The organizers of the U.K. Glastonbury Festival have secured a license from the local council to stage the event until 2016.

Mendip District Council said the team behind Glastonbury, including founder Michael Eavis who established the event in 1970, will be able to use its new premises license to hold the event at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset until 2016. There will be no festival in 2012, when it is already scheduled to take a year off.

The Somerset festival's licenses have previously been subject to scrutiny during public hearings because of objections from the public or the emergency services. But the new application received few comments and almost no objections, the council said.

The sold-out festival, which runs from June 23 to June 27, will continue with a total capacity of 177,500. As part of their new license, organizers now have contingency plans to help minimize disruption to motorists and local residents following traffic problems last year.

Councillor Nigel Hewitt-Cooper, who is portfolio holder for neighborhood services which includes licensing, said in a statement that scrutiny of the event will continue despite the long-term arrangement.

"We aren't complacent - just because Glastonbury Festival now has a licence until 2016, this doesn't mean it escapes the close scrutiny that any event this size will have," he said. "We will continue to work with the organizers to ensure this remains one of the safest events anywhere, and if we have any doubts about this we will take action.

"We recognize how important it is to get this world famous event right, and the huge impact that it has on the local area and community, both positive and negative. It is our job as the local district council to ensure we use the opportunities it brings and mitigate the effects it has on local people - and we are confident that the new license takes these issues on board and addresses any concerns.

The BBC reports that alt-rock act Muse and Stevie Wonder have now been confirmed as headliners, although a spokesperson for Glastonbury was unable confirm this to Billboard.biz. However, both acts have previously been named as likely headliners by Eavis (Billboard.biz, Feb. 3).

U2 has already been confirmed as the Friday night headliner on the main Pyramid stage on June 25. Acts to confirm appearances at Glastonbury 2010 so far include Dizzee Rascal, Corinne Bailey Rae, Andy Williams and Jack Johnson.