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Michael Eavis to quit Glastonbury duties in 2011

The boss of the iconic Glastonbury music festival will step down from organising the acclaimed event in 2011.

Michael Eavis, a farmer who launched the notorious bash on his land in 1970, will hand over control to his daughter Emily, who has taken a more prominent role in the event's organisation in recent years.

However, despite promising to pass the main responsibilities over to his offspring and son-in-law, Eavis is adamant he still wants a part in planning the festival - however mundane it may be.

He says, "I still feel I have an important role to play. Even if I go I'll worry about the drains, the rubbish, the recycling. There will be a gradual process of her and Nick taking it over."

Glastonbury Festival, which attracts over 170,000 revellers every June, has been headlined by superstars including Sir Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Oasis, Coldplay, Jay-Z and Amy Winehouse. Eavis, who was named as the second most influential music boss in a recent poll, will preside over this year's festival, which sees Bruce Springsteen take to the main stage.

Watch Eavis give a guided tour of Worthy Farm below: