THE site of the Glastonbury Festival could soon be open to campers - even when the event is NOT running - and also plans to hold up to two days of music THIS YEAR.

Organisers of the event have applied for permission to use more than 82 hectares of agricultural land at Worthy Farm for a 'family focused temporary campsite' - starting this summer, as well as applying for permission to hold a two-day event featuring live music.

The applications come after the 2021 festival - delayed after the cancellation of the festival's 50th anniversary show in 2020 - was also called off.

"The ... application is seeking formal confirmation from the council that the proposed change of use of the agricultural land at Worthy Farm ... to a family focused temporary campsite for 56 days in 2021, and for 28 days in subsequent years, is 'permitted development' pursuant to the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO)," the application for campsite permission, submitted to Mendip District Council (MDC), read.

It goes on: "The proposed campsite comprises 82.86ha of land that forms part of the site that hosts the annual music festival."

The proposed campsite includes much of the traditional festival site, including the Pyramid Stage and Kidzfield areas.

Somerset County Gazette:
PLAN: The area - outlined in red - which could be used as a family-friendly campsite at Worthy Farm

Meanwhile, the festival has also applied for permission to hold a two-day music event at the site.

The event, as detailed in the premises license application also submitted to MDC, would run on a Friday and Saturday, with live music taking place between 4pm and 11pm. 

The site would also be licensed to sell alcohol on those days between 2pm and midnight.

Emily Eavis, daughter of Glastonbury founder Michael, updated fans on the situation via Instagram and said the concerts could take place around the time of the Pilton Party - which traditionally takes place in the first week of September.

"For those asking for an update on our plans later this year, we have put an application in for a licence for a concert at the farm in September (around the time we'd usually do Pilton Party)," she said.

"Of course, we've no idea yet whether we'll able to do that, but we wanted to get the application in to be in with a chance. 

"Unlikely we'll have any news for a couple of months - but will let you know right here when we do.

"We're also putting an application in for a family-friendly (ie not for partying) campsite at the farm for this summer. 

"Again, it's not definite that it'll go ahead but needed to set the early wheels in motion now.

"It’s so good to dream up plans and hope that some of these things could potentially happen later this year."