“We’re not going to just try to roll out Glastonbury 100 miles away,” says festival boss.
Michael and Emily Eavis have detailed plans for their new festival, confirming that the event will not be a replacement for Glastonbury Festival.
The organisers of the long-running Somerset festival recently announced plans to move to a new location in 2019 under the name of the Variety Bazaar.
But in a webchat for the Guardian, the Eavises said that the event will likely not take place until 2021.
“I think we’re most likely going to come back [to Glastonbury] in 2019 after the fallow year in 2018, when there will be no event,” said Emily. “Then 2020 is our 50th anniversary. And 2021, we may then do a show somewhere else, which we’re calling the Variety Bazaar. But none of this is set in stone.”
Rather than a second home for Glastonbury, the Eavises said that the new festival will be an entirely separate event held while the current Worthy Farm site in Pilton has a fallow year.
“It’s not going to be exactly the same,” said Emily. “It will be unique. With the same team, but crafted into a new event. Like a sister festival. We’re not going to just try to roll out Glastonbury 100 miles away.”
However, they reassured festivalgoers that the festival will be the “same scale” as Glastonbury and include events run by the same organisers including Arcadia.
The pair were also asked by readers who came up with the name for the new festival.
“There was a shop in our local town, Shepton Mallet, years and years ago, run by three sisters, which sold all sorts of stuff – everything from knitting to books to cream cakes. And the name of the shop was the Variety Bazaar. I mentioned it to Emily and she loved it,” explained Michael.
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.