Glastonbury bosses clarify festival’s future and Variety Bazaar plans
Glastonbury's new Variety Bazaar may not be coming as soon as expected, as new reports project the sister festival is likely to debut in 2021.This article originally appeared on NME
Glastonbury Festival recently revealed details of a potential sister event called the Variety Bazaar, with the festival bosses now speaking about that and the festival’s future in a new interview.
Despite previously marking 2019 as the year that Variety Bazaar will debut at a location 100 miles from the current Glastonbury site, now Emily Eavis has said that it’s more likely to take place in 2021.
“I think we’re most likely going to come back [to Worthy Farm] in 2019 after the fallow year in 2018, when there will be no event. Then 2020 is our 50th anniversary. And 2021, we may then do a show somewhere else, which we’re calling the Variety Bazaar. But none of this is set in stone.”
Michael Eavis went on to explain the name, the Variety Bazaar: “There was a shop in our local town, Shepton Mallet, years and years ago, run by three sisters, which sold all sorts of stuff – everything from knitting to books to cream cakes. And the name of the shop was the Variety Bazaar. I mentioned it to Emily and she loved it.”
Emily continued: “He was saying it was a hub for life in Shepton, and it was quite an unusual name. And then we said, ‘Well that would be a good name for something.’ But we never considered calling the new event Glastonbury.”
It was also confirmed that the Variety Bazaar, if a success, would then take place every fifth year, in Glastonbury Festival’s fallow year, during the same weekend as Glastonbury usually occurs.
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