Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis defies his own plastic bottle ban on stage

 Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis defies his own plastic bottle ban on stage

Plastic bottles have been banned at Glastonbury this year, with fans sweltering in the heat restricted to cans of fizzy pop or water if they fancy buying a cold drink.

The ban supposedly extends to artists and crew in backstage areas, but it seems there’s one man to which the rules don’t apply – Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis.

Michael appeared in the Acoustic Tent this afternoon, where he delivered a speech followed by a Q&A session with festivalgoers. Illustrating his words with hand gestures while holding an orange Lucozade, he flaunted the contraband plastic bottle as the crowd endured 28°C heat.

One festivalgoer questioned why Michael wasn’t wearing a wristband, to which he jokingly responded that he was “probably pretty recognisable”.

With his festival now in its 49th year, if anyone’s earnt a cold drink it’s probably Micheal Eavis, but with the ban introduced this year expected to save one million plastic bottles from being used, maybe it’s time he headed down to a WaterAid kiosk and picked up a reusable bottle?

While on stage, Michael said he’ll “never stop running the festival out of choice” and will keep doing it “until he drops dead”. He said he wants at least another ten years, then spoke of how much he wants Fleetwood Mac to headline.

Micheal added that the band would have to reduce their fee before Glastonbury could afford to book them. He claimed the band have said they’ll “all go to hell” if they don’t perform at Glasto’ before they die, which is sure to kick the rumour mill into full gear ahead of the festival’s 50th anniversary next year.

He told fans they had a couple of “good headliners” for next year confirmed already, and commented that the agents for some bands do his head in.

Another asked about the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, to which Michael replied that they’d failed to show up when booked a few years ago. He said: “We’re not very forgiving to bands that don’t show up!”

With the festival being set on a working dairy farm, one fan asked how Michael felt about the impact of livestock farming on global warming. Greenpeace messaging around the festival, adorned with a #GoVegan hashtag, claims 51 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions come from livestock.

Michael responded by talking about Glastonbury’s new anaerobic digester. The green dome above the Pyramid Stage provides 80KW of electricity all year round, produced from the methane given off from cow slurry, and helps power the iconic Pyramid Stage when the festival is running.

The green dome in the background is the festival’s new anaerobic digester

Glastonbury have been contacted for comment.

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