‘Tout Proof’ Tickets Planned For Glastonbury

Michael Eavis at Glastonbury Festival 2004 by John Bownas
Michael Eavis at Glastonbury Festival 2004 by John Bownas

Glastonbury boss Michael Eavis has revealed details of a revolutionary ticketing scheme to defeat the touts at this year's event, and declared: "We're winning the war!"

After years of touts feeding off the popularity of Glastonbury Festival, organisers have unveiled details of what they hope will be a full-proof system for years to come.

This year, festival-going hopefuls will need to register between 1 and 28 February by sending off an official form together with a photo, a self-addressed envelope and an unattached stamp.

Each applicant will then receive a registration number, which will need to be quoted when tickets go on sale on 1 April.

If successful, the buyer will be sent a ticket, with their scanned photo and a unique ID number included on it, to the address on their envelope.

Although only one person can register per form, individuals can buy a ticket for themselves plus one other person, as long as they both have registration numbers. Family members can buy up to two tickets for adults and two for children aged between 13 and 16.

Michael Eavis said: “It’s a fairer system. It means people won’t be able to sell their tickets for £700. We’re winning the war. The people who buy tickets on 1 April will actually be those coming to the festival.”

Glasto fans and first timers will be able to download forms from the official Glastonbury Festival site HERE from 1 February. They can also be picked up from the high street camping shop Millets.

In other Glastonbury news, Emily Eavis has hinted that the lineup will reflect a “great year for British music” by predominantly hosting home-grown artists.

She confirmed that all three Pyramid Stage headliners have been confirmed, with former bookies favourites Kylie and The Killers now looking likely to miss out.

She said: “They’re all unique in that none of them has headlined here before. We’re cramming everything in – lots of new bands and some classic older artists who are coming back. There’s something for everyone this year.”  

Any bands or artists wanting to play at the festival should get their demos to the good Glastonbury people by this Friday (5 January). The new bands competition closes on that date.

For more Glastonbury Festival info, including the latest rumours as to who might be playing, click on the link at the bottom of this article.

The three-day festival takes place at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, from 22-24 June. Tickets go on sale on 1 April, with a full lineup announcement expected shortly afterwards.