Speculation as to whether the newly registered company could be used to host one-off events on or off Worthy Farm
Glastonbury Festival‘s head organisers, Emily Eavis and her husband Nick Dewey, have registered a new company called Holy Cow Events.
The new private limited company was registered by Eavis and Dewey at Companies House, incorporated on February 8, and subsequently spotted by a user on the eFestivals.co.uk forums who goes by the username gooner1990 (see screenshot below).
Holy Cow’s registered office address is Worthy Farm – also known as the home of Glastonbury Festival – with the nature of the business listed as performing arts.
The Glasto Thingy – a member of the eFestivals forums and who also maintains a Glasto-related Twitter account – pointed out the company registration findings, while pondering what it could mean in regards to future events.
Another Twitter user contemplated whether it could mean a “one-off smaller event on-site later in the year? Bigger than Pilton Party but smaller than the full festival.”
One off smaller event on site later in the year? Bigger than Pilton Party but smaller than full festival.
— Daniel (@dan05delaney) February 12, 2021
It is yet to be known what the intended purpose of Holy Cow Events will be, although one could assume the company could perhaps organise future shows on or off Worthy Farm, or promotions across the country.
That being said, the likelihood of it being directly related to Glastonbury Festival itself is low, as it has its own company with Emily’s father and festival founder Michael Eavis listed as director. More on this as we hear it.
Notably, Following the cancellation announcement of Glastonbury’s 2021 edition – Michael Eavis, revealed last month (Thursday, 21 January) that they were “considering” a smaller event for September, saying: “I would like to do something smaller somewhere around the anniversary date of when we started, which was the 18th of September 1970”.
Meanwhile, earlier this week, Glastonbury lunched its very first Worthy Farm Reserve Cheddar cheese while giving Glasto-fans the chance of winning tickets to the next Festival.
Glastonbury was cancelled last month (Thursday, 21 January), for the second consecutive year, due to ongoing concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
The organisers confirmed the cancellation of the Festival’s 2021 edition in a statement posted via their official channels, saying:
“With great regret, we must announce that this year’s Glastonbury Festival will not take place, and that this will be another enforced fallow year for us.
“In spite of our efforts to move Heaven & Earth, it has become clear that we simply will not be able to make the Festival happen this year. We are so sorry to let you all down.
“As with last year, we would like to offer all those who secured a ticket in October 2019 the opportunity to roll their £50 deposit over to next year, and guarantee the chance to buy a ticket for Glastonbury 2022. We are very appreciative of the faith and trust placed in us by those of you with deposits, and we are very confident we can deliver something really special for us all in 2022!
“We thank you for your incredible continued support and let’s look forward to better times ahead.
With love, Michael & Emily”
Recently, some of the charities that use Glastonbury for major fundraising, opened up on the financial impact of the Festival’s cancellation, with one charity estimating it has lost out on £15,000 of funding in the last two years.
Up until the very last moment, organisers had been working diligently in order to try and make it possible for the festival to go ahead safely this year.
Late last year (December 16, 2020), in an interview to the BBC, Eavis said: “We’re doing everything we can on our end to plan and prepare, but there are still just so many unknowns and factors which are completely out of our control. What we definitely can’t afford to risk is getting too far into the process of next year, only for it to be snatched away from us again. We lost millions this year, and we can’t risk that happening again.”
In the same interview, Eavis added that if the Festival could not happen in its traditional form, the organisers will consider inviting artists to perform on the farm for a series of live streams.
Echoing her words from last year – last month (Friday, 22 January), while talking to The Guardian, Eavis discussed plans for 2021, confirming she was still working on Glastonbury-related projects, including possible live-streamed events.
“A lot of big artists have been in touch offering to perform for us at the farm, so we’re doing everything we can to make that happen. We would love to build a show that can be watched at home by people all over the world, and of course it would be a useful way for us to make some very welcome income,” she said.
Glastonbury was set to celebrate its 50th-anniversary last summer (June 2020) – with headliners in Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and Paul McCartney – but was forced to cancel the 2020 instalment due to the coronavirus crisis just a week after the lineup was announced in March of 2020.
Now with also the 2021 edition of the Festival being cancelled, MPs have spoken out in the wake of Glastonbury’s cancellation to warn that the future of festivals could be threatened.
“The news that the UK has lost the Glastonbury Festival for a second year running is devastating,” said DCMS Committee Chair Julian Knight MP. “We have repeatedly called for Ministers to act to protect our world-renowned festivals like this one with a Government-backed insurance scheme. Our plea fell on deaf ears and now the chickens have come home to roost.
“The jewel in the crown will be absent but surely the Government cannot ignore the message any longer – it must act now to save this vibrant and vital festivals sector.”
Glastonbury 2022 is set to take place at its natural home in Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, from 22nd – 26th June 2022Advertisement