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Beware fake Glastonbury festival tickets says Michael Eavis

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 28, 2014

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Michael Eavis has warned fans to watch out for fake Glastonbury Festival tickets being sold on the black market.

The festival founder prides himself in bringing in tight security ten years ago which has proved to be a template for beating ticket touts for many other events.

But this year he has put a warning on the website saying “Beware People Selling Fake Glastonbury Tickets”.

This year more than one million people registered to buy 120,000 tickets which sold out in one hour and 27 minutes.

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But with 3,000 tickets selling a minute, many fans were left bitterly disappointed.

And as tickets started to be sent out in the post in batches, the Festival issue a warning to desperate fans who missed out not to fall for any cons.

“We would very much like you to be aware that there are people out there who will try and sell fake Glastonbury tickets to unsuspecting, willing and innocent potential purchasers,” said Mr Eavis.

“ Photos on tickets, which we introduced ten years ago, should eliminate this to a very large extent. If you are offered a ticket it is unlikely to give you access to the Festival.”

With old ticket stubs selling on e-bay, a real £210 Glastonbury 2014 ticket would be worth a small fortune on the black market.

But the Eavis’ were the first to bring in a registration scheme with photographic ID a decade ago and Glastonbury prides itself on being the best at beating the touts.

Mr Eavis says he realises many festival diehards will be disappointed to miss out as Glastonbury becomes a global event and hints it might be easier in future.

He said: “The BBC will be covering even more of the Festival this year so please be content with the TV for now.

“Hopefully there will be many more years ahead when your chances of buying a ticket will increase. Thank you for supporting our Festival.”

If you suspect someone is selling a Glastonbury ticket fraudulently, please contact ticketing@glastonburyfestivals.co.uk or report to Action Fraud: Website / Tel: 0300 123 2040

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