Emily Eavis

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Emily Eavis
Emily Eavis drops into the Worthy FM studio for a chat (cropped).jpg
Emily Eavis in 2010
Born 1979 (age 37–38)
Education Wells Cathedral School
Alma mater Goldsmiths, University of London
Known for Booking acts for Glastonbury Festival
Children 3
Parent(s)

Emily Eavis (born 1979) is co-organiser of the annual Glastonbury Festival. She is the youngest daughter of the festival's founder and organiser Michael Eavis and his second wife Jean.[1][2]

Eavis grew up on Worthy Farm, Somerset, the site of Glastonbury Festival. Throughout her childhood, she was driven by politics and supported CND. In 1985, at the age of 5, she performed Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star on the Festival’s famous Pyramid Stage immediately before The Style Council headlined.[3][4]

Afer leaving Wells Cathedral School in 1997, she began a teaching degree at Goldsmiths University, London.[5] When her mother became ill with cancer, Eavis deferred her course and returned to Worthy Farm to care for her. Following Jean’s death in 1999, Eavis began assisting her father in running the festival and soon became co-organiser of the event.[6] She is now responsible for overseeing the line-up of the festival.[7]

In 2007, Eavis created The Park area with her partner, the music manager Nick Dewey.[8] Eavis married Dewey in August 2009 and they now have three children, George (born 2011), Noah (born 2013) and Nelly (born 2016).[9][10][11]

The couple are responsible for booking all of Glastonbury's main stages, with Dewey now the festival's Head of Music Programming.[12] Together, they booked the festival’s first hip hop headliner in 2008, Jay Z, which created a media storm but was hailed a success. Other headliners Eavis and Dewey have booked include The Rolling Stones, Adele, Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Kanye West, Neil Young, Lionel Richie, Blur, Paul Simon, Arctic Monkeys, Metallica, Florence & The Machine, ELO, Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran.[13]

Eavis has also championed African artists on the Pyramid Stage including Amadou & Mariam, Rokia Traore, Tinariwen, Femi Kuti, The Master Musicians of Joujouka, Bassekou Kouyate, Songhoy Blues, Baaba Maal and The Syrian National Orchestra.[14]

Eavis works with charities throughout the year, planning campaigns for Glastonbury. She has organised several fundraising concerts for Oxfam, including a Make Trade Fair concert at London’s Astoria in October 2002 with Coldplay, Noel Gallagher and Ms Dynamite[15] and a show at the Hammersmith Apollo in September 2004 headlined by REM.[16] Eavis also organised a concert opposing the Iraq war at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire in 2003, featuring Coldplay, Paul Weller, Faithless and Ronan Keating.[17]

Eavis is an outspoken champion for female equality in music and equal representation across stages at Glastonbury.[18]

She is a campaigner in support of making birth safe for all mothers with The White Ribbon Alliance.[19]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Mackenzie, Malcolm (1 June 2007). "Interview: Emily Eavis". The London Paper. Retrieved 25 March 2009. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Emily Eavis". Ethical Awards. Observer. 14 January 2007. Retrieved 25 March 2009. 
  3. ^ "The 'reluctant heiress' to Glastonbury?". BBC Radio 4. 23 June 2005. Retrieved 25 March 2009. 
  4. ^ "Emily Eavis Q&A". CNN. 17 July 2007. Retrieved 25 March 2009. 
  5. ^ "Honorands: Michael and Emily Eavis". Goldsmiths University London. 2016. 
  6. ^ "Emily Eavis Q&A". CNN. 17 July 2007. 
  7. ^ "Glastonbury: Emily Eavis had death threats after booking Kanye West". BBC News. 29 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "In A Field Of Their Own: The Park". Glastonbury Festival. 10 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "My Life: Emily Eavis On Growing Up With Glastonbury Festival In Her Back Garden". Huffington Post. 19 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "Glastonbury's Emily Eavis arrives at her wedding in Cold War fighter plane". The Telegraph. 3 September 2009. 
  11. ^ "Site Snaps: We’re almost ready". Glastonbury Festival. 19 June 2016. 
  12. ^ "2016 Emerging Talent Competition finalists announced - listen now!". Glastonbury Festival. 16 March 2016. 
  13. ^ "Glastonbury Festival History". Glastonbury Festival. April 2017. 
  14. ^ "Glastonbury Festival History". Glastonbury Festival. April 2017. 
  15. ^ "Fairplay - unannounced guests revealed". Indie London. October 2002. 
  16. ^ "Make Trade Fair, Hammersmith Apollo". The Independent. 14 September 2004. 
  17. ^ "Stars sing out against war". BBC News. 16 March 2003. 
  18. ^ ""We Are Strong On Women This Year"". Noisey. 14 January 2016. 
  19. ^ "Emily Eavis". White Ribbon Alliance. 2016.