Glastonbury Festival may have to move, says founder

Festival-goers wait for the sun to rise in the stone circle area of the festival. Credit: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/ Empics Entertainment

The Glastonbury Festival might have to move in the future, says founder Michael Eavis.

Arguably the best known music festival in the world, Glastonbury has been at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset for decades, six miles from the town of Glastonbury. It attracts around 175,000 people to see the world's biggest bands each year.

Dairy farmer Eavis has said the event is increasingly complex to organise as he only owns part of the land, and that it may have to move to a bigger site.

But would taking the 'Glastonbury' out of Glastonbury take the magic out too? Inspired by hippie and alternative culture when it first started, many festival-goers associate the event with the area's tradition of free-spirited culture and alternative spirituality.

Revellers make their way along the railway tracks towards the stone circle area of the festival. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images

No word yet on when and where this move might happen, but Eavis is said to be considering his options.

For now there's a more pressing matter - just one week to go until Glastonbury 2015. There's already been a bit of drama with both Dave Grohl and his fans getting an unlucky break. But those 175,000 revellers are gearing up for The Who, Florence and Kanye, and the hundreds of other musicians, artists and performers who turn out each year for what is still, for now at least, a Somerset tradition.

Glastonbury founder and organiser Michael Eavis says the festival is outgrowing the site. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
The Foo Fighters would have headlined the festival's Friday night this year, but frontman Dave Grohl broke his leg after falling off stage in Sweden. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire
Around 175,000 people go to Glastonbury each year. Credit: David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment