Glastonbury Festival may be moving to Longleat Safari Park for a one-off event in two years’ time, Loaded can reveal.
Festival boss Michael Eavis announced this week that Glastonbury may have to move home permanently from its site on his Worthy Farm.
And, while Longleat is an unlikely permanent home for the festival, it looks like festivalgoers may have to watch out for the odd lion when Eavis stages a one-off event there in 2018.
Traditionally, Glastonbury has a fallow year every five years to allow for Worthy Farm’s pastures and livestock to recover from 200,000 people running as far away as possible from The 1975.
The next fallow year is 2018. But Eavis has now announced that a one-off festival will take place on a site “20 miles up the road”.
While Longleat is 27 miles away from Worthy Farm, it’s the most likely site near to Glastonbury that’s used to hosting large crowds. Eavis said the 2018 event would be “the same size” as Glastonbury, which has been held at Worthy Farm since 1971.
“The new festival in 2018 will be 20 miles up the road”
It’s believed that Eavis may be using the 2018 event as a test for possible sites in case his festival really does have to leave its traditional home. He explained this week that a gas pipe which runs under the festival site has begun causing health and safety concerns.
“If everyone dances on it at the same time, it could break the pipe in theory,” said Eavis. As he’s unable to move the pipe, he fears he may have to permanently find a new home for the festival. “It’s becoming very, very tricky to have it here,” he added.
This year’s festival is headlined by Muse, Adele and Coldplay. As Loaded revealed in February, Bring Me The Horizon, New Order and Disclosure headline the Other Stage. Other acts include Foals, Beck, LCD Soundsystem, PJ Harvey, The Last Shadow Puppets, The Lumineers, Ellie Goulding, Madness, Years & Years, Underworld, Jake Bugg, Chvrches, Jack Garratt, Guy Garvey, Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Earth Wind & Fire, Skepta, James, John Grant and ZZ Top.
Loaded’s deputy editor John Earls has covered entertainment and sport across a range of national newspapers, plus several football and music magazines, since 1990. Follow him on Twitter at @EarlsJohn