Organisers say demand for the 2004 event is "unprecedented" - but there are still tickets for sale...
GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL organisers have said demand for this year’s event is “unprecedented” and that over two million people attempted to buy tickets online.
As previously reported, tickets for the event went on sale at 8pm last night (April 1), but many who attempted to get online to buy tickets have been frustrated, claiming the only website that’s selling tickets has been unable to cope with demand.
Also, many fans have found that a telephone line set up to sell tickets has been almost constantly engaged.
Michael Eavis has just told NME.COM (3pm) there are still 20,000 tickets available, but over two million people have attempted to get tickets.
A statement on the official website reads: “Last night when Glastonbury tickets went on sale there was a phenomenal demand. Aloud.com, who sold the Madonna and Robbie Williams concerts, described the level of interest as “unprecedented”.
“There were over 2 million unique user hits between 7pm and 8pm last night – and that was before the tickets went on sale! At one minute past eight over 300,000 hit the website and that level was sustained until well after 2am. Tickets sold steadily through the night and are still selling. To those that have been up all night, please stick with it. At 9am today (Friday) 70 % of the tickets had been sold. There still are significant numbers of tickets available!
“There are some 200 telephone operators staffing the ticketline 0870 830 2004 and they will be there until tickets sell out. The added security means that transactions are taking longer, but that is not the cause for the phones ringing engaged. It is simply down to the level of demand. Website sales have continued steadily through the night – the site has never gone down, but numbers have been such that it has been difficult to access the site – and if you get to aloud.com, sheer weight of number has made it very difficult to work through the sales process. However web sales are continuing steadily.”
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