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Eavis plans for 2004 Glastonbury
Michael Eavis
Michael Eavis: "The best ever, without a shadow of a doubt"
The final day of the Glastonbury Festival has ended - with organiser Michael Eavis already looking forward to next year's event.

Rain broke into fine weather on the final day, which included sets from Moby, the Manic Street Preachers and Feeder.

There is a risk of thunder storms on Monday, when most people will be packing up and going home.

Mr Eavis hailed this year's event as "the best ever, without a shadow of a doubt", and told reporters Prince had already agreed to play at next year's show.

He said: "I've got three headliners for next year - isn't that good?

Second day scenes

"Prince promised me he would do it next year. It's good that we've got all these top bands wanting to play here."

When asked if Oasis would be one of next year's headliners after Noel Gallagher turned up on Saturday, he said: "You can draw your own conclusions. I'm not saying."

When the name Paul McCartney was mentioned after Mr Eavis turned him down for a headlining slot this year, he said: "We would really like him to play and I just hope he will play next year but I don't know yet."

'Safe place'

While Mr Eavis had problems getting a licence for the event, at Worthy Farm, near Pilton in Somerset, because of the fear of crime, police hailed this year's festival as a "safe place to be".

Thom Yorke's Radiohead
Thom Yorke's Radiohead headlined on Saturday
By 1600 BST on Sunday, the Avon and Somerset force said 261 crimes had been reported, with a further 137 recorded drug detections.

In the village of Pilton itself, 34 crimes had been reported. Extra security for the festival's neighbours was one of the conditions imposed on Mr Eavis when he was given a licence for the event.

A Mendip District Council spokesman said the situation was "very satisfactory", adding the biggest source of complaints had been the number of fireworks let off by revellers.

"Everyone seems very happy," he told BBC News Online. "The security is much better than last year."

Some 157 people had been arrested - mainly for drug offences or theft.

'Good future'

Mr Eavis said doubts about the festival's future had now been dispelled.

"Things are looking very, very good for the future with the council and the village.

"Last night was the first night ever when I haven't had a phone call in the night from some irate neighbour."

"We have finally got it right. Last year it was the fence, this year it was the outside security. People have taken in all the messages," he said.

Mobile phones
Police with a hoard of stolen mobile phones
Radiohead were the headline act on Saturday night, playing tracks from their new album Hail To The Thief, while REM led Friday's bill.

Sunday's other highlights include Macy Gray, Tricky, the Delgados, Doves and The Streets.

Capacity

After this year's 112,500 tickets sold out in a record 18 hours, Mr Eavis said he was unlikely to increase the capacity.

"My personal feelings are that we've got enough people here already. I think we've probably reached the size we want to go with."

Instead, he would like to set up a database of ticket-holders to allow festival fans to come once every other year.

"We're trying to get a single database of seriously upset people who couldn't come this year," he said.

Glastonbury litter squad

"My ambition is that people who really want to come can actually get in at least once every other year or something. I don't know quite how to work it out."

He added that he may reserve 20,000-30,000 tickets for National Union of Students members to attract students back.

This year's event would be remembered as "the one where everything worked for us, really", he said.

"Whether it be security, the lack of any aggravation outside the site and the incredibly good line-up - it was unquestionably the best line-up we have ever had."

He also denied the festival's spirit had been diluted.

"I've been walking around all morning and I don't find anyone disappointed with the spirit.

"I think the spirit is as good as ever it was, if not better."


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