Glastonbury 2024: Emily Eavis reveals the secret weather forecast technique

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Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis has revealed the secret to weather forecasting for the festival, which involves a local cheesemaker.

The festival takes place at Worthy Farm in Somerset towards the end of each June, excluding fallow years which afford the land a well-deserved break. Despite taking place around the same time every year, the weather for Glastonbury has often been unpredictable and leaves attendees in an unwanted situation when choosing what outfits to bring.

Last year, festival attendees were subjected to a heatwave with highs of 32 degrees centigrade. This year’s weather is looking to be much milder, with both showers and sun, though it’s too early to predict it definitively. But how do the festival’s organisers themselves’ predict the weather?

In a recent interview, Eavis was prompted to answer this question during an appearance on Annie Macmanus and Nick Grimshaw’s Sidetracked podcast, available on BBC Sounds. “We have a local cheesemaker who has a really reliable weather forecast,” she revealed with a laugh.

“We call him normally on the Monday or Tuesday,” she divulged. Though Eavis was hesitant to reveal any more specific details about the weather-forecasting cheesemaker, she declared that he always has the “most reliable forecast” and joked that he has “a special link to the Met office.” 

The 2024 edition of Glastonbury is set to take place between June 26th and June 30th at its long-standing home, Worthy Farm. A number of pop legends, old and new, are set to take to the Pyramid Stage in this year’s headlining spots.

Further down on the Pyramid Stage lineup, you’ll find appearances from iconic indie rockers like LCD Soundsystem, beloved British rapper Little Simz, and 1980s pop legend Cyndi Lauper. The Other Stage promises a dance-worthy set from Disclosure, as well as headline slots from post-punk favourites Idles and indie rockers The National.

The quality is consistent across every stage, with the likes of The Streets, Jamie XX, Fontaines D.C. and more appearing elsewhere at the festival. The lineup is as stacked as ever, promising another iconic year for Glastonbury.

Additionally, new to this year’s festival is Glastonbury’s partnership with Vodafone, which will introduce a new way to enjoy and explore the festival with the assistance of your phone. A new app will allow attendees to link their Spotify to receive recommendations, locate their friends on-site through a map feature, and pinpoint locations.

Far Out will be on the ground at Worthy Farm to provide coverage directly from Pilton. This year’s event will be headlined by Dua Lipa, Coldplay and SZA.

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