Glastonbury boss becomes Dr Eavis

Glastonbury festival founder and organiser, Michael Eavis, will today pick up an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath for his services to the arts.

He said: “I think I deserve it after slinging about in the mud for 30 years. I’m quite excited about it really. I’ve planned a speech and I’ve got a few jokes in it to warm everyone up. It really is a great honour.”

Eavis, who has organised the festival since starting it up on his farm in 1970, will be awarded a Doctor of Arts degree at a ceremony at the city’s Assembly Rooms.

A University of Bath spokesman said: “We will be delighted to award Mr Eavis an honorary doctorate. His contribution to the arts, by giving millions of people the chance to see the best of rock music live on stage, has been very important.”

Glastonbury 2005 will take place at Worthy Farm, Pilton, between 24-26 June, license permitting.