Michael Eavis, creator of the much-loved and world-famous Glastonbury Festival, is to be honoured with the 23rd Music Industry Trusts Award (MITS).
This prestigious annual music award is presented to Michael in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the UK’s live music industry and many charitable causes. The Award will be presented on Monday 3 November at a gala dinner in aid of Nordoff Robbins and the BRIT Trust.
David Munns OBE, chairman of the MITS Award committee, said:
“We are delighted to honour Michael Eavis with the Music Industry Trusts Award for 2014. We honour him as the creator of the world renowned Glastonbury Festival, the largest greenfield festival in the world, attended by over 175,000 each year and raising millions of pounds for charities. Through his tireless dedication, Glastonbury has become an important landmark in the cultural life of this country, with its influence spreading well beyond these shores. On 3 November his many friends and admirers in the music industry will be there at the Award presentation to show their support and celebrate a true visionary.”
The idea for Michael to stage a festival took seed in 1970 when he snuck into the Blues Festival at the Bath & West Showground and saw Led Zeppelin. Michael was so inspired that the very next day he began booking bands to play on his own farm, Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, which had been owned by his family for a century.
The very first festival at Worthy Farm, named the Pilton Pop, Blues & Folk Festival, took place in September 1970. Headlined by Marc Bolan’s Tyrannosaurus Rex, 1,500 tickets were sold for £1 each. By 1981 it was officially called the Glastonbury Festival and began its attachment with charitable causes. Since then Glastonbury has grown into the largest and most prestigious greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. It has seen legendary performances from the likes of David Bowie, Radiohead, R.E.M., Coldplay, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Beyoncé, Jay Z and The Rolling Stones.
Michael Eavis said: “When I set out on this crazy hippy trip 44 years ago, little did I know how this roller coaster would run. But now I have to pinch myself every morning when I wake up to the excitement of another day - heading up a team of the most creative artists anywhere in the world.”
The Music Industry Trusts Award, now in its 23rd year, has raised over £4.5 million for Nordoff Robbins and the BRIT Trust. It has earned its respected place in the entertainment industry due to the great names that have held this honour: Sir George Martin, Ahmet Ertegun, Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Lucian Grainge CBE, John Barry OBE, Sir Michael Parkinson CBE, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue OBE, Sir Harvey Goldsmith, Jools Holland OBE, Gary Barlow OBE and Annie Lennox OBE. The Award was founded to recognise outstanding achievement in the UK music industry as well as to benefit the charitable work of Nordoff Robbins and the BRIT Trust.
The Music Industry Trusts Award is sponsored by Spotify, PPL and Ingenious Media.
The Award is unique because it recognises the contribution that an individual has made to the industry across a range of activities: record producer, film music composer, broadcaster, artist, music executive, songwriter and concert impresario. The Award evening has become renowned for its magic moments, with unique live performances that have a special resonance for the recipient.
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