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Glastonbury licence renewed for next six years

U2

Story by Jack Foley

THE world famous Glastonbury Festival will be able continue for at least the next six years.

For the first time in its history, Mendip District Council has granted the landmark music event a licence until 2016 without the need for any public hearings.

This varies dramatically from past years, when the issue of licences has hinged upon the outcome of hearings that were held in response to objections from the public, or concerns from bodies such as the police, fire or ambulance services.

But in announcing its decision, a council spokesman said that the latest application had received few comments and almost no objections.

Previous concerns from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service had been resolved, while plans are also in place to help minimise disruption to locals caused by motorists coming to and from the event.

This year’s festival is due to take place from June 25 to 27, 2010, and includes acts such as U2 (pictured) and Jack Johnson.

There will, however, be no Glastonbury Festival in 2012 to allow time for the site to recover.