Glastonbury Festival is set to stay at Worthy Farm for the foreseeable future after the local council agreed to permanent planning permission for the event.
In 2010, Glastonbury was granted rolling temporary planning permission in host this event and others at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset. However, that permission was set to expire next year.
Glastonbury owners had applied for these permissions, hoping to increase the level of flexibility and certainty for their various events. But, in 2021, the Mendip District Council had said there would be no further extensions to the temporary permissions as it was “contrary to best planning practice” laid out by their government.
Luckily, the council’s planning board approved the agenda on March 29, which has made Glastonbury Festival a permanent fixture on Worthy Farm once a year. The permissions also include the annual Pilton Party and camping events and agricultural use of the site in the festival off-season.
Due to this approval, Glastonbury Festival’s iconic Pyramid Stage will become a permanent structure, along with a storage and recycling building and land to accommodate the temporary festival workforce.
Naturally, Glastonbury will need to abide by a set of rules to keep these permissions—noise level limits, crowd capacity, etc.—standard for a festival that has run as long as Glastonbury.
“The grant of planning permission will provide certainty and secure the future of the largest and most iconic music and performing arts festival in Europe,” a representative of Glastonbury Festival said.
This year’s Glastonbury Festival will take place from Wednesday, June 21 to Sunday, June 25. Headliners include Elton John, Guns N’Roses and Arctic Monkeys, as well as global sensations Lizzo, Lil Nas X and Lana Del Rey. You can see the full lineup below and buy tickets on their site.