ONE of the world’s biggest music festival is set to move to Wiltshire.
Longleat is looking like the red-hot favourite to host the Glastonbury Festival from 2018, after founder Michael Eavis confirmed the event would be looking to move due to ongoing complications and safety concerns at its Worthy Farm site.
It now looks increasingly likely the festival will relocate 27 miles, over the county border and into Wiltshire, with the world famous safari park’s 9,800-acre Warminster estate leading the race to host in two years.
The festival attracts 200,000 revellers, performers and volunteers each June. It is unknown whether the 2018 venue will become the festival’s permanent home.
Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis, who turned 80 last week, told Loaded that the 2018 event would be “the same size” as a traditional Glastonbury, adding that the “new festival in 2018 will be 20 miles up the road.”
Longleat fits that description, but it is not the only Wiltshire venue on the shortlist of potential sites.
Charlton Park in Malmesbury already has festival credentials, with a decade of hosting WOMAD under its belt. The region’s second biggest festival hosts 40,000 daily but has scope to expand.
Salisbury Plain has also been earmarked as a possible venue.