With Glastonbury fans already looking forward to the virtual Live At Worthy Farm event happening this weekend, there's more good news with Mendip District Council having granted the licence to Glastonbury Festivals Limited to host a one off special concert (name to be announced) over two days on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th September 2021 at Worthy Farm, Pilton with live acts appearing only on the iconic Pyramid Stage for 40,000 public ticket holders each day.
The one off event will happen 51 years after the first Festival held in 1970 on September 19th, the day after the death of Jimi Hendrix, and organisers made clear during the hearing that would not be the same event as the regular local event, the Pilton Party.
Details of the license application decision notice are (here).
The Sub-Committee carefully considered the points made by those opposed to the event, and mulled over the matter in detail before announcing that:"The Sub-Committee has agreed to grant the September Event PRL823 premises licence application, from Glastonbury Festival Events Limited, with no modifications, subject to the inclusion of the following conditions."
The conditions relate to the approval of the Emergency Services and a detailed Event Management Plan, but the main hurdle has been jumped and now that the event has it's licence the Eavis family can continue on getting everything in place for September.
There are no announced acts, and ticket prices have not yet been announced. The application reveals that how tickets will be available is likely to be confirmed now the licence has been agreed, and will depend upon the Government's roadmap plans post the 21st June.
Although government legislation and guidance has not yet been published, the Council agreed that the current pandemic does not 'come within the remit of the Licensing Act 2003', however the conditions of the licence do explicitly state that Covid restrictions/requirements would trump any license stipulations.
The event will have a total capacity of 49,999 that includes all staff, traders, performers and crew. It will offer food traders and bars, parking in separate car parks, and a bus station to access the main concert arena, but there will be no camping on site. There are a lot of local B&Bs, hotels and campsites in the area.
Talking of camping, this event will happen after Worthy Farm will hosts Worthy Pastures – a family-friendly rural getaway which will welcome guests to get back to basics in nature, with a range of pre-erected, unfurnished bell tents and scout tents available to hire for 3-, 4- and 5-night stays, but is a totally different licensed event.
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