Glastonbury organisers have announced that an event called Variety Bazaar will take place at a new location following the festival’s fallow year.
The festival will be taking its traditional scheduled fallow year in 2018 to allow the Worthy Farm site to recover, with Glasto founder Michael Eavis also implying that his iconic festival might not return in 2019 either.
Speaking in a radio interview with Glastonbury FM, Eavis stated that he and his team would hold an event in 2019 called The Variety Bazaar, in a different location.
“It’s halfway to the Midlands from here,” he explained. “And there’s only one landowner. I’ve got 22 landowners where I am now. I just wonder whether the next generation will want to negotiate with so many people. It’s a very difficult job to hold it together.”
He went on to characterise the move as a “huge risk”, adding, ““I’ve been a risk taker all my life. In 47 years of taking risks, so far, touch wood, I haven’t come unstuck. This might be one risk too far, I don’t know.”
Organiser Emily Easvis took to Twitter to clarify the statement, saying, “We’re still planning an event in the future at a different location – which we are calling Variety Bazaar. But Glastonbury Festival will always be called Glastonbury and will remain at Worthy Farm.”
— Emily Eavis (@emilyeavis) 17 January 2017