Unlikely managers

Festival organiser Michael Eavis, founder and organiser of the Glastonbury Festival.

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

When did you become a manager?

I wasn't that involved with the festival when it first started. In 1979, the team started getting scared because they were running out of money. I could see the structures collapsing and I couldn't let that happen. I went to the bank for a loan and got it. I realised at that point that I could manage something.

What does management mean to you?

It means understanding what you're trying to achieve. It's not about making money, but maintaining the credibility of the festival. The bottom line is to raise people's awareness about the state of the world and to raise lots of money. Managing the local area is a huge thing. I have to be on good terms with all my neighbours and get them to feel part of the event. There are 25 team leaders, who work all year round. I supervise everything because it's my fault when things go wrong.

What do you love/hate about it?

I enjoy mixing with people. The weekend of the festival, I go round talking to them, seeing what I've spent a year creating. It's really good fun. I get fears about the weather, though.

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