Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis says the legendary UK festival could potentially come to an end in 2020. As the 2014 instalment of Glastonbury came to a close, Eavis said that he could reasonably see himself running it for another six years, with no comment on whether it would continue after.
“I think I can run on another six years, which would take me up to 50 years,” Eavis, who hosts the annual music festival on his own dairy farm, told The Guardian. “Then [I’ll] see what happens after that.” He added that the internationally-recognised event has “still got a few years in it.”
However, he said 2016 would be Glastonbury’s next fallow year – a hiatus done every half-decade to give the grounds, local residents, and organisers a chance to rest and rejuvenate. Meanwhile, Eavis has confirmed that the three headliners set for Glastonbury 2015 have already been booked.
He also stated that one of the acts was booked while he was watching a headlining performance by Metallica, which has led to rumours that the act Eavis is referring to is AC/DC. Further fuelling speculation is his claim that the frontman of the band is British but his bandmates no longer are.
Despite uncertainties about the future, Eavis spoke fondly of this year’s event. “Every single person there last night wanted to shake my hand and say it’s the best thing in their life,” he said. “It really is quite phenomenal that appreciation of the event – 44 years and people love it more than ever.”
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