In the new issue of Music Week we give you the full story behind the phenomeon that is Glastonbury. In addition to looking at the BBC's coverage, assessing some of the key Glasto moments and speaking to Goldie about his return to Worthy Farm, Emily Eavis also steps up to tackle the Big Interview. As well as talking about Ed Sheeran, the Glasto spirit and increased security measures, Eavis also reveals why the future might not just be about Worthy Farm thanks to plans for their new festival, The Variety Bazaar.
"The plan at the moment is for a fallow year here in ‘18, ‘19 back on Worthy Farm, then 2020 is our 50th anniversary, so we’ll be here for that," said Eavis exclusively to Music Week. "Then the plan is we’ll do another event in 2021, which will be called The Variety Bazaar, and that will be somewhere else. It’s not going to be an average Glastonbury but it will be [produced by] the team behind Glastonbury. We’re looking at three different sites elsewhere at the moment."
Eavis went on to explain that The Variety Bazaar will most likely take place instead of Glastonbury 2021, rather than in addition to it.
"It’s a long way off and plans can definitely change," added Eavis. "It’ll probably be slightly smaller but it’ll still have music and the same sort of ideas, music and installation. The idea is to give some of the fringe areas of the festival more space. We could do more with Shangri-La, Arcadia, The Common, Block9 etc."
In terms of the long-term future of Glastonbury, Eavis also commented that there the plan is very much to keep on going.
"We want to keep it going," concluded Eavis. "It’s in a really good place, there’s an amazing team behind it and the atmosphere this year is so brilliant. There’s no reason why we would want it to stop, everybody wants to keep it going. While the public want to come and there’s so much positivity about it, then there’s no reason not to. We’ll keep it going for as long as we can, for sure."
You can read the full Big Interview with Emily Eavis in the latest issue here.