Emily Eavis

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Emily Eavis
Emily Eavis at a book signing November 2019 01.jpg
Eavis at a book signing in November 2019
BornJuly 1979 (age 43)
EducationWells Cathedral School
Alma materGoldsmiths, University of London
Known forOrganising Glastonbury Festival
Parent(s)Michael Eavis
Jean Eavis

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

Early life[edit]

Eavis grew up on Worthy Farm, Somerset, the site of the Glastonbury Festival. In 1985, at age five, she performed Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star on the Festival's Pyramid Stage immediately before The Style Council headlined.[3][4] After 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 home to care for her.

Music events career[edit]


Following her mother's death in 1999, Eavis began assisting her father in running the festival and 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, music manager Nick Dewey.[8] In 2008, Eavis booked the festival's first hip hop headliner, Jay-Z.[9] Eavis married Dewey in August 2009; the couple have three children, sons born in 2011 and 2013 and a daughter born in 2016.[10][11][12] The couple is responsible for booking all of Glastonbury's main stages, with Dewey now the festival's Head of Music Programming.[13] Other headliners Eavis and Dewey have booked include The Rolling Stones, Adele, Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Kanye West, Neil Young, Lionel Richie, Blur, Paul Simon, Arctic Monkeys, Electric Light Orchestra, Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran.[14] Eavis has also booked African and Middle Eastern artists on the Pyramid Stage. including Amadou & Mariam, Rokia Traore, Bassekou Kouyate, Songhoy Blues, Baaba Maal and Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music.[14]

Other events[edit]

Eavis 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 has advocated female equality in music and equal representation across stages at Glastonbury.[18] She also supports the White Ribbon Alliance.[19] In 2019, Eavis was behind Glastonbury's decision to ban the sale of single-use plastic bottles at that year's festival in a bid to cut waste.[20]

See also[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. ^ "Jay-Z 'had right attitude', Glasto organiser says!". Irish Examiner. 18 June 2011.
  10. ^ "My Life: Emily Eavis on Growing Up With Glastonbury Festival in Her Back Garden". HuffPost. 19 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Glastonbury's Emily Eavis arrives at her wedding in Cold War fighter plane". The Telegraph. 3 September 2009.
  12. ^ "Site Snaps: We're almost ready". Glastonbury Festival. 19 June 2016.
  13. ^ "2016 Emerging Talent Competition finalists announced - listen now!". Glastonbury Festival. 16 March 2016.
  14. ^ a b "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. Archived from the original on 3 April 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  20. ^ Marsh, Sarah (27 February 2019). "Glastonbury festival bans plastic bottles". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 30 September 2019.

External links[edit]

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