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Tuesday, 4 December, 2001, 20:45 GMT
Glastonbury boss bids to save festival
Glastonbury Festival aerial view
Michael Eavis's farm becomes a tented city
The future of Europe's biggest music festival is hanging in the balance this week.

The organiser of Glastonbury Festival has been bracing himself for a meeting with police on Wednesday - in the hope of persuading them not to block the event.

He has been warned that without a plan to keep out thousands of gatecrashers, he would not get a licence for the 2002 festival - due to star veteran rocker Rod Stewart.

Failure might mean the end of the 30-year-old institution - on safety grounds.

This year's festival was cancelled because of security fears.

Michael Eavis
Mr Eavis must have police backing on safety
Plans for a new six-mile security fence have failed to impress Mendip district councillors, who will decide whether to grant a licence after seeking police advice.

Last year's festival was licensed for 105,000 spectators - but some estimates put the real attendance above 200,000.

Mr Eavis was fined 6,000 for breach of his licence conditions because of the number of people who got in without tickets.

Mr Eavis withdrew a licence application for 2002 that was due to go before councillors last week.

A police report on the application said: "We cannot be satisfied that the proposed event will be safe." Mr Eavis says the local economy needs the festival, which takes place on his land at Worthy Farm, Pilton.

He has until 28 December to resubmit plans to the council.

Mr Eavis wanted to boost crowd capacity to 135,000 to pay for increased security costing 1.5m.


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