The founder of the Glastonbury Festival has said this year's three-day event has been a "fantastic weekend".

Speaking to journalists, Michael Eavis praised the spirit of festival-goers who have once again had to endure the rain and mud now heavily-associated with Glastonbury.

The 71-year-old, who organised his first musical festival on his Somerset farm 37 years ago, said: "It's gone well, it's gone very, very well in spite of the rain and in spite of the mud.

"It's a pity about the rain but then the rain does seem to be a regular feature of the English summer now, so the festival compensates for it," he claimed.

"Someone phoned me from Spain and said they would swap all the sun for the Glastonbury culture."

The 177,500 people that attended the festival this year have been treated to headline performances from Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian and Paul Weller, with Dame Shirley Bassey, Kaiser Chiefs and The Who closing the event tonight.

But during last night's set by The Killers on the Pyramid stage, hundreds of festival-goers complained they were unable to hear the band properly, leading to Mr Eavis to say he was "sorry about the sound".

"I was disappointed with it and I'm looking to move to a different system for next year."

The festival founder also confirmed he had lined up two headline acts for next year's event but refused to be drawn into naming names, although he confirmed that neither was U2 or Muse.

Despite the mud and sound problems, a local councillor said that the festival would receive "close to ten out of ten" for organisation.

24/06/2007 18:23:35