Glastonbury spin-off Variety Bazaar 'to debut in 2021'

Glastonbury spin-off Variety Bazaar 'to debut in 2021'

Glastonbury organisers Michael and Emily Eavis have clarified reports on proposed spin-off festival, "Variety Bazaar". 

Michael Eavis told Glastonbury FM the new event's name had been registered and was expected to debut in 2019 at a site "towards the Midlands", 100 miles away from Glastonbury Festival's home in Somerset. 

However, in a wide-ranging interview with the Guardian, the pair have said Glastonbury is likely to return in 2019, following its fallow year, with Variety Bazaar not expected to debut until 2021. 

"We’re most likely going to come back here in 2019 after the fallow year in 2018, when there will be no event," said Emily Eavis. "Then 2020 is our 50th anniversary. And 2021, we may then do a show somewhere else, which we’re calling the Variety Bazaar. But none of this is set in stone."

She added that it would not be possible to run both festivals in the same year due to the amount of planning involved. "[Variety Bazaar] will be unique," she said. "With the same team, but crafted into a new event. Like a sister festival. We’re not going to just try to roll out Glastonbury 100 miles away."

Michael Eavis said he could not yet reveal where the new site would be, but added: "The plan would be to do the Variety Bazaar every fifth year, in the fallow year."

Tickets for Glastonbury 2017 sold out in 50 minutes in October. There will be a resale of returned tickets in the spring. Radiohead are the sole announced headliner to date for the June 23-35 event. 

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