Glastonbury Tickets 2020: The Best Tips And Tricks To Buy Them
27 October 2019, 08:00 | Updated: 27 October 2019, 08:01
As local tickets for Glastonbury 2020 go on sale this Sunday, let Radio X's top tips help you nab those elusive spaces.
Every year, thousands of music-lovers whip themselves into a frenzy in an attempt to purchase tickets to the greatest music event in the world: Glastonbury Festival.
This Thursday 3 October and Sunday 6 October marked the first chance for Glasto hopefuls to attempt to buy tickets to its 50th anniversary in 2020... but they sold out pretty quickly.
Now, it's the chance for local residents to buy tickets, which we imagine won't be as in-demand but will be no less stressful, as they have their own set of rules to follow.
Buying tickets is an undertaking which fills even the most seasoned veterans of the Somerset festival with dread- especially because they always seem to be gone in less than 60 minutes.
However, it doesn't need to be a totally lost cause.
Because we feel everyone should get the chance to sample the mud and the madness at Worthy Farm, we’ve put together a list of tips to help you nab yourself some tickets to the biggest party on earth!
Get our top tips and tricks for getting a Glasto 2020 ticket below:
Make sure you're registered
Nobody can buy a ticket without having a unique registration number which comes with your photo ID, so if you haven't registered already I'm afraid you've already fallen at the first hurdle.
Know your dates
Fans have the chance to buy tickets to Glastonbury four times a year.
Ticket and coach packages go on sale on Thursday 3 October 2020 from 6pm.
General sale tickets go on sale on Sunday 6 October from 9am.
There'll be a second chance to buy coach tickets and general tickets in the April resale.
Go for the coaches!
Let's just be clever about this. If you go for coaches, you're giving yourself an extra shot at nabbing you and your mates tickets AND you're competing with a smaller pool of people who don't mind getting a coach at 1am from Reading if it means they can get to the festival.
Everyone’s initial reaction is to just buy the standard weekend ticket and figure out the logistics of the weekend later. But remember what a pain it was getting there last time? And the journey back? Oh GOD the journey back!
You might not be able to take as many crisps with you on the coach, but remember how much you end up packing in the car with you, and how painful it is to actually transport it from the car park to your campsite.
And if you’re worried about coach costs, just weigh it up against petrol and parking prices.
Take it very seriously
Sure, there are more important things in the world. But in those 30 to 45 minutes before the words “Tickets Unavailable” start appearing, you should act as if it’s the last hour before your dissertation is due or as if you're a few minutes away from walking into the interview for your dream job.
Talk to your friends, make a strategic plan, and most importantly…
Don't be hungover!
As with most years, general admission tickets go on sale on a Sunday morning. That means there’s a good chance you were toasting the weekend the night before.
Get to bed early, then get up early – fresh as a daisy. Just think about all the time you’ll have at Glasto to be hungover... IF you get tickets.
And if you go for coach tickets, don't go for a swift half in the pub first. You need 100% focus and attention.
Work as a team and form a syndicate
Each person can book up to 6 tickets per transaction in the general sale.
That means you can have a solid force of 5 units other than yourself constantly eyeing up that browser. They don’t even need to be people you plan on camping with.
Everyone on earth has a colleague who’s said “Ha, yeah man I’m totally going to try and get Glasto tickets this year! I hear Taylor Swift's going to headline!”
Now... you may not particularly want to hang out with this person, but you can use them to your advantage.
Create a google doc, create a spreadsheet and get VERY familiar with it.
Copy and paste in details
Once you’ve got your elite crew of razor sharp buddies together, make sure you prepare yourselves. EXCHANGE DETAILS PROPERLY!
To buy tickets, all you need is everyone's full name, Glastonbury reference number, postcode and the card details of whoever is paying the £50 deposits.
Make sure you copy and paste them in. DO NOT rely on handwritten notes or typed text messages.
Set up a Facebook group or Whatsapp thread to communicate over and DEAR LORD double check for typos.
The last thing you want is to get through and fill in your details only to see: "Sorry, that reference number is not registered."
Triple check your card details
If you're lucky enough to make it through, you automatically become the lead booker and therefore you'll need to have your card details at hand.
Make sure you enter these details EXACTLY as you see them because if you don't you could fall foul of being frozen out of the system.
This year Glasto organisers have revealed that one wrong letter or number could mean everyone's registration details are frozen for UP TO 10 MINUTES.
Use a work computer (if it's out of hours)
No matter how great you think your home fibre optic connection is, it’s probably not as good as your Internet at work. Plus, just think, Sunday morning? Who’s going to be around? (Unless you work at Starbucks or a church).
All that delicious, powerful internet will be solely yours.
Disclaimer: Radio X takes no responsibility for you getting fired for misusing work property
Attack from all angles
Remember the days when you used to have to phone someone in order to buy tickets to gigs? They truly were dark times.
But now that we’re all online and would rather email, text, WhatsApp, Facebook message or DM rather than actually speak to someone, people forget about the phones.
While you’re frantically waiting for your webpage to refresh, keep calm and if you can... CALL.
And while we’re on the topic…
Often your tablet has a slicker internet connection because it isn't crammed with as much rubbish as the laptop you bought back 2006.
So there's no harm in charming that.
This year, Glastonbury has explicitly asked people not to use multiple devices, saying: "running multiple devices simultaneously to attempt to access the website is a waste of valuable resources, and doesn’t reflect the ethos of the Festival."
It might not reflect the ethos of Glastonbury, Festival but they've not said it doesn't work, so make of it what you will.
REFRESH! REFRESH! But not too much...
If you get through to the ticket page stage where the message appears “you’re currently in a queue, this page will keep refreshing automatically” then you’re halfway there.
BUT before that, just keep banging it.
TIP: double check which keystroke does a "hard refresh" on your browser in advance.
Have a BACK SPACE in your back pocket
Up until this point you've been in refresh mode, but once you get onto the booking page you have to be VERY careful what you do next.
Some times the booking pages freeze or "hangs" and in this instance Glastonbury has advised to "try pressing back once and then continue your booking from that point."
Know when to close your browser and start again
Now, we wouldn't recommend you EVER just close your browser when you're in the process of getting onto the Glastonbury booking page, but according to organisers on their full 2020 info page:
"Please don’t continue to refresh the page more than 10 minutes after entering your details as your access to the page will have expired. You will need to close the browser and start again to gain fresh access to the booking page."
That means... don't just stand their numb looking at your booking screen after 10 minutes. Every second counts, so as painful as it feels to do it... cut your losses and start again.
Set See Tickets As Your Homepage
Every year, Glastonbury partners up with seetickets.com to sell the tickets.
Instead of mucking about trying to just get onto the site at 6pm or 9am, set https://glastonbury.seetickets.com as your home page.
So when you open a webpage, BOOM Glastonbury is there. But do bear in mind…
Have multiple browsers if you must NOT multiple tabs
Now, your brain will be saying “JUST OPEN MORE TABS!” when panic sets in. Resist.
Unless you’re trying to purchase tickets on a NASA supercomputer, then chances are your laptop can only process so much information at once. Plus, if you have 30 tabs open you can't keep track of them anyway.
If you want more than one view of the page, use multiple browsers NOT tabs, as tabs tend to share the same information and could lead to booking clashes.
The Glastonbury website advises in its basic ticket information: "Attempting to book tickets online using multiple browser tabs can confuse the ticket sales process and cause your transaction to fail.
"We strongly advise that you use just one browser tab when trying to book tickets, in order to avoid possible problems with your transaction."
Have enough money in your account… Obviously
Don’t worry, we’re not criticising your intelligence or capabilities with managing your accounts. But in this age where we all have eight different accounts and credit cards and ISAs, sometimes it’s easy to lose track.
For the general sale, you'll only need an account which can afford the deposit of £50 per person (plus the price of the coach package if you're booking them)
General admission tickets for 2020 are £265 + £5 booking fee per ticket but the full balance won't be payable until April.
However, if you are buying tickets in the resale expect to pay this amount IN FULL.
Don't give up!
Look, Glastonbury does sell out quickly. It’s true.
But have faith - keep going until the page tells you to stop. Remain focused. Keep calm and carry on and do not stop until you see that final message from the festival's account
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!
Hopefully if you've read all these tips, you could be one step closer to the front gates of Glastonbury festival, which is otherwise known as your spiritual home for five glorious days!
Check out all the people you might see there, presented by Inbetweeners star Joe Thomas... with a little help from Radio X's Toby Tarrant.