Glastonbury organizer Michael Eavis, the man who founded the prestigious UK event back in 1970, has defended the decision to add Metallica to this year's bill.
Responding to claims that metal titans don't fit with in with Glasto's "hippy" vibe, Eavis told Sky News that 'Tallica is extremely "keen" to deliver a top-notch performance, going far enough to say that the Worthy Farm gig will be the "best set of their lives."
"We have been going for so long that people don't expect us to put on a heavy metal band," Michael kicked off. "We had Rage Against the Machine and we have had lots of fairly heavy metal bands in the past, but this is not a typical headline. We usually have bands like Radiohead, Coldplay and U2, the Rolling Stones, but I am really looking forward to them.
"There's no other band in the whole history of the festival that has been so keen to play, they will do the best set of their lives here," the organizer pointed out.
Mr. Eavis is known for spending as much as 12 hours walking around the 1,200-acre venue, which happens to be his own farm, and soaking up as much vibe as possible.
As reported, a portion of fans has strongly voiced out against Metallica booking, even launching a petition demanding the band's removal from the bill. As protestors claim, frontman James Hetfield's hunting endeavors and the narration role in History TV's bear-hunting show "The Hunt" (first episode available for streaming here) go deeply against the festival's spirit.
In related news, a finance expert gave Glasto a thorough analysis, estimating that attending the event is hardly cheap these days. As Money.co.uk report reads, an average festival goer will need to cough up about £440 ($750) to attend the event in full.
Specifically, the article includes the cost of tickets (£222 or about $375), transport (£48.40 or about $82 for a return coach from London Victoria), food (£80 or about $135), drinks (£42.50 or about $72), groceries (£26.75 or about $45) and £20 (about $34) for a souvenir t-shirt.
The costs can be cut down, of course, since the festival allows you to bring your own food and drinks, and the souvenir tee can be easily removed from the equation, but you can still hardly go below £300 (just over $500). Too much or well worth it?
This year's Glastonbury will take place from June 25 to 29 featuring Metallica, Arcade Fire and Kasabian as headliners.