Glastonbury’s Emily Eavis ‘shocked and surprised’ by quick 2010 sell-out

Co-organiser tells NME.COM she's 'humbled' by fans' response to festival

Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis said she was surprised and delighted after the 2010 festival sold out in roughly 12 hours yesterday (October 4).

The event went on sale on Sunday morning, and against expectations all the tickets were snapped up just after 9pm (BST).

“It took a few months last year, we went on sale in October and were sold out by February, so it was brilliant, but we’re just a little bit shocked and surprised,” Eavis told NME.COM of the brisk sales.

“It amazing to sell out this far in advance. I’m sure the 40th anniversary has something to do with it, and we’ve had a really good run of a few brilliant years,” she explained.

She added: “It’s quite humbling for us, because people are showing a lot faith in us, and it makes us think we’ve got to rise to it and really pull out all the stops next year! To be honest it’s what we’ve been doing for next year anyway, but it’s a good reminder.”

A limited number of Glastonbury 2010 tickets will go on sale later this month following cancelled orders – eg: double online bookings – are taken into account. Registration for this limited batch will reopen on October 12.

Eavis added that while pleased with the way the ticketing system performed this year, organisers will be looking to make improvements for next year.

“The feedback has been good this year, it’s a much improved system,” she explained. “We’ve also heard from some people who didn’t get through, which is sad. So there are things we will work on for next year.”