‘Mr Glastonbury’ gets just £60,000 a year

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Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis takes a salary of just £60,000-a-year – despite the event turning over £32m, he has revealed.

Eavis, 79, says he is not interested in the money and donates £2m to charity each year after paying all the wages and event costs.

The father-of-five says his take-home pay is so modest that he earns less than his top dairy herdsman at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset.

He last bought a new car 14 years ago and does not even holiday abroad, instead opting to stay at his holiday cottage in Cornwall.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press, Mr Eavis said: “I suppose I am a lot better off than I would have been for sure, but I don’t have millions or anything.

“I get a wage of £60,000 but I pay more than that to my cowman.

“I am not going to buy a flashy car – I bought a Mini for my wife 14 years ago.

“I don’t really like going on holiday – I just have a little cottage in Cornwall.

“There is no money stashed 
anywhere. We do a lot on the charity side – we aim for £2 m a year.”

So far Lionel Richie is the only name to be confirmed for the 2015 festival, which sold out in less than half an hour.

Mr Eavis said that he felt his team had done well when it came to picking headliners but there were still two acts he would like to see at the event.

He said: “I would like to have had The Grateful Dead because that is the one band we should have had and just ideal for the festival market.”