This year's Glastonbury Festival will be the last for two years. Michael Eavis, organizer of the British fest, has decided to skip the event in 2006, saying he wants to allow residents a break from th

This year's Glastonbury Festival will be the last for two years. Michael Eavis, organizer of the British fest, has decided to skip the event in 2006, saying he wants to allow residents a break from the annual disruption.

Eavis confirmed his decision yesterday (Jan. 17) following a meeting with the regulatory board of Mendip District Council. During the session, Mendip councillors granted organizers a public entertainment license to host the three-day event starting June 24, with attendance capped at 153,000 visitors.

It is not the first time Glastonbury has skipped a year. The festival has a history of taking a pause once every five years to let the site regenerate.

In 2001, Eavis canceled the event amid security concerns about the grounds in Southwest England. Subsequently, at a cost of more than £1 million ($1.5 million), a "super-fence" was constructed to keep out gatecrashers and appease local councillors. Prior to that, Glastonbury took a year off in 1996, during which time the site's water system was upgraded.

Since its inception in 1970, Glastonbury has become one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the British summer festival calendar. The event raises funds for such charities as Oxfam, Greenpeace, WaterAid and various local organizations.

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