"Plenty of people will still be able to purchase," says Martin Fitzgerald
A spokesperson for See Tickets has urged fans not to give up on the chance of buying tickets for Glastonbury Festival 2014, despite the entire festival selling out in 87 minutes last week.
Tickets for the 2014 bash at Worthy Farm sold out in record time on Sunday (October 6), with 120,000 tickets being snapped up in just one hour and 27 minutes. However, it was a frustrating morning for many festival goers as the See Tickets website crashed, although they were able to sell approximately 3,000 tickets a minute after enduring a “very difficult half hour” of technical difficulties.
Martin Fitzgerald, head of business development at See Tickets, said: “Naturally, it’s the highest profile event we do and the demand is phenomenal, well over a million customers trying to secure just 135,000 tickets. It’s fair to say that we initially had some difficulties with our system, but once we’d stabilised we were averaging around 3,000 tickets a minute until we sold out. To sell out in the fastest time ever considering the initial difficulties is a great achievement.”
Asked what advice he add for those who didn’t manage to get a ticket, he added: “There will be resales later on in the year for customers who don’t pay off their deposits. Plenty of people will still be able to purchase – it’s not over yet.”
Earlier this week, See Tickets posted a message on Facebook making a sarcastic reference to the complaints from fans, commenting: “And thanks for all the advice. Never knew we had so many IT consultants following us.” They later apologised for the comment, stating: “Now selling approx 3,000 tickets a minute. Again, we’re really sorry for that first half hour and good luck to everyone’s who trying.”
Earlier this year, Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis revealed that he already has all three headliners in place for next year’s event. Bookmakers have been taking odds on the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Prince and David Bowie to take the top spots. Foo Fighters are currently favourites to fill the coveted Saturday night Pyramid Stage slot, whilst rumours of a ‘Definitely Maybe’ 20th anniversary reunion have given Oasis odds of 10/1 to make an appearance.