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Glastonbury Festival reveal why they pay bands so little

Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis has explained why the festival refuses to bow down to high booking fees for the bands and artists that play each year.

With a basic weekend ticket price of £238 + £5 booking fee per and an expected crowd of around 175,000 in attendance, Eavis has explained the role and importance of charity in the ethos of Glastonbury. 

“The charity thing is the absolute, most paramount thing of the biggest importance, really,” Emily Eavis told BBC 6 Music. “The most important part of the festival is the fact that we can give that money to charity. It makes it all totally worthwhile. We try to give £2million per year, and on a wet year it’s harder because it costs more, but we give as close to £2million as we can.

“It’s amazing, and it’s great, and that’s why we’re not kind of commercial in that respect. We’re not in the same bracket as everyone else when it comes to paying artists massive fees. That’s another thing to consider when we get a lot of scrutiny about the line-up. Glastonbury relies completely on goodwill. We’re not in the situation where we’re able to just give people enormous amounts of money. It’s probably less than 10% of what they’d get from playing any of the other major British commercial festivals.”

“We’re really grateful for the bands that we get because they’re doing it for fun and for the love of it,” She added.

Don’t forget to check out our complete guide to surviving Glastonbury Festival, you won’t regret it. 

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