Glastonbury Festival have had a license approved to hold a two-day concert held at Worthy Farm this summer, and 49,999 music lovers could be in attendance. However, that figure does include performers, crew and staff.
At the start of the year, Glastonbury was the first festival to announce that it would not occur amid the pandemic. While many similar events have opted to postpone or re-schedule their dates, the Eavis’ decided to scrap the bash altogether. However, all hope isn’t lost, and in March, they applied for planning permission for a smaller event taking place later on in 2021, which could still host up to 50,000 fans.
Somerset Live first noted earlier this year that the festival had submitted an application to Mendip District Council asking for permission to hold a two-day event. The application seeks permission to stage live music and sell alcohol between 2pm and 11pm at a “single event” across a Friday and Saturday.
Mendip Council has since met to discuss whether they will give the Eavis family the go-ahead to run with their plans to bring live music and fans back to the Pyramid Stage and have decided to give them the green light.
However, they have said that it can only go ahead if 50 conditions are met. Their requests include the live event in question cannot be held in the years when the traditional Glastonbury Festival is run, and the annual Pilton Party cannot take place within 30 days of the event. No camping will be allowed for the two-day event.
Councillor Sam Phripp, who is chair of licensing at the council, said: “Whenever a licence application is considered, Mendip rightly assesses the impact of an event on local people and seeks to find a decent balance.
“With regard to Glastonbury Festival Events Limited holding a concert in September, we’ve heard concerns from residents, and those concerns are reflected in more than 50 conditions that have been added to this licence. We believe they’re sensible measures, and match the perceived risk of the event.
“With a view to Covid-19, of course, any event would have to be Covid-safe, and Mendip will work with other organisations and the organisers to make sure that’s the case.”
Phripp added they “hope that, Covid-depending, this event will be a success, and we look forward to welcoming music lovers back to our corner of Somerset this autumn.”