Lifetime Achievement Award for Glastonbury's Michael Eavis.

Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis is to be awarded the Lifetime Achievement, at this year's European Festival Awards ceremony.

Annually the prize is awarded to individuals within the festival industry, whose actions and work have changed and influenced the dynamics of the festival world.

The European Festival Awards will open the Eurosonic Noorderslag event on Wednesday 11th January, an event which is seen as the most important music conference and showcasing event in Europe.

Eavis is to be awarded the accolade for his important role within the European festival industry, inspiring the launch of many new festivals, and encouraging philanthropy and eco-friendly ideals that many festivals have since adopted.

On finding out that he is to receive the award, Eavis stated "After 41 years, to win something of this magnitude is something to be incredible proud of".

Started in 1970, Glastonbury was inspired by early gatherings such as the Isle Of Wight, once the event began to make a profit, Eavis looked at ways to use the money to fund great causes around the world.

The festival has grown to become the biggest live music event in the world, attacting high profile performers from around the world, whilst raising essential funds for various charities and causes.

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