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  • 30 June 2014, 12:13

Glastonbury Clean-Up As Eavis Ponders Future

As the clean-up after Glastonbury Festival gets under way, organiser Michael Eavis has said he thinks he will bow out of hosting it in 2020.

Mr Eavis' Worthy Farm in Somerset has been home to 175,000 people for the past three days and it could take around six weeks to convert it into a functioning dairy farm again.

A litter-picking crew of up to 800 will begin to clear the huge site of rubbish, while volunteers began sifting through the recycling on Sunday.

Tractors carrying magnetic strips will travel across the 1,200-acre site to pick up tent pegs while workers will carry out a fingertip search to make sure no inch of the land goes unchecked.

Mr Eavis, who organises the mammoth event with his daughter Emily, said: "We've got a few more years.

"Myself, I think I can run another six years, which would take me up to about 50 years ... and then see what happens after that."

He added that the next fallow year for the farm will be 2017.

This year's event has been hailed a huge success with around 100,000 people estimated to have watched Dolly Parton perform on Sunday afternoon.

The singer's representatives have denied she mimed to some of her hits after a debate opened among fans on Twitter.

Kasabian made sure the festival went out with a bang as they headlined the Pyramid Stage.

Mr Eavis, 78, said he already has next year's headliners sorted.

The farmer, who put on the first festival at his farm in 1970, was sworn to secrecy about who the acts were, but said one band was not British and Prince was not among them.

He said he remained hopeful that Prince would one day play.

"We're always having a go at Prince, but you know it's up to him whether he wants to do it or not.

"Most of the people in the world want to play here, so I did ask him to hop on the train and come down to Castle Cary station and I'll show him around the farm some time.

"It hasn't been taken up yet though."

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