Fans register for Glastonbury at 600 an hour

Michel Eavis is confident new system will end touting

Over 175,000 people have registered to buy tickets for this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

As previously reported, all those who hope to get into this year’s bash must send a photo to event organisers so that tickets can be personalised to tackle touting.

Registering does not guarantee fans will get a ticket when they go on sale on April 1, but those who have not registered cannot buy them.

Festival chief Michael Eavis told BBC 6 Music: “175,000 have gone through as of today (February 21) – and it’s going through at about 600 an hour.

“It’s a pretty high number, really. People have been very good about it. Not too many complaints and it means we can forget about touting forever.”

Fans who want to buy tickets have until next Wednesday (February 28) to register. Go to more information.

Meanwhile the festival is also applying for a license for an increased capacity of 177,500. A new law means they can apply for permission from the local Mendip District Council which last for the next four years, taking the event up to 2010.

A decision will be made on March 26.

This year’s festival takes place between June 22 and 24, with The Killers, Arctic Monkeys and The Who are set to headline.