Glastonbury goers you may not like this! The legendary festival is to miss a year in 2026. Emily Eavis, the co-organiser confirmed the decision during a recent interview on the BBC’s Sidetracked podcast, stating the necessity of a “fallow year.”

There are multiple purposes for the break: resting the land, extending grazing time for the cows, and giving festival-goers a refreshing pause. “We are due a fallow year. The fallow year is important because it gives the land a rest, and it gives the cows a chance to stay out for longer and reclaim their land,” Eavis explained. She emphasized that the hiatus benefits everyone. “Then you kind of go away for a bit and it feels lovely when you come back. And I think it’s quite good not to be seen to be cashing in,” she added.

The festival, founded by Michael Eavis (Emily’s father), has been a cultural staple since 1970. Michael Eavis once considered cancelling it indefinitely in the 1990s but continued after the passing of his wife Jean in 1999.

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George Millington