And organisers hope their new security measures will help avoid a repeat of last year's problems...
GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL tickets go on sale tonight (April 1) – and organisers are hoping not to see a repeat of last year’s problems.
Tickets for this year’s event go up for grabs at 8pm and will only be available through the telephone ticketline on 0870 830 2004 or via a link at the official festival site, [url=]glastonburyfestivals.co.uk.
Festivalgoers will also not be allowed to pay for tickets with a credit card in a bid to stop touts from buying multiple tickets. Instead fans will have to use a debit card, or postal order and cheque via the telephone line.
Speaking earlier this year, festival chief Michael Eavis said: “I am sorry if this change causes any problems, but there are benefits for everyone. This measure has allowed the Festival to cut the booking fee charged from £5 to £3 per ticket and should there be any further savings I will pass that money on to the charities and good causes the festival supports.”
Further measures to clamp down on the ticket chaos include the limiting of tickets to two per person and the personalisation of all tickets to prevent re-selling. Many fans were left disappointed last year when the event sold out in 23 hours, with Internet touts then re-selling the tickets for highly inflated prices.
Identity checks may be carried out at the festival gates to ensure people have not bought their tickets from touts.
Eavis said: “The measures we are taking this year will result in a much fairer way to access the festival, which promises to be as always, an incredibly joyful way to spend your mid-summer!”
Tickets are priced at £112 plus booking fee, postage, and packaging. Glastonbury Festival takes place from June 25-27.
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