Glastonbury’s Pyramid and Other Stage Manager Ends Relationship With Festival
After 18 years at the helm of Glastonbury Festival Dick Tee, managing director of EnTEEtainment Ltd, has tendered his resignation as Pyramid and Other stage Production & Area manager. He cites ‘irreconcilable issues’ and he and his staff will cease their association with the festival with immediate effect. This is a big blow to the festival as Dick is widely acclaimed as having played a pivotal role in the development of Glastonbury Festival and has been instrumental in its success since he became involved.
Two years ago Eavis ended Festival Republic’s involvement with the festival. Since then there has been a series of management restructures and operational changes at Glastonbury. Festival Republic, led by Melvin Benn, runs other music events such as Reading and Leeds and had been Operations Director of Glastonbury from 2001 to 2012. The entertainment license the festival requires transferred to a in-house management team headed up by Paul Ludford of APL Event recently but there are rumours he no longer has a relationship with Glastonbury either. EnTEEtainment Ltd feel they are unable to fulfil their role professionally.
The managing director states: “I am extremely sad and disappointed that my concerns regarding the way certain elements of the festival are now being structured and managed are not being adequately considered and dealt with, and as such I have found myself in an untenable position regarding my continuing role.”
Having taken over the production management of the two main stages in 1997, Dick’s role and influence continued to expand beyond the Pyramid and Other stages. He directly assisted the area organisers at West Holts and John Peel Stages with developing their operations and in 2013 he joined the senior management team at the Festival with the title ‘Head of Production.’
Dick continues: ‘Whilst I will obviously miss my involvement with Glastonbury Festival which has been a major part of my life for nearly two decades, I am looking forward to focusing on new projects and challenges. As specialists in site and production management, one thing is for certain – we are far from ‘hanging up our wellies’ more a case of looking forward to ‘moving onto pastures new….’
Glastonbury tickets for 2015 have now sold out. But a resale of unwanted/returned tickets is expect to be in Spring (generally in April)
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