Full details of the ticketing system for this year's Glastonbury Festival have been announced, including an emphasis on online booking and controversial photo ID requirements.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Sunday, April 3, costing £125 plus a £4 booking fee and £4 for postage and packing.
The weekend passes (there are no day tickets) will be available for online sales only through www.aloud.com and from the official telephone ticket line 0870 165 2005. Additionally, organisers have warned people booking by telephone that there is a queuing system, so punters will incur additional telephone charges at national call rates as they wait their turn.
The number of call-centre operators has been doubled, although it is still hoped and expected that most orders will be done online. Last year phone lines and servers were jammed for hours, something organisers have vowed to improve on this time round with increased resources.
Tickets sales will again be restricted to two per person – and a maximum of two per telephone call, and organisers promise that each transaction will be checked, and duplicate transactions declined.
Festival organiser Michael Eavis said: “We have spent a lot of time looking at different ways of selling festival tickets to reduce the problems that people had last year. We considered many radical options, but have decided that improving our existing system is the best way forward.”
Proposals previously included a lottery system and tickets with a personalised ID chip, however organisers have settled for a variation on last year’s system, with the requirement of photo ID at the gate.
When buying tickets, the buyer must be one of the named ticket holders as the tickets will be personalised. Each ticket will then be checked against approved photo ID at the festival entrance gates, which includes new photo-style driving licences or a government approved photo ID bearing the PASS hologram, such as the CitizenCard or passport.
For full details go to the official Glastonbury Festival site HERE.
Organisers are at pains to remind people not to buy tickets from any other website or ticketing agencies as none will be allocated tickets – and thus cannot guarantee you one.
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