Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis has revealed he would like to hold a "smaller" event in September to mark the festival's belated 50th anniversary.
Yesterday (21 January), Glastonbury Festival organisers announced the cancellation of this year's event due to the coronavirus pandemic, marking the second consecutive year that the festival has been called off due to COVID-19.
In a new interview with LBC's Tom Swarbrick, festival founder Michael Eavis has revealed that he hopes to mark Glastonbury's 50th anniversary (which was due to take place in 2020) with a belated event later in the year. Eavis said, "I would like to do something in September. I would like to do something smaller somewhere around the anniversary date of when we started, which was the 18th of September 1970. I would like to consider possibly doing something around that time."
When asked if the smaller event might host big artists that were due to perform at Glastonbury Festival, Eavis replied, "Yes, but I do need to get reassurance from the ethics people."
Glastonbury Festival organisers released a statement cancelling the 2021 event yesterday (21 January), which read, "In spite of our efforts to move Heaven & Earth, it has become clear that we simply will not be able to make the Festival happen this year. We are so sorry to let you all down."
Those who secured a Glastonbury Festival ticket in October 2019 will be able to roll over their £50 deposits to 2022.