Glastonbury Festival Licensing and Event Management Information

Glastonbury Festival's worldwide reputation means that the council has a huge responsibility in ensuring that it undertakes its statutory duties professionally. Along with other responsible authorities it scrutinises management plans, audits and monitors the event to ensure compliance with the licence and other relevant legislation.

Glastonbury Festival tents

The purpose of the legislation is to promote the licensing objectives and so ensure the event organisers provide a safe event whilst minimising any adverse impacts to the local community. 

The current licence authorises one event per year which is usually held in June.  There is an annual license fee of £32,000 which is paid to the Council to recover the costs incurred in undertaking the licensing processing and monitoring of the festival.

Icon for pdf Current Glastonbury Festival licence [336.76KB]

On issue of the Licence there is an expectation that the Licensee, Glastonbury Festival Events Limited (GFEL), will promote the Licensing Objectives in the way that the event is managed.  This licence comprises an Operating Schedule (OS), which, states the manner in which the applicant will promote the licensing objectives (and in effect sets out the conditions of the Premises Licence). 

Supporting the Operating Schedule is an Event Management Plan (EMP).  This describes how the event organiser will comply with the conditions of the Operating Schedule.  The EMP can be varied to a degree, for each event to enable continuous improvement.  The EMP is made available to the Licensing Authority and the other Responsible Authorities to review and scrutinise the proposals prior to each event. The EMP is not a public document and is not held by the Licensing Authority or any Responsible Authority.  Glastonbury Festival Events Limited do produce a summary document held by this Council, which can be found below.

Icon for pdf Glastonbury Festival 2019 Event Management Planning Document [371.69KB]

Mendip District Council has a good working relationship with the festival organisers and all of the partners involved in the running of the event, which is what helps to make it one of the best music festivals in the world.