GlastonburyGlastonbury Festival has awarded a five-year contract to Serious Stages – the new deal will see the Wells-based business provide all of the stages and bespoke temporary structures across the world famous event until 2019, as it was announced yesterday that the festival will take a year out in 2017.

The contract announcement follows a friendship spanning nearly 40 years with Michael Eavis and Glastonbury Festival; when Serious Stages’ managing director Steven Corfield joined the team of stage builders to help construct the Pyramid Stage in 1981; a stage that has since become synonymous with the festival.

Corfield said: “I never would have got involved with staging if it wasn’t for Glastonbury. It was our first ever music festival and although we now supply temporary structures and staging products worldwide, it is still a highlight of our calendar every single year.

“To be entrusted by Michael Eavis and the Glastonbury Festival team once again is a great honour, and we are looking forward to continuing to help shape and bring to life the creative vision which stems from the close-knit Glastonbury family. Drawing a parallel with Emily (and her husband Nick) following in her father’s footsteps, we have our son Max taking up a management role at Serious Stages, so Glastonbury will continue to be steered by and inspire this rising talent. The next five years will see some exciting additions to the site, as we set about creating the next generation of ‘iconic’ Glastonbury landmarks.”

The five-year deal will see Serious Stages provide almost 60 structures this year including the four main stages, all indoor stages plus television camera towers, PA towers and structural supports for video screens and viewing platforms across the 900 acre site. This includes the Bullring and The Ribbon Tower.