Who doesn’t like summer outdoor festivals? They go hand in hand with warmer weather like bread and butter. So it should come as a surprise when officials announced that Glastonbury, Britain's biggest open-air rock festival, is to take a year off in 2006 to give a rest to both the long-suffering villagers and organizer Michael Eavis' cows. Since 1970 festival-goers have enjoyed the mud and music at Eavis’ farm.
Billboard reports, "It's a good chance for the cows, the farm, the farm workers and the villagers to recover," Eavis said. "It's been tough on the cows. This will be like a fallow year in farming terms." When Glastonbury was first held on Eavis' farm near Pilton in Somerset, about 1,500 hippies paid one pound each to hear a handful of bands, including Marc Bolan's T-Rex.
The years that followed proved to make the festival a success with the numbers, with performances by Oasis, Paul McCartney, Muse, Pulp and more. Unfortunately, villagers from the surrounding area were not too keen on it as they started to complain that vandalism, litter, theft, and noise were hitting their countryside. This caused the festival to be canceled in 2001, but it came back in 2002 with better security.
As for 2005, Eavis did not comment on a lineup, but did say that all acts are confirmed and that the festival will take place June 24-26.