LONDON (CelebrityAccess) — Despite previous intimations by festival founder Michael Eavis that Glastonbury might move to Longleat, it is apparently not to be, and the festival will instead be on hiatus in 2018.
According to the Telegraph, Eavis had been in negotiation with the 84-year-old Lord Alexander Bath over moving the festival to his 10,000 acre Longleat estate, but the move was said to be vetoed by his son Ceawlin Thynn, Viscount Weymouth.
'Longleat probably won't happen anymore. Lord Bath is really keen. I went to him because I knew him when he was a boy," Eavis told the Telegraph. “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”.
“They let me down gently about their decision. I went round to their house and we had a very long discussion," Eavis added. “They said to clean up all that mud, they'd have to restrict the whole of the operations at Longleat for about three months and it's too expensive."
After the planned move fell through, festival organizers announced that Glasto would be taking a break in 2018.
“We can also confirm that we will be taking our next fallow year in 2018, in order 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,” a statement from the festival said. – Staff Writers