The ultimate guide to maximising your chances of getting tickets to Glastonbury Festival
Last Updated: 25 June
Trying to get tickets to perhaps the most iconic festival in the world often requires the planning of an elite army operation, as getting your hands on the golden-ticket-snitch is known to be notoriously difficult – but that doesn’t mean you aren’t in with a winning chance.
The fact that tickets must be registered to your name is both a blessing and a curse – it means tickets can’t be touted for extortionate prices, but it also means that you only have a few shots at getting a ticket. The pressure is seriously on and is very real!
In 2019, over 2.4 million people registered to be in with a chance of bagging Glastonbury tickets to that year’s Festival – which saw over 100,000 General Admission tickets sell out in under an hour, or just 36 minutes to be exact!
Tickets for Glastonbury 2022 (with the £50 deposits paid for the 2020 Festival having rolled over for a second consecutive year) went on sale at the beginning of October 2019 and sold out in a mere matter of minutes.
Many Glasto-fans were left ticketless after failing to get a ticket on both the General Admission Ticket sale (which sold out in 33 minutes) and the Coach + Ticket Package sale (which sold out in just 27 minutes).
A detailed list of how fast Glastonbury tickets sold out in previous years going all the way back to 2002 can be found here.
All tips and tricks listed below are of our own recommendation and are not endorsed by Glastonbury Festival.
The official website has advised Glasto-goers that “attempting to book tickets online using multiple browser tabs can confuse the ticket sales process and cause your transaction to fail, and that they “strongly advise that you use just one browser tab when trying to book tickets, in order to avoid possible problems with your transaction.”
Furthermore, 2019 saw Glastonbury explicitly ask 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.”
Although it might not reflect the ethos of the Festival, they did not say it doesn’t work, so please continue at your own discretion.
Now, if Worthy Farm still has your fancy, and you want to be at the best party in the world this summer, here are our top 12 tips & tricks for maximising your chances of getting Glastonbury 2023 tickets.
Make sure you have registered!
Sounds obvious, doesn’t it? You would be surprised how many people this catches out every year. There is no way you can buy a Glastonbury Festival ticket unless you’ve pre-registered.
Registering yourself is very easy, and completely cost-free. One thing to note is that you are required to submit a headshot photo of yourself – There’s a list of photos Dos and Don’ts on the registration page, so make sure you check over them before you submit.
If you are not registered, we advise registering here to allow for the registration to be processed and resubmitted if needed.
If you are already registered you can use your existing registration number and do not need to re-register. You’ll need the registration number and postcode for each person who wants a ticket, so make sure to check all these details in advance prior to registration closing – If you are uncertain whether you’re all registered or not, or need to provide any new details – you can check on the Glastonbury Festival official website, here.
Use multiple devices and make sure to charge them all the night before.
There is more than just one way to get on the internet – what we are trying to say is; you should grab any and every device which you have access to and is capable of connecting to the World Wide Web – every laptop, tablet and smartphone you own, fire them up, put them to good use and head over to the Glastonbury See Tickets website on ticket sale day.
Often times you’ll find that tablets have a better internet connection due to the fact they aren’t crammed up with as much rubbish as your old tower pc or laptop you bought in 2005, which doesn’t even run without the charger plugged in anymore.
TIP: Make sure you charge these babies up the night before – we don’t want to arrive at the “promised land” just to stay outside at the end of it all.
Speaking of the night before: Set an alarm for ticket sale day – and DO NOT GO OUT THE NIGHT BEFORE!
No matter how cheap the drinks are, or how you think your intention is to just go out for ‘a few’ – everyone knows that’s just a lie we all tell ourselves, and before you know it, you’ll be going proper “OUT OUT”.
TIP: Most years, General Admission tickets go on sale on a Sunday morning, and we’re not trying to run your lives or anything, but you might want to rethink those Saturday evening pub plans and get some shut-eye ahead of that 8:30AM wake-up call (you should set for yourself) so you don’t sleep through your alarm.
Consider going for the coach ticket package.
Your initial inkling might be to just buy the standard weekend ticket and figure out the logistics of getting to the festival later. But just think of the journey there, and… the journey back.
Yes, you might not be able to take as many beers with you on the coach, but… Oh GOD, skipping the drive on that journey back will be well worth it, wouldn’t it?! Apart from that, you’ll be doing the planet some good by travelling by coach.
TIP: Getting a random coach at 6:00AM can mean you are up against a lot less competition when it comes to tickets. The thing about coach tickets that might be a bit uneasy, is that they don’t give you your ticket until you actually get on the coach. You just have to trust the process and that it will all be OK (as it usually is). Once you get on the bus, the driver reads out the names and hands out the envelopes to everyone – Think Christmas morning, but in June, on a coach, in a car park.
Work as a team: All for one and one for all.
Generally speaking, one person can normally book up to a maximum of 6 tickets per order. That means you can put each and every one of your team members to work towards bashing those laptop keys in pursuit of the desired golden ticket, and by doing so hopefully increase the likelihood of Glastonbury glory by 6 fold.
Once you’ve got your A-team of Glasto-goers assembled, make sure you are prepared; Set up a Facebook / WhatsApp group or any other instant messenger group chat and make sure you are all a member of the group. That way, you’ll be able to communicate with each other and exchange details (registration number and postcode) in an easy and efficient manner.
TIP: Be careful being on more than one group/list – If some of you secured a ticket in another group earlier in the sale, this might slow down your order while you try and figure out which ones they are and remove them.
PLEASE NOTE: If you’re trying for Glastonbury tickets in the spring resale (usually April, but could also be March) – in previous years, rather than being able to purchase 6 tickets per order (like in the October sales), only 4 tickets per transaction were able to be purchased for General Admission tickets, and coach package tickets were limited to 2 tickets per transaction.
Make sure you have all your (and your mates) registration details at the ready.
Create a Google spreadsheet with the finalised registration details divided into groups of 6. Share the spreadsheet with all relevant parties over the Facebook / WhatsApp group you’ve set up earlier. Now you can all have it open simultaneously and view the changes in real-time.
IMPORTANT: Make sure all your details are correct and double-check for typos – The last thing you want is to get through, punch in your details, only to see the “Sorry, that reference number is not registered” error pop up in your face. To avoid this, perhaps the best way to go about it would be to get your mates to copy and paste their Glasto details into the spreadsheet, as opposed to them typing them in or reciting them over the phone. In 2019 Glasto organisers have revealed that one wrong letter or number could mean everyone’s registration details are frozen for up to 10 minutes.
TIP: You could also use the Notepad / Notes app to save all your registration details in a small box at the corner of your screen, so when the time comes to enter your details all you have to do is copy and paste them into the correct fields and by doing so with the speed of light, minimising the risk of losing your ticket.
Use multiple browsers, not multiple tabs.
When you head over to Glastonbury’s See Tickets website to try and get your ticket, you will inevitably end up in a virtual queue.
In the same way that using lots of different devices will marginally increase your chances of getting through, so will using as many browsers as possible.
Do not make the fatal mistake of trying to book using multiple browser tabs, as this can upset the system. Instead, you’re much better off using multiple browsers, with one tab open per browser.
TIP: Even though having 30 Chrome tabs open and constantly refreshing all of them might seem like the best idea at the time, it is not. On the contrary, this is terrible. Without getting too techie up in here, not only does this not increase your chances by 30, it actually divides your one chance into 30 smaller chances. Plus, if you have like 30 tabs open at once, you’ll find it hard to keep track of what’s happening on each and every one of them simultaneously. No more than ten is a good number, but the fewer you have, the less likely you are to lose track of what’s going on.
Use multiple different internet connections.
Rather than everyone getting together in the same space and using the same internet connection, it would be much better that each member in the group stay in their own house and be the sole user of that internet connection – Communication between party members can then be done via the Facebook / WhatsApp group set up beforehand.
TIP: Make sure to use the best internet connection you can find. Yes, even this means you have to go into work on a Sunday because that big office building you work in has super-fast internet, as opposed to your slightly dodgy home internet.
Yes, REFRESH (but not too often).
Prior to arriving at the page where you insert your details – in order to maximise your chances of getting to the front of the virtual queue, you’ll have to refresh often (but not too often). There’s no way around it really, just keep smashing that refresh key till you get through.
TIP: A great way to cover all grounds would be to use one of your devices and tabs to enter the site and progress through the See Tickets queue at its own pace – basically meaning, you will not be manually refreshing that designated page, rather waiting for the site to do the refreshing at its own rate, till it gets through.
Also, Make sure to double-check which keystroke does a “hard refresh” on your browser in advance (F5 on a PC or CMD+R on a Mac).
Be persistent, patient and calm: Don’t panic and DO NOT give up!
Trying to buy Glastonbury tickets is quite often known as being a bit of a stressful business, but remain calm.
You want to go to Glastonbury. So does everyone else. This means there will be more people trying to buy Glastonbury tickets than there are tickets available. So, as you can imagine, it is a mathematical certainty that not everyone will be able to book tickets.
REMEMBER: Glastonbury states that “registration numbers will be locked for up to 10 minutes” for the following reasons:
- If your card details are entered incorrectly.
- If an attempt to book has already been held against your registration number.
- If your five minutes on the booking page ends.
With this in mind, try not to get so panicked that you forget how to use a computer – The key is to stay calm throughout the process so you are able to navigate when things go “pear-shaped”.
Don’t get carried away and start celebrating just because you’ve gotten through to the next screen.
Once you reach the booking page please keep in mind your ticket is not your ticket yet. Not until the money has come out of your account. Until that point, assume everything will go Pete Tong (wrong). Getting through to the page where you enter your card details doesn’t mean anything so don’t start dancing and telling your mates you’ve got the tickets.
Enter all your registration and payment card details as quickly and accurately as you can – this is not the time to go add sugar to your tea!
TIP: If the page stalls (‘hangs’) or you experience any kind of error when filling in the booking form while you’re halfway through the transaction and find that you can’t get any further, don’t panic – try this: Press ‘back’ once, and then see if you can continue your booking from that point. If that doesn’t help, close the browser and start all over again. If you’ve been successful, the booking will be held for 10 minutes, so don’t hang around beyond that as your access to the page will have expired. You’ll have to close the browser and start again to gain fresh access to the booking page. Just grit your teeth and try again. It is known that the longer you try the more likely you are to get a ticket, so don’t give up after the first half an hour – you might just get your hands on the last pair going.
REMEMBER: There are only limited numbers of tickets available in the resales, so once orders are being processed for all the tickets that are available, it will no longer be possible to access the booking page, and you will see a message that ‘All available tickets have now been allocated”. If you see this message, please refresh the page, as any orders which cannot be processed will be released back to sale.
Once all ticket purchases have been processed, the website will display a ‘SOLD OUT’ message and no more tickets will be released back to sale.
Have your payment card details ready and make sure you have enough money in your account… obviously.
As mentioned above, if you’re trying for Glastonbury tickets in the first wave of sales (October), you can normally book a maximum of 6 tickets per order, which means you’ll need to pay a £50 deposit for each of the 6 tickets straight away, in one transaction – Don’t have your payment bounce and your summer ruined because you forgot how broke you are.
TIP: Make sure every group member has enough funds in their account and are able to pay for everyone’s tickets if and when the occasion arises.
AGAIN, PLEASE NOTE: If you’re trying for Glastonbury tickets in the resale – in previous years, rather than being able to purchase 6 tickets per order (like in the October sales), only 4 tickets per transaction were able to be purchased for General Admission tickets, and coach package tickets were limited to 2 tickets per transaction.
DON’T BE FOOLED:
Glastonbury Festival would very much like fans to be aware that there are people out there who will try and sell fake Glastonbury tickets to unsuspecting, willing and innocent potential purchasers.
Although Glasto-veterans who have been going to the Festival for quite some time may recognise these scams for what they are, newcomers to the Festival might not know that tickets are only sold on one site which is: glastonbury.seetickets.com – and any other site claiming to sell tickets for the Festival are not authentic.
Good luck and may the odds be forever in your favour!