Glastonbury ticket-selling weekend: Fans’ reactions

How has the nation reacted to this weekend's (April 6) Glastonbury ticket selling kick-off?

Tickets for this year’s Glastonbury festival went on sale yesterday (April 6) at 9am (BST) to pre-registered customers, with over 100,000 of the 137,500 tickets available sold within the first 24 hours.

Tickets for the festival are still on sale today (April 7). However, last year all the tickets sold out within a few hours, prompting music fans to leave comments on NME.COM and e-mail in with their thoughts about why sales have been slower this year.

Glastonbury boss Michael Eavis had previously suggested that the number of people registering for tickets was lower than last year because Jay-Z was due to play a headline slot. His daughter and co-organiser Emily Eavis later suggested numbers were down because the last two Glastonbury festivals had been extremely muddy and rainy.

NME.COM users have left comments suggesting they believe that Jay-Z‘s headline slot, recent weather and the registration process itself have all contributed to slower sales in 2008.

“The Jay-Z effect [is the cause],” wrote ‘pete12q’. “Who wants to see him ahead of Oasis or The Stone Roses?,” they continued, pointing to organisers’ choice of the rapper over another traditional rock band to headline was a contributing factor.

‘Clemo’ agreed, writing, “Like it or not, the headliners will play a big part in this. People who are looking to go for the first time will probably judge the festival and make a decision on the strength of the headliners, and unfortunately, this year, they [the headliners] won’t attract the same interest as many of the [headliners of] previous years, and this has shown in the ticket sales so far.”

‘Haze1’ also pointed to Jay-Z, writing, “I’d have to agree that Jay-Z has probably put some people off. The headliners certainly don’t have the universal appeal as some of the previous years.”

Many users defended the booking of the rapper, though, with ‘Daveywebb’ writing, “To blame Jay-Z seems a little harsh to me. I’m by no means a fan of the Jigga but there will be plenty of other artists on at the same time. That’s why we go to Glasto, isn’t it?”

‘Heliosvk’, meanwhile, pointed to the weather in recent years as the main factor. “Last year the journey back was like being in a concentration camp,” they wrote. “[I was] waiting in the rain for a bus back to London for four hours with no information. When the bus arrived it had no heating, I got to London totally hypothermic wondering why I’d paid ?190 for such a big fuck up. So this year, no thanks.”

‘Clemo’ also ointed to ticket prices being a factor this year, in which we have seen an economic downturn in the UK over the past 12 months. “Ticket prices are going up and up every year, and food and drink prices inside the festival are shocking,” they wrote.

‘Rikkislocombe’ pointed to the fact that ticket sales were only available to those who had pre-registered, unlike other festivals. “If tickets went on sale to people who had not pre-registered then it would have sold out in minutes,” they wrote.

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