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Michael Eavis on taking "Glasto" out of Glastonbury

In an exclusive interview with ITV News, the founder of the Glastonbury Festival says he may have to move the event somewhere else - because landowners want an ever-increasing slice of money for renting their land.

Michael Eavis says it is becoming more and more difficult to negotiate terms and it would be hard for him to hit his target of raising £2 million for charity this year.

He also said that the planned break in the festival for 2017 had been scrapped.

You can watch David Woodland's report here:

Glastonbury will take place in 2017 after all

Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis has been speaking exclusively to our Somerset Correspondent David Woodland Credit: ITV News

In an exclusive interview with ITV News, Michael Eavis has revealed that the festival, which was due to take a year off in 2017 to allow the land to recover, will be taking place after all.

The fallow year has simply been postponed until 2018.

It's all to do with the negotiations with local farmers for the use of their land. So there will be a festival in 2016 and 2017 and then a break in 2018.

To find out more of what the festival founder told us, click here.


Train named after Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis

Michael Eavis founded the world-famous Glastonbury Festival. Credit: First Great Western

Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis has had a train named after him at Paddington Station today.

The ceremony in London saw Mr Eavis' name and the Glastonbury logo put on a First Great Western train, which will run between London, Wales and the South West.

Extra trains will be getting festival-goers to Glastonbury this year - including this one. Credit: First Great Western

One of its stops is Castle Cary, the nearest station to the festival's site in Somerset. Fifty extra trains will be travelling this route during this year's event in June - the 45th year the festival has run.

Act confirmed for this year include Kanye West, the Foo Fighters and Motörhead.

Jay-Z performing at Glastonbury in 2008. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Glastonbury Festival founder honoured

Michael Eavis will be recognised for his achievements in staging live music Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis is to be honoured by the music industry for his outstanding contribution.

The 78-year-old farmer, who first hosted an event on his land in Somerset in 1970, will be recognised for his achievements at a special fundraising dinner .

The award has been organised by the Music Industry Trusts (MITS) and will take place on November 3.

This summer's Glastonbury will be headlined by the likes of Arcade Fire, Metallica and Kasabian next month.

Michael Eavis to open Glastonbury Oxjam concert

Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis is to open this year's Oxjam Charity concert in Glastonbury. The event which raises money for Oxfam will feature lots of bands including international singers and competitions winners.

The line up is looking amazing, it really is some of the best the area can offer in live music with 12 great acts. Plus we have a great venue in the Red Brick Building and we’re thrilled Michael Eavis can come along and open the event. There’s a real buzz already happening around this and we expect it will be a bustling and lively day that raises lots of money for a good cause”.

– Organiser Gary Smith

The event is being held at the Red Brick Building from 12pm until 11pm. The event is free but all donations collected on the day will go to Oxfam.


Michael Eavis awarded honorary degree

Glastonbury festival founder Michael Eavis is to be awarded an honorary degree from the University of Creative Arts.

He'll be presented with the degree at Guildford Cathedral next month for his services to the arts. Mr Eavis founded the festival in 1970 and today it's largest greenfield music and arts festival, raising millions for good causes.

Michael Eavis Credit: ITV West