THE Glastonbury Festival could leave Somerset - but only temporarily.

Michael Eavis has said the 2019 Glastonbury Festival could be held at a site 100 miles away from its home at Worthy Farm, in Pilton.

He told the BBC a possible proposal would see the festival, which attracts around 177,000 people to the county, move "towards the Midlands" in a bid to help protect the main site and could happen every five years to allow the site at Worthy Farm to recover.

"I'm arranging to move the show [but] it would be a huge loss to Somerset if it went there forever," he said.

"We've got a wonderful product what we do and we can do it almost anywhere.

"I love my own farm... I might have to move it eventually."


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But he said he would be reluctant to see the festival, which was first held in 1970, move permanently.

"Most people are on side now and it's a wonderful, wonderful boost for the whole of Somerset and beyond as well," he added.

"I don't want to lose it for ever, no way."