(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Michael Eavis, organizer of the legendary Glastonbury Festival, has promised that ticket sales for this year’s event will be smoother than past years.
In 2004, computer systems crashed when millions of phone calls and internet hits came in during a 24 hour period.
Eavis said that they have “tested and retested” an improved online system and would have more than twice the number of phone operators on duty this time, according to the BBC. The 112,000 tickets go on sale April 3.
The event, which Eavis has hosted on his farm since 1970, decided to improve on the existing system after considering “many radical options” first.
“I would be delighted if everyone who wanted to come to the festival could, but that is not possible as the numbers on site are limited,” he said in a press conference.
Many fans complained that they could not get through on the website or phone lines, while other bought multiple tickets because they did not realize their internet transactions had been processed.
This year, fans will be issued with personalized photo ID cards in an attempt to be scalpers.
“I really think this is a positive move forward to stop unscrupulous people and companies touting tickets,” said Eavis.
Fans were warned not to buy from any outlet other than Aloud.com, as those tickets would be “bogus.”
This year’s festival lineup has been rumored to include Coldplay, the White Stripes and Kylie Minogue. The event will be held from June 24 to 26. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers