Glastonbury chief Michael Eavis is irate that the Wombles will be performing at the festival this summer.

Eavis said that he thinks it was a mistake to hire the re-united novelty group, who will be playing the Avalon Stage at the festival on Sunday June 26.

Eavis said: “I’ve got about 25 stages and managers and bookers for each of the stages. I can’t control every single one of them but I do get cross about that kind of thing.”

Wombles composer Mike Batt responded: “Of course, they are looking forward to it. They had been planning to tidy up the site afterwards but now aren’t going to do that. But they are going to rock the place and I hope Michael will check them out and regret regretting it. He probably doesn’t realise what a fantastic live band the Wombles are.”

He added: “Mr Eavis also said he didn’t think Take That would suit his audience, so The Wombles are in great company. Mr Batt said he was a “bit surprised” to hear the comment, as the band had been practising hard for the festival. Uncle Bulgaria told me he thinks Mr Eavis is probably perfectly aware that festivals like his are so popular because they offer an eclectic mix for everybody.

“It isn’t very nice to think that you have been booked at a festival where you aren’t welcome, but we hope Mr Eavis will pop along to the Avalon stage on Sunday to check out the reaction for himself. We might even give him a glass of Madame Cholet’s special dandelion cordial. Contrary to what he says, the Avalon is a substantial stage and there is huge excitement about the Wombles’ appearance.”