Michael Eavis says Glastonbury might not return until 2022

"To be perfectly candid, we might have to wait for two years maybe..."


Photos by: Oli Scarff

Words by: Billy Ward

Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis has stated he is “uncertain” whether or not the festival will return next year.

Speaking to ITV News, the 84-year-old said: “I’m still hoping I’m going to be running next year, and I’m going to be moving heaven and earth to make sure that we do. But that doesn’t mean it will necessarily happen. That is just wishful thinking really.

The coronavirus pandemic forced the widely-loved event to be called off this summer while the country went into lockdown, however, with no sign of a vaccine yet in sight, the festival may have to wait for another year or two before it can open safely.

“500 people is okay,” Michael Eavis told ITV. “But my job, 250,000 altogether, is too many people I suppose, isn’t it really?”

“I’m confident that it will survive,” Michael said. “The only certainty I think is the year after, 2022. To be perfectly candid, we might have to wait for two years maybe. But I am still hoping and we’re fighting and working at it all the time to make sure it happens next year.”

Eavis added that he thinks the festival will come back thriving when the time is right.

“You can’t kill it off just like that. It will come back, probably stronger actually.”

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