2001 Glastonbury Festival Canceled

Organizers of the U.K.'s long-running Glastonbury Festival have canceled this summer's event amid security concerns brought by excessive numbers of non-paying visitors attracted in recent years to the

Organizers of the U.K.'s long-running Glastonbury Festival have canceled this summer's event amid security concerns brought by excessive numbers of non-paying visitors attracted in recent years to the festival grounds in Southwest England. Last summer, Glastonbury celebrated its 30th anniversary with performances from Travis, the Chemical Brothers, and David Bowie, who headlined the initial festival in 1970. "This year off will hopefully give a powerful message to everyone that we are worried about the large number of gatecrashers and we will use the coming months to develop ways and means of controlling entry to the site effectively," veteran Glastonbury promoter Michael Eavis said. These plans include the erection of a 15-foot fence, at a cost of #1 million ($1.5 million). Eavis noted that the issue of overcrowding was exacerbated by the tragedy at Roskilde Festival in Denmark last July, where nine people died. "People will have to understand that the growing culture of fence hopping has to be stopped and the long-term prospects for the festival will depend upon us succeeding," he said. Meanwhile, the Mendip District Council is prosecuting Eavis for breach of license after local police and council representatives claimed last year's festival -- which had a 100,000 capacity -- drew approximately 200,000 people. The council is prosecuting Eavis on charges of breach of license. His hearing at Wells Magistrates Court, South West England, is expected to begin in February.