Glastonbury Takes Break In 2018

Glastonbury Festival is taking a break in 2018 but will stay at Worthy Farm, Somerset, for the 2017 edition (June 21-25), ceasing speculations about a possible move to Longleat. 

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Festivalgoers pose for photographs in front of the Glastonbury sign at Worthy Farm in Somerset, England.

Festival founder Michael Eavis had mentioned that he was looking for a new site for the UK’s most iconic event. The stately grounds of Longleat were being discussed, but the man managing them, Ceawlin Thynn, vetoed the move. Thynn is the son of Alexander Thynn, the eccentric Marquesses of Bath, using Longleat House as his official seat.

Eavis told the Telegraph that he knew Thynne Sr. from the time he was a boy, which is why he was optimistic about reaching an agreement.

“Lord Bath is really keen. (…) But he and his son aren’t agreeing, and they don’t speak very much, so it’s hard to make decisions. I haven’t been able to sit down with all of them at the same time,” Eavis is quoted saying. Glastonbury 2017 tickets will go on sale Oct. 6.

“As part of our ongoing efforts against ticket touting, anyone who would like to attend next year’s Festival will need to have registered in advance,” organizers announced on Glastonbury’s website.

The ticket price for Glastonbury 2017 will be £238 plus £5 booking fee per ticket. Children aged 12 and under are admitted free of charge and do not need a ticket. In 2018, the festival will take its traditional break to “give the farm, the village and the Festival team the traditional year off. There are no plans to hold an event at another location in 2018.”