Tickets for Glastonbury Festival sell out in just a matter of minutes, blink and you might miss it.
Looking back at this year’s ticket release days for Glastonbury 2019; coach package tickets were all snapped up in under 30 minutes on Thursday (October 4th) – with general admission tickets selling out in just 36 minutes a few days later.
The demand for the 135,000 tickets for Worthy Farm’s legendary festival is always extremely high, but with 2018 being a “fallow year”, the anticipation for Glastonbury 2019 is higher than ever (to put it mildly).
Just so you have somewhat of an idea what to expect and put things in perspective for if you ever do try for a Glastonbury ticket – below are the times it took Glastonbury Festival to sell out since the introduction of the October sales:
2009: 5 months
2010: 12 hours
2011: 4 hours
2013: 1 hour 40 minutes
2014: 1 hour 27 minutes //
Coach packages: 28 minutes
2015: 26 minutes //
Coach packages: 15 minutes
2016: 33 minutes //
Coach packages: 23 minutes
2017: 50 minutes //
Coach packages: 22 minutes
2019: 36 minutes //
Coach packages: 29 minutes
With all that being said, there may be a greater chance of getting a ticket in the future.
Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis told the International Festival Forum (IFF) back in 2017 that organisers are “looking at increasing the numbers by about 30,000”, pushing Glastonbury’s capacity up to 280,000 (accounting fans and staff combined) – which is over a quarter of a million people, if you think of it!
“We started with 100 acres; we’re now up to 1,500 acres,” he explained.
“We’re looking at increasing that, but I don’t think we need to really. I’m not desperate to increase it. There’s value in it being smaller and harder to get to – it makes it a bit more exclusive…”
With extra 30,000 tickets which are bound to get grabbed up like hotcakes, it would be the wet dream come true for most festival promoters.
Eavis, however, is renowned for giving away the vast majority of the profits to charity, which means the move would not be about making more money – not for himself at least.
“It costs about £30m to build the show, with about £2m left over,” said Eavis, “and we give away £2m to various charities.
Eavis stressed how his wonderful farm and loving family were enough rewards for him, though the rise in ticket sales could see more money going to the festival’s charity partners – adding that “If you’re well off enough to live like I do, with a wonderful farm, a wonderful family, that’s enough for me.”
Glastonbury Festival 2019 will take place at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset from Wednesday 26th to Sunday 30th June 2019.