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Robert Richards


Michael Eavis leads tributes to the festival's "remarkable" longtime commercial director, who worked on the event for 30 years

Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis has led tributes to the festival’s long-serving commercial director Robert Richards, who has died aged 65 following a short illness.

Richards, who was the producer of Julien Temple’s 2006 Glastonbury film, passed away at Guy’s Hospital in London yesterday (12 January).

"Michael must be devastated," said Steve Heap gen sec of AFO . Robert was a real full time professional in the business.

He negotiated deals with prs for Glastonbury, but also sat through meetings in support of better deals for grass roots festivals. He really cared about the smaller events seeing them as the breading ground for the big stages.

He was most kind to AFO and it’s members and very supportive of our work, giving advice and contacts freely.

The festival industry will miss Robert Richards and his shoes are just too big to fill.

Association of Festival Organisers (AFO): 14th Jan 2022 10:01:00

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