Glastonbury bosses have hinted that photo ID cards are going to be issued with every ticket sold for this year's event, in a fresh bid to beat ticket touts.
The cards are expected to include a photograph of the ticket-holder, plus an electronic chip with personal details, to prevent tickets being sold on internet auction sites at extortionate prices or forged.
Tickets will be available from 9am on Sunday, 3 April, priced £125. They will undoubtedly sell out within a matter of hours.
Michael Eavis told the BBC: “There is only one place in the world where you will be able to get tickets. That will be the official source. If you get them anywhere else, you won’t get in.”
However, when Virtual Festivals contacted the Glastonbury Festivals office, manager Dick Vernon told us that nothing has yet been confirmed.
He said: “Michael has been talking to a few people about this but we haven’t committed to anything yet. We should finalise everything in about a week, once all the systems have been tested. We’ll announce it officially then.”
The fight against unofficial ticket sales has been going on for several years now, initially to tackle the problem of forged tickets but, more recently, to ensure that music fans aren’t ripped off by touts charging inflated prices.
Eavis’ daughter Emily said recently that it would be, “quite a big step in terms of ticketing for events. As long as it’s approached in the right way, it might really work, it might really change the system.”
Last year, organisers insisted that every ticket holder show some kind of ID when they entered the festival, but touts simply offered fake IDs with the tickets they sold. Many genuine music fans forgot to bring any ID and were still allowed in – eventually!
The Glastonbury Festival 2005 takes place at Worthy Farm, Pilton, between 24-26 June. CLICK HERE for more details, including the bands rumoured to be playing.