Michael Eavis has urged music fans to buy a ticket for this year's Glastonbury Festival or face destroying the event forever.
In an open letter, festival organizer Eavis warns that the event could be closed down for good if too many fans enter the site without a ticket.
In the letter, entitled, 'Glastonbury Time To Get Real', Eavis says that things must "change for good" in 2002.
The letter reads:
Glastonbury – Time to Get Real
I need to ask you all a big favour;
Most of you probably know that for years a lot of people have been getting in to Glastonbury without tickets. Over or under the fence, forgery, scams – whatever. This year things have to change for good, otherwise the Festival will be gone, forever.
I've spent most of my life working on this show, and hundreds, perhaps thousands of people have helped to make it what it is. Let me explain why I'm so worried.
Last year, nearly twice as many people came to the festival than we were allowed under the terms of our license. Meanwhile, on the same weekend, just across the North Sea at the Rosskilde Festival near Copenhagen, a tragedy occurred. Nine people died in a crush as Pearl Jam came onstage. It doesn't take much to realize that the same thing could happen here if we don't do something about the overcrowding.
We have taken a year off to calm things down, and to think about the future. There have been monthly meetings with the authorities to work out acceptable ways to run the event properly, and above all, safely.
We've completely reviewed our security arrangements to make sure safety is of paramount importance. We've designed a new fence, one that can't be taken apart, climbed over or tunneled under. The approaches will be patrolled constantly by a professional security organization. We're also taking steps to stop people without tickets reaching the site. Cars without ticket-holders won't be let into the car parks. People without tickets won't be allowed on to the buses coming to the site.
So this message has to be understood – you will not get in without a ticket.
The festival site can't practically be made any bigger than it is. There is only so much room. In order for the festival to continue, we have to keep the numbers within limits that can be shown to be safe. And this is the last chance we have to succeed. If we fail, we will, understandably, be denied our license in future. No-one wants to allow a tragedy like Rosskilde to happen here.
Please make sure that a new generation of young people can experience the magical, memorable moments that others have had over the last 30 years. Please respect the festival, and all that it stands for. It has become a real part of our culture. You need it, we need it, the charities we all support need it.
I'm pleading with you to help me keep it alive.
Don't come without a ticket.