Emily EavisEmily Eavis (born July 1979) is co-organiser of the annual Glastonbury Festival. She is the youngest daughter of the festival's founder and organiser Michael Eavis and his second wife Jean. She grew up on Worthy Farm, Somerset, the site of Glastonbury Festival. In 1985, at age five, she performed Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star on the Festival’s Pyramid Stage immediately before The Style Council headlined. After graduating from Wells Cathedral School in 1997, she began a teaching degree at Goldsmiths University, London. When her mother became ill with cancer, Eavis deferred her course and returned home to care for her.
Following her mother's death in 1999, Eavis began assisting her father in running the festival and soon became co-organiser of the event. She is now responsible for overseeing the line-up of the festival. In 2007, Eavis created The Park area with her partner, music manager Nick Dewey. Eavis married Dewey in August 2009; the couple have three children, sons born in 2011 and 2013 and a daughter born in 2016. The couple is responsible for booking all of Glastonbury's main stages, with Dewey now the festival's Head of Music Programming. Together, they booked the festival’s first hip hop headliner in 2008, Jay Z. Other headliners Eavis and Dewey have booked include The Rolling Stones, Adele, Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Kanye West, Neil Young, Lionel Richie, Blur, Paul Simon, Arctic Monkeys, Metallica, Florence and the Machine, Electric Light Orchestra, Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran. Eavis has also booked African and Middle Eastern artists on the Pyramid Stage. including Amadou & Mariam, Rokia Traore, Tinariwen, Femi Kuti, The Master Musicians of Joujouka, Bassekou Kouyate, Songhoy Blues, Baaba Maal and Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music.
Eavis has organised several fundraising concerts for Oxfam, including a Make Trade Fair concert at London’s Astoria in October 2002 with Coldplay, Noel Gallagher and Ms Dynamite and a show at the Hammersmith Apollo in September 2004 headlined by REM. Eavis also organised a concert opposing the Iraq war at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire in 2003, featuring Coldplay, Paul Weller, Faithless and Ronan Keating. Eavis has advocated female equality in music and equal representation across stages at Glastonbury. She also supports the White Ribbon Alliance. In 2019, Eavis was behind Glastonbury's decision to ban the sale of single-use plastic bottles at that year's festival in a bid to cut waste.