In 2017 Glastonbury took what’s known as a a fallow year; in 2018 the fields of Worthy Farm were given a 12 month break to recover from the perpetual stomping of thousands and thousands of festival-goers. It also meant a summer spent pining after the Pyramid Stage, but thankfully, Emily Eavis and her team will soon be back bigger than ever.
Bagging Glastonbury tickets is notoriously difficult and the ticket sale in 2018 was gruelling. Tickets for this year’s sold out in 35 minutes, leaving lucky fans deliriously happy and others absolutely gutted.
There’s still a chance you can get in – though the odds are stacked against you. Here’s how you can still get into the party of the year.
What if I didn’t manage to get tickets in the resale?
If you ended up empty-handed, there’s still hope. Oxfam has been working with the festival for over 25 years, and you can register your interest here to become a charity volunteer at Glastonbury. Usually, you’ll need to do three eight-hour shifts for Oxfam in exchange for your ticket – leaving you free to enjoy the festival for the rest of the time. Plus, it’s for a really good cause; last year’s Glastonbury raised £3 million for charity.
Various other charities including WaterAid and Greenpeace also have a large presence at the festival, so it’s worth looking out for volunteering opportunities.
If you happen to have medical, paramedic or first aid qualifications you can also volunteer at Glastonbury on Dr Chris Howes’ team of volunteer medics. Head here for further details.
When was the Glastonbury ticket resale?
There were a small amount of tickets available at 9am BST Sunday April 28, 2019 in the general admission resale. This was the final chance to attempt to purchase Glastonbury tickets before the festival.
If you already have a Glastonbury ticket, but want to book additional accommodation which previously sold out – including campervan passes, a stay in the tipi field, or any other fancy Worthy Farm accommodation – there will be an accommodation According to Glastonbury organisers, there will be a resale at 11am BST on Sunday, 28th April.
Coach package tickets for Glastonbury ‘19 first went on sale on October 4 2018 at 6pm BST – and sold out. General tickets for Glastonbury ’19 went on sale on October 7 at 9am BST – and are also fully sold out. A coach package resale took place at 6pm BST on Thursday April 25, 2019, selling out in 23 minutes.
These resale tickets are made up of returned tickets from punters who managed to bag them in the general sale. There’s no knowing how many get added to the resale, but regardless, this is the final chance to bag one. So keep your fingers crossed.
The last chance to get tickets is now the resale. See Tickets is the only ticket agency permitted to sell tickets for Glastonbury Festival, so beware of trying to buy from anywhere else.
How many Glastonbury tickets were available in this year’s resale?
Exact ticket numbers were a mystery, but speaking to speaking to BBC Radio 2 days before the resales take place, Emily Eavis said: “obviously, it has been a bit of a scramble and that often happens after a year off.”
“We haven’t got loads to sell, so I think we should probably let people know that now, but it’s always really worth a go. We don’t want to put people off.”
What secret methods could help you beat the Glastonbury ticket rush?
Every Glastonbury veteran has their own magical trick of the trade when it comes to securing tickets year in, year out. But the real secret, according to organisers, is boring and effective. To borrow the Scouts’ motto: be prepared.
“Make sure you have all your registration details (including postcodes) ready and checked in advance, that there are sufficient cleared funds on the card you intend to use to book, and that you know all the security information for that card,” they advise.
It’s important to enter in your details accurately once you reach the booking page – you will have 6 minutes to complete the transaction once you have entered the booking process, and you’re more likely to succeed if you don’t make any mistakes at this stage.
Organisers also recommend a bit of determination. “Be persistent and patient – there are likely to be more people trying to buy tickets than there are tickets available, so inevitably not everyone will be able to book tickets, but the longer you try the more likely you are to get a ticket.”
Can you pay a deposit on Glastonbury tickets and pay the rest later?
Yes, if you buy tickets in the general sale! For that, Glastonbury offer up a deposit scheme which means you only have to pay £50 to secure your ticket. After that, you have until April 2019 – this week’s balance payment deadline was April 7. If you placed a deposit on more than one ticket, you and your pals can pay off your balances individually – as long as you each have your post codes and registration numbers ready to log in.
However, if you are lucky enough to snap up tickets in the resale, you will need to pay off your balance straight away. “Tickets purchased in resales after April 8th 2019 must be paid for in full at point of booking,” states the Glastonbury website.
When and how do you pay for luxury camping?
If you’ve decided to take your camper van along, or if you fancy taking up a spot in the decidedly glamorous tipis in Worthy View, you’ll need to add these as extras. According to Glastonbury, campervan tickets and tipis are currently fully booked.
If you’ve missed out this year, but really fancy living la vida luxury in the future, Glastonbury’s quaintly named ‘Tipi Village’ contains 18ft tipis with access to a private fire pit, cafe, and toilet block. Ooer! It’s not the cheapest, mind – last year tipi hire cost £995 per tent, with room for 6 adults. However, never fear – the festival also offers other pre-erected tent options suiting different budgets; have a look at last year’s selection here.
Worthy View tents and tipis are not included in the general entry ticket price and neither are camper van tickets. You only need one camper van pass per vehicle – it doesn’t matter if more than one person is staying in the camper van.
Do you need to register to buy a Glastonbury ticket?
Yes. No registration, no ticket, sadly – and if you’ve missed the boat you’re too late to buy tickets for Glastonbury 2019. Registrations for this year closed on October 1 2018, and if you haven’t already signed up on Glastonbury’s website, you’ll have to try again another year.
Next time around, make sure you sign up on the Glastonbury website with a recent passport-style photo well ahead of time. It’s worth getting your registration sorted out way before early October deadline in case your photo submission is rejected the first time around.
Organisers recently told those already registered to update their entry to include a photo that was taken within the last two years. Any customers affected by this will have been notified already by the festival. Anyone who registered before 2010 also needed to update their details to avoid their registration becoming invalid.
If you’re unsure, you can check the status of your registration here. And for anyone who’s all set up on the system, it’s worth retrieving your registration number and noting it down ready for when ticket-buying time comes around.
How much are Glastonbury 2019 weekend tickets?
Weekend tickets for Glastonbury 2019 cost £248, plus a £5 booking fee. As ever, the price of the ticket includes entry to the festival, five nights camping, a free programme and mini-guide, onsite newspaper and mobile charging points, free firewood and access to the Kidzfield. A portion of the ticket price is also donated to Oxfam, Greenpeace, WaterAid and hundreds of other worthy causes, while funds are also used to improve the site’s infrastructure and environmental impact.
And how much are coach package Glastonbury tickets?
Coach package tickets for Glastonbury 2019 cost the same price as a standard weekend ticket, plus your return coach fare. This varies depending on where you’re planning on travelling from – you can check out last year’s available destinations (along with coach fares) below.
Please note that all coach packages for Glastonbury 2019 are now sold out.
Newcastle upon Tyne £87
Coach packages are great because they save festival-goers the hassle of organising transport; they also go on sale separately to the main general sale.
Coach packages are extremely popular and have sold out in 15 minutes in the past! It’s definitely worth noting down your nearest travel points beforehand to avoid any last minute scrabbles during payment. You only get a 10-minute window to grab your tickets once you’ve secured them.
Could people see the line-up before buying my tickets?
No – Glastonbury famously don’t announce any of their line-up ahead of tickets going on sale. However, you may as well embrace the surprise – Glastonbury is always bursting with amazing acts of all varieties. The 2017 edition of the festival was headlined by Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran, with a legend slot from Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb.
Looking at this year’s line-up so far – confirmed long after tickets sold out – and the mysterious wait is worth it. The Killers and The Cure both headline, along with Stormzy as the Friday night headliner. Meanwhile Kylie takes the the Legends slot on Sunday afternoon.
Other acts that have been announced include Janelle Monae, Tame Impala, Janet Jackson, Vampire Weekend, Christine and The Queens, George Ezra, Billie Eilish, and loads more besides. Check out the first line-up announcement below
Here is the first Glastonbury Festival 2019 line-up poster, which includes our final two Pyramid Stage headliners: @TheKillers (Saturday) and @TheCure (Sunday). Many more acts and attractions still to be announced. pic.twitter.com/jYOoTQQurf
— Glastonbury Festival (@GlastoFest) March 15, 2019
Since, Glastonbury has also shared the acts playing several other key areas. Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, Steel Banglez, Lady Leshurr, Ocean Wisdom, Four Tet, Miraa May, Ray Blk, and Camelphat are among the acts set to play Silver Hayes.
— Glastonbury Festival (@GlastoFest) April 14, 2019
There’s an eclectic range of acts coming to Glastonbury’s Field of Avalon, with the following acts confirmed: Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Bananarama, Jade Bird, Beans On Toast, Morcheeba, Reef, Skinny Lister, The Magic Numbers, The Shires among others.
The line-up for The Common has also been announced. Hot Chip, The Streets‘ Mike Skinner and Bellatrix
are set to play the area, which promises to transport punters “to an ancient civilisation for a tribal celebration”.