Glastonbury hopefuls appeal for ballot system after 2024 tickets sell out
20 November 2023, 17:41 | Updated: 20 November 2023, 17:49
After Sunday's general admission tickets sold out, music fans have debated whether the festival's ticket buying system should change.
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Wannabe Glastonbury attendees have appealed to festival organisers to consider changing the method of obtaining tickets to the festival.
Tickets for the world-famous Somerset event went on sale last week, with general admission tickets selling out in less than an hour on Sunday (19th November).
Amid complaints of customers struggling to get onto the booking page, while others were able to get multiple batches of tickets for their friends, some music lovers have suggested a Wimbledon-style ballot system to make the ticket buying process more fair.
Tickets for Glastonbury 2024 have now Sold Out. Our thanks to everyone who bought one and we're sorry to those of you who missed out, on a morning when demand greatly exceeded supply.— Glastonbury Festival (@glastonbury) November 19, 2023
There will be a resale of any cancelled or returned tickets in spring 2024.
Reacting to the news that tickets were sold out on Sunday, Adam Rathbone wrote: "You need to change the system, it doesn’t work."
You need to change the system, it doesn’t work.— Adam Rathbone (@MrRatch) November 19, 2023
Micky Hynes suggested: "Glastonbury should just run a ballot like Coachella and give everyone a fair shot."
Glastonbury should just run a ballot like Coachella and give everyone a fair shot.— Mickey Hynes 🇬🇧🇮🇪🇺🇦 (@mickeyhynes) November 19, 2023
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This Glastophile made it clear it wasn't about sour grapes, writing: "I said it last year when I got tickets. I'll say it this year when I didn't. Move to a ballot! Better for punters, better for the environment, fairer and more equitable. You could still give people a 2 hour window to pay deposit in to keep all sales to one day."
I said it last year when I got tickets. I'll say it this year when I didn't. Move to a ballot! Better for punters, better for the environment, fairer and more equitable. You could still give people a 2 hour window to pay deposit in to keep all sales to one day.— Andrew Stan Stanley (@AndyStanStanley) November 19, 2023
However, not everyone thought the ballot system was a good idea.
Though she was unsuccessful in the Sunday ticket sale, Hayley Green argued a ballot would mean many people who weren't "that bothered" about attending the festival would end up getting tickets.
I didn’t get tickets for the first time this year and I still wouldn’t want a ballot. So many people who are not that bothered would get them. I tried my absolute hardest today, went into the office and asked about 20 people around the country to help. It is what is it— Hayley Green (@hayleyecg) November 19, 2023
Another added: "Exactly. You have to work and get organised to be in with a real chance of getting tickets."
Exactly. You have to work and get organised to be in with a real chance of getting tickets.— Caroline Gregory (@CazTravels) November 19, 2023
One fan wanted to go completely back to basics, calling for Glastonbury tickets to be made available to buy physically at box offices.
Bring back getting physical tickets and queuing up at box office.— El Grego (@ainsley24) November 19, 2023
We're not sure how popular that idea would be.
Wannabe Glastonbury attendees will have another chance to by tickets when they are put up for resale in Spring 2024.
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