Michael Eavis says he is uncertain next year's festival will go ahead

Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis says he is uncertain that next year's festival will go ahead.

He told ITV News West Country that people might have to wait until 2022 for the return of the world famous Somerset music festival.

Speaking to our reporter he said that he will 'move heaven and earth' to make sure the festival goes ahead next year in 2021 but he added, 'that doesn't necessarily mean it will happen, that is just wishful thinking.'

When asked if he is worried about the future of Glastonbury Festival he said he is 'confident the festival will survive'.

Michael 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."

Reporter: Do you worry about the future of the festival and what will happen after this year?

"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."

Reporter: So you are optimistic i suppose that the world of music, the world of performing arts, it will come back stronger?

"Of course it will. My god, yeah.

"You can't kill it off just like that. It will come back.

"It will come back, probably stronger actually."

Glastonbury Festival was forced to cancel this year's five day festival due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The event in Pilton was set to welcome superstars Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar as headliners for its 50th anniversary celebrations in June.