Glastonbury Festival is set to hire APL Event's Paul Ludford as its new operations director.
The move follows the event's decision to bring the former remit of Melvin Benn's Festival Republic in-house. The association between Benn and Glastonbury ended earlier this year.
According to eFestivals, the licence has now transferred to a new in-house management team who will be headed up by Paul Ludford He has not yet started in his new role.
Ludford, who hails from the North East of England, founded indie club The Soul Kitchen in Newcastle in 1982, and then setup the Kitchenware Record label - where he signed Prefab Sprout, The Kane Gang, The Daintees and Hurrah!
He then moved into music promotion and the safe licensing of events like ReZerection.
In 1998 he starting working in event and music festival management and founded APL Event as a family partnership - from where he worked with T in the Park and with all major promoters.