gulfnews - 10/11/2018 9:10:25 AM - GMT (+2 )
Only pre-registered buyers could access the two online sales as part of the festival’s continued drive against ticket touting
Tickets for Glastonbury 2019 sold out half an hour after going on sale as record numbers of people attempted to buy one, the festival organisers have said.
Standard tickets were released just after 9am on Sunday and the official Glastonbury Twitter account said it was experiencing “incredible demand” within minutes. The festival’s co-organiser Emily Eavis announced at 9.36am that the sale was over.
“Tickets have now all sold out! We are blown away by the huge demand, looks like record numbers tried. Thank you for your patience and incredible support and for those of you who missed out, there will be a ticket resale in April,” she tweeted.
This followed a swift sell-out last Thursday of tickets packaged with coach travel. Only pre-registered buyers could access the two online sales as part of the festival’s continued drive against ticket touting.
A spokesman for the festival said it sold 135,000 tickets for the event each year. The festival next June will be the first since 2017 after a fallow year, which allows the ground at Worthy Farm in Somerset to recover.
Festivalgoers who bought the £248 (Dh1200) tickets were, as usual, taking the plunge without knowing the line-up, but speculation is already rife. Eavis has previously said that Paul McCartney is “top of our list”, while other rumoured headliners include Elton John, Kendrick Lamar and Abba. Madonna has also hinted she would be open to performing.
As for the Sunday afternoon “legend” slot, Eavis dropped a hint to BBC Radio 2 this summer. “I’ll give you a clue. It’s a female. She is not British, but I can’t give you any more clues because it will get me into trouble.”
Barry Gibb filled the slot in 2017, with Foo Fighters, Radiohead and Ed Sheeran headlining. The event that year was particularly political, taking place days after the Grenfell Tower fire The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, gave an impassioned speech on the main stage.
The festival’s founder, Michael Eavis, announced in July that he would be giving away up to 500 free tickets to trainee nurses in the Mendip area of Somerset, where Worthy Farm is located, after he learnt of nursing shortages in the county.
The event will run from 26 to 30 June 2019. Organisers have said acts are already booked in for 2020, which will be Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary year.