I have the team leader of fencing looking through the window at me. "Is that all right with you, or do you want more?" With that, he flies off to make sure the site is ready for the big weekend. POSTED: THURSDAY 21/06/07 - Source: BBC Online (Ian Youngs Entertainment reporter)
Music fans whose Glastonbury tickets went missing in the post have been assured they will be able to attend this weekend's festival. Organiser Michael Eavis told BBC Radio One that the 70-80 people affected have been contacted, and will receive duplicate passes at the gates. Royal Mail says it is carrying out an "urgent investigation" into how the £145 passes were misplaced. The festival has now opened its doors, with the first act playing on Thursday. POSTED: WEDNESDAY 20/06/07 - Source: BBC Online
The Glastonbury Festival starts on Wednesday so we have looked into the events weather for you. It looks like you will need to pack your wellies as it looks like it will be traditionally muddy. The weather is set to stay unsettled with spells of rain or showers at times. Warm clothes would be an idea to as it is likely to be quite chilly in a northerly wind chill over the Glastonbury weekend. The final day on Sunday looks set to be the driest day of the event but cloudy with a chilly wind. POSTED: MONDAY 18/06/07
Hundreds of Glastonbury ticket holders have been expressing their worries because they still haven't received their tickets, just one week before the festival opens it's gates next Wednesday. The performances begin from Friday. The festival's website has posted this statement...
All remaining tickets will be sent by Royal Mail Special Delivery. It is expected that most tickets will be dispatched by June 14th. If you need to track your ticket then visit the Seetickets tracker service and enter your details including reference number. Car Parking tickets are still available on-line at Seetickets here, but campervan tickets have sold out. Click here to read further ticket FAQs. POSTED: WEDNESDAY 13/06/07
This year's Glastonbury Festival Line-Up has been revealed and full listings can be seen below. Some changes may be made to the below before the festival goes ahead.
John Peel Stage
Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, The Fratellis, Bloc Party, Magic Numbers, Amy Winehouse, Gogol Bordello, The Earlies, The View, Adjagas
Bjork, Arcade Fire, Rufus Wainright, The Coral, Super Furry Animals, Bright Eyes,The Automatic, Modest Mouse, The Cribs, Reverend and the Makers, Mr Hudson and the Library
Hot Chip, Maccabees, Mumm Ra, Jack Penate, The Hold Steady, The New Pornographers, Tokyo Police Club, Good Shoes, The Annuals, Disco Ensemble, Fear Of Music, Look See Proof
The Killers, The Kooks, Paul Weller, Paolo Nutini, Lily Allen, Dirty Pretty Things, Guillemots, The Pipettes, Seasick Steve, Liz Green
Iggy and the Stooges, Editors, Maximo Park, Babyshambles, The Klaxons, CSS, Biffy Clyro, The Long Blondes, Brakes, El Presidente, The Switches
The Twang, Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly, Patrick Wolf, Bats For Lashes, Pigeon Detectives, Calvin Harris, You Say Party! We Say Die! Holy F***, The Heights, The Rushes, The Hours, Grim Northern Social, Blue Bullet
The Who, Kaiser Chiefs, Manic Street Preachers, Dame Shirley Bassey, James Morrison, The Marleys, The Waterboys, Corb Lund, National Youth Orchestra
Chemical Brothers, The View, The Go Team, Mika, The Rakes, Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly, Cold War Kids, Sunshine Underground, The Enemy, The Holloways, Kharma 45
The Gossip, Jamie T, Just Jack, Mark Ronson, Scott Matthews, Young Knives, The Rumble Strips, The Horrors, The Noisettes, Tiny Dancers, Aqualung, Shoot the Moon
POSTED: FRIDAY 01/06/07
Music fans going to the Glastonbury Festival will be asked to make a difference to climate change by reducing their carbon footprint. As well as eating organic food, washing in carbon neutral showers and using eco-friendly toilets, revellers will be invited to join the I Count campaign. It shows people 16 steps that reduce their environmental impact, and aims to sign up 100,000 in three days. More than 135,000 people will descend on the Somerset venue from 22-24 June.
Everybody arriving at the festival will be given a special wristband with the I Count slogan "We can stop climate chaos". POSTED: WEDNESDAY 29/05/07 - Source: BBC Online
Glastonbury organisers have announced that they will issue free loo rolls to every ticket holder. Michael Eavis, event founder, wants ticket holders to leave their own toilet paper at home as he has teamed up with a manufacturer to supply recycled paper. He said "There will be more than enough for everyone and, more importantly, it will be the right kind of loo roll." The aim is to make the event in Somerset easier on the environment. Michael said "The definitive example of our policy is our decision to invite Nouvelle on board as an official recycling partner to the festival, to give away free recycled toilet tissue"
POSTED: TUESDAY 08/05/07
Tickets for the Glastonbury festival have sold out in under two hours. Fears that a registration system, designed to prevent touting, would put off fans were not realised when 400,000 signed up. Organisers said the 137,500 tickets available to the public were snapped up just one hour and 45 minutes after going on sale on Sunday at 9am.
POSTED: SUNDAY 22/04/07- Source: BBC Online
Noel Gallagher has said that he is not going solo and will NOT play alone at Glastonbury this year. Speculation has intensified recently after a string of solo performances. POSTED: SUNDAY 15/04/07
Tickets for this year's Glastonbury have sold out. All of the tickets were snapped up, in just 90 minutes. On Sunday April 22nd at 9.00am there will be a second sale of tickets. These will be tickets which have been returned, or where payments have been declined. We are told that you have to register now though to be in with a chance of getting one of these tickets. Tickets will be available via 'see' tickets. You can find a link to this site by clicking HERE. POSTED: SUNDAY 01/04/07
As we get closer to ticket sales day, make sure that you have everything to hand to complete your purchase. You will need your registration number, and you will be asked for your last name, as well as the registration number and the last name of everyone you are buying for. Most importantly - make sure you have enough money in your debit account to cover your purchase. POSTED: WEDNESDAY 28/03/07 - Source: Glastonburyfestivals.co.uk
A four year licence for the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts has been granted by Mendip District Council.
This year's licensing process has been more protracted than in the past as a result of the changes in legislation since the last Festival. Months of hard work by Melvin Benn's team culminated in his presentation to an all day meeting of the planning committee on Monday 26th March. The Festival applied for a four year premises licence for 177,500 people, for the six days that the site is open - from Wednesday 20th June to Monday 25th June. The two main issues for councillors appeared to be the length time of the licence should cover, be it one year or the four applied for, and the numbers that should be permitted on site at any one time. The meeting was reconvened on the afternoon of Tuesday 27th March, and the Chair of Mendip District Council Planning Committee announced their decision.
The Festival was awarded a licence for the full four years with the numbers licenced 177,500. The 22,500 additional tickets are conditional of being sold in conjunction with coach travel to and from the Festival (as proposed in the application.) POSTED: WEDNESDAY 27/03/07 - Source: Glastonburyfestivals.co.uk
The first tickets for this year's Glastonbury have been sold. They were snapped up by Bolton football boss Sam Allardyce who bid £10,500 for them at a charity auction. POSTED: SUNDAY 25/03/07