Glastonbury to launch new festival called The Variety Bazaar

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UK: Michael Eavis has revealed that the Glastonbury team will present a new event, dubbed The Variety Bazaar, sometime after Glastonbury’s next fallow year in 2018.

Speaking on The Variety Bazaar’s potential location, Eavis said: “It’s halfway to the Midlands from here. And there’s only one landowner. I’ve got 22 landowners where I am now. I just wonder whether the next generation will want to negotiate with so many people. It’s a very difficult job to hold it together.”

Admitting that undertaking the new event is a “huge risk”, he continued: “I’ve been a risk taker all my life. In 47 years of taking risks, so far, touch wood, I haven’t come unstuck. This might be one risk too far, I don’t know.”

Following some members of the public and media interpreting The Variety Bazaar as simply Glastonbury Festival under a new guise and on a new site, fellow Glasto organiser Emily Eavis clarified her father’s comments on Twitter, stating that: “We’re still planning an event in the future at a different location – which we are calling Variety Bazaar. But Glastonbury Festival will always be called Glastonbury and will remain at Worthy Farm.”