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Glastonbury's Emily Eavis Reveals She Received Death Threats Over Kanye Booking


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With a little under a month to go before it kicks off, probably the most talked-about thing about Glastonbury 2015 has been the booking of Kanye West for the Saturday night headline slot. In a new interview, the festival’s chief organiser Emily Eavis has revealed that she has received death threats as a result.

Speaking with The Times, Eavis, 36, who runs the festival with her father Michael, stood proudly by their decision to book the rapper to headline the Pyramid Stage, but said that some of the abuse they’ve received has been “just horrible”.

Michael EavisMichael and Emily Eavis, the father-daughter team behind Glastonbury

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Michael Eavis - Celebrities attend the Music Industry Trust Awards in aid of charities Nordoff Robbins and the BRIT Trust at Grosvenor House hotel in London - Arrivals at Grosvenor House Hotel, Grosvenor House - London, United Kingdom - Monday 3rd November 2014

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Emily Eavis and Michael Eavis
Emily Eavis and Michael Eavis
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Picture - Michael Eavis - Celebrities attend... London United Kingdom, Monday 3rd November 2014

Michael Eavis - Celebrities attend the Music Industry Trust Awards in aid of charities Nordoff Robbins and the BRIT Trust at the Grosvenor House hotel in London - Arrivals at Grosvenor House Hotel, Grosvenor House - London, United Kingdom - Monday 3rd November 2014

Michael Eavis Books Headliners for Glastonbury 2015 (It's Not Fleetwood Mac)


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Michael Eavis, the founder of the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Arts, says he has booked three "excellent headliners" for 2015 though confirmed that Fleetwood Mac were not available. The legendary rock band have been the strong favorites to headline the festival next year, though Eavis debunked the speculation, also going on record as saying Queen are not in his thoughts, either.

Michael EavisMichael Eavis has confirmed that all three Glastonbury headliners are now booked, but that they do not include Fleetwood Mac or Queen

"Queen? Not Queen, no. Fleetwood Mac don't seem to be available at the moment. But we've got three excellent headliners for next year," he said, during an interview with Music Week. Pushed on his bookings, Eavis, 79, teased that one of the headline acts had "been around for a long time."

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Michael Eavis Pays Tribute to Tony Benn at Glastonbury Festival


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Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis has paid tribute to former Labour politician Tony Benn, whom he described as a "friend of the festival." Benn died in March after making regular appearances at the festival, appearing at the Left Field political forum.

Tony BennTony Benn died in March

"What a fantastic fellow," said Eavis. "Highly principled. A conviction politician. He didn't do what was popular, he did what was right.

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Michael Eavis Reveals Reason Why Prince Pulled Out of Glastonbury 2014


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Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis has revealed that Prince pulled out of playing this year’s event because of “social media chit-chat”. Prince had agreed to play the historic festival but became angered when the planned performance was seemingly leaked to bookmakers, who slashed the odds of the Purple one headlining.

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“We wanted him to play and it got to the point where his people were talking to us about him doing it,” Eavis told fashion designer Henry Holland for the Guardian. “But before he confirmed he got really upset because he thought we had advertised that he was playing.” “Rumours get everywhere and one of those rumours was that Prince was coming, so he didn’t want to do it in the end,” he continued. “All the social media chit-chat now about who might be playing really doesn’t help us.”

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Glastonbury Founder Michael Eavis Defends Festival Headliners Metallica


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Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis has defended the decision to have Metallica headline the festival this year. There has been growing opposition regarding Metallica performing at the festival by festival-goers who don’t feel a heavy metal band is an appropriate headliner and animal activists who disagree with band member James Hetfield’s association with bear-hunting.

Michael Eavis Metallica Dairy farmer and festival founder Michael Eavis has defended the decision to have Metallica headline the festival

Eavis has not been put off by either of these factors and has maintained he is “looking forward to seeing them.” He continued: “We have been going for so long that people don’t expect us to put on a heavy metal band. We had Rage Against The Machine and we have had lots of fairly heavy metal bands in the past but this is not a typical headline. We usually have bands like Radiohead, Coldplay and U2, the Rolling Stones, but I am really looking forward to them.”

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Picture - Michael Eavis - The funeral... London United Kingdom, Thursday 27th March 2014

Michael Eavis - The funeral of Anthony Benn, 2nd Viscount Stansgate, at St. Margaret's Church in central London - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 27th March 2014

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Michael Eavis - Former Labour MP Tony Benn's Funeral held at St. Margaret's Church, Westminster. - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 27th March 2014

Ten More Years! Glastonbury Festival Gets License for Another Decade


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The well-trodden fields of Worthy Farm will be privy to live music, stabbed by tent pegs and defecated on for another decade thanks to Glastonbury Festival’s new 10-year license, ensuring the world-famous annual weekend get-together will run on.

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The festival attracts 135,000+ visitors nearly every year to the South West of England, in Somerset, where the world’s biggest stars enjoy the sunshine/endure the mud playing huge headline sets and intimate gigs in any of the myriad stages on offer.

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Glastonbury Festival Sold Out, But Eavis Maintains Headliners Will Be Debutants


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Tickets for next year's Glastonbury Festival sold out in record time on Sunday (October 6, 2013), with 120,000 tickets - costing £210 each - being snapped up in around one and a half hours. 

Over one million people had registered for the event, with the unlucky music fans now relying on a handful of small re-sales next year to secure tickets.

Organisers Michael and Emily Eavis said in a statement, "We have, once again, been blown away by the numbers of people who were hoping to join us at the festival, and we're sorry that many of you have missed out on a ticket.

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Glastonbury 2014 Headliners Are First-Timers, Fleetwood Mac, Pearl Jam, Depeche Mode?


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Glastonbury Festival boss Michael Eavis has revealed that he has more or less signed the headliners for 2014, teasing that neither act has played the historical music gathering in the past.

In an interview with NME, Eavis explained, "Next year's headliners are more or less in place. They're three bands who haven't played Glastonbury, and that's important." Though the article sent the internet into frenzy with speculation over Eavis's dream headliners Prince and Madonna, the emphasis on the word 'band' appears to suggest the acts will be more conventional four or five-pieces, perhaps in the rock genre.

Of course, both acts travel with accomplished bands - Prince particularly - though Eavis's comments leaves those possibilities in doubt - for this writer at least.

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The Rolling Stones At Glastonbury VS. Die Hard- And The Winner Is...?


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The Rolling Stones headlined at Glastonbury on Saturday (29th June) but the viewing public were more interested in watching Bruce Willis' 1988 classic action film, Die Hard, according to The Daily Mail. 2.54 million tuned into the BBC to watch The Rolling Stones' performance whilst 2.78 million watched Bruce Willis punch, kick and shoot in Die Hard

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Mick Jagger with Ronnie Wood in the background performing at Glastonbury.

The BBC sent over 300 staff members to the Glastonbury Festival, at the cost of £2 million, but more people tuned into watch Bruce Willis' Die Hard than Saturday's (29th June 2013) coverage. 

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The Rolling Stones, Public Enemy And Elvis Costello Bring Worthy Farm To It's Knees: Glastonbury Day Two Round-Up


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After decades of failed attempts, Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis finally managed to book the biggest rock group of all time for the world-renowned UK festival, and with an absolutely riotous set that had the huge crowd off their feet for the full 2+ hours set, The Rolling Stones managed to show just why they are still the biggest band on the planet.

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The dinosaurs rockers proved their worth on the Pyramid Stage

Their headlining slot on Saturday (June 29) night proved to be the icing on the cake to what had already been an absolutely triumphant day two at the Somerset festival and after a hit-filled set from the Arctic Monkeys during the Friday headlining show on the Pyramid Stage, followed by the huge set from the Stones last night, the pressure really is on for Mumford and Sons to deliver when they take to the stage on Sunday (June 30) night to close the festival. Good news for people at home (in the UK) too, because the group did show some of their performance on the BBC afterall (an hour of it at least), despite saying otherwise prior to the set. Checking off such classics as '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction,' 'Gimme Shelter' and 'Paint It Black' during their set, they may have been together for half a century, but Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood managed to grab hold of the audience like few other bands on the bill would be able to.

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