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Longtime fans of Glastonbury can rest assured: The storied five-day event isn’t going anywhere.
Earlier today, rumors began to circulate that the festival would leave its longtime home at Worthy Farm and change its name to Variety Bazaar in 2019. Far from unfounded, these rumors could be traced back to a radio interview with founder Michael Eavis on Glastonbury FM earlier this week, in which Eavis revealed the existence of a new festival called Variety Bazaar and said that the site was “100 miles” away from Glastonbury’s present location near Pilton in Somerset.
“I’ve got 22 landowners where I am now,” Eavis lamented, referring to the festival’s current site. “I just wonder whether the next generation will want to negotiate with so many people. It’s a very difficult job to hold it together.”
According to Eavis’ own daughter (and festival co-organizer) Emily, however, Glastonbury isn’t going anywhere. The younger Eavis clarified this morning on Twitter that there is a new festival called Variety Bazaar, but it won’t be taking Glastonbury’s place. “We’re still planning an event in the future at a different location – which we are calling Variety Bazaar,” she wrote. “But Glastonbury Festival will always be called Glastonbury and will remain at Worthy Farm!” Phew.