Glastonbury Founder To Quit
Michael Eavis is to gradually hand over control of the Glastonbury festival to daughter Emily, looking to give up completely by 2011.
Michael Eavis is to step down from running the Glastonbury Festival.
The farmer has been arranging the world-famous music event at his Worthy Farm in Somerset, England, since it began in 1970 but says he plans to completely hand it over to daughter Emily - currently co-organiser - and her fiancÃ© Nick in 2011 after "two more complete years" at the helm, gradually reducing his role between now and then.
He said: "I'm living on top of the hill now, away from the farm. So Emily's taking over the house, which is nice. A new generation of Eavises can live here.
"I still feel I have an important role to play. Even if I go I'll worry about the drains, the rubbish, the recycling. There will be a gradual process of her and Nick taking it over."
Michael also spoke about last year's controversial headliner Jay-Z, revealing he was only booked after Radiohead declined to play.
Speaking about booking the '99 Problems' star on Emily's advice, he told Britain's The Guardian newspaper: "It was either that or cancel the show.
"I knew she had sensible ideas so I had to go with that. It was the last throw of the dice for me. We either throw the dice or abandon the festival."