The legendary dairy farmer also revealed Glastonbury is working on a new “festival cheese”
Michael Eavis joined Ring O’Bells Radio’s Miles Leonard for #IsolationStation this evening (May 2) via phone.
The Glastonbury Festival founder called in and chose a couple of his favourite tunes while discussing everything from Worthy Farm – as a working dairy farm – and the cancellation of what would’ve been Glasto’s 50th-anniversary celebrations this year, to sharing his experience during life on the Farm in lockdown and revealing a new “festival cheese”.
Asked about his health and the whole lockdown experience Eavis said: “Well… it’s a wonderful year off. I know we didn’t choose it… but it’s quite fun actually. My blood pressure’s gone down enormously… so that’s not bad is it?!”
Looking on the positive side and talking about the farm-life aspect of things, Eavis said: “It’s lovely because the cows can graze in the fields, so that’s a plus […] We’re planting maize at the moment just about everywhere […] We can plough up grass fields because we don’t need the grass for campers, so we’ll turn that into crops and things…”
Concurring with the fact that he sees himself a farmer first and foremost, and then a festival organiser second – the award-winning dairy farmer was asked about the farm’s milk & cheese production, just to reveal that with the help from a couple of local farms the milk produced at Worthy Farm will be turned into “a festival cheese”. Although a name has yet to be chosen for the new cheese, it is sort to be some combination between “Worthy Farm” and “Glastonbury Festival” and is scheduled to be sold from January next year (2021), as the artwork for the cheese is being worked on “as we speak”.
Discussing Glastonubry’s cancellation – Eavis mentioned the approximate 30,000 people who work for the event, saying: “I mean, I’ve got the Farm and milk and the rest of it… but some of those people have got nothing else to do […] so they’re the ones who really feel the grief…”
Later in the interview, the Glasto boss also discussed the difficult times when he was fighting through the courts in the ’80s – while embracing his natural rebel spirit at the time and admitting he “enjoyed that struggle with the authorities”.
The interview also touched upon the introduction of Dance Music and Hip Hop to the Festival in the years to come and the success of the ‘Love The Farm, Leave No Trace’ campaign.
The first song Michael Eavis chose was ‘Gimme Some Lovin’ by Spencer Davis – who played the Festival in 1971. While the second was ‘Couldn’t Love You More’ by John Martyn – who played Glastonbury in 1979 (which is also the year Michael Eavis’ daughter and now Festival-organiser, Emily Eavis was born).
You can now listen to Michael Eavis’ full interview here – It starts at around the 1:05:00 time-stamp.
Last month the legendary dairy farmer shared a special video message thanking all the health and care staff who are working day and night to battle the coronavirus pandemic.
Doing their best to help combat the COVID-19 crisis – the Festival, headed by Michael and Emily Eavis, donated cotton tote bags to hospitals in need, while also giving away thousands of litres of hand sanitiser, gloves and face masks meant for Glastonbury 2020 to frontline emergency services – including Avon and Somerset Police and NHS staff. The Festival also gave away several thousand ponchos which have been repurposed as anti-coronavirus PPE.
Cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, Glastonbury 2020 was set to be held at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset – from Wednesday, June 24 through Sunday, June 28 – In a message from organisers, announcing Glastonbury 2020’s cancellation, Michael and Emily Eavis explained that cancelling this year’s event was their “only viable option” following “new government measures announced this week” to prevent the spread of the pandemic – saying: “We’re so sorry that this decision has been made. It was not through choice. But we look forward to welcoming you back to these fields next year and until then, we send our love and support to all of you.