Glastonbury To Take A Year Off In 2026 Says Emily Eavis

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Glastonbury co-founder Emily Eavis has said that the festival is to take a year off in 2026.

This year’s edition of the festival is due to run from 26-30 June, featuring a star studded line up, including DUA Lipa, Colplay and Shania Twain to name a few.

Check out the line up in full here.

“fallow year”

Speaking in a recent interview, Emily Eavis has said that the festival is due a “fallow year”. Glastonbury has previously taken a year off in 2018.

“We are due a fallow year. The fallow year is important because it gives the land a rest, and it gives the cows a chance to stay out for longer and reclaim their land”, Eavis said on the BBC’s Sidetracked podcast.

She added: “I think it’s important, I think it gives everybody time to just switch off and the public as well. Then you kind of go away for a bit and it feels lovely when you come back. And I think it’s quite good not to be seen to be cashing in”. 

“some sort of stunt”

Elsewhere, Emily Eavis revealed that her father and Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis had planned to pull the plug on the festival when he reached retirement.

“My parents were always like, ‘This is the last one’. Everyone thought it was some sort of stunt to sell tickets but it wasn’t. They were genuinely like, ‘Well, we probably won’t do another”, Emily explained.

However that changed when Michael’s wife Jean passed in 1999.

Stating that her father vowed to carry on following his wife’s passing, Emily Eavis also added: “My dad was like, ‘Oh, I think I might need the festival now’. Because they were going to retire and go on long cruises and things like that. My dad was like,
‘Listen, let’s keep it going.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, I’ll help you’. Never did I think I’d still be here a few decades on”. 

Back in January, Michael Eavis was awarded a Knighthood for his services to music and charity. Read more on this story here.