Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis has revealed a new campsite of pre-pitched tents will be introduced at the festival’s 50th-anniversary event in 2020.
Festivalgoers will be given the option of renting a pre-pitched tent before they arrive instead of bringing their own tent. The tents will be blue and white, which will supposedly look like the ocean around Glastonbury-on-sea’s Victorian pier when seen from a distance.
Only around 100 of these pre-pitched tents will be available, and with Glastonbury’s capacity increasing to 210,000 next year, they could sell out pretty fast. They’ll join a range of pre-pitched and glamping options available at the festival, including the Tipi Village and Worthy View.
Pre-pitched tents can help reduce campsite waste, with the average tent left behind after a festival sending almost 9,000 straws worth of plastic to landfill. Glastonbury set the standard for low-waste camping this year with 99.3 per cent of tents taken home.
Speaking to Bristol Live, Micheal Eavis said: “There’s going to be a sea of blue and white tents around it which will look just like the ocean from afar.
“People will be able to rent them out before the event so they don’t need to bring a tent with them. That sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?
“There will only be about 100 of these tents, so enough for about 300 people all in all. It’s going to look great.”
Michael added: “The pier was excellent this year, really excellent, and next year it’s going to be even better.”
Michael Eavis also revealed Wolf Alice as the first band confirmed to appear at Glastonbury 2020. He said a “big, big band” was reforming especially for the party and their identity would be revealed at 6am on the day of the event.
He also confirmed all of Glastonbury 2019’s new attractions, such as the pier and the expanded Block 9 with its new arena, will return at the festival’s 50th anniversary next summer.
Michael told Bristol Live: “I genuinely think 2019 was the best Glastonbury ever and it’ll be very very difficult to run a better one.
“There was so much stuff we did which we probably should have saved for next year, to be honest. We almost treated this year like the 50th anniversary.
“I’ve never done a show as good as this one and if people are expecting more next year, they should forget it!”