The founder of the Glastonbury Festival has denied rumours that this year's event could be the last.

Michael Eavis, the Somerset farmer who started the legendary festival in 1970, has moved to deny speculation about its future after his daughter Emily seemed to cast doubt over the shelf-life of the event.

Talking to the Orange World news service, Emily said: "I kinda feel that we should ply everything into this as if it be the last."

But Eavis Sr has stressed that "treat it as if it is the last" is a family phrase and was taken out of context by the interviewer.

This year's festival is to be headlined by The Verve, Kings Of Leon and Jay-Z, demonstrating the continuing diversity of the Glastonbury lineup.

But when asked whether the festival could have a limited life span, Emily replied: "Yeah I probably do to be honest.

"We had a kind of retrospective time during Christmas, talking about it and whether it's a long term thing.

"It's a risky, risky business and it would be nice to think, to know that it could go on forever, [but] I don't know if that's possible."

Some 175,000 fans will attend the event at Worthy Farm in Somerset from June 27th to 29th, with the lineup also to include Neil Diamond, Leonard Cohen, Hot Chip and British Sea Power.

It has also been reported that Massive Attack - confirmed on Thursday as the curators of this year's Meltdown festival - will headline Glastonbury's Other stage.

15/02/2008 10:19:34