“I am still hoping and we are fighting and working at it all the time to make sure it happens next year ”
Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis has said he is “uncertain” whether next year’s festival will go ahead, but that he is “moving heaven and earth” to make it happen.
Speaking to ITV News West Country, Eavis has said Glasto-goers might have to wait until 2022 for the return of the festival, which was due to celebrate its 50th anniversary this summer – with headliners in Kendrick Lamar, Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift – but was forced to cancel this year’s instalment due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier in the year, the legendary dairy farmer said a track-and-trace app could allow Glastonbury to return in 2021 – revealing a discussion he had with Festival Republic boss Melvin Benn about collaborating on a scheme that will allow ticket holders on-site once they’ve proved they are virus-free.
But on Monday (August 3), speaking about the difficulty of ensuring social distancing, Eavis said: “500 people is ok, isn’t it. But my job, 250,000 altogether is too many people I suppose isn’t it really. “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.”
🗣: “I’m still hoping we’re gonna run next year. We’re moving heaven and earth to make sure we do, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to happen.” 🏕
— ITV News West Country (@itvwestcountry) August 4, 2020
Asked about if he is worried about the future of the festival, Eavis said: “No I do not worry at all, I am so confident that it will survive. The only certainty I think is the year after, 2022. To be perfectly candid, so we might have to wait for two years maybe.
“But I am still hoping and we are fighting and working at it all the time to make sure it happens next year.”
Eavis added that he is certain the festival will come back stronger. “You can’t kill it off just like that. It will come back.
“It will come back, probably stronger actually.”