They tell NME.COM that the idea is "a wish - not a reality"...

GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL organisers are playing down claims of a ‘priority ticket’ system for next year’s event – for those who didn’t get in this year.

As previously reported, festival organiser Michael Eavis told BBC news plans were underfoot to compile a register of all ticket holders for the 2003 festival, so when next year’s tickets become available, those not on the database will be given priority.

However, the Glastonbury Festival press office have told NME.COM the ticketing idea is “a wish – not a reality”.

A statement issued to NME.COM reads: “Glastonbury Festival organisers are still trying to finalise a new system for the distribution of tickets for future festivals after this year’s record sell-out. But no announcement of these plans will be made until at least a month AFTER this year’s event, which begins on June 27.

“Comments by Festival Organiser Michael Eavis during a recent media interview have led to widespread speculation about a new ticket distribution system.

“Organisers today confirmed that they were looking at many options with regard to ticket distribution, in direct response to this year’s record sell-out.”

A spokesperson for the event added: “The speed with which tickets were snapped up has prompted a review of how we market and distribute them. But we must stress there will be no official announcement until after this year’s event.

“Meanwhile we must emphasise that our absolute priority is a safe and successful Glastonbury for 2003. Our message to everybody is still: don’t come to the Festival without a ticket. This will have a direct effect on the Festival’s future.”

Tickets for this year’s festival sold out in 24 hours and their initial price of £105 soon fetched up to £1,000 a pair on the Internet.

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