Monday, November 03, 2008

Glastonbury zero

Although the official line is that Glastonbury didn't make a profit, the charities the festivals support still got their million quid, which would seem to be the main thing. The lack of any surplus for reinvestment, though, would surely be something of a worry- right, Michael Eavis?

"Glastonbury costs £22m now, it's a huge cost," Eavis recently told BBC 6 Music. "The infrastructure, the fencing, the roads, the water and the loos, the marquees, the management, the security and the police, it goes on and on so we do have to sell out in order to make it work."

"Costing had gone through the roof and the diesel costs had gone up by about 200,000 pounds," he said. "All the other costs had gone up as well."
"It's the first year in 39 years that we didn't make anything out of it," he said, "so it's not bad really is it?"

That would depend, Michael, on where the money underpinning next year's festival comes from. It does make the decision to offer tickets for sale earlier on - with a deposit up front - seem a little more understandable, though.