Early mornings made Glasto work!
THERE isn't much Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis doesn't know about the music business.
And yesterday at Antenna, in Beck Street – a business support hub for the creative industries – he shared a bit of his wisdom with a crowd of eager students.
"If I had one piece of advice I hope the students have taken on board, it's get up early in the morning. It helps, and that's how I've lived my life," Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis said.
Mr Eavis was one of a number of guests to speak to students from city centre-based creative studios Confetti during their industry week, with others including actress Vicky McClure, radio producer for 1xtra Andy Rogers and Nick Halkes, who signed dance act The Prodigy.
Wearing a suit jacket and shorts, Mr Eavis spoke of the humble beginnings of the festival. He said: "At first I didn't have a clue what to do, I rang Colston Hall and asked how to go about getting The Kinks as I loved their song Lola.
"But they pulled out so Marc Bolan and T-Rex took their place and they made it worthwhile – it was the best moment in my life."
Mr Eavis also spoke about how he still prefers to do things by phone rather than embrace technology – "how can you work with 300 e-mails a day?" – and why he still gets up early in the morning throughout the festival.
He said: "I'm still out for 7am each morning, just to see how things are going. I live away from the farm now, but still take an interest."
And all the mud, sweat and beers of the festival were still worth it.
He said: "We've had so much fun over the years. It's hard work, but the results are fantastic."
Students Jake Brandley, 18, from Burton Joyce, and Samir Aslam, 19, from Gedling, they enjoyed the talk.
Mr Brandley said: "He's at the top of his game, so it's inspirational to hear him talk about his career."
Mr Aslam added: "He started with nothing and look where he is now, you can't help but be amazed by that."