MANCHESTER, U.K. (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Tickets for this summer’s Glastonbury festival sold out in two hours with a new ticketing system in place to prevent ticket touts.
A total of 137,500 tickets were sold, with total capacity for this year’s event expected to top 177,000 with support staff and vendors included.
The £145 tickets were only available to a pool of 400,000 fans who pre-registered on the event website, submitting personal information and a photo to be included on the ticket. The personalized ducats are expected to make illegal trading and sales nearly impossible.
In previous years, tickets have sold out within hours of going on sale, only to appear on auction websites within minutes, priced at several times their value.
“We can only applaud Glastonbury fans everywhere for helping us launch this very necessary registration initiative,” festival organizer Michael Eavis said in a statement. “Our stated aim has always been to combat the ticket touting and to make the ticket buying system as fair as possible.”
This year’s festival, which runs from June 22-24, features Arctic Monkeys, Arcade Fire and The Who, among many other acts. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers