Council praise Glastonbury's “very well-run” festival amid

Council praise Glastonbury’s “very well-run” festival amid improvement advice

More toilets, better crowd control and clearer allergen information are some of the improvement advice given by Somerset Council's head of regulatory services

By GFF
Pyramid Stage crowd area at Glastonbury Festival 2023.
Pyramid Stage crowd (2023) • Credit: Alex JD

Glastonbury Festival has been given both praise for a “very well-run” festival in 2023, as well as a series of recommendations for next year’s edition by council officers on how it may improve ahead of the upcoming event.

Somerset Council serves as the official licensing authority for the Glastonbury Festival, taking over from Mendip District Council following the latter’s abolition in April earlier this year.

Officers at the unitary authority have put forward a list of recommendations for how the 2024 festival could improve on this year’s event, concentrating on ways to improve public safety, prevent crime and disorder and discourage antisocial behaviour.

Glastonbury organisers – who secured permanent planning permission from the district council in one of its final actions – have said they will take these recommendations on board and work with licensing officers closely as the next event approaches.

During the Scrutiny Committee which took place on Wednesday, 13th December, Dave Coles, Somerset Council’s head of regulatory services, said that this year’s event “overall was very well-run”, with the majority of the recommendations from the 2022 festival being taken on board and acted upon and implemented.

However, Coles said that “continuous improvement” was needed in light of the festival “evolving” over the last few years, while producing a number of recommendations for how the festival could be improved next year.

Some of the improvement recommendations by Mr Coles and his team include better crowd control, bars displaying relevant allergen information, better walkways and additional toilets and water refill stations at The Park and The Stone Circle areas.

Councillor Gwilym Wren who represents the Upper Tone division, comprising Wiveliscombe and the neighbouring village, and who chaired the committee meeting, praised the council’s licensing team for ensuring that there were relatively few issues with the running of the festival, saying: “There’s a huge amount of work that goes into this global event, and we are a very small council tasked with dealing with something like this.

“I’m thankful that over the years it’s passed off with relatively few problems, and let’s hope we can keep that going. There are enough people who are concerned about the festival’s impact on locals’ lives, and we need to make sure we reduce that as much as possible.”

A spokesman for Glastonbury Festival Events Ltd. – who is responsible for organising the festival – said: “We were very pleased with the local authority’s overall feedback that the event was ‘once again well-planned and managed’. As always, we will be reviewing the feedback and recommendations given in the report, and will continue to work closely with local authority and agency partners throughout the planning and delivery of next year’s event.”

Other News

The Rabbit Hole at Glastonbury has announced it will not be returning to Worthy Farm for the 2024 edition of the Festival – In a post on Facebook, the Rabbit Hole organisers said: “It is with gladness in our hearts and love for all of you, that we announce that the Rabbit Hole is disappearing into the ether and will not be at Glastonbury 2024. All great things come to an end and yet the end of one thing is but the beginning of another! What dreams may come!”

As with every Glastonbury-year, speculation about who might play the legendary festival is always very high, and with the 2024 event fast approaching, the Glasto Rumour Mill is already spinning in full force.

Although no acts have been confirmed for Glastonbury 2024 as of yet, Festival organiser Emily Eavis revealed back in October that a major female artist has been booked for the Legends slot on the Pyramid Stage. Appearing on the BBC podcast Sidetracked, she said the line-up for the five-day event is still “a little up in the air” but that she hopes there will be two female headliners.

Meanwhile, earlier this month (5th November), Eavis responded to the most recent claims about the Festival’s headliners, saying they’re “untrue”.

Madonna was reported to headline next year’s Festival at Worthy Farm alongside Dua Lipa and Coldplay, before Eavis categorically denied the rumours – Nonetheless, Dua Lipa in particular is still heavily rumoured to be topping the bill on the Pyramid Stage next summer.

Eavis debunked the rumours, saying: “As always, there is much speculation and excitement about who is playing at Glastonbury. We are working on the line-up day and night at the moment, but it’s still changing every day. The story about our confirmed headliners is untrue. As always, we love your enthusiasm and guesswork – but accurate news on headliners will be with you sometime in the new year!”

Along with Dua Lipa and Coldplay, other prominent names that are currently making the rumour rounds include Rihanna, Stevie Wonder and Stevie Nicks.

However, one name that can almost certainly be crossed off the list for next year’s event is Taylor Swift – who was one of the top artists speculated to headline the event in 2024 – but after adding further Dublin dates to her 2024 Eras tour, the global icon has pretty much ruled herself out of headlining all three days at the Festival.

It was initially speculated that Swift would be one of the frontrunners to headline the 2024 Festival after she was due to play at the 2020 edition – before it was forced to cancel for two years running, due to the worldwide pandemic.

Despite the first line-up poster not usually being revealed until the beginning of March, followed by the full line-up announcement sometime at the end of May (and a string of individual area line-up announcements in between), there are many artists who ‘self-confirm’ before the official announcements by divulging the news via interviews, social media or website listings to accompany the ever-growing rumours.

Click here to view our daily updated list of acts confirmed, rumoured and unlikely to perform at Glastonbury 2024.

More Info

Standard tickets for the 2024 edition of Glastonbury Festival sold out in 57 minutes on Sunday morning the 19th of November 2023, after going on sale at 9am – which followed a swift 25-minute sellout of tickets packaged with coach travel on Thursday the 16th of November 2023.

Last month (2nd November), Glastonbury announced it was postponing its originally scheduled ticket sales for the 2024 festival due to issues with some registrations.

As revealed back in September, Coach Plus Ticket packages were all set to go on sale at 6pm GMT on Thursday the 2nd of November, ahead of General Admission tickets at 9am GMT on Sunday the 5th of November.

However, organisers confirmed on social media that both sales have been delayed by two weeks, explaining that “this is to ensure that everyone who would like to buy a ticket is registered and therefore eligible to purchase one.”

The Somerset-based festival is renowned not just for being one of the biggest festivals in the world, but also one of the hardest to get access to. In accordance, tickets are known to sell out in super fast times – as previous editions of the event normally sold out within an hour of going on sale, while re-sale tickets (which usually go on sale in April) sell out within a matter of minutes.

Now that both Coach Ticket Packages and General Admission tickets have all sold out, the next option to buy tickets for this year’s event will be in the resale of any unpaid and / or cancelled tickets that will take place in April 2024.

Generally speaking, before fans can anticipate getting in the online queue once the sale goes live, it’s imperative to register in order to be able to access tickets. In an effort to prevent touting, tickets for Glastonbury Festival are non-transferable, meaning that each person’s ticket is linked with the name, address and photo they provide when registering.

Anyone aged 13 or over who wants to attend the Festival must register online before tickets go on sale, as a registration number will be needed when purchasing tickets and before the deposit can be paid. That said, those aged 12 or younger when gates open for the event in 2024 don’t need a ticket, and therefore do not need to register.

In August, Glastonbury officials notified festival-goers they have until the end of September to ensure that their details will remain valid ahead of an expected ticket sale in the autumn.

The official Glastonbury Festival website stated: “Any registrations submitted prior to 2020 require reviewing and confirmation before 30th September 2023, with any non-confirmed registrations being deleted on 2nd October 2023 and you will be required to submit a new registration before you can try and book tickets for the 2024 Festival and future years”.

The registration window (which normally closes shortly before the first wave of ticket sales) opens once again before the resale in April, at which time, you can register here, or check your already exciting registration here, for ticket access when the time comes.

Keeping with tradition, next year’s festival has been confirmed to take place on the final weekend of June and run from Wednesday the 26th through to Sunday the 30th of June 2024 at Worthy Farm in Pilton.

Tickets for the 2024 festival will cost £355 plus a £5 booking fee (which is a £20 hike from the 2023 price of £335 plus a £5 booking fee), of which a £75 deposit (plus coach fare if booking a ticket including coach travel option) is payable when booking in November – with the balance payable in the first week of April 2024.

⚠️ Bogus Operators

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.

Please do not risk falling victim to touts, bogus operators or fake promotions / contests. If you have doubts about any company offering tickets, accommodation or competitions to access Glastonbury Festival, please get in touch with the Festival office – And as always, remember that tickets are sold only on one site, which is glastonbury.seetickets.com

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