Glastonbury Festival granted a new 10 year licence

Future of Glastonbury safe for another ten years

Glastonbury Festival granted a new 10 year licence

Photographer: Peter CorkhillVirtual Festivals on 12 March 2014

The decision will mean that Glastonbury Festival can continue now until 2024, after which time another licence application, review and approval will be required.

Mendip District Council said the decision was made without the need for it to be "subjected to scrutiny in a public hearing". The licence will also allow for more staff on site as the number of passes for performers and staff could rise by 25,500 to 63,000 by 2024. The number of public tickets available, currently 135,000, will remain the same.

Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis said: "This is fantastic news. It's so good to have a plan that will help everything at Worthy Farm move forward. I'd just like to say a huge thank you to all the people who have contributed so much to Glastonbury Festival over the last 44 years, I really do believe that the best is yet to come."

After the decision, Jeannette Marsh, chair of the licencing board, said: "We aren't complacent - just because Glastonbury Festival now has a licence until 2024, this doesn't mean it escapes the close scrutiny that any event this size will have. We will continue to work with the organisers to ensure this remains one of the safest events anywhere, and if we have any doubts about this we will take action.

"We recognise how important it is to get this world famous event right, and the huge impact that it has on the local area and community, both positive and negative. It is our job as the local district council to ensure we use the opportunities it brings and mitigate the effects it has on local people - and we are confident that the new licence takes these issues on board and addresses any concerns."

Lily Allen, Disclosure, Dolly Parton, Blondie and Arcade Fire are the only names officially confirmed for Glastonbury Festival 2014. A full line-up announcement is expected either later this month or early April.

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Glastonbury Festival 2014 takes place from 25-29 June on Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset.

Tickets to Glastonbury Festival 2014 sold out in record time last month, beating the one hour and 40 minute sale period set in 2012.

Those lucky enough to have got tickets now have to wait until the first week of April in 2014 when the remaining ticket balances of £160 plus a £5 booking fee will be due for both UK and international buyers. The re-sale date is usually in late April and is expected to be announced for either April 20th or 27th in 2014. Follow Virtual Festivals on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest news, rumours and announcements as they happen.


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