Glastonbury will have a ‘fallow year’ in 2017, founder Michael Eavis revealed during this year’s festival.
The live music and arts event goes through periodic fallow years – the most recent was in 2012 – in order to give the site grounds time to recuperate.
Formulaic as this announcement may be, the future of Glastonbury is nevertheless shrouded in mystery.
Eavis hinted at the 2017 fallow year announcement when Access caught up with him in June. “We have fallow years, so there are still a few [years] to go yet,” he said.
“I might retire after 50 – 50 festivals, that is, not 50 years,” he then added, a sentiment he seemed to confirm at Glastonbury on 29 June.
“I think I can run on another six years, which would take me up to 50 years, then see what happens after that,” he told press on site.
The brainchild of Eavis, Glastonbury Festival will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020.
While fans of the Worthy Farm fest may fret over a potentially Glastonbury-less world post-2020, they need not be worried about 2015. Eavis confirmed that he has already booked the three headlining acts for the festival next year. AC/DC, Kate Bush, Oasis, U2 and Iron Maiden are all rumoured to have taken those slots.
Glastonbury 2014 closed out with a headline set from Kasabian, following sets from Dolly Parton, Arcade Fire and Metallica.
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