Glastonbury festival will move home in 2019 – as The Variety Bazaar

Festival founder Michael Eavis reveals future event will shift ‘halfway to the Midlands’ and go by different name before returning to normality in 2020

This year’s Glastonbury festival could be the last one for three years … at least by that name.

The festival is set to move locations in 2019, Michael Eavis has said, with a fallow year due in 2018. And according to Eavis, the event will have a new name when it moves: the Variety Bazaar.

Speaking to Glastonbury FM, Eavis said: “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.”

He added that the event would be billed as “The Glastonbury festival team presents ... The Variety Bazaar” – adding: “That’s a good name don’t you think?”

Hiatus … there will be no Glastonbury in 2018.
Hiatus … there will be no Glastonbury in 2018. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Although the site of the new Glastonbury is unknown at present, Eavis has revealed that it’s “halfway to the Midlands” and will be at a location with only one landowner. The festival was originally set to move to Longleat before a family feud between site owner Lord Bath and his son intervened.

At present, Eavis plans to hold the festival in its new location once every five years, which means Pilton should still see a return of the festival in 2020.

In a statement on Twitter, Emily Eavis said: “We are 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.” She did not mention a year for Variety Bazaar, and Glastonbury were unable to confirm whether or not it would be 2019.

— Emily Eavis (@emilyeavis) January 17, 2017


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