Glastonbury and promoter to part ways
The promoter who helped transform the Glastonbury Festival from a hippy hangout into a world-famous music event has decided to "part company" from its organisers.
Melvin Benn's involvement with the Somerset event dates back to the 1980s and his firm, Festival Republic, has been responsible for licensing and operational control since 2001.
A joint statement by founder Michael Eavis and the firm said the time was "right for both parties to go their separate ways".
It said Mr Eavis and his staff would "pick up the reins" and Festival Republic would get "time to focus" on its business, which promotes music events throughout Europe.
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Mr Eavis said Mr Benn, who is also chairman of Wembley Stadium and has been instrumental in making Glastonbury a more professional event, had "earned his stripes", going back to the 1980s.
He said: "We both learnt a lot about festivals then, and Melvin and I have managed to put together what is the Glastonbury we have now.
"I'll be sorry to see him go but he has masses of responsibility with all of his shows across the world and now is a good time to part company."