Glastonbury festival granted licence until 2016

The Mendip District Council has reportedly granted the Glastonbury Festival organisers their new license, which would mean Michael and Emily Eavis are allowed to host the event until 2016.

For the first time ever, it was processed without the need for a hearing, because there were no objections.

There will be a fallow year in 2012, to let the site at Worthy Farm, Pilton recover, after roughly 200,000 crew and festival-goers have been stomping around.

The detailed application includes a request for extended car parking and camping space to be made available, and for car parks and campervan areas to open on Tuesday.

The festival organisers will keep fans abreast of future changes.

Another alteration in the licence is stopping performances on The Pyramid, Jazz World and Other Stage at midnight, although increased volumes have been permitted.

Smaller stages will be able to operate until 12.30am and The Park area will have artists performing on it from the Thursday.

Tickets for this year’s bash, which takes place from Wednesday 23 – Sunday 27 June, are already sold out.

So far, the first of three headliners U2 have confirmed their slot for the Friday, with Muse and Stevie Wonder strongly rumoured as the other two main stage acts on the Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Meanwhile Corinne Bailey Rae, Jack Johnson, My Luminaire, John E Vistic have self-confirmed their appearances, whilst The Wombles are reported to be in discussions with organisers (if you believe The Sun).