Glastonbury Festival: Michael Eavis gets Freedom of the City

FESTIVAL founder Michael Eavis was given the freedom of Glastonbury after the city council voted unanimously to grant him the honour.

Mr Eavis CBE was appointed by Councilors Jon Cousins ​​and Serena Roney-Dougal, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Glastonbury, in recognition of his service to the town and the local economy.

In the past, freemen held several privileges and often did not have to pay local taxes.

The prize is now mainly symbolic but, according to tradition, Mr Eavis has now been granted the right to run his sheep in the center of town.

The dairy farmer, born in 1935, held the first festival, then known as the Pilton Festival, at Worthy Farm in 1970.

In 2009, Mr. Eavis was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.

Rapper Stormzy was the last Friday night headline at Glastonbury before the pandemic canceled two festivals. Photo: Andrew Timms, PA Wire

Following the vote to make Mr Eavis a free man, Cllr Cousins ​​said: ‘I can think of no one more worthy of this honour.

“This is an opportunity to recognize that as founder of the Glastonbury Festival, Michael helped promote Glastonbury for over 50 years, both nationally and internationally – the true work of a lifetime.”

Clr. Roney-Dougal added: “The festival makes a significant contribution to our local economy, in addition to providing year-round employment locally and supporting many local organizations, community groups and charitable causes – and, internationally , to raise money for truly worthy causes like Oxfam, WaterAid, Greenpeace and CND.

“Our city’s high regard for Michael is clearly shared by others across the country and the establishment.

“He received honorary degrees from the universities of Bath and Bristol, an honorary master’s degree from the University of the Creative Arts and in 2007 he was made a CBE for his services to music on the Queen’s birthday. ”

Glastonbury Festival is set to return this year after being canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This year’s Pyramid Stage headliners have been confirmed to be Billie Eilish, Sir Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar.

Diana Ross will occupy the place of legend on Sunday afternoon.

When the line-up was announced, Glastonbury Festival co-organizer Emily Eavis – daughter of Michael – said: “We are very pleased to bring you the first shortlist of artists from the main stages of Glastonbury Festival 2022 – and, if you can believe it, there’s even more to come!

The festival will be held between Wednesday June 22 and Sunday June 26.

Jan G. Gilbert