CONCERTS will be held at the home of the Glastonbury Festival in September, after a licence for the events was approved.

Earlier this year, an application was made to Mendip District Council for a premises licence by Glastonbury Festival Events Limited (GFEL), for two days of shows at Worthy Farm.

Last week (May 12), the council's Licensing Sub-Committee met to discuss the application, hearing from affected authorities and other persons, including residents in opposition to the plan.

Now, after taking the allowed time to consider the proposal, the committee has granted approval for a licence, with more than 50 conditions for the event.

The conditions include:

  • The shows will be on the Pyramid Stage
  • Event will NOT be held in years when the festival is on
  • Pilton Party will NOT be held within 30 days of this event
  • Capacity of 49,999 will INCLUDE staff, performers and crew
  • NO camping allowed

Cllr Sam Phripp, chair of licensing at the council, said: “Whenever a licence application is considered, Mendip rightly assesses the impact of an event on local people and seeks to find a decent balance.

“With regard to Glastonbury Festival Events Limited holding a concert in September, we’ve heard concerns from residents, and those concerns are reflected in more than fifty conditions that have been added to this licence. We believe they’re sensible measures, and match the perceived risk of the event.

“With a view to Covid-19, of course, any event would have to be Covid-safe, and Mendip will work with other organisations and the organisers to make sure that’s the case.”

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Cllr Phripp added: “It’s in everybody’s interest for events like these to be a success, but as chair of licensing at Mendip, I’m clear that we’ll keep our ears and eyes open and take on board feedback from residents in Pilton, just as we would with any other event.

“We hope that, Covid-depending, this event will be a success, and we look forward to welcoming music lovers back to our corner of Somerset this autumn.”