NO MORE TICKETS FOR GLASTONBURY – EVER!

Organiser Michael Eavis is looking at state of the art ways of stopping people putting tickets on eBay…

Within two years GLASTONBURY could be completely ticketless in an attempt to crack down on the touting and Internet sales that have plagued recent events, NME.COM can reveal.

Last year’s festival sold out in record time but within hours unscrupulous fans were auctioning off their tickets at a massive profit. Since then, Michael Eavis has been looking at ways of preventing it happening in the long-term.

Speaking exclusively to NME.COM, he said he wanted to introduce an airline style ticketing system, ultimately running Glastonbury “without any tickets at all”.

“What we’re trying to do is run the event how it is with airports,” he said. “There’s new technology which means you don’t have tickets. You go to the counter, give your reference number and credit card and then you get checked in. The ultimate thing is to run the show without tickets so you don’t get the touts and all that jiggery pokery. It all gets done at the front of house. That’s our ultimate solution.”

If not in place next year, Eavissaid by 2005 the system would be full effect.

Bands are now being booked for next year’s festival. Eavis said that there are “still three bands going for the main Saturday headline slot”, which are rumoured to include Paul McCartney andOasis.

Bosses are also looking at ways for students to get priority ticket access when they finally go on sale.