Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis at Weston-super-Mare concert

At this time of year he usually cleans up and recuperates after the Glastonbury Festival.

But instead of being knee-deep in mud and abandoned tents at Worthy Farm, Michael Eavis was in Weston-super-Mare, opening a music event of a different kind at Weston College and University Centre.

The students got the surprise of their lives when the festival founder showed up to open the musical performances of their creative arts summer show – staged in a special ‘Westonbury’ tent, named in his honour.

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The Creative Arts Summer Show is the college’s annual festival, which celebrates creative talent by showcasing student work.

Music and performing arts students took the stage with live music and theatrical performances in the Westonbury Festival Tent.

There was also an indoor exhibition of student artwork and final projects.

The exhibition featured work from those studying extended degrees and majors in art and design, media production, graphic design, game and animation, fashion and photography.

Michael took a tour of the exhibit, admiring all the art that Weston College and UCW artists had produced this year.

He was then treated to a joint performance by music students Charlie Kelly and Daisy Dennett, who wowed the famed festival organizer with their pitch-perfect harmonies.

Michael Eavis takes a look at Weston College student artwork

The crowd cheered rapturously as Michael Eavis then took to the stage in the festival tent to open the musical evening to a socially distanced crowd of proud parents and visitors.

Michael said: “I think it’s absolutely amazing, the artwork is absolutely amazing, it’s pretty exceptional.

“The students are really talented.

“Sometimes when you walk into a place, you feel really good, and that place is really nice.”

Students and staff were inspired to see someone with such experience within the creative arts industry watching their performances and praising their talents and the hard work they had put into the show.

Chairman of the Corporation for the Weston College Group, Andrew Leighton-Price, attended the show alongside Michael Eavis.

He said: “The Summer Show was absolutely amazing.

“There were so many innovative works of art, with so many mediums used, from painting and sculpture to digital, film and games.

“It’s clear that there is a huge wealth of talent and passion that goes into creative subjects and the benefits this has on the community should never be underestimated.”

Head of the college, Dr Paul Phillips CBE, added: “We are truly a career center for excellence now for creative arts students – even at diploma level and I would like to congratulate everyone who has contributed to this impressive showcase.

The Westonbury Tent

“I would like to pass on a huge thank you to Michael Eavis and his team for taking the time to tour the Loxton campus and helping to open the show and inspire our learners – who were absolutely thrilled to see the legend that is Michael Eavis appear before their eyes.”

Owner of the famous Worthy Farm, Michael Eavis established the world famous Glastonbury Festival in 1970, which now attracts 200,000 people from all over the world every year.

In addition to underground artists of all genres, the festival is well known for its high-profile headliners over the years, including Oasis, Coldplay and Beyonce, to name a few.

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Jan G. Gilbert