Eavis Talks Glastonbury 2008

LONDON (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — If you're thinking about going to Glastonbury this year, you'd do well to sign up for your tickets now as organizers have advised fans that they must sign up by the end of January to be eligible to get tickets when they go on sale on April 6th. Furthermore, prospective patrons will need to submit contact information and photo ID like a passport photo as well.

"I agree it is a tedious business, but people appreciate why we're doing it." festival organizer Michael Eavis told the BBC. While conceding that this is a potentially torturous process to go through in order to merely be eligible for a ticket, Eavis thinks its worth it. "It's only the people who are half-hearted about it that don't pursue the chase for a ticket." he added.

These strict rules were implemented last year in order to deter scalpers. Each ticket will feature a photo of the ticket purchaser and be non-transferable.

"We did it last year and it was perfect," Eavis told the BBC "The only thing is some of the photographs weren't quite good enough so we're sharpening up the pictures."

Eavis has also hinted at some of the names that might be on the lineup. Hoping to attract a "younger" audience, Eavis stated that he's secured a "black American headliner who's absolutely terrific" leading to much speculation that Jay-Z may be headlining this year.

And its not just big names that will appear at Glastonbury this year. The festival is also making room for new talent with a New Talent Competition.

"I am sure we will be able to find some incredible new bands out there." Eavis's daughter Emily told the BBC "It's great for the competition, and most importantly, it will be a great contribution to the festival." – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers

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