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It'll be tougher than ever for festival fans

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: September 19, 2013

By Janet Hughes

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Music lovers could find it harder than ever to get a ticket for the next year's Glastonbury after record numbers registered for the festival's website.

Last year all 135,000 tickets sold out within two hours leaving hundreds of thousands of people disappointed.

But Michael Eavis says more than one million people have already registered to join the annual scramble for tickets which will go up by £5 this year.

He says the extra numbers registering is a substantial increase on those who had registered at the same point before the October 2012 online sale when this year's tickets sold out in 100 minutes.

Mr Eavis spoke to the Western Daily Press ahead of yesterday's announcement that 2014 tickets are to go one sale Sunday, October 6.

"Around one million people have already pre-registered," he said.

"That's a crazy number. I think people know the chances of getting a ticket are only around six to one but we have to make sure the tickets are apportioned fairly."

Commercial director Robert Richards says organisers ensure West Country fans have the same chance of getting a ticket as city dwellers with superfast broadband speeds.

Sales are carefully monitored to ensure rural areas do not miss out and touts do not get their hands on tickets, he said.

"The geographical spread of the success rate is equal to the number of people registered," he said.

"Having fast or slow broadband does not affect people's chances of getting a ticket. The chances of success are equal."

Last year tickets sold out even before it was announced the Rolling Stones would be headlining on the Saturday night.

But a combination of perfect weather, smooth organisation and headliners such as the Rolling Stones, Mumford and Sons and the Arctic Monkeys cemented 2013 as one of the best ever festivals in the event's history.

Tickets for 2014 will go on sale at 9am on October 6 and those who are successful will have to put down a £50 deposit per person. Tickets will be £210 plus a £5 booking fee.

Organisers are hoping to build on the record numbers who left their car behind last time by offering 15,000 earlybird coach and ticket packages for the first time. They will go on sale on October 3.

At June's extravaganza Mr Eavis said that he already knew who the three Pyramid Stage headliners would be next year, but organisers are sworn to secrecy.

Fleetwood Mac are the bookies' favourite but Daft Punk, Depeche Mode, Elbow Prince, Kasabian, Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters, Stone Roses, Oasis, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin and Punk Floyd may also in the running.

"Michael Eavis has suggested that the headliners will be bands who have never done so before," said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly at the time.

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