Will the Glastonbury Festival Move Next Year?

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Revellers walk through rubbish in front of the Pyramid Stage as they leave the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, England, June 29, 2015. On Tuesday, Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis speculated that the festival would move to a new location from next year. Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Glastonbury festival founder Michael Eavis, who has devoted his farm in Somerset to crowds of hard-partying music fans since 1970, told the Oxford Union on Tuesday that the event could move to a new location next year.

With festival season fast approaching, Oxford invited Eavis to speak as an icon of popular culture. The university tweeted out some of the farmer's comments, hinting at the changes to come.

Eavis: #Glastonbury is so big, we're looking to potentially move in 2017, it's a huge operation and the site might not be suitable any more

— Oxford Union (@OxfordUnion) May 2, 2016

Over 175,000 people descend on Worthy Farm every year to dance, eat, drink and go a little wild, undeterred by the mud. This year, festivalgoers will attend a long weekend of music—from June 22 until June 26—with Adele, Coldplay and Beck as some of the headliners.

Eavis: #Glastonbury is now so big we need to rent land from 22 other farmers now! It's nothing short of a miracle that were still going!

— Oxford Union (@OxfordUnion) May 2, 2016

Eavis gave reasons in his speech as to why the location change is necessary. The festival has grown so big, it needs to rent land from 22 neighboring farms each year. Eavis, 80, made it clear that he could buy the land from the other farms, but insisted it would "not be the right thing to do."

There are no further details on Eavis's speculative comments or where the the festival might move to, if it ever does. But some are predicting that Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire, just 27 miles from Worthy Farm, might be the festival's location for one year only in 2018. "While Longleat is an unlikely permanent home for the festival, it looks like festivalgoers may have to watch out for the odd lion when Eavis stages a one-off event there in 2018," Loaded reported in April.