Glastonbury musical festival skips 2012

By Sam Wicks

Plan to be online when tickets go on sale to Glastonbury 2012? Think again.

Music fans were given a heads-up on the fact that the UK's premier music festival would skip this year back in 2010 when organiser Michael Eavis declared 2012 a "fallow year" - a chance for Glastonbury's home on the Worthy Farm in Sommerset, England to take a breather after years of concert goers stamping their way through his grounds.

It also meant the festival wouldn't be competing with the London Olympics for toilets and police.

It's no wonder that Eavis got word out of the break two years back - Glastonbury's multiple stages have been graced by the likes of David Bowie, The Smiths, Oasis, Radiohead, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen over its 40-year-plus history, and the festival regularly sells out in a matter of hours.

And don't think the three-day festival is a "rock-ist" event - wisdom that was challenged by Jay-Z when he headlined in 2008.

Glastonbury has accommodated artists of all stripes, from underground voices coming through to marquee pop names like Kylie Minogue and Beyoncé.

No doubt Eavis will be pulling out the big guns when it returns next year.

See you at Glastonbury 2013, then?

Check out Beyonce performing at Glastonbury 2011 here.

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