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Glastonbury 2023 tickets sell out in one hour amid ‘incredible demand’ and ‘technical problems’

Glastonbury 2023 tickets sell out in one hour amid ‘incredible demand’ and ‘technical problems’

Although both Coach Ticket packages and General Admission tickets are now all gone, there’s still hope for those who missed out in the form of Spring resales which usually take place around April time

Standard tickets for the 2023 Glastonbury Festival sold out in 61 minutes this morning after going on sale at 9am.

This followed a swift sellout last Thursday (3rd November) of tickets packaged with coach travel which completely sold out in just 22 minutes.

Only pre-registered buyers could access the two online sales as part of Glastonbury’s continued drive against ticket touting.

Hundreds of thousands of Glasto-fans were up bright and early ready at their computer screens in the second of two ticket sales for the chance of buying tickets to the Worthy Farm event next summer.

As ever, due to the high demand, shortly after opening up the sale at 9am, some fans were met with a ‘503 Service Unavailable’ error page upon arriving at the booking site – obviously due to the high number of people trying to access the site all at once.

In order to try and combat the situation, See Tickets – the company running ticket sales – then asked customers to “stick to one tab/screen”, while Glastonbury officials confirmed that tickets were selling, but they are seeing incredible demand – asking people to keep trying – but stick to one device.

By 9.25am See Tickets announced that over half the tickets for Glastonbury 2023 have been sold while adding that “remaining tickets [are] now going fast”, just to ask fans soon after (at 9.49am) to bear with them as they are “working on a technical problem” and will be “be back up and running soon”.

Come 9.55am, over 75% of tickets were sold, with the remainder of tickets completely selling out at 10:01am – as stated in a post by See Tickets (seen below).

Glastonbury Festival then posted a message to social media, saying: “Tickets for Glastonbury 2023 have now Sold Out. Thank you to everyone who bought one and we’re sorry to those of you who missed out, on a morning when demand far exceeded supply. There will be a resale of any cancelled or returned tickets in spring 2023.”

However, some fans responded to the statement, claiming they had managed to get tickets after the 10am time-mark.

“So I’ve just had the weirdest experience of my life. 10 minutes after Glastonbury tickets sold out my browser, still auto-refreshing went through to booking screen. Put in my details for a laugh and it took payment and confirmed booking” one tweeted at 10:31am.

Festival Organiser Emily Eavis also posted a message of congratulations, gratitude and hope, saying: “Although we are thrilled that so many of you wanted to come to next year’s Glastonbury, we’re sorry that a huge number of people missed out on a ticket this morning – because demand far outstripped supply.

“Thank you to everyone who tried to buy a ticket. Your loyalty to this festival is deeply appreciated. There will be a ticket resale in spring 2023, so if you didn’t get one, please do try again then.” – she added.

Due to the overwhelming demand, today’s sell-out times took longer than the last sales for the 2022 Festival standard tickets – which went on sale in 2019 (before the pandemic hit) and sold out in 33 minutes that time around.

The fastest time on record for a Glastonbury ticket sell-out was for the 2015 Festival when all General Admission tickets were snapped up in just 25 minutes!

The capacity for Glastonbury Festival is said to be around 210,000 (including staff and volunteers). However, it is expected that around 142,000 tickets (of which around 22,000 are dedicated coach packages) were available across the two ticket sales this November.

A £50 deposit is paid at the point of booking, in addition to any applicable coach fare, while the rest of the ticket price (plus fees) is due in April 2023.

Any tickets not paid off are then put back in the pot for resale, giving anyone who misses out on the first wave of sales another chance at tickets.

This year, ticket prices have increased to £340, made up of a £335 face value and a £5 booking fee on each ticket.

Emily Eavis explained: “We have tried very hard to minimise the increase in price on the ticket but we’re facing enormous rises in the costs of running this vast show, whilst still recovering from the huge financial impact of two years without a festival because of Covid.”

No acts have been confirmed for Glastonbury 2023 as of yet, but the bookmakers’ favourites as of this moment in time include Arctic Monkeys, Elton John and Guns n Roses.

Pyramid Stage prep at Glastonbury 2022 • Photo Credit: Neil Bremner

Other Glasto rumours

As with every Glastonbury-year, the speculation about who might play the legendary festival is always very high, and with the 2023 event fast approaching, the Glasto Rumour Mill is already spinning in full force.

Although the first line-up poster doesn’t usually get revealed until the beginning of March, followed by the full line-up announcement sometime at the end of May – there are many artists who ‘self-confirm’ prior to the official announcements by divulging the news via interviews, social media or website listings to accompany the ever-growing rumours.

Rihanna is the latest name to join the Rumour Mill, after she was reportedly approached by the Festival about being the event’s closing act, now that the Barbados-born singer has made a dramatic return to the music scene after a prolonged hiatus.

Last week, Taylor Swift announced her long-rumoured return to the road, with an outing dubbed the “Eras Tour”, scheduled to hit U.S. stadiums beginning in March 2023 and running into August – and by doing, making it highly unlikely that she will be at Glastonbury 2023.

Meanwhile, Pulp also revealed the dates of their upcoming reunion tour scheduled for next summer, leaving plenty of room for a Glastonbury performance, while Victoria Beckham ruled out a Glastonbury appearance as part of a Spice Girls reunion – following long-time speculation fuelled by her former band mates.

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Elsewhere, whispers of a possible Glastonbury performance by Roxy Music started circling the web in early September, after a couple of posts were published on the eFestivals website, pertaining to some apparent inside information “from a very reliable source” – saying the band are set to play the Legends Slot at Glastonbury 2023.

While Arctic Monkeys are rumoured to have signed on “the dotted line” for a deal to headline the Festival next summer after their UK tour sold out in minutes when going up for sale in October.

Guns N’ Roses are also one of the bands currently rumoured for playing Glastonbury 2023 after Festival organiser Emily Eavis said in an interview last year that the hard rockers need to play the Worthy Farm event at some point.

Another act who has never played at Worthy Farm before is Sir Elton John, who has long been rumoured for a performance at Glastonbury, and some changes to his current ‘Yellow Brick Road’ tour schedule just happen to reflect a perfectly-sized Glasto-shaped-gap.

And finally, Eminem – which is yet another name to have never stepped foot at Worthy Farm – is said to be in “advanced talks” to headline the iconic Pyramid Stage at the Festival next year.

It’s worth noting that Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis did however say earlier this year that all three headliners for the 2023 Festival have already been booked.

Therefore, despite the insider claiming Eminem’s tour dates align with a potential Glastonbury appearance, the rapper has yet to currently announce any upcoming gigs, suggesting the source either has access to unreleased information or is outright mistaken.

You can follow and stay up to date with our constantly updated list of all the latest artists that have been officially confirmed, self-confirmed or rumoured for Glastonbury 2023, by clicking here.

As of the time of publication, current SkyBet odds for ‘Glastonbury Festival 2023 headliner’ are as follows:

Arctic Monkeys
Elton John
Guns n Roses
Eminem
Rihanna
Harry Styles
Pulp
Dua Lipa
Taylor Swift
Blur

Glastonbury 2023 will take place at its natural home in Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, from Wednesday the 21st to Sunday the 25th of June.

Now with both ticket sales out of the way, the next option to bag tickets to the Pilton event will be when the resale of any unpaid and/or cancelled tickets takes place in the Spring of 2023 (around April time).

As part of Glastonbury’s ongoing efforts against ticket touting, anyone who would like to attend next year’s Festival will need to have registered in advance.

That said, registration for Glastonbury 2023 closed at 5pm GMT on Monday, 31st October, and as of this moment in time, there is no opportunity to submit/re-submit a registration until after the November ticket sales – when the registration window will open once again ahead of the resale.

As in previous years, registration remains free of charge and only takes a few minutes at glastonburyregistration.co.uk.

Those who have already registered in the past can also check their existing registration here

In addition to the upcoming ticket resales, some other opportunities for getting to Glastonbury include entering competitions, working at the Festival and volunteering – once those options make themselves available.

To learn more about registration, the sale process and how you can maximise your chances of getting Glastonbury 2023 tickets, click here.

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 might not.

Therefore, please remember that tickets are only sold on one site, which is:
 glastonbury.seetickets.com

any other site claiming to sell tickets for the Festival is not authentic.

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