Glastonbury and Festival Republic split

Festival partnership has ended after a decade

Glastonbury and Festival Republic split

Photographer:Sara Bowrey

Chris Eustace - 26 June 2012

Festival Republic boss Melvin Benn took over licensing and operations at Glastonbury in 2002, after the festival hit licence problems.

A statement from Festival Republic said:

"Time moves on and now is the time for Michael and the Glastonbury team to pick up the reins again and build for the future. This will then allow Melvin and the Festival Republic team to focus on growing new Festival Republic events and the existing FR owned festivals here in the UK as well as internationally in Ireland, Germany and Norway as well as the time required of Melvin as Chairman of Wembley Stadium."

"The separation has been mutual and cordial and Melvin will oversee the change and the selection of the new Operations Director (yet to be appointed). The Festival Republic interest in GFL 2011 (the operational company of Glastonbury Festival) will be passed on to LNG, Festival Republic's parent company, in a long term arrangement that genuinely secures the future of the Festival. (The Workers Beer Company interest in the same company remains unaffected)."

Benn is quoted in the article as saying: "From an operational point of view, myself and my team have taken the Festival as far as I can and it is time for a change I think. It has been a wonderful journey with Michael but Latitude, Berlin, Hove and Electric Picnic, none of which existed in 2002, are my priorities, alongside maintaining Leeds and Reading as the bastions of the festival calendar they are, not to mention my demands at Wembley.”

"That said I am committed to ensuring as smooth a handover as possible to the new team in Pilton and enjoying Glastonbury for many years to come as a festival goer myself."

Glastonbury boss Michael Eavis added: "Melvin definitely earned his stripes running the gates for us during the Eighties. This was a difficult time dealing with the closure of Stonehenge, the Battle of the Beanfield and the travellers and my attempts to accept them here at Worthy Farm was exciting but very challenging.

We both learnt a lot about festivals then, and Melvin and I have managed to put together what is the Glastonbury we have now.

I'll be sorry to see him go but he has masses of responsibility with all of his shows across the world and now is a good time to part company. I've got just about the best team in the business and Emily and Nick are heading up the next generation to take on more responsibility as well.

Looking across the farm at the moment I think we were very lucky to choose a good wet year to take out - amazing bit of luck!

See you all next year with a very promising line-up."

Having taken a year off in 2012, Glastonbury Festival 2013 takes place on 26-30 June 2013 at Worthy Farm, Pilton.

Glastonbury 2013 tickets will go on sale at 9am on Sunday 7 October. As with the last few years, anyone wishing to buy a ticket for the festival will have to register in advance.

Registration is open now and free of charge, and can be done by heading to and filling in your details and uploading a photo of yourself, which will be printed on the ticket. Every would-be ticketholder will need to register individually.

Acts rumoured to be playing next year include The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Radiohead, Adele, Kasabian, Florence & The Machine and Arctic Monkeys, while Metallica have spoken of their desire to play at the event.

Glastonbury The Movie: In Flashback will be released nationwide on June 29th. Recorded on film in 1993, the movie charts a weekend at the festival from perspective of traders, punters and performers, a year before the BBC cameras moved in and began to broadcast from the event.

For more information about the film and screenings visit


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