Glastonbury Festival Not Changing Name or Location, Founder's Daughter Says
A new event called Variety Bazaar, to be held at another site, is being planned.
The daughter of Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis has taken to Twitter to assure fans that the storied event is not moving and will not be changing its name following next year's break. The elder Eavis, who founded Glasto nearly a half-century ago, kicked up plenty of headlines on Tuesday by seemingly announcing during a radio interview that the fest would leave Worthy Farm and change its name to Variety Bazaar in 2019.
According to festival co-organizer Emily Eavis, however, Glastonbury is staying put and is not rebranding -- though a new event is indeed in the works. "We're still planning an event in the future at a different location -- which we are calling Variety Bazaar," she explained on Twitter. "But Glastonbury Festival will always be called Glastonbury and will remain at Worthy Farm!"
The confusion involving Glastonbury stems from Michael Eavis' interview on Glastonbury FM, during which the Variety Bazaar name was revealed. He said the site is "100 miles" away and that he was drawn to the spot because it has only one landowner. "I’ve got 22 landowners where I am now," he said, referring to the Worthy Farm site. "I just wonder whether the next generation will want to negotiate with so many people. It’s a very difficult job to hold it together."
Eavis has spoken about his desire to move Glastonbury in the past, although his plans have never come to fruition. Last year, he talked about moving it to Longleat in Wiltshire, but those plans appear to have been quietly shelved.
Glastonbury 2017 will be held June 21-25 at Worthy Farm; Radiohead is the only confirmed headliner so far. As it typically does every five years or so, the festival will take 2018 off in order to give the land a breather.
When contacted for comment on Michael Eavis' radio comments, Glastonbury officials directed Billboard to Emily Eavis' tweet, below.