This Glastonbury article was written by Suzanne Oswald, a GIGsoup contributor.
Michael Eavis has warned that Glastonbury may have to move location due to worries over a gas pipe running through its current location at Worthy Farm.
Eavis was in Dublin last week, speaking to students at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute when he said, ‘We’ve got a gas main running through the site, a big gas pipe coming down from the North of England to Torquay. They [Mendip District Council and gas technicians] said this is dangerous and I said, ‘Well it’s been there for years and so have we’. So every year they make a fuss about this pipe’.
The Glastonbury founder even claimed that he has found another location if he is forced to make the move. He said, ‘I have a reserve site at the moment that’s pretty sorted. So if I get any problems with Worthy Farm, then I can move it about 20 miles up the road. I hope I don’t have to do that because the festival is really about the farm and Glastonbury and the vale of Avalon – all the mystery and legends of the area. So it wouldn’t be quite the same if we had to move it away for the sake of the gas pipe. But you never know.‘
Festival goers shouldn’t worry too much yet though, as Eavis said that any move is unlikely to happen before the end of the festival’s current 10 year license for Worthy Farm, which ends in 2024.