Michael Eavis ‘optimistic’ on Glastonbury Festival return in 2022 as family camping proves popular

Michael Eavis has revealed he is “optimistic” the Glastonbury Festival will return in 2022.

The world-renowned music event has been canceled two years in a row due to government-imposed coronavirus restrictions.

But the festival organizer is optimistic the event will return next year and says the Worthy Farm team “feels so good psychologically”.

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The great atmosphere at Pilton comes from the fact that a temporary campsite at the festival site has proven to be a huge success this summer.

Families enjoyed the Somerset countryside when staying at Worthy Pastures, which offers pre-erected tents on Worthy Farm for holidaymakers as ‘staycations’ take off across the UK.

A planned separate 50,000 capacity music festival at Worthy Farm in September was given the green light by Mendip District Council earlier this year, but that event will no longer take place as organizers focus on camping.

Nonetheless, Mr Eavis says he is optimistic that the main event will return in June 2022.

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Speaking to the festival’s website, he said: “Psychologically we feel so good and so high right now.

“We’re on a roll. I think even though there’s no festival, it’s been a wonderful year.

“The campsite has been so encouraging – for me personally to see how much people enjoy coming here.

“After 51 years, the enthusiasm of people to really want to come is still there. Which reassures me a lot.

“You would think that now people are starting to get fed up with this idea. But that’s definitely not the case!”

Mr Eavis added: “It’s so nice to see everyone. They’re lovely people and they’re so happy to be on the farm. The kids are really interested in being here.

“It’s been a big boost to farm and worker morale.”

The Glastonbury Festival is also hosting Glastonbury Extravaganza at Glastonbury Abbey on September 4 with big names.

Mr Eavis said: “Van Morrison descends. And Tanita Tikaram, who had a huge hit album in the late 1980s. She was absolutely huge. And critics say her new work is that good.

“It’s been going on for 25 years and it’s been a huge success. People love coming to the Abbey grounds. It’s right in the middle of Glastonbury town and it’s a fantastic site. People love it such.”

Unfortunately for Mr Eavis, he probably won’t be able to hear his favorite Van Morrison song Madame George at the Extravaganza.

He explained, “Every time I book him, I try to get him to sing, but he won’t! He says he forgot the lyrics.

“He won’t play it for me, no matter how hard I try.

“I think he’s a real musical genius, though, and he loves playing the Extravaganza.

“He also loves the Abbey and Glastonbury.

“He even mentioned St. John’s Church – which you can see from the abbey grounds – in one of his songs, summer in england . He loves the whole Avalon thing.”

Jan G. Gilbert