Glastonbury founder Eavis honoured

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Published: Tuesday 4th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Glastonbury Festival performers such as Coldplay, Damon Albarn and Sir Paul McCartney were among the figures praising the event’s founder Michael Eavis as he was honoured by the music business.

The 79-year-old followed figures such as Sir Elton John, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Kylie Minogue as the recipient of the annual Music Industry Trusts Award for his outstanding contribution to live music in the UK.

Around 1,200 people gathered at a ceremony staged at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel in aid of the Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity and the Brit Trust.

Eavis, who now organises the event with his daughter Emily, founded the festival in 1970 and built it into one of the best-known festivals in the world, attracting the biggest names and generating millions of pounds.

He said: “After crawling through a hole in the hedge to take a peep at Freddie Bannister’s Bath Blues Festival in 1970, I can’t believe that 44 years of semi-controlled chaos has led to me receiving this prestigious award. Thank you all so much.”

Many of the acts who have performed over the years sent messages to pay tribute, with Albarn – who has performed with Blur and Gorillaz – saying: “I’d like to thank you for your husbandry of the musical health of the British Isles and far further afield.”

Lily Allen, who attended as a child with her parents before performing many years later, said: “Your festival is literally better than Christmas… I get that same feeling in my gut that I did on Christmas Eve as a kid but for the whole week leading up to that last weekend in June. I love you, you have made the world a bearable place.”

Coldplay sent a message which said: “Thank you for the incredible experiences you’ve given us and so many others.”

Published: Tuesday 4th November 2014 by The News Editor

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