The festival will go under a different name when it ventures to a new site in two years’ time.
Glastonbury Festival will be known as The Variety Bazaar in 2019 when it moves to a temporary new location.
Festial founder Michael Eavis had previously stated that Glastonbury would move “100 miles away, towards the Midlands,” in an effort to protect the land. In a radio interview with Glastonbury FM, Eavis has now revealed that the festival’s new name for 2019 will be ‘The Glastonbury Festival team presents The Variety Bazaar’.
“That’s a good name don’t you think?” Eavis said, admitting that he was taking “a huge risk” by changing the festival’s name and location “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.”
Discussing the new site, he added: “It’s half way to the Midlands from here 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.”
Glastonbury 2017 will be held at its usual location in Pilton, Somerset, before taking a year off in 2018. Radiohead are the only officially confirmed act, but The Avalanches have also said they will be playing. Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters and Depeche Mode are also rumored for the festival on June 21-25. [via NME]
Update: Emily Eavis clarifies her father’s claim that Glastonbury Festival will be renamed. See her statement below.
— Emily Eavis (@emilyeavis) January 17, 2017